Formal Verification of Certification
The ABO is the primary resource for verifying that an ophthalmologist is certified. If your organization requires written verification of a physician's certification, please submit a request to the ABO Office that includes the physician's name and a check in the amount of $50 made payable to the American Board of Ophthalmology.

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The search information provided on this page details the American Board of Ophthalmology certification history for each ophthalmologist. Search by name or location for a board certified ophthalmologist using the fields below. The online directory uses the city and state provided by each physician as a mailing address and is not necessarily the physician's city and state of practice.

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How to Interpret Certification Status

Board Eligible
Physicians who are not yet board certified are considered “Board Eligible” by the American Board of Ophthalmology for up to seven years after graduating from a residency training program in the specialty of ophthalmology. After seven years, they may continue to pursue board certification, but may not use the term Board Eligible.

Certified (Non-Time-Limited)
Ophthalmologists who achieve board certification voluntarily complete a rigorous evaluation of their knowledge, skills, and experience. Non-time-limited certificates were issued prior to 1992 and do not require participation in Maintenance of Certification (MOC); however, the ABO encourages all board-certified ophthalmologists to renew their certificates and participate in the MOC program.

Certified (Time-Limited)
Ophthalmologists who achieve board certification voluntarily complete a rigorous evaluation of their knowledge, skills, and experience. Time-limited certificates were issued starting in 1992 and are valid for a period of 10 years. Board-certified ophthalmologists who hold time-limited certification are required to renew their certificates through participation in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

Certified - Clinically Inactive
Clinically Inactive ophthalmologists report having no direct patient care. These physicians may be retired from practice or presently working in administrative or research capacities. Despite no longer seeing patients, Clinically Inactive physicians remain board certified and have chosen to participate in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program in the areas of ophthalmic knowledge and skills. The ABO encourages patients to seek more information about an individual physician's practice history from the physician's state medical licensing board.

Certified - On Probation
The American Board of Ophthalmology may place a diplomate’s certificate on probation for various reasons including, but not limited to, mirroring the action of the ophthalmologist’s state medical licensing board. In such instances, a link to the state medical board is provided for further information.

Retired
Board-certified ophthalmologists may change their public reporting status to “Retired” when they are no longer engaged in the active practice of ophthalmology and have ended their professional careers.

Not Certified
Ophthalmologists who are no longer certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology for any reason are listed as Not Certified. Dates of previous certification are displayed in the Certification History column.

Pride-PinParticipating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
Maintenance of Certification (MOC) promotes high standards in the practice of ophthalmology, supports lifelong learning and continuous practice improvement, and provides patients with credible information about how a physician stays up to date in knowledge and skills. The ABO encourages all board-certified ophthalmologists to participate in MOC.

Participating in MOC

Pride-PinOphthalmologists who participate in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) are board certified and engaged in a program of lifelong learning and improvement. This patient-centered process includes continuing medical education, patient safety learning, knowledge assessments, and quality improvement programs. Like board certification in a medical specialty, MOC is not legally required to practice medicine; however, ophthalmologists who become ABO-certified and participate in MOC do so in support of high-quality patient care. Board-certified ophthalmologists who are completing the MOC process on time, and in accordance with the program rules, are listed as Participating in MOC.

Certification Status

Board Certification is a voluntary physician credential, driven by a commitment to higher standards in patient care. Ophthalmologists who are listed as “Certified” have completed a verified program of medical training in the specialty of ophthalmology and a rigorous assessment of their post-training knowledge and skills.

Certification Status Key:

Primary Status

Meaning

Board Eligible

Has completed ophthalmology residency training within the last seven years and is not yet certified.

Certified

Holds a certificate in ophthalmology from the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Not Certified

Not certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Retired

Retirement from practice has been self-reported.

Deceased

The passing of this physician has been verified with an obituary.

 

Status Details

Meaning

Holds a time-limited certificate

Physicians certified after 1992 recertify every 10 years through Maintenance of Certification—a program for lifelong learning and improvement.

Holds a time-limited certificate and has recertified

Has completed at least one cycle of the Maintenance of Certification program for lifelong learning and improvement in order to recertify.

Holds a non-time-limited certificate.

Physicians certified prior to 1992 were awarded certificates before the recertification program was introduced. However, they are encouraged to participate in the Maintenance of Certification program.

Holds a non-time-limited certificate and has voluntarily recertified.

Has, on a voluntarily basis, completed the Maintenance of Certification program for lifelong learning and improvement in order to recertify.

Clinically Inactive

Though not retired, this physician self-reports no longer seeing patients and may work in academic, administrative, or research fields.

 

Certification History

The year a physician originally became board certified is listed here, along with the dates of any certification renewals through the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

  • A single date (1992 or earlier) indicates the physician holds a lifetime certificate, issued prior to the implementation of recertification requirements.
  • Date ranges from 1993 or later indicate the time periods during which a physician’s certification is or was valid.
  • Physicians who have voluntarily recertified will have a single date followed by a date range.