Medical Credentials, Memberships and Awards
With the growing popularity of plastic surgery, it is now more important than ever to confirm your plastic surgeon has the training, credentials and experience necessary to perform your cosmetic procedures.
Two of the most important to look for are the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification
ABMS Board Certification and the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®) are instrumental to the integrity of medical specialty care. They provide a trusted credential that is important to patients and relevant to physician practice.
Physicians that have achieved a medical license only have met the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients; however, this is not specialty specific.
Board Certification is a voluntary process, and one that is very different from medical licensure. Certification by an ABMS Member Board involves a rigorous process of testing and peer evaluation that is designed and administered by specialists in the specific area of medicine. Board Certification demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice and serve as important credentials that the specialist provides a higher standard of patient care. Patients should look for these credentials as the best measure of a physician’s knowledge, experience and skills providing quality health care within a given specialty.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Through ABMS, the boards work together to establish common standards for physicians to achieve and maintain board certification. The boards were founded by their respective specialties to protect the public by assessing and certifying doctors who meet specific educational, training and professional requirements.
Dr. Garramone, a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, has met the stringent requirements and is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons®
Dr. Garramone is a Board-Certified Member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons®:
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the Society represents 94% of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S., and more than a thousand plastic surgeons worldwide, making ASPS a global institution and leading authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
The mission of ASPS is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. The Society is a strong advocate for patient safety and requires its members to operate in accredited surgical facilities that have passed rigorous external review of equipment and staffing.
The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
Dr. Garramone is a Member of The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) is the leading organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery. ASAPS Active-Member plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The American College of Surgeons
Dr. Garramone is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for surgical patients by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. The American College of Surgeons admits to its Fellowship only those surgeons whose professional activity is devoted to surgical practice and who agree to practice by the professional and ethical standards of the College.
The American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association
Dr. Garramone is a Member of The American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association.
The American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association is an international non-profit medical society of more than 2,600 health care professionals from 60 countries who treat and/or perform research on birth defects of the head and face.
The American Medical Association
Dr. Garramone is a Member of The American Medical Association:
Since 1847 the American Medical Association has promoted scientific advancement, improved public health, and invested in the doctor and patient relationship. As part of a physician organization committed to strengthening the ethics of medicine, every member pledges to uphold the Principles of Medical Ethics as interpreted in the Code of Medical Ethics, and to comply with the Bylaws of the American Medical Association and the Rules of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.
The Lee County Medical Society
Dr. Garramone is a Member of The Lee County Medical Society.
The Lee County Medical Society (LCMS) is an Organization Dedicated to the Health of our Community in Lee County, FL. They are committed to providing the most caring, modern and efficient health care system available, offering over 565 active dedicated physician members ready to respond to patients’ health care needs.
The Florida Medical Association
Dr. Garramone is a Member of The Florida Medical Association.
Founded in 1874, the Florida Medical Association is a professional association dedicated to the service and assistance of medical professionals in Florida. The FMA represents more than 20,000 physicians on issues of legislation and regulatory affairs, medical economics and education, public health, and ethical and legal issues.
The Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons
Dr. Garramone is a Member of The Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons (FSPS) has been helping to make safe, high-quality plastic surgery available in the state of Florida for more than half a century. Established in 1956, the society’s membership base includes more than 200 reputable, board-certified plastic surgeons.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Castle Connolly Medical Ltd- “Top Doctors®” Recognition, 2010 – 2016
For more than two decades, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America’s trusted source for identifying Top Doctors, has based its selection process on the foundation of peer nominations. Physicians nominate other doctors whom they feel are the most outstanding in their medical specialties, in any area of medicine and in any part of the country. Physicians cannot nominate themselves. Each year, Castle Connolly receives nearly 100,000 nominations via this process. After a thorough selection process only the best of the best are acknowledged as nation’s ‘Top Doctors”.
Dr. Ralph Garramone, recognized as one of America’s Top Doctors in plastic surgery for 6 years in a row, is one of the leading plastic surgeons in Fort Myers area.
Florida Weekly’s Best, 2015 – 2016
Florida Weekly, 2015 – 2016: Dr. Garramone’s practice was named “Best Place to Enhance Your Face And Body”.
The News-Press, The Best of Southwest Florida, 2014
The News-Press, 2014: Dr. Garramone voted ‘The Best Cosmetic Surgeon” and “The Best Breast Cosmetic Surgeon” by the News-Press readers.
The News-Press, The Best of Southwest Florida, 2015
The News-Press, 2015: Dr. Garramone voted ‘The Best Cosmetic Surgeon” by the News-Press readers.