What is the difference between the medical staff surgery board and ASAPS?


I see a doctor that is listed on the medical staff board in the hospital but he is not listed as an ASAPS member. Is he licensed to do surgery?




To be on the medical staff of a hospital means that the hospital has reviewed the physician credentials in his/her field of specialty and found that they have met the criteria of their training in their field.

To be ASAPS member means that the physician is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon nad have met all the training in the field of plastic surgery and have passed a rigorous examination process to become board certified. Also to be a member of ASAPS one has to be committed to the field of cosmetic surgery.


Medical staff membership, board certification, and membership in a specialty society such as ASAPS are all important but different. In order to be allowed on the medical staff of a hospital, the doctor's credentials must be approved as appropriate for the specific procedures that they would perform there. Since most cosmetic plastic surgery is not done in hospitals, making sure that the doctor has hospital privileges provides an independent validation of their qualifications. Usually the hospital would require that the physician be board certified in their specialty, which for plastic surgery is the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Membership in ASAPS requires board certification, demonstration that the physician's main focus is aesthetic plastic surgery, and adherence to high standards of ethics and quality of care.

Richard A. Baxter, M.D. - View Other Answers by this Doctor
Mountlake Terrace, WA

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