The American Board of Anesthesiology

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ABA Mission
The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) examines and certifies physicians who complete an accredited program of anesthesiology training in the United States and voluntarily apply to the Board for certification or maintenance of certification.

Our mission is to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology.

What is Board Certification?
Board certification demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice. Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process. While medical licensure sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, it is not specialty specific.

Board certification shows a physician’s commitment and expertise in consistently achieving superior clinical outcomes in a responsive, patient-focused setting. Patients, physicians, healthcare providers, insurers and quality organizations look for Board certification as the best measure of a physician’s knowledge, experience and skills to provide quality healthcare within a given specialty.

How do I tell if my doctor is Board Certified?
The ABA provides an online search tool for consumers, training programs, and employers to determine if an anesthesiologist is board certified. This tool is located on the home page of the ABA website and has advanced search features so that consumers can find all of the certified anesthesiologists in their area. Click here to find a Board certified anesthesiologist!

Is Your Doctor Maintaining Board Certification?
As the medical field continues to change rapidly, it has become essential for doctors to stay current in patient treatments in order to provide high quality care. The ABA developed the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA) to help physicians demonstrate their commitment to quality clinical outcomes and patient safety. MOCA offers ABA-Board-certified anesthesiologists the opportunity to participate in a four-part process for continuous learning. Click here to see if your anesthesiologist is meeting the requirements of the MOCA Program.

Questions to ask your anesthesiologist:
  1. Are you certified by The American Board of Anesthesiology?
  2. What type of anesthesia do you recommend for my procedure?
    • What are the risks and benefits of this type of anesthesia?
    • What alternatives are available to this type of anesthesia?
    • What are the risks and benefits of these alternatives?
  3. Will I require a breathing tube?
    • Will I wake up with the breathing tube in place?
  4. What are the options for postoperative pain management?
  5. What are the options for prevention and/or treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting?