The American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery

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Definition of Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Pediatric neurological surgery is a discipline of medicine and the specialty of neurosurgery which deals with the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of disorders of the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems of of children.  Pediatric neurological surgery includes the evaluation and diagnosis, operative and non-operative treatment, critical care and rehabilitation of children with disorders of the nervous system.


Mission of the ABPNS

The broad aim of the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery is to encourage the study, improve the practice and elevate the standards of pediatric neurological surgery, and thereby to advance the cause of public health.


History of ABPNS

In order to establish and codify the optimal training and practice requirements for pediatric neurosurgeons, forty senior pediatric neurosurgeons from the USA and Canada met in Chicago in the early summer of 1991.  By unanimous vote, they founded the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery (ABPNS) to fulfill these functions.  Subsequently, the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowships (ACPNF) was created to oversee and regulate pediatric neurosurgical fellowship programs. 

The ABPNS certifies pediatric neurosurgeons who have completed a post-residency fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at an ACPNF accredited fellowship program, attained certification by the American Board of Neurological Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, (Canada), submitted surgical case logs indicating a primary practice in pediatric neurosurgery, and who have passed a written examination.

The ABPNS began issuing certificates in pediatric neurological surgery in 1996.   Ten years after initial certification, diplomates are required to undergo mandatory recertification, which involves submission of current surgical logs, verification of staff and licensure credentials, submission of continuing medical education credits, and the passing of a written examination.

The ABPNS is an Ohio nonprofit corporation that is now a well-established and accepted certifying body, and has become the standard accreditation authority for pediatric neurological surgery in the United States and Canada.

 

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