Spine surgery is the surgical specialty devoted to the restoration and preservation of spine function by managing disorders of the spine with both non-operative and complex operative treatment modalities. Spine surgery is a unique subspecialty of neurosurgical or orthopaedic surgery.


The American Board of Spine Surgery was formed in 1997 as a non-profit independent certification organization to serve the best interests of the public and the medical/surgical community by addressing the special needs of the unique specialty of spine surgery.


Application processing during COVID-19 pandemic


For faster processing of your applications, please scan your completed and signed application form and required documentation into a PDF file. Send the completed application PDF via email to eforms@ptcny.com . Please enter the examination and testing window in subject line, and provide your full name, address, and phone number within the email.


Application forms are included in the Handbook for Candidates listed below.


For Examination Dates, Application deadlines, Eligibility requirements, and Fees, please click on the examination link below.