Beyond Board Certification: What Else to Look For

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A common question from those seeking a plastic surgeon is what they should look for in a physician. My La Jolla plastic surgery patients are usually curious about my credentials and certifications, great indicators of a doctor’s merit. As someone with certifications from three boards, including the American Board of Plastic Surgery, I understand how much work it takes to meet these boards’ strict requirements. Here are some other qualifications a patient can look for in a surgeon:

  • Memberships: Local, state, and national medical societies, such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, grant memberships to only those surgeons who are in good standing.
  • Fellowships: The title of fellow indicates that a surgeon has likely made important contributions to the field, achieved a high level of recognition, or is involved in research or education.
  • Hospital affiliations: Major hospitals and medical centers vet a surgeon before granting hospital privileges to ensure the safety of their patients.
  • Further credentials: Look for a surgeon’s academic appointments, positions in medical organizations, or involvement in medical research and presentations.

Whenever you’re considering plastic surgery, you should check out a variety of surgeons, confirm their credentials, and have consultations with at least 3 board-certified doctors to hear what they have to say about your individual goals.

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