Consumer's Research Council of America, a Washington, D.C. based research organization, provides consumers' information guis for professional services throughout America. It is their purpose to help educate and assist consumers in obtaining the finest professional services. Their guides are easy to read and contain a wealth of information and tips for the consumer.
How Plastic Surgeons Were Selected:
Consumers' Research Council of America has compiled a list of Top Plastic Surgeons throughout the United States by utilizing a point value system. This method uses a point value for criteria that we deemed valuable in determining Top Plastic Surgeons.
The criteria that was used and assessed a point value is as follows:
Each year the Plastic Surgeon has been in practice
Education and Continuing Education
Member of Professional Medical Associations
Completing an approved residency program and passing a rigid examination on that specialty
Simply put, Plastic Surgeons that have accumulated a certain amount of points qualified for the list. This does not mean that Surgeons that did not accumulate enough points are not good health care professionals; they merely did not qualify for this list because of the points needed for qualification.
Similar studies have been done with other professions using a survey system. This type of study would ask fellow professionals on who they would recommend. We found this method to be more of a popularity contest, for instance; professionals who work in a large office have much more of a chance of being mentioned as opposed to a professional who has a small private practice. In addition many professionals have a financial arrangement for back-and-forth referrals. For these reasons, we developed the point value system.
Since this is a subjective call, there is no study that is 100% accurate. As with any profession, there will be some degree of variance in opinion. If you survey 100 patients from a particular physician on their satisfaction, you will undoubtedly hear that some are very satisfied, some moderately satisfied and some dissatisfied. This is really quite normal.
We feel that a point value system takes out the personal and emotional factor and deals with factual criteria. We have made certain assumptions. For example, we feel that the more years in practice is better than less years in practice; more education is better than less education, etc.
The Top Plastic Surgeon list that we have compiled is current as of a certain date and other Surgeons may have qualified since that date. Nonetheless, we feel that the list of Top Plastic Surgeons is a good starting point for you to find a qualified specialist.
No fees, donations, sponsorships or advertising are accepted from any individuals, professionals, corporations or associations. This policy is strictly adhered to insure an unbiased selection.