Credentials: How to Check

NEW YORK, NY (December 13, 2000) — Information about education, licensure, board certification, and disciplinary action is available from a variety of sources. Suggestions for where to retrieve this information about a physician whom you may be considering for your cosmetic surgery are listed below.

State Medical Boards
If you are unsuccessful in locating the medical board for your state, the Federation of State Medical Boards in Euless, Texas (tel: 817-868-4000) will provide you with the contact information. For example:

California 916-263-2382
Florida 850-488-0595
New York 518-474-3817 &
Texas 512-305-7010

Info: License verification, education, board certification, disciplinary action.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
Philadelphia, PA
Info: Board certification in the specialty of plastic surgery

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
Evanston, IL (until 12/31/00) (after 1/1/01)
Info: Board certification in any specialty, contact information for individual specialty boards

American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)
Mundelein, IL
Info: Whether or not an ambulatory surgical facility is accredited by this organization

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
New York, NY
Info: Referrals to ASAPS board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic procedures.
Web site provides general information on cosmetic surgery and geographic listing of ASAPS members. Some members have expanded sites that list education, training, and practice focus.

Note: The Official ABMS Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists can be found in most libraries.


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world's leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.


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