American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery


The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS) was founded in 1935 to promote the health and welfare of the American people through the development and maintenance of high standards for certification in the specialty of colon and rectal surgery.

To accomplish this, the Board:

  • Determines that candidates possess proper qualifications before taking the examination for certification or maintenance of certification.
  • Conducts examinations to determine the ability and fitness to practice the specialty of colon and rectal surgery.
  • Awards certificates to those candidates who fulfill its requirements.

The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery is an independent, non-profit organization with worldwide recognition.  It is one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Through ABMS, the boards work together to establish common standards for physicians to achieve and maintain board certification. The boards were founded by their respective specialties to protect the public by assessing and certifying doctors who meet specific educational, training and professional requirements.


To be certified by the ABCRS, the process for certification includes a chronological series of components with specific requirements in the areas of education, direct patient care, and examinations.  For further details on this process, click here.

ABCRS Leadership

For a listing of ABCRS officers, members of the Board, Advisory Council, and administrative office information, please click here.

ABCRS Website

For further details on the ABCRS, please visit the ABCRS website at