2017 Certification Cycle

Applications for the 2017 Certification Cycle are now being accepted.  To learn more about the process, Click Here.

2017 Oral Exam Results

The 2017 ABTS Part II (Oral) Exam result letters have been mailed. If you do not receive your letter by Monday, July 10, 2017, please contact Manoli Valencia at 312-414-0515.

Request for Self-Nominations for At-Large ABTS Director

The American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) created three at-large positions as Directors of the Board in 2016. The national recruitment for the first At-Large Director position is now open. Recruitment for the other two At-Large Director positions will occur in 2018 and 2019 respectfully. The creation of these positions was intended to address issues of practice setting and diversity so as to create a greater voice on the Board for thoracic surgeons in community or group practice, and for those who provided greater diversity in Board membership.

The Board is seeking highly qualified actively practicing surgeons who are highly regarded by their colleagues as exemplary practitioners and role models, who have experience with thoracic surgical resident teaching, and who would be advocates for advancing the quality of practice among thoracic surgical practitioners in order to improve thoracic surgical care.

Nominations for the At-Large Director positions are by self-nomination. Candidates will be asked to provide detailed information about their practice, and to provide three references who can attest to the nature of their practice. All information will be held confidentially within the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. The following specific requirements also apply:

1. Candidates must be currently certified in thoracic surgery and be in good standing with the Board.

2. Candidates must be certified for at least 10 years, and must be able to serve a six year term.

3. Candidates can be from an academic practice or can be from a community or group practice.

4. Candidates will be given preferential consideration who exhibit diversity in ethnicity, gender, race, and other qualities which are underrepresented on the Board but are characteristics of practicing thoracic surgeons in the United States.

5. Candidates must have experience with medical or thoracic surgical education, and preferably have been involved with thoracic surgical resident teaching.

6. Prior involvement with ABTS activities such as functioning as an Oral Examiner, or serving as an Exam Consultant or SESATS Writer will be considered positively.

7. Participation and involvement with local and regional thoracic surgical organizations, or other surgical organizations, will be considered positively.

Being an ABTS Director is justly regarded as an honor by the surgeon selected. With this extraordinary recognition by one’s peers come duties and time commitments required by the potential new position of Director. The term of a Director is six years and may extend up to ten years if elected the Chair or Exam Chair. The ABTS Directors uniformly form a special bond with their fellow Directors that can resonate positively for many years to come. However, one must carefully review and be aware of the time and work commitment required when considering the option to go forward in this nomination process. The Board expects Directors to carry out their duties and assignments in a timely fashion and to place a high priority on ABTS work. The duties and approximate time involved are as follows:

Spring Meeting Thursday-Saturday morning
(March/April, Chicago)

Oral Exam Thursday-Saturday morning
(June, Chicago)

Fall Meeting Wednesday-Saturday morning

In addition, a few Directors are chosen to represent the ABTS to other organizations which require varying time commitments (for example-the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Medical Specialties, etc.). There are several committees within the organization of the Board, and leadership of these committees will come from the fixed numbers of Directors. It is not unusual for Directors to be Chairs of committees in the last few years of their service, and these leadership positions will take additional time outside of the Board commitments described above. In addition there are often question writing or editing assignments that must be completed between Board meetings. The Directors of the Board serve without remuneration.

Please consider these expectations carefully when considering your nomination. The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, July 14, 2017. Along with this announcement is a questionnaire that all nominees should complete. Please send all communications and a copy of your CV to:

Dr. David A. Fullerton
Executive Director
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
633 North St. Clair Street, Suite 2320, Chicago, IL 60611


Other Announcements

Pay ABTS Annual Dues - CLICK HERE

2017 10-year MOC Milestone

An email will be sent in June regarding the approval of the MOC applications.  

2017 5-year MOC Milestone

Letters for the 5-year 2017 MOC will be sent in July.


The American Board of Thoracic Surgery is aware that some of our Diplomates have been receiving letters from the American Board of Cardiac Surgery to purchase a Laureate for Excellence designation. Please note that the ABTS has no relationship with the American Board of Cardiac Surgery.  

Congenital Cardiac Surgery MOC Announcement

The American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) has voted to streamline the Maintenance of Certification® (MOC) process for holders of subspecialty certificates in congenital cardiac surgery by synchronizing the certification dates with your primary ABTS certification.  In the future, renewing your primary certification will also renew your congenital cardiac subspecialty certification, and both certificates will be valid through the same date.  Letters are being mailed to each CHS certificate holder outlining the process.  For further information, please refer to the 2017 CHS MOC Booklet of Information available after January 1 on the web site,, or contact Sarah Dunlap at the ABTS office, by phone at 312-202-5976 or by email at  

Booklets of Information

The Board now only publishes electronic copies of its Booklets of Information, which are updated annually. Click on one of the following 2017 Booklets:


Maintenance of Certification

CHS Booklet of Information

CHS MOC Booklet of Information 


ABTS Personal Profile
& MOC and Resident Application Login Only
The Professional Portfolio and Resident OpLogs can be found on the left navigational bar.
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New Case Requirements

New Operative Index Case Requirements

The ABTS recently approved new Operative Index Case Requirements that affect all Residents, including those in Traditional, Integrated and Joint (4/3) Training Programs. The Board also approved new Operative Index Case Requirements for the Junior Years (PGY 1-3) of Integrated Residencies.  The new requirements go into effect on July 1, 2017.  Click Here to read more about the requirements.

MOC Requirements by Certificate Year

Below are the MOC requirements based on the valid through date of the ABTS certificate.












New Oral Exam Video

The Board is pleased to provide a new video that explains the format of the Part II (Oral) Exam.   The video describes the Oral Exam process and provides tips to candidates on how to do their best on the exam.  The Board encourages all candidates of the Oral Exam to view the video before their exam date.  To view the video, Click Here.

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