What does it mean to be a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon?

By: Dr. Sean Delaney


What does it mean to be a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon?

Board certification represents the recognition of a physician’s skill, knowledge, and expertise in a specialty area. Doctors must complete many years of medical training before they can qualify to become board-certified physician. 

Upon graduation from medical school, doctors who want to treat patients undergo further hands-on training with an internship and residency. A smaller group of doctors choose to become further specialized by extending their training with a fellowship. While all physicians must pass a general exam to become licensed in the state where they practice, only some doctors choose to become board certified in one or more specialties. 

Board certification requires further extensive specialty-specific training and examinations and is a significant achievement. With a board-certified physician, you can be sure that he or she has met the high standards set forth by the board governing body and has demonstrated the skill, knowledge, and expertise in their specialty to provide exceptional care. 

The American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS) board certification process requires completion of an Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency and passing of written and oral examinations. 

The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) board certification is reserved for a select group of surgeons who go above and beyond the usual requirements. For starters, to be considered for ABFPRS certification one must first be board-certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery or Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The requirements for ABFRPS certifications include the completion of a fellowship, written and oral examinations, and presentation of 100 of a surgeon’s own facial plastic surgery cases.

Both Dr. Kridel and Dr. Delaney are double board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. They are among a very small group in Houston and Texas to have this recognition. To attain this distinction, both doctors had to undergo over a decade of arduous training and preparation. Their journey began with 4 years of undergraduate pre-medical education followed by 4 years of medical school. After medical school, they started their surgical training with 1 year of surgical internship and 4 years of dedicated Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency. During this time, our surgeons learned to perform a wide variety of head and neck surgery, including facial plastic surgery and nasal surgery. With a foundation of head and neck surgery, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Delaney spent an additional 1 year to further specialize in advanced Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Kridel studied under Dr. William Wright and Dr. Delaney was one of Dr. Kridel’s former fellows. 

When all their years of training have been tallied, each doctor spent 14 years to prepare for their highly specialized profession. With that in mind, you can feel assured that you will be in the best of hands at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates.

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