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Diplomate Totals

Current Totals

A total of approximately 31,000 surgeons (known as diplomates) are currently board certified by the ABS. See below for the current totals by specialty. Note that some surgeons are certified in more than one specialty.

  • General Surgery: 30,526
  • Vascular Surgery: 3,421
  • Pediatric Surgery: 1,057
  • Surgical Critical Care: 3,425
  • Complex General Surgical Oncology: 251
  • Hand Surgery: 210
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine: 80

Cumulative Totals

The following totals reflect the number of surgeons who have been certified or recertified in the specialty since the certificate was instituted.

General Surgery
  • Surgeons certified: 66,443 through January 2020
  • Year certification began: 1937
Vascular Surgery
  • Surgeons certified: 4,236 through January 2020
  • Year certification began: 1982; became a primary specialty 2006
Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgeons certified: 1,511 through January 2020
  • Year certification began: 1974
Surgical Critical Care
  • Surgeons certified: 4,460 through January 2020
  • Year certification began: 1986
Complex General Surgical Oncology
  • Surgeons certified: 251 through January 2020
  • Year certification began: 2015
Hand Surgery
  • Surgeons certified: 339 through January 2020
  • Year certification began: 1989
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Surgeons certified: 80 through January 2020
  • Year certification began: 2008

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