Certification of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine
Dallas vein specialist Dr. Whiddon holds board certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and is a Certification of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (certificate # 012), now designated as American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM).
In the United States certification in a medical specialty is voluntary for a physician. In contrast a physician must obtain a medical license in a particular state by meeting minimal standards in order to treat patients in that state. Physicians who have special interest and training in some specialty field of medicine may seek board certification in that area. If a physician meets all of the stated and usually demanding criteria of the board, certification may be granted. Thus certification is based on more than interest. Each specialty board has rigorous standards of education, ethics, experience, and skill that must be met.
Physicians who have received diplomatic status by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine have met the requisite training or experience, the requisite continuing medical education, professional standing requirements, and have passed a certification examination in the field of venous disease. Therefore achieving certification status by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine is a strong statement that the physician has been carefully evaluated and deemed to have the necessary knowledge, ability, training, and skills to provide quality care for patients with venous and lymphatic disease.