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Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) administers board certification in surgery. Certification is a voluntary procedure but it is highly recommended. Most hospitals will not grant privileges to a surgeon without board certification. HMOs and other insurance groups will not make referrals or payments to a surgeon without board certification. Also, insurance companies are not likely to insure a surgeon for malpractice if he or she is not board certified.

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