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Public Data

Diplomates Currently Certified

A total of approximately 33,500 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: 31,825
  • Vascular Surgery: 3,876
  • Pediatric Surgery: 1,183
  • Surgical Critical Care: 4,328
  • Complex General Surgical Oncology: 490
  • Hand Surgery: 188

* data as of April 2023

For the most up-to-date diplomate numbers and cumulative totals for each specialty area, please use the "Diplomate Totals" interactive data tool below.

Interactive Data Tools

ABS receives many data inquiries regarding examination pass rates over the years, residency and fellowship program statistics, and demographic information on our diplomates. We are pleased to be able to share this robust data with the public through an easy-to-use interactive tool. Please use the links below to view this information.

Surgeon Data
Examination Data

We are working to expand our data library and provide information in additional areas in the future.


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