What We Do
Our mission is to certify that our diplomates demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skill, and understanding of their disciplines to the benefit of patients.The ABR is an independent, not-for-profit organization and is one of 24 national medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). We were founded to protect the public by assessing and certifying doctors who meet specific educational, training, and professional requirements.
We are accountable both to the public and to the medical profession. Our commitments include:
- Helping patients
- Providing information about the board certification process and which doctors are board certified.
- Supporting physicians
- Creating programs that assist doctors in staying current in their field and improving their practices.
- Collaborating with healthcare leaders
- Fostering initiatives for the promotion and monitoring of healthcare quality.
- Transforming healthcare
- Increasing awareness of the importance of board certification and lifelong learning in assuring quality care.
The ABR Board of Governors
The Board of Governors (7 to 11 members) is responsible for ABR financial affairs, initial certification and MOC program processes, communications, strategic planning and priority setting, intersociety relations and outreach, and oversight of American Board of Medical Specialty matters.
There are three officers: the president, president-elect, and secretary-treasurer. The chair of the Board of Trustees is also a member of the Board of Governors.
The ABR Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees advances the quality, relevance, and effectiveness of the ABR’s exams for initial certification and Maintenance of Certification across all disciplines of radiology. The trustees make operational decisions, including exam goals, format, content, assembly, delivery, scoring, and feedback.
Members of the Board of Trustees have specific specialty and subspecialty expertise, reflecting major area of current clinical practice.
Meet the Board of Trustees
The Staff of the ABR
ABR staff members are responsible for day-to-day operations, assisting candidates and diplomates in achieving and maintaining certification. The ABR employs 83 people in Tucson, Arizona; these are the people you will speak with when you call the office. Another 15 staff members are located throughout the United States. Fourteen staff members have been with the ABR for 10 years or more. Meet the Staff