Dr. Parker’s Plastic Surgery Certifications
We encourage patients to fully understand and verify the certifications of any plastic surgeon they are considering. Following are more details on Dr. Paul M. Parker’s certifications, experience, and training.
A few facts about Dr. Parker’s training & experience:
- Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and continues to maintain that certification today.
- He opened his New Jersey plastic surgery practice in 1985.
- Completed a Fellowship in Microsurgery at New York University Medical Center’s Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.
- Dr. Parker completed a full 2-year residency in Plastic Surgery at NYU Medical Center.
- Dr. Parker completed a full 5-year residency in General Surgery at NYU Medical Center, culminating in earning his Board Certification in General Surgery.
Dr. Parker’s Memberships
Dr. Parker is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the International Society of Plastic & Regenerative Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Following are details about these organizations and their standards.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons Membership
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the society is composed of board-certified plastic surgeons who perform cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
The ASPS Mission
The mission of ASPS 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, such as requiring its members to operate in accredited surgical facilities that have passed rigorous external review of equipment and staffing. The society works in concert with the Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF), founded in 1948, which supports research, international volunteer programs and visiting professor programs.
Only members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons may display the ASPS Member Surgeon logo. This symbol of excellence in plastic surgery tells you that you are choosing a physician who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Membership
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), founded in 1967, is the leading professional organization of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery. With over 2,600 members in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries, ASAPS is at the forefront of innovation in aesthetic plastic surgery around the world.
The ASAPS Mission
The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is to advance the science, art, and safe practice of aesthetic plastic surgery among qualified plastic surgeons through medical education, public education and patient advocacy.
About ASAPS Members
The requirements for membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) are designed to encourage application by trained and experienced plastic surgeons who concentrate their practices in performing cosmetic plastic surgery of the face and the entire body. ASAPS membership remains an exclusive privilege for those surgeons who possess the necessary qualifications. Only about one-quarter of all American Board of Plastic Surgery certified surgeons have been accepted into ASAPS membership. Physicians who have been trained in specialties other than plastic surgery are not eligible for membership in ASAPS.
To merit invitation and election to ASAPS membership, a plastic surgeon must:
- Be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or, in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Plastic surgeons who are not citizens of the United States or Canada who meet the high professional and ethical standards required for ASAPS membership may become ASAPS international active members.
- Be in at least the third year of active practice following board certification;
- Participate in accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) to stay current with developments in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery;
- Document the performance of a significant number and variety of cosmetic surgical cases to demonstrate wide experience;
- Be sponsored by two ASAPS-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 as outlined in the Code of Ethics observed by all ASAPS-member surgeons.
Dr. Parker is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.
About ACS Fellows
Members of the American College of Surgeons are referred to as “Fellows.” The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon’s name mean that the surgeon’s education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College.
There is also another category of membership known as “Associate Fellow.” This category was established to provide an opportunity for surgeons who are beginning surgical practice and who meet specific requirements to assume an active role in the College at an early stage in their careers.
- In addition, there are categories of membership for surgical residents, medical students, and members of the surgical team.
- The College currently has approximately 77,000 members, including more than 4,000 Fellows in other countries, making it the largest organization of surgeons in the world. There are presently more than 2,600 Associate Fellows.
International Society for Plastic & Regenerative Surgeons Membership
The International Society for Plastic & Regenerative Surgeons (ISPRES) was established to provide a forum for plastic surgeons around the globe to share ideas and make advancements in regenerative plastic surgery.
The ISPRES Mission
The mission of the International Society for Plastic & Regenerative Surgeons is to provide better treatment and results through innovation. The goal of the organization and its surgeon members is to promote and advance the science of regenerative plastic surgery through research, development, and innovation, in addition to constantly improving patient care by making these advancements available to surgeons all over the world.