Seattle plastic surgeon, Dr. Shahram Salemy earns Healthgrades Honor Roll, a designation that recognizes top physicians in the US for meeting requirements of board certification in their specialty amongst other criteria. The recognition highlights the importance of doctors to have the proper training and credentials in their field to ensure patient safety.
“Our goal is to help patients achieve their results with safety as a priority,” states Dr. Salemy. He adds that for plastic surgeons, a ‘patient safety first’ approach has been an emphasis starting from medical school, to training programs, residency, board exams, and continuing with ongoing education.
For those interested in undergoing cosmetic surgery, Dr. Salemy recommends selecting a board certified plastic surgeon to provide reassurance that the surgeon has the appropriate training and patient safety in mind. Patients can review a plastic surgeon’s credentials with The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Dr. Salemy adds, “Board certification from an organization acknowledged by the ABMS ensures that a surgeon is ready to practice safely. ABPS board certified surgeons must meet stringent and rigorous criteria including passing challenging oral and written exams, possessing top level credentials, and earning accredited residency case credits.”
Assessing the surgeon’s experience and facility accreditation are also important. “Work with a plastic surgeon who has a successful track record of the specific procedure in mind and check that the facility is accredited and properly staffed. These factors contribute in helping individuals achieve their aesthetic goals in a comfortable and safe setting.”
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