Why Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Why Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon?

Dr. Partington is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. There are many Board Certifications and Society Memberships available to Plastic Surgeons. It can be quite confusing if you are looking to find the best surgeon suited to perform your desired procedure.  As a general rule, Board Certifications and Society Memberships are a good thing but you should know that The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify surgeons in plastic surgery including plastic and reconstructive.

What does it take to become certified with The American Board of Plastic Surgery?

  • Graduate of an accredited Medical School
  • Complete at least 5 years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of 2 years of plastic surgery residency training
  • Passing of comprehensive oral and written exams

In the world of Plastic Surgery, there are certain benchmarks attained by Surgeons who have more education and/or experience and who have excelled in their field that you can look for to help ensure you are choosing the best Surgeon for you.  Certification with the ABPS (American Board of Plastic Surgery®) is one of the most important.

In general, board certification and society memberships are good starting points in finding the best surgeon for you. But be aware. 

Many patients are confused about the difference between plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons. 

General surgeons, ENT doctors, and other physicians may call themselves cosmetic surgeons, or plastic surgeons, even if they do not have specific training in aesthetic surgery.

However, only a surgeon who has met the strenuous guidelines and training established by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) can legitimately refer to himself or herself as a board-certified plastic surgeon.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the only board recognized by the American Board Of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certified surgeons in Plastic Surgery, both Aesthetic and reconstructive. 

ABMS Member board certification in Plastic Surgery is recognized as the “gold standard” of Plastic Surgery worldwide.

Dr. Marshall T. Partington MD, FACS is

  • Graduate of Cornell University, Medical College (President of his class) 
  • Long-standing ABMS member (including past board certificates in General Surgery and Hand Surgery)
  • Fellow of The American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
  • An active member of the Aesthetic Society and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Past Director of Microsurgery, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania 
  • Author of dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles

Dr. Partington’s qualifications and experience in Plastic Surgery are second to none.


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