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Is Your Hair Restoration Surgeon Board Certified?
Hair restoration surgery is a medical and surgical subspecialty that has matured over the decades since its introduction in the 1960s. By the 1990s, it was clear to leaders in hair restoration surgery that the subspecialty had matured to the point of needing a medical/surgical standards testing for assuring the highest level of knowledge and skill in practitioners of hair restoration surgery. The medical profession has such a protocle in place with the medical specialty board that certifies qualified specialists in their elected specialty or subspecialty. Leaders of hair restoration surgery implemented a medical-board approach to certification, and organized the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS).
The ABHRS was created to act for the benefit of the public, to establish specialty standards and to examine surgeons’ skill, knowledge and aesthetic judgment in the field of hair restoration surgery and to grant certification to candidates who meet the highest standards of the medical profession in the field of hair restoration surgery. In 2000 the ABHRS was recognized internationally, and now with multiple examinations administered, the ABHRS exam stands as the only psychometrically and statistically validated examination dedicated to the specialty of hair restoration surgery.
What It Means to Be Board Certified
Board certification has both public and professional implications. The primary purpose of board certification of medical specialists is to assure the public of physician knowledge and skill. In organizations where physicians work-hospitals are the prime example-board certification is important in placing physicians in an appropriate professional environment. Among colleagues, board certification has implications of professional quality and standing.
The requirements for board certification are rigorous, and they are applied by all medical boards:
- Holding a M.D. or D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine) degree from a recognized school of medicine
- Completion of required training in an accredited residency program designed to train physicians in the given specialty
- Rating of performance by residency training directors or hospital chief-of-service where the specialist practiced his/her specialty
- Holding an unrestricted license from a state licensing board to practice medicine
- Passing the written examination given by the specialty board What If a Physician Is Not Board Certified?
A physician may include specialty medicine in his/her practice, or limit his/her practice to a given specialty, without being board-certified in that specialty. This does not necessarily mean that the physician is any less knowledgeable or experienced than board-certified peers. Some well-recognized and highly competent physicians have chosen not to pursue board certification. These physicians do not have a board-certified plaque to hang on the office wall, but they are always pleased to answer questions regarding their training, knowledge and experience.
About Orange County Hair Restoration Center
Founded by Ken Williams, Jr., D.O., Orange County Hair Restoration Center provides highly specialized care and treatment solutions for men and women suffering with hair loss. In addition to surgical hair restoration for the scalp, eyebrows, and beard; the practice offers nonsurgical solutions for hair loss, such as medical management, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP), and Low Level Laser therapy.
Dr. Williams is currently on the medical staffs of Hoag Hospital-Newport Beach and Irvine, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, and Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He is board certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and an active member in the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons; as well as a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
For years, hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Ken Williams, has helped men and women suffering from hair thinning and hair loss with both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Please call our office at (949) 333-2999. Or Visit www.OrangeCountyHairRestoration.org.