Several years ago, the Federal Trade Commission began to interfere with medical ethics by allowing medical doctors to advertise. Advertising has become a common modality in promoting medical practices, hospitals, drugs, procedures, etc. with the goal of educating and informing the public. One must realize that anyone can pay a fee and advertise and promote themselves. As my mentor, Dr. Ralph Millard has written, "A good reputation is gained by good results, by honest and dedicated service to patients and by respect of colleagues and patients. This takes time and has to be earned. Advertising is available immediately to anyone willing to pay for it, regardless of their skill or training. Many plastic surgeons that advertise claim merits unearned, skills not present and results never attained". The public must realize that there is no state or national law that limits a doctor as to what he can do in his office facility. We do have strict hospital by-laws that prevent inadequately trained doctors from performing procedures in a hospital or accredited out-patient ambulatory facility. Success in any career calls for special talent and specific training. There are no short-cuts when it comes to plastic surgery.
I was born in New Orleans. I obtained my B.A. degree with Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa Honors from the University of Colorado. I obtained my M.D. degree from L.S.U. Medical Center. I completed a 5 year surgery residency specializing in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in Denver Colorado. I served in the military and spent two years in Germany at Landstuhl Army Medical Center. From 1983-1985, I trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Miami, Florida under world renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Ralph Millard. I have been in solo practice for over 20 years performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. I have obtained Board Certification by two boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialities: The Amercian Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. I have served as President of the Tulsa County Medical Society and Chief of Surgery at St. John Medical Center. It has been an honor and priviledge to provide surgical care to my patients.