Many health care providers are now performing plastic surgery procedures, but that doesn’t mean they’re all qualified to perform plastic surgery. ASPS Member Surgeons are trained in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of all types.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has rigorous standards that each member adheres to. Below are the minimum standards required by the ASPS:

  • Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS) or in Canada by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®
  • Complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school
  • 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. ASPS member surgeons only operate in accredited facilities. We do this for the safety of our patients. Just because someone has as operating room, it does not mean that it is an accredited operating room that adheres to strict standards and routine inspection.
  • Adheres to a strict code of ethics

In addition to board certification and ASPS membership, Dr. Puri participates in the Maintenance of Certification in Plastic Surgery (MOC-PS®) Program. There are four components in this program:

  • Licensure and Professional Standing. Verification occurs of an unrestricted state medical license, hospital privileges, accreditation of all outpatient surgery centers, submission of advertising material, peer evaluations and active membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
  • Life Long Learning and Self-Assessment. The Board verifies continuing medical education requirements have been met assuring that surgeons stay up to date with the latest techniques and technologies.
  • Cognitive Expertise. Periodic examinations have to be passed.
  • Practice Assessment. The board periodically reviews data from operations performed to make sure that the outcomes conform to the high standards of the American Board of Plastic Surgeons.

By participating in the Maintenance of Certification in Plastic Surgery Program, Dr. Puri is allowed to use the following symbol:

Do not be confused by other official sounding boards and certifications. The ABPS is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which has approved medical specialty boards since 1934. There is no ABMS recognized certifying board with "cosmetic surgery" in its name.

By choosing a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you can be assured that you are choosing a qualified, highly trained plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the ABPS or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

ASPS members use the following symbol: