Dr. Paul Howard is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Florida State University before attending medical school at the University of Alabama. Upon completion of his medical degree, he completed his general surgery residency (achieving Chief Resident status) under Dr. John Kirklin at the University of Alabama. Dr. Howard completed his plastic surgery residency (achieving Chief Resident status) under world famous top plastic surgeon D. Ralph Millard, MD at the University of Miami before completing a plastic surgery fellowship under world famous cranio-facial plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Tessier in Paris, France. Drs. Ralph Millard and Paul Tessier are regarded as the greatest plastic surgeons to ever live. Years before his passing, Dr. Millard "passed the baton" to Dr. Paul Howard and one other of his students who is located in Italy.
Since returning to Birmingham, Alabama to establish his plastic surgery practice, Dr. Howard has continued to travel the world giving lectures, teaching other plastic surgeons, and performing medical missions to operate on children born with facial deformities. Dr. Howard is founder of the NewFace Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that benefits children born with facial deformities.
Dr. Howard has been one of the South's top plastic surgeons and leaders in cosmetic plastic surgery including facelift, necklift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, liposuction, otoplasty, and also one of the Nation's leaders in for facial fat grafting having been one of the first physicians to publish successful results over two decades ago.
Dr. Howard is a member of dozens of professional societies and organizations including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The Dr. Ralph Millard Plastic Surgery Society & Education Foundation, The Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Alabama Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is an avid student of the medical history of Alabama having published numerous articles describing the plight of medical doctors and surgeons in Alabama during the nineteenth century. Dr. Howard recently completed his first fiction novel,Perception as Reality - The Life & Times of Tedy Merrill, and is writing his first cook book. Dr. Howard's second fiction novel and sequel to his first, Evil Envy, is currently available in paperback and will soon be available in hardback on Amazon. Be sure to follow Dr. Howard on Facebook and Twitter for book release announcements and contests.
Dr. Howard and his wife enjoy gourmet cooking, traveling, reading, entertaining friends, and spending time with their dogs. Dr. Howard has one daughter who is married. Both are practicing attorneys in Atlanta.
First of all, board certification is a voluntary achievement. It is a gold standard when researching a physician's credentials. A physician's board certification is supposed to be a clear indicator the physician is qualified to perform within the specific specialty.
The American Board of Medical Specialties oversees the various board certifications for each specialty of medicine. In order for a doctor to qualify for board certification with the American Board of Plastic Surgery, they must have completed the approved training program(s) by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Upon completion of the required and approved residency training programs, the doctor may sit for a written and oral exam. Certification is awarded upon successful completion of both exams and if they meet particular general and professional requirements.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only recognized plastic surgery board certification by the American Board of Medical Specialties. There are many other board certifications that pertain to cosmetic or plastic surgery but they are obviously not recognized boards for a reason: they do not require formal plastic surgery training.
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