Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
considering a cosmetic procedure, the following questions can help you choose
the right doctor.
What is the doctor's training and certification? Any
practicing physician may call him- or herself a cosmetic surgeon or may
advertise that he or she performs cosmetic procedures. Only physicians who are
certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have received years of specialized training in plastic surgery (both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery) and have passed rigorous
examinations to demonstrate their competence in the field. The American Society
of Plastic Surgeons Web site has a feature to help you locate plastic surgeons
who are board certified in the field.
What is the doctor's experience with the particular
procedure you are considering? Ask how many times he or she has performed the
procedure and if he or she has received specialized training in the particular
area. How long has the physician been performing the particular operation?
Remember that not all surgeons will be experts in every area. A doctor who is
an expert in breast augmentation surgeries may have little experience with