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Dr. Usha Rajagopal, MD has been Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery since 1997.
What is the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). These boards work together through ABMS to establish common standards for physicians to achieve and maintain board certification. The purpose of the boards are to protect the public by assessing and certifying doctors in their specialties who meet specific educational, training and professional requirements.
What does Board Certified mean?
Is my doctor Board Certified?
Click the image below to go to the ABMS “Find Out if Your Doctor is Board Certified” link.
Are you looking for a plastic surgeon in California?
When looking for a plastic surgeon it is easy to be overwhelmed. Choosing a highly trained and qualified plastic surgeon is of utmost importance in making your cosmetic goals successful.
The California Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest state society of plastic surgeons. The Society’s mission is to promote the highest standards in plastic surgery, to provide our membership with continuing medical and professional education and to advocate for patients and plastic surgery.
Find a California Plastic Surgeon
All California Society of Plastic Surgeon members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and must adhere to strict guidelines, ethics and continuing education requirements. Click the image below to go to the CSPS “Find a Cosmetic Surgeon” Finder.
Dr. Usha Rajagopal, MD is an active member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Credentials, Training, & Certification
Membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is by invitation only. Membership is designed to be limited only to formally trained and experienced plastic surgeons who concentrate their practices in performing cosmetic plastic surgery of the face and body.
Only about 25% of all American Board of Plastic Surgery certified surgeons have been accepted into ASAPS membership.
Requirements for membership include:
- Be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Participate in accredited Continuing Medical Education to stay current with developments in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery and patient safety
- Document the performance of a significant number and variety of cosmetic surgical cases to demonstrate wide experience
- Be sponsored by 2 member plastic surgeons to help ensure that the applicant’s professional reputation meets the high standards required by ASAPS
- Adhere to current ethical standards for professional conduct
- Operate in accredited surgical facilities
- Be elected by at least 80% of the Active Membership.
Find a Surgeon
Search the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery database to locate a plastic surgeon in your area. You can be assured that any surgeon you select is qualified to perform a wide variety of procedures. Click the image below to go to the ASAPS “Find a Plastic Surgeon” finder.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. The Society represents 94% of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S.and is a leading authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
ASPS’s mission is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. The Society advocates for patient safety and requires its members to operate in accredited surgical facilities.
What Is Board-Certification in Plastic Surgery?
Choosing a plastic surgeon you can trust begins with making sure your surgeon is board certified. Requirements for membership include:
- Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS)
- Complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training
- Pass comprehensive oral and written exams
- Graduate from an accredited medical school
- Complete continuing medical education, including patient safety each year
- Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed, or Medicare-certified surgical facilities
- Adheres to a strict Code of Ethics
Do Your Homework
Find a board-certified plastic surgeon you can trust
The ASPS find a surgeon tool provides you a current listing of ASPS members who are highly trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery. All of the surgeons in our search are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Click the image below to go to the ASPS “Find a Plastic Surgeon” Finder.