tops 6,700 in US and Canada

The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) announced last week that more than 950 physicians passed its board certification exam administered in November 2022. The number of physicians who are board certified in obesity medicine now exceeds 6,700 in the United States and Canada. Since 2017, the number of ABOM diplomates has more than tripled.

YEAR Number of ABOM Diplomates
2023 6,729
2022 5,881
2021 5,242
2020 4,102
2019 3,377
2018 2,656
2017 2,073

The 956 new diplomates who passed the most recent ABOM certification exam include internists (332), family physicians (305), pediatricians/pediatric subspecialists (79), endocrinologists (61), surgeons (45), gastroenterologists (33) and obstetricians/gynecologists (28) along with numerous other specialists. Thirty-three new diplomates are from Canada.

“Since its inception, the American Board of Obesity Medicine has been guided by the vision that patients in every community would one day have access to a qualified physician with the knowledge, skill, and compassion to treat the disease of obesity,” said ABOM Board Chair Judith Korner, MD, PhD. “With the tremendous growth of the field over the last six years, we are getting closer to realizing this goal.”

Next Exam Window: October 2-14, 2023

The American Board of Obesity Medicine will administer its next certification exam October 2-14, 2023 at Pearson VUE computer-based testing centers.


Exam window: October 2-14, 2023

Early Application deadline: July 10, 2023 ($1,500 fee)

Final Application deadline: August 7, 2023 ($1,750 fee)