Who We Are

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The Only ADA Recognized Certifying Board for the Specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the U.S.

The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) is the certifying board for the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the United States and is recognized and approved by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.

Overseen by an eight-member Board of Directors, the mission of ABOMS is to ensure that Diplomates meet our standards of training, education, and professionalism through our certification process.  As the certifying body in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the ABOMS provides contemporary and innovative programs that promote optimal care and service to the public.

Our certification process assures the public that certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons have successfully completed a rigorous peer evaluation process by requiring surgeons to present and maintain appropriate professional credentials, and demonstrate the requisite training, experience and knowledge.


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Our History and Mission

Founded in Illinois in 1945, ABOMS’ mission is to ensure that Diplomates meet our standards of training, education, and professionalism through our certification process. As the certifying body in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the ABOMS provides contemporary and innovative programs that promote optimal care and service to the public.

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Meet the Board

Our Board of Directors is comprised of eight Diplomates of ABOMS and Fellows of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

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Policies and Statements

We believe it is important to support your ABOMS Diplomate credential with policies and statements directly affecting your certification.

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Past Presidents

ABOMS has had the honor of operating under 67 different presidents since becoming incorporated by law in 1946.

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Patient Information

If you have questions regarding your doctor and board certification, please visit our Patient Information section for frequently asked questions.

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Contact Us

Do you have questions regarding annual registration, becoming certified or general inquiries? Contact ABOMS to speak to a staff member.

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