Earning board certification is one of many ways a surgeon can prove his or her skills and knowledge. Each certifying board has different requirements and measures a physician’s education and experience in their chosen fields. Dr. Laliberte, MD FRCSC is a board-certified plastic surgeon. See Dr. Laliberte’s credentials with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta here and with the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada here.
Legally, any medical doctor is permitted to do any surgery. For example, there is no law that says an ear, nose and throat doctor can’t perform a facelift. Board certification provides assurance that a doctor has undergone formal training in the fundamentals of cosmetic surgery. A plastic surgeon cannot earn board certification without completing at least four years of residency training in cosmetic surgery procedures.