Marialyn J. Sardo, MD, FACS is a native San Diegan. She was educated at San Diego State University and graduated with Academic Distinction and Highest Honors in Chemistry, as well as attaining the honor of Phi Beta Kappa.
A 1982 graduate of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Sardo trained in general surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles and the
prestigious Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She received her training in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at Boston University Medical Center.
After returning to San Diego and establishing her private practice in 1987, she obtained Board Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Sardo maintains hospital staff privileges at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Sharp Memorial Hospital (former Chief of Plastic Surgery), Mary Birch Women's Hospital, and Children's Hospital.
Professional Society Memberships include the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASPS), the California Medical Association, the San Diego County Medical Society, the San Diego Plastic Surgery Society, the American College of Women Health Physician, the North County Coastal Women Physicians and the American Association of Physician Artists.
This Symbol of Excellence
designates plastic surgeons who are Active
Members of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Plastic Surgeons who display this symbol are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are dedicated to the highest standards of patient care and continuing development of professional skills and competence.
• AMERICAN SOCIETY OF
• PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE
• SURGEONS, INC.
Understanding Board Certification
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is the agency which governs sub-specialty boards. They assure that surgeons certified in Plastic Surgery have received the appropriate training, passed rigorous exams and have demonstrated experience and competence in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Many "cosmetic surgeons" list board certification but only the American Board of Plastic Surgery has traditionally overseen the training of Plastic Surgeons. While many "boards" have been submitted to ABMS for approval, only 25 have met their strict criteria. These recognized, official boards are:
• Allergy and Immunology
• Colon and Rectal Surgery
• Emergency Medicine
• Family Practice
• Internal Medicine
• Medical Genetics
• Neurological Surgery
• Nuclear Medicine
• Obstetrics and Gynecology
• Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat)
• Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
• Plastic Surgery
• Preventive Medicine
To see if a surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, you
may call the ABMS at 1-800-776-2378.
FACS stands for Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. It is an organization comprised of surgeons who are Board Certified and have been in practice for at least two years. The member must demonstrate excellence in his or her field, ethical standards, and a commitment to continuing education.