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Understanding Medical Boards

Board certification is essential to choosing a qualified provider.  Equally important is that the doctor practices within his own parameter of his or her specialty. 

In 1933, the American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS) was formed specifically to protect the public trust in physician specialists by standardizing testing and training.

 

                           

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The following are Cosmetic Providers recognized by the American Medical Board of Specialties (ABMS):

 

  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)

Phone:   215.587.9322   -   https://www.abplsurg.org

This is the only board exclusive to Plastic Surgeons.  Those holding ABPS certification are the only physicians to hold the title of board certified “plastic surgeon”.  These physicians are accredited to perform all types of plastic surgery procedures and treatments of the face and entire body, including plastic surgery of the breast.

 

 

  • The American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto)

Phone:   713.850.0399  -   www.aboto.org

A portion of the board certification review for the American Board of Otolaryngology includes plastic and reconstructive procedures of the face, head, and neck only.  The otolaryngologists who are qualified to perform these procedures are commonly referred to as “facial plastic surgeons”.

 

 

  • The American Board of Dermatology (ABD)

Phone:   313.874.1088   -  www.abderm.org

The American Board of Dermatology certifies doctors in the field of dermatology.  Medical doctors certified by the ABD, and doctors of osteopathy (DO) with accredited training and equivalent board certification, are qualified in procedures specific to treat the skin, hair, and nails.

 

 

  • The American Board of Ophthalmologists (ABO)

Phone:   610.664.1175  -  www.abop.org

Doctors certified by the ABO are trained to perform procedures of the eyelids and eye region.

 

 

  • The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS)

Phone:  703.549.3223  -  www.abfprs.org

Although not a member board of the ABMS, the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery certifies primarily board certified otolaryngologists in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head, and neck only.

 

 

  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Phone:  800.668.3740  -  www.royalcollege.ca

In Canada, all medical specialties including plastic surgery, otolaryngology, dermatology, and ophthalmologists are all certified by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

 

 

                               

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Understanding Specialty Societies

There seems to be as many medical societies as there are doctors, but the societies below are the crème de la crème.  They permit membership only after peer review and require specific qualifications and other membership standards.  In addition, their professional guidelines include strict standards of ethics and patient safety.

 

 

 

 

  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

Phone:  888.ASAPS.11  –  www.surgery.org        

Since 1967, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has been the world’s leading organization to cosmetic surgery education and research.  Surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery specialize to cosmetic surgery of the face and body and have met additional requirements for clinical experience, ethics and continuing education in cosmetic surgery. 

 

Members are required to operate only in accredited or licensed surgical facilities, and required to submit a stated number of continuing medical education hours specific to patient safety.  ASAPS provides referrals to its member surgeons in the United States and Canada, as well as online consumer resources specific to cosmetic surgery.

 

 

 

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Phone:  888.4.PLASTIC  –  www.plasticsurgery.org

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world.  Founded in 1931, the society is composed of board certified plastic surgeons who perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.  Members are required to operate only in accredited or licensed surgical facilities.  Consumer lobbying efforts by ASPS have initiated legislation that now mandates insurance coverage for breast reconstruction procedures ASPS provides referrals to its member-surgeons in the United States and Canada, as well as online consumer resources in plastic surgery.

 

 

 

 

  • The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (AAFPRS)

Phone:  800.323.FACE  –  http://www.aafprs.org/

Founded in 1964, the AAFPRS represents 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world.  Most members are certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck.  Additionally, members of the AAFPRS may be certified by the ABMS boards of plastic surgery, dermatology or ophthalmology.

 

 

 

  • The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)

Phone:  847.956.0900  -  www.asds.net

Members of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, founded in 1970, are board certified dermatologist with additional accredited continuing medical education and research in medically necessary and cosmetic procedures to maintain the health, function and appearance of the skin, hair and nails.  ASDS provides referrals to its member dermatologist in the United States, as well as online consumer resources in dermatology.

 

 

 

  • The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS)

Phone:  407.774.7880  –  www.asoprs.org

Membership in the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, founded in 1969, is exclusive to board certified ophthalmologists.  ASOPRS focuses on the training, education, research and quality of clinical practice in aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and orbital regions.

 

 

 

 

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