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admin 02-02-2008 10:43 PM

How to check board certification of your doctor
For most states this website allows you to:
  • Check doctor board certification
  • Check history of malpractice lawsuits
  • Check the surgeon's specialty

robyne00 05-05-2010 07:15 PM

How to choose a cosmetic plastic surgeon

Choosing a cosmetic plastic surgeon

cosmetic surgery news--researching your physician

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robyne00 05-14-2010 07:58 PM

- Check Board-Certification: A doctor's board-certification is the best indicator of his or her training in a particular medical or surgical specialty. Look for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify doctors in the specialty of plastic surgery.

- Check ASAPS Membership: ASAPS membership ensures that a doctor not only is ABPS-certified (or, in Canada, certified in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.) but also has significant experience in cosmetic surgery. ASAPS membership is by invitation only.

- Check Facility Accreditation: Cosmetic surgery can safely be performed in a hospital, a surgicenter or an office-based surgical facility: Current published data show that accredited office-based facilities have a safety record comparable to that of hospital ambulatory surgery settings. However, the majority of office-based surgical facilities are not accredited. Another advantage of selecting an ASAPS member is that all ASAPS surgeons operate in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified facilities.

- Check Hospital Privileges: Before granting operating privileges, hospital review committees evaluate a surgeon's training and competency for specific procedures. Wherever the surgery will be performed, be sure that the surgeon has operating privileges in an accredited hospital for the same procedure being considered.

- Check Reliable Sources: Asking a patient's primary care doctor for recommendations is a good place to start, and friends may offer suggestions; but the surgeon's board-certification should always be verified independently by contacting the American Board of Plastic Surgery . Free referral information to board-certified plastic surgeons with significant experience in cosmetic surgery can be found on ASAPS' web site also offers extensive information about cosmetic surgical procedures.

ResearchFLgirl 06-15-2010 05:41 PM

How to find a great plastic surgeon in South Florida:
Making sure your plastic surgeon is ASPS, ABPS, ASAPS and ABMS certified is very important.

ASPS Find a Member Surgeon

Consumers - Find a Plastic Surgeon | The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Look up Broward, West Palm, and Dade public records to make sure your surgeon has a clean record. (Look up the name of your surgeon and if he works at a plastic surgery center you should also look up the center's name there)

Broward County - Records, Taxes and Treasury Division (Broward)

Case/Party Search (CPSS)

Miami-Dade County Clerk - County Recorder's Official Record Search

Check out his profile on the Florida Department of Health.

FL Dept. of Health - Profiling Advanced Search Form

Read about the procedure you want to get. Read reviews about your plastic surgeon, etc. Do your homework!

Helpful links:

Using Your Smarts: Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

Consumer Resources - Steps to Finding the Right Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon | The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery Patient Safety: A guide to safe plastic surgery

robyne00 06-15-2010 06:30 PM

Excellent info researchFlgirl!

black20life 07-19-2010 12:21 AM

Great Resources FLgirl!
I learned by researching that all plastic surgeons have their area of specialty - In my case I am still trying to find a facial plastic surgeon.:)

kristin 02-10-2011 03:10 PM

Great Post
This is all such great information. We still found it difficult though to find the exact page to go to within the states sites to verify a doctor's license. So we created a table that contains the page where the user can perform their search:
Physician License Verification

I hope this is helpful as well.

Gregory James 04-05-2012 04:57 AM

In Australia board certified surgeons can be the most dangerosu

Originally Posted by admin (Post 289)
For most states this website allows you to:
  • Check doctor board certification
  • Check history of malpractice lawsuits
  • Check the surgeon's specialty

In Victoria Australia, a plastic surgeon by the name of Dr. Morris Ritz from the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgeon, was sued in an out of court settlement that his ex-patient won. She was severely mutilated by this doctor and although the television show might be deemed 'tabloid' there is nothing like the legal team of a highly commercial and successful TV show to make sure the facts are RIGHT. There is no way this segment would have aired if Mrs. Mullins was not telling the truth. However, in the time it took to tell her story, Dr. Morris Ritz was promoting himself on national television as the Macrolane (lunch time boob jab) pioneer of Melbourne, and continues to promote himself all over the net as the breast surgeon you can 'trust'- all of this despite causing a perfectly healthy woman to lose an entire breast and so much more! Now, Dr. Ritz is also a 'proud' member (as his internet promotion states!) of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Australian Medical Association, and that does not say much for 'board' qualified surgeons. And in Australia, it is almost impossible to check the records of a surgeon based on malpractice law suits, because most of the time payouts involve a clause the patient has to sign to state that they will not discuss the case. So, for anyone who wants the FACTS about this surgeon, Dr. Morris Ritz, then you can find them. However, the brave Mrs. Mullins is no doubt one of many many women- who have not been permitted to speak the truth The Beauty Trap

ChristineS 07-20-2012 11:48 AM

The single most important factor in assuring a successful plastic surgery result is the surgeon you select. Plastic surgery requires medical knowledge and surgical skill and experience.

Surgeons with the most training include cardiothoracic surgeons (doctors specializing in the heart), neurosurgeons (doctors specializing in the brain) and plastic surgeons like my doctors Brett Stompro and Chester Cheng (doctors specializing in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery). When choosing a plastic surgeon it is very important to select one certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Here is a link on How to check board certification of your doctor: Welcome to ABMS: Improving healthcare quality through board certification . This certification assures the patient/consumer that the doctor has met the board's extensive requirements in knowledge, training and experience. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialists. These certified plastic surgeons have graduated from an accredited medical school, completed at least five additional years of residency (typically three to five years of general surgery and two years of plastic surgery), practiced plastic surgery for at least two more years, and passed comprehensive exams (a written and oral exam).

There are many "fake" boards that issue certificates and diplomas. Some of these boards will certify a doctor after only a weekend course. What this means is that a dermatologist, gynecologist, internists or otolaryngologist can appear board certified in plastic surgery. They display certificates and diplomas from these unrecognized boards and many times deceive and fool the patient. For instance, many people do not know that the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is not a recognized board. The American Board of Medical Specialists recognizes only the American Board of Plastic Surgery for reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

The popularity of plastic surgery is growing and more and more doctors are trying to enter this specialty. Any licensed physician can call himself or herself a cosmetic surgeon, so the importance of finding a properly trained and certified plastic surgeon is paramount. Choosing a doctor who is a certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery is the first step in ensuring medical knowledge and surgical skill and experience.

In plastic surgery, where many of the procedures are performed in the surgeon's office, it is relatively easy for a physician to give the impression of being a "qualified plastic surgeon." For example, the doctor may be board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties, but not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The laws requiring disclosure of specific credentials in advertisements or brochures vary among states. So, while a doctor may be listed in the yellow pages as a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon the information may not reveal which board granted the certification. It is important that you learn about the doctor's education, training, certification, and experience to make the best choice.

Board certification provides no guarantee that you will obtain good results from the cosmetic plastic surgery procedure but you can be sure that a board certified plastic surgeon has the right training and experience. As in any profession, some practitioners are better than others. Plastic surgery requires not only medical knowledge and surgical skill but artistic talent as well.

Plastic Surgeons like Brett Stompro, M.D. who are affiliated with ASAPS, a membership of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery a founded origination built in 1967, is the leading professional organization of plastic surgeons. You can check ASAPS Membership: by going online to: Find a Plastic Surgeon - Results .

When you choose doctors like Dr. Brett Stompro and Dr. Chester Cheng you can rest assured that they not only have the medical knowledge and surgical skill but also the artistic talent. Their approach to patient care and education sets them apart from other surgeons. Please do your research and go to a plastic surgeon that can provide information about the different procedures and can provide before-and-after photos for viewing and even word-of-mouth referrals from other patients. You want to go to the doctor that has the best credibility in the community, one in which a nurse or doctor would recommend (because they know everything in the medical field). I love my plastic surgeons and recommend them to all my friends and family – make sure you find someone that you trust to put into the hands of your loved ones like I have.

Hope this helps. C.S.
California bay area patient of Dr. Brett Stompro and Dr. Chester Cheng.
My surgeon Dr. Stompro: Dr. Brett Stompro Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Bay Area | Offices of Brett Stompro, M.D. and Chester Cheng, M.D.

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