Check Credentials

 
Check Credentials

You can verify that your doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery with The American Board of Medical Specialities. Your State Medical Board will also have information about board certification, disciplinary action, education and license verification. Find your State Medical Board.

You will also want to find out if your doctor has hospital privileges. Even if the procedure will not be performed at the hospital (and 53% of cosmetic surgeries are not), it is important to know that your doctor is qualified and has the necessary training to be accepted. The ASAPS states that "it is important to find out if the doctor has operating privileges in an accredited hospital for the same procedure you would like to have performed. Before granting operating privileges, hospital review committees evaluate a surgeon's training and competency for specific procedures. If the doctor does not have hospital privileges to perform your procedure, look for another surgeon."

To research a hospital setting, go to The American Hospital Directory®. To research a surgical center, first ask the center who they are accredited by. They should be accredited by one of three main organizations:

1. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery

2. The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

3. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

If you have general anesthesia, be sure your anesthesiologist is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). If your doctor uses a nurse anesthetist, you can verify with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) if they are ANAA certified.

It is important that the emergency equipment and anesthesia monitoring devices in your surgical facility are equivalent to those in a hospital or freestanding ambulatory surgery center. You'll also want to be sure that arrangements are made for hospital admission in the event of a complication.

State Medical Boards

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Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 946
Montgomery, AL 36101-0946
(street address: 848 Washington Ave., 36104)
(334) 242-4116
(800) 227-2606
http://www.albme.org

Alaska State Medical Board
3601 C Street, Suite 722
Anchorage, AK 99503-5986
(907) 269-8163
https://www.commerce.alaska.gov

Arizona Board of Medical Examiners
9545 East Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 551-2700
https://www.azmd.gov

Arkansas State Medical Board
2100 Riverfront Dr., Suite 200
Little Rock, AR 72202-1793
(501) 296-1802
http://www.armedicalboard.org

Medical Board of California
1426 Howe Ave., Suite 54
Sacramento, CA 95825-3236
(916) 263-2389
(800) 633-2322
http://www.mbc.ca.gov

Osteopathic Medical Board of California
2720 Gateway Oaks Dr., Suite 350
Sacramento, CA 95833-3500
(916) 263-3100
http://www.docboard.org

Colorado Board of Medical Examiners
1560 Broadway, Suite 1300
Denver, CO 80202-5140
(303) 894-7690
http://www.dora.state.co.us/medical

Connecticut Medical Examining Board
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
(street address 410 Capitol Ave. MS13PHO)
(860) 509-7648
Licensing Information,(860) 509-7563
http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp

Delaware Board of Medical Practice
P.O. Box 1401
Dover, DE 19903
(street address: 861 Silver Lake Blvd., Cannon Building, Suite 203, 19904)
(302) 739-4522
http://www.state.de.us /license/28/index.htm

District of Columbia Board of Medicine
825 North Capital Street, NE, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-9200
http://doh.dc.gov/bomed

Florida Board of Medicine
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN #C03
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1753
(850) 245-4131
http://www.doh.state.fl.us

Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C06
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(street address: Northwood Centre, 1940 N. Monroe St., 32399-0757)
(850) 488-0595
http://www.doh.state.fl.us

Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners
2 Peachtree Street, NW, 6th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3465
(404) 656-3913
https://medicalboard.georgia.gov

Guam Board of Medical Examiners
Health Professional Licensing Office
P.O. Box 2816
Hagatna, GU 96932
(011) 671-475-0251
http://dphss.guam.gov/content/guam-board-medical-examiners

Hawaii Board of Medical Examiners
Dept. of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
(street address: 1010 Richards St., 96813)
(808) 586-3000
http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/medical/s

Idaho State Board of Medicine
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0058
(street address: 1755 Westgate Drive, Suite 140, 83704)
(208) 327-7000
http://bom.idaho.gov

Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
100 W. Randolph St., 9-300
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 814-4500 /
(Licensure)
320 W. Washington St., 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786
(217) 785-0800
http://www.idfpr.com/licenselookup/licenselookup.asp

Indiana Health Professions Bureau
402 W. Washington St., Room 041
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-2960
http://www.ai.org/hpb

Iowa State Board of Medical Examiners
400 Southwest Eighth Street, Suite C
Des Moines, IA 50309-4686
(515) 281-5171
http://medicalboard.iowa.gov/

Kansas Board of Healing Arts
235 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66603-3068
(785) 296-7413
http://www.ink.org/public/boha

Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure
Hurstbourne Office Park
310 Whittington Parkway, Suite 1B
Louisville, KY 40222-4916
(502) 429-8046
http://kbml.ky.gov

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 30250
New Orleans, LA 70190-0250
(street address: 630 Camp St., 70130)
(504) 568-6820
http://www.lsbme.org

Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine
137 State House Station (U.S. mail)
2 Bangor Street, 2nd Floor (delivery service)
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 287-3601
http://www.maine.gov/md/

Maryland Board of Physician Quality Assurance
P.O. Box 2571
Baltimore, MD 21215-0095
(street address: 4201 Patterson Ave., third floor, 21215)
(410) 764-4777
(800) 492-6836
http://www.docboard.org

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine
10 West St., 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 727-3086
(800) 377-0550
http://www.massmedboard.org

Michigan Board of Medicine
P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909-7518
(street address: 611 W. Ottawa St, 1st floor, 48933
(517) 373-6873
http://www.michigan.gov

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
University Park Plaza
2829 University Ave. SE, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3246
(612) 617-2130
Hearing impaired 1-800-627-3529
http://www.bmp.state.mn.us

Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure
1867 Crane Ridge Drive, Suite 200B
Jackson, MS 39216
(601) 987-3079
http://www.msbml.state.ms.us

Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
P.O. Box 4
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(street address: 3605 Missouri Blvd., 65109)
(573) 751-0098
http://pr.mo.gov/healingarts.asp

Montana Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
(street address: 301 S. Park Ave., 4th floor)
(406) 841-2361
http://www.discoveringmontana.com

Nebraska Health and Human Services, Regulation and Licensure Credentialing Division
P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
(street address: 301 Centennial Mall South, 68508)
(402) 471-2118
http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/pages/crl_crlindex.aspx

Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 7238
Reno, NV 89510
(street address: 1105 Terminal Way, Suite 301, 89502)
(775) 688-2559
http://medboard.nv.gov/

New Hampshire Board of Medicine
2 Industrial Park Drive, Suite 8
Concord, NH 03301-8520
(603) 271-1203
Complaints (800) 780-4757
http://www.state.nh.us/medicine

New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 183
Trenton, NJ 08625
(street address: 140 E. Front Street, 2nd Floor)
(609) 826-7100
http://www.state.nj.us

New Mexico State Board of Medical Examiners
Lamy Building, 2nd Floor
491 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 827-5022
http://www.nmmb.state.nm.us/

New York State Board for Medicine (Licensure)
89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor, West Wing
Albany, NY 12234-1000
(518) 474-3817 Ext. 560
http://www.op.nysed.gov

New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (Discipline)
New York State Dept. of Health
Office of Professional Medical Conduct
433 River St., Suite 303
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 402-0855
http://www.health.state.ny.us/

North Carolina Medical Board
P.O. Box 20007
Raleigh, NC 27619-0007
(street address: 1201 Front Street, 27609)
(919) 326-1100
http://www.ncmedboard.org

North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners
City Center Plaza
418 E. Broadway, Suite 12
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 328-6500
https://www.ndbom.org/

State Medical Board of Ohio
77 S. High St., 17th Floor
Columbus, OH 43266-0315 (for Fed Ex delivery use zip 43215)
(614) 466-3934
(800) 554-7717
http://www.state.oh.us/med/

Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision
P.O. Box 18256
Oklahoma City, OK 73154-0256
(street address 5104 N. Francis, Suite C, 73118)
(405) 848-6840
(800) 381-4519
http://www.okmedicalboard.org/

Oregon Board of Medical Examiners
620 Crown Plaza
1500 SW First Avenue
Portland, OR 97201-5826
(503) 229-5770
http://www.oregon.gov/OMB/Pages/index.aspx

Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
124 Pine Street, 17101
(717) 787-2381
http://www.dos.state.pa.us

Board of Medical Examiners of Puerto Rico
P.O. Box 13969
San Juan, PR 00908
(street address: Kennedy Avenue, ILA Building, Hogar del Obrero Portuario, Piso 8, Puerto Nuevo, 00920)
(787) 999-8989 ext. 6592

Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline
Dept. of Health
Cannon Building, Room 205
Three Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5097
(401) 222-3855
http://www.health.ri.gov

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 11289
Columbia, SC 29211-1289
(street address: 110 Centerview Drive, Suite 202, 29210)
(803) 896-4500
http://www.llr.state.sc.us/ pol/medical

South Dakota State Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners
1323 S. Minnesota Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(605) 334-8343
http://www.sdbmoe.gov/

Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners
1st Floor, Cordell Hull Building
425 5th Ave. North
Nashville, TN 37247-1010
(615) 532-3202
https://tn.gov

Texas State Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 2018
Austin, TX 78768-2018
(street address: 333 Guadalupe, Tower 3, Suite 630, 78701
(512) 305-7010
Disciplinary Hotline (800) 248-4062
Consumer Complaint Hotline (800) 201-9353
http://www.tmb.state.tx.us

Utah Department of Commerce
Div. of Occupational & Professional Licensure
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
(street address: Heber M. Wells Building, 4th Floor, 160 E 300 South, 84102)
(801) 530-6628
https://secure.utah.gov

Vermont Board of Medical Practice
109 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05609-1106
(802) 828-2673
http://healthvermont.gov

Virgin Islands Board of Medical Examiners
Virgin Islands Dept. of Health
48 Sugar Estate
St. Thomas, VI 00802
(340) 774-0117

Virginia Board of Medicine
6606 W. Broad S t., 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23230-1717
(804) 662-9908
https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/medicine/

Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission
P.O. Box 47866
Olympia, WA 98504-7866
(street address: 1300 SE Quince Street, 98501)
(360) 236-4888
http://www.doh.wa.gov

West Virginia Board of Medicine
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
(304) 558-2921
https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/

Wisconsin Medical Examining Board
Patrick D. Braatz, Division Administrator
Dept. of Regulation & Licensing
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
(street address: 1400 E. Washington Ave., 53703)
(608) 266-2112
http://dsps.wi.gov

Wyoming Board of Medicine
211 W. 19th St., Colony Bldg., 2nd floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 778-7053
http://wyomedboard.state.wy.us