What Does it Mean to be “Board-Certified”?

Board certification is the highest degree that a physician can obtain. After graduating from five years of general surgery residency and a two-year fellowship in vascular surgery, a physician must pass a written exam that tests her/his knowledge in all aspects of vascular conditions, including vein problems.  After passing the written exam, a physician takes an oral exam administered by a number of her/his peers.

Passing both of these exams is necessary in order to become board-certified. Obtaining this designation denotes the highest possible level of expertise in the physician’s respective field. Being board certified in vascular surgery means a physician has been trained to deal with all aspects of vein and vascular problems.

Achieving board-certification in other specialties, such as radiology or cardiology, does not guarantee the same level of training that is required to appropriately treat vascular conditions.