How to know if my doctor is certified in my field and is certified in rhinoplasty?Does this mean he's certified by the ear nose?

certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is also certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Shouldn't he be also certified by the fellowship in ear, nose, throat, otolaryngology and head and neck oncology

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Certification in rhinoplasty

There is no such thing as  "Board Certification" in rhinoplasty.
All States in USA only recognize boards that are accredited by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). ABMS boards set up the curriculum in residency training and ultimate certification. ABMS recognized only one Board in each specialty. Rhinoplasty is not a specialty.  There are many other "Boards" that are not recognized by academic institutions, medical schools, and most hospitals.
There are two residency programs that have training in cosmetic rhinoplasty. One residency program, is the Plastic Surgery residency, overseen by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The second path is the American Board of Otolaryngology (ENT, Head and Neck Surgery) residency, with post residency training in Facial Plastic Surgery.
The training in rhinoplasty, in both fields, is exactly the same. They also attend and present papers at each other's specialties' meetings.
You choose your surgeon by his or her work and reputation as well as certification by one of the two certifying boards.
I would believe that Canadian Board certification is similar to that of USA. An otolaryngologist who does rhinoplasties, should have additional, recommended, training in facial plastic surgery. But, it is not legally required.


Great Neck Plastic Surgeon
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The right stuff

While there are many professional who are capable at rhinoplasty......The doctors who have the most direct training and broadest exposure to the nose are those who have completed an Otolaryngology (ENT) residency followed by a fellowship under the auspices of the AAFPRS. You can rest assured that this physician in dual board certified and has the highest level of training. That being said you should still make sure you are comfortable with the surgeon, that they perform many rhinoplasty surgeries and that you like the aesthetics of their before and after pictures.

Best of luck

Benjamin C. Marcus, MD
Madison Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Board-certified in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery

 It's important that your surgeon is board certified in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery. More importantly, is to look at their before after photo gallery to get an understanding of what your surgeon can accomplish.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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