In recent years, there have been several reports of unfavorable and adverse events following procedures performed by physicians. Many of these surgeons have not gone through plastic surgery residency, and have not qualified to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Complications can happen with any type of surgery; however, confirming your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery serves as a warranty for the type of training your surgeon has received and the type of exams he/she needed to successfully pass, in order to receive that certification.
On average, plastic surgery training includes sixteen years of post-high school education, including specific training in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery under direct supervision. Board-certified plastic surgeons have not only met very demanding requirements in order to sit for their boards, but they have also successfully passed a written and a 2-day oral examination, being critically evaluated for their fund of knowledge, their ethical standing and their safe and effective approach to multiple reconstructive and cosmetic challenges.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery aims to produce safe, ethical plastic surgeons with an extensive knowledge of the entire spectrum of plastic surgery, who are able to represent our specialty in the highest standards.
Dr. Norris is a triple board certified plastic surgeon, who after years of extensive surgical training, passed the certification examinations of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand and Microsurgery. These credentials signify his qualifications to address Cosmetic and complex Reconstructive problems affecting the face, breasts, and body.
Dr. Norris’s post graduate medical education includes training in General Surgery (Medical College of Virginia), Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Cornell Medical Center, NY), Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (State University of New York), as well as Hand and Microsurgery (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.) His knowledge base, range and versatility have been further enhanced over the years through practice in the US Navy, several overseas humanitarian missions, and 5 years as Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. His judgment and skills, honed from many years of challenging surgical cases, are well engrained and applied to the care of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery patients at Norris Plastic Surgery.
Resources: American Society of Plastic Surgeons