Dr. Singh's Credentials
Dr. Singh’s practice philosophy is that if you are spending more time with a nurse than with the surgeon, then you are probably in the wrong hands. What plastic surgeons do is a novelty, not a commodity. Your care should be customized to you and your body, your lifestyle, and the doctor should get to know both of those aspects before recommending a procedure. It involves not just measuring, mapping, and photographing--but compassionate listening to produce the goal of a SATISFIED patient with an outstanding clinical result.
It is not just elective surgery, but selective surgery. Have you selected the most qualified board-certified plastic surgeon?
BREAST AUGMENTATION: When it comes to breast augmentation, some plastic surgeons just focus on size. That's not enough. What Dr. Singh wants to produce for the client is not just big breasts, but pretty breasts. We aren't trying to create another "Silicone Valley" in Washington, DC. Tasteful, proportionate and attractive breasts are Dr. Navin Singh's goal in plastic surgery. His patients are the envy of others.
TUMMY TUCK: This is a procedure often done as part of a mommy make-over to improve the tummy area in those women who are vibrant, full of life, and just don't feel that body matches in their inner vigor and lust for life. Dr. Singh can help "bring sexy back."
FACIAL REJUVENATION: For many patients, eyelid surgery can improve the central area of the face, for patients who say "I'm tired of people say that I look tired." It can help turn back the clock when life is getting good. Often Dr. Singh treats patients who are not just looking for a mommy-make-over but a mother-of-the-bride-make-over. Hey, why not look almost as good as the bride.
Affordable, meticulous and detailed plastic surgery by an expert in facial surgery can be like warm sunshine on your face--able to bring out your natural beauty and highlight it for you to enjoy.
"Old school" is great in fashion, but not on your face. Meet Dr. Singh for the "new school" approach on plastic surgery--minimally invasive, minimally disruptive.
LIPOSUCTION: When fads and magic pills fail, try a scientific based approach to liposuction, whether by Lipo-selection (ultra-sound guided) or Laser based liposuction to remove unsightly and stubborn fat deposits.
Dr. Navin Singh is a Board-Certified plastic surgeon in private practice and an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also a clinical assistant professor of Neurosurgery as well as Gynecology because of his extensive experience in reconstruction of neurologic and gynecologic structures. He is licensed in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC and practices at Sibley, Suburban, INOVA Fairfax, Johns Hopkins, and Shady Grove Hospitals. A portion of Dr. Singh's practice is based at Johns Hopkins Hospital which has been consistently ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for 18 years in a row.
Educated in New York, Boston, and Washington, DC, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Mathematics from Brown University and during his M.D. curriculum graduated at the top of his medical class. He also holds a Masters of Science in Clinical Biostatistics from Harvard. After completing his plastic surgery training at Johns Hopkins, including a fellowship in craniofacial reconstruction and microsurgery, he earned an MBA.
Via his training at the upper echelons in Shock Trauma, microsurgery, laser surgery, endoscopic techniques, and ultrasonic-assisted lipoplasty, he is a seasoned surgeon. His practice is limited to craniomaxillofacial, breast, and body cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Singh maintains an active surgical practice focusing on breast surgery and body surgery (tissue expander/implant, DIEP or TRAM flap, reduction, lifts, and augmentations), aesthetic cosmetic surgery such as rhinoplasty, facelifts, and injectables, microvascular surgery, and abdominal wall reconstruction. His research interests include minimally invasive surgery, laser techniques, and computer/robotic-assisted plastic surgery. Dr. Singh speaks nationally and internationally on these topics and is a requested speaker at the major medical centers here in the USA and has been sought to perform surgery on numerous international dignitaries and royalty both here and abroad. Dr. Singh’s services have been requested by royalty, ambassadors, politicians, authors, and contestants of the Miss America and Miss Universe pageants, and the Washington Redskins cheerleaders. In fact, he has been requested to operate on the family members of nurses, plastic surgeons, as well as on other plastic surgeons themselves. Patients have flocked to him, travelling specifically to have a consult with him from Dubai, Hong Kong, Latin America, and Germany.
Dr. Singh is widely published because of his numerous research studies and has authored influential papers on cosmetic surgery in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Annals of Plastic Surgery, and is on the editorial board of The Aesthetic Surgery Journal and Microsurgery. He has contributed book chapters for Current Therapy in Plastic Surgery, AO Manual of Internal Fixation of the Craniomaxillofacial Skeleton, and Current Surgical Therapy. He even has a children’s book devoted to cleft lip children awaiting repair to his credit. He holds several patents for surgical devices for placement of silicone gel implants, and created WikiPlast—an online wiki of plastic surgery knowledge for surgeons and patients alike.
He is on several committees of national surgical organizations such as The Association of Academic Chairmen in Plastic Surgery, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and The American College of Surgeons, as well as a founding member of the Society of Aesthetic Breast Surgeons. He was awarded the prestigious “Certificate of Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery” by ASAPS, and is often consulted by the local and national media. His patient for breast enhancement and lift was on the national panel for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2006, and his patients were featured as the national Patients of Courage in 2004 and again in 2008 for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons!
As an educator, he has taught at Board Certification review courses and writes for the annual in-training examination for plastic surgery, and has twice been the recipient of the Teacher of the Year award at Johns Hopkins and the Osler Teaching Award in 2008. He has been voted among America’s Top Physicians and America’s Top Plastic Surgeons by the Consumer Research Council of America. He has been featured in both print and broadcast media (Discovery Channel, Maryland Public Television, Fox, Daily Café, Capitol File, Baltimore Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Self, Allure and Glamour) for his innovative work at the forefront of cutting-edge technology, and received the Hero Award from the Shock Trauma Center.
He is involved in philanthropy – and spends about 4-6 weeks of his personal time each year on surgical missions to Ecuador, India, Peru, Philippines, and China with Interplast, OpSmile, and CareForKids to help those less fortunate than us—performing birth defect repairs such as cleft lip and burns. He also founded a plastic surgery think tank-Plastic Surgery Advisors as well as a 501-3-c corp for charitable activities. As an advocate for patients, he sits on the Research Commission of the ASPS as well as the Government Affairs Committee, and is the advisor for the Breast Health Center of the National Women’s Health Resource Center, past Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Breast Center and is currently the Director of the National Capital Breast Reconstruction Fellowship in Bethesda, and has spent 10 years teaching young residents Johns Hopkins in state of the art cosmetic surgery and reconstruction. Additionally, Navin serves as the current Chair of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for Breast Implants for Allergan, Inc.
With over 16 years of experience in medicine and 10 years in specializing in Plastic Surgery, having been Director of Microsurgery and Craniofacial Surgery at Shock Trauma and Director of Breast Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery Education at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Singh has limited his practice to facial aesthetic surgery and breast and body contouring.
Respect is what Board-Certification means to me.
It means respect FOR my patients, not FROM my patients.
To me as doctor, Board certification in plastic surgery means that I care and respect my patients enough to seek out the highest levels of education and credentialing to deliver the best care for my patients.
It means, after graduating from an accredited 4-year medical school, training in an institution that meets the Residency Review Committee (RRC) and ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) requirements to be a bona fide and legitimate residency training program.
It means that after that training – ranging from 5-7 years, the graduate will submit themselves to a lengthy written examination. After passing the written examination, the graduate submits himself or herself to an Oral Examination – where a grueling committee pours over the doctor’s cases, looking for any signs of substandard practice, any deviation from the ethical and honest practice of medicine, and any concerns about judgment, skill, and aptitude.
Board-Certification means the doctor cares enough to put the patient’s best interest at heart, ahead of his or her own. Board-Certification is not a one-off event. To maintain board-certification, the doctor must continue ongoing medical education (CME) to keep abreast of the latest new techniques, devices, and medications as they emerge. The doctor must maintain a license to practice medicine, pass the scrutiny of his/her peers, and maintain credentials and privileges in a hospital. It’s like a periodic check-up on the doctor’s ability and skills. Board-certification takes time. It takes time away from our practice and from our families. There is studying, reading, form-filling, and exam-taking. While it may not be fun, it is essential to maintaining and promoting the best of plastic surgery for our patients.
I tell my patients if they are considering other doctors, to please, please, please only consider Board-Certified doctors, and not just certified by any made-up board. I wouldn’t want a patient to have cataract or Lasik surgery on their eyes by a gynecologist, or a C-section by a orthopedic surgeon, or their heart-attack managed by their pediatrician.
So it only makes sense that a patient should go to a doctor that is board-certified by one of the only two boards that are members of the legitimate body of American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Those two sub-specialty boards are The American Board of Plastic Surgery for certifying doctors in the full and comprehensive field of plastic surgery and the sub-sub-specialty board The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for surgeons who want to achieve even a higher level of distinction for doing plastic surgery of the face.
Remember, if the words “American Board” and “Plastic Surgery” don’t appear in the board designation, the individual claiming board-certification is NOT CERTIFIED IN PLASTIC SURGERY by any of the member boards of the authoritative ABMS which is a recognized by the AMA (American Medical Association)
Do patients respect the fact that I am dual board-certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery? I think so. But that is not why good doctors become board-certified. We do it because we respect our patients and our patients deserve our
honesty and the best-educated ethical surgeons.
Board-certification in plastic surgery means we respect our patients.
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