The ABMS Member Boards - Anesthesiology

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American Board of Anesthesiology
4208 Six Forks Road, Suite 900
Raleigh, NC 27609
(866) 999-7501


An Anesthesiologist is a physician who provides anesthesia for patients undergoing surgical, obstetric, diagnostic or therapeutic procedures while monitoring the patient's condition and supporting vital organ functions. The Anesthesiologist also diagnoses and treats acute, chronic and/or cancer pain as well as provides resuscitation and medical management for patients with critical illnesses and severe injuries.

Specialty training required prior to Board Certification: Four years


To become certified in a particular subspecialty, a physician must be Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and complete additional training as specified by the Member Board.

  • Critical Care Medicine
    An Anesthesiologist who specializes in Critical Care Medicine diagnoses and treats patients with critical illnesses or injuries, particularly trauma victims and patients with multiple organ dysfunction who require care over a period of hours, days or weeks. These physicians also coordinate patient care among the primary physician, critical care staff and other specialists and their primary base of operation is the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital.

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    An Anesthesiologist who specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine provides care to prevent and relieve the suffering experienced by patients with life-limiting illnesses. This specialist works with an interdisciplinary hospice or palliative care team to maximize quality of life while addressing the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of both patient and family.

  • Pain Medicine
    Anesthesiologist who specializes in Pain Medicine provides care for patients with acute, chronic and/or cancer pain in both inpatient and outpatient settings while coordinating patient care needs with other specialists.

  • Pediatric Anesthesiology
    An Anesthesiologist who specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology provides anesthesia for neonates, infants, children and adolescents undergoing surgical, diagnostic or therapeutic procedures as well as appropriate pre- and post-operative care, advanced life support, and acute pain management.

  • Sleep Medicine
    An Anesthesiologist who specializes in Sleep Medicine has expertise in the diagnosis and management of clinical conditions that occur during sleep, that disturb sleep, or that are affected by disturbances in the wake-sleep cycle. This specialist is skilled in the analysis and interpretation of comprehensive polysomnography, and well-versed in emerging research and management of a sleep laboratory.

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Questions to ask your anesthesiologist:

Are you certified by The American Board of Anesthesiology?
What type of anesthesia do you recommend for my procedure?

  • What are the risks and benefits of this type of anesthesia?
  • What alternatives are available to this type of anesthesia?
  • What are the risks and benefits of these alternatives?
Will I require a breathing tube?
  • Will I wake up with the breathing tube in place?
What are the options for postoperative pain management?

What are the options for prevention and/or treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting?

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