Not all doctors’ are equally trained. When choosing a plastic surgeon in Tulsa, Oklahoma to perform your body contouring procedures, you of course want a doctor that’s the best in the field. If you are like most people, you may talk to others who may have undergone the procedure you are interested in, you research your physician on the internet, and when you are ready, you schedule a consultation.
Don’t stop there. You really need to know the background of your physician, and unfortunately, you may need to consider the honesty of the claims your physician may make about their training.
The labels “cosmetic surgeon” and “plastic surgeon” are not interchangeable. A cosmetic surgeon is a doctor, any doctor, who performs procedures to enhance a patient’s looks. Plastic surgeons may sometimes refer to themselves as cosmetic surgeons if they perform primarily cosmetic procedures. But, others who perform cosmetic procedures without the rigorous regimen required by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, cannot call themselves plastic surgeons. There currently is no requirement that your procedure be performed by a plastic surgeon or even by someone who has had proper training. In fact, cosmetic procedures are performed in many practices by other types of physicians such as dermatologists, oral surgeons, dentists, general surgeons, gynecologists, family practice doctors, etc. In addition, just because a doctor tells you they are “board certified” it does not necessarily mean they are a plastic surgeon or a physician that has undergone extensive training in an accredited plastic surgery training program. If you are not careful, you could be operated on by someone who has no formal education or training in plastic surgery. Therefore, they do not have required governing oversight by exams or peer reviews to assure you that they are knowledgeable, skillful,and have proper ethics.
Some surgeons will claim board certification from organizations that have not been approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties, (ABMS) whose role is to oversee the specialty boards and assist them in developing and maintaining physician standards. The only board recognized by the ABMS, for the performance of cosmetic surgery, is the American Board of Plastic Surgery. (ABPS) Dr. Rubis is certified by this board, after completing 6 years of plastic surgery training and passing written as well as oral board exams.
Make sure you are not misled, boards that are not approved by the ABMS include:
The American Board of Plastic Surgery is one of an elite group of only 24 “member boards” of the ABMS. It is the only board that will assure you that your physician has graduated with a four year college degree, has completed an accredited medical school program to have a MD (medical doctor degree), and has completed a plastic surgery residency training program that is also accredited. Many “cosmetic surgery” fellowships are not accredited and those physicians, do not meet the criteria to even be considered for membership in the ABPS. The ABPS has been the recognized gold standard in training since its initiation in 1941, and Dr. Rubis was originally certified in 2001, and recertified in 2009.
The American Society of Plastic Surgery, founded in 1931, is the largest plastic surgery organization in the world. Dr. Rubis has been a member of this prestigious group since 2002. Plastic surgeons are highly trained in cosmetic procedures as well as reconstructive procedures, burn, hand surgery, wound trauma, tumor removal, cancer reconstruction, correction of birth defects and acquired deformities, microsurgery, maxillofacial and craniofacial surgery.
The ASPS guarantees your physician is:
Finally, when you are making your final decision on who to trust with your medical care, you need to have confidence in the experience and skill your doctor provides. Trust your gut. If you are not confidant in the physicians experience, skill, judgement, and bedside manner, you will not be happy with the journey you are about to embark on. Your life and the outcome of your surgery is worth spending time investigating and educating yourself before you make such a big decision.
Dr. Rubis and his wife make every appointment feel comfortable and friendly. From the first phone call with the front desk to the last appointment visit post surgery the customer service is 5 stars. Very knowledgeable and answered all my questions before I even had to ask them. I definitely recommend using Dr. Rubis.