Welcome to The American Board of Neurological Surgery

Read the ABNS purpose statement

ABNS Certification Matters!  

Since 1940 ABNS Certification is (and is widely recognized as) the gold standard for certifying neurological surgeons in the United States. Please note that a number of alternative entities claim to certify neurosurgeons but do not have the same rigorous standards. The ABNS therefore encourages all Diplomates to clearly identify not only their certification status but also their certifying body by using;

  • Board Certified: American Board of Neurological Surgery; OR
  • Board Certified: American Board of Neurological Surgery (a member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties)

Our Mission

The broad aim of The American Board of Neurological Surgery is to encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the science of neurological surgery and thereby serve the cause of public health.

ATTENTION ABNS DIPLOMATES: Continuous Certification Requirements

A Diplomate with a time-limited certificate will forfeit their certification upon failing to timely complete all annual CC requirements for more than two years in any 10-year Certification period, upon failing to timely complete all annual CC requirements in any two consecutive years, or failing to complete all delinquent CC requirements during the one year grace period. The grace period is extended to Diplomates who have two non consecutive years of incomplete requirements.

For example: If requirements are not completed in 2019, completed in 2020, and, again, not completed for 2021, Diplomates in this position have through 2022 to complete all delinquent CC requirements. A grace period may be extended under extraordinary circumstances. Please note that it is the responsibility of the Diplomate to keep the ABNS informed of current contact information.

Please contact the ABNS office, 507-322-0400 or abns@abns.org, if you have questions or need assistance.