Meet Houston Plastic Surgeon
C. Bob Basu MD, MPH, FACS
- Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (American Board of Plastic Surgery)
- Chair, Patient Safety Committee, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Board of Directors, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Board of Directors, American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)
- Chief of Plastic Surgery, North Cypress Medical Center
An Interview with Dr. Bob Basu
Q: Every plastic surgeon has a particular focus. What is yours?
A: My practice focus is on patient satisfaction, optimizing safety and comfort as well as consistent, beautiful results. This focus has contributed to our strong referral practice and patients who return for additional plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures.
My clinical focus includes: Cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, including breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction procedures; Cosmetic body contouring, including mommy makeover procedures, tummy tuck, body lifts and contouring after weight loss; and surgical and non-invasive facial rejuvenation.
My staff and I also perform a wide range of minimally invasive and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, including Ulthera (ultrasonic face and neck lifting/tightening, Botox®, injectable fillers (Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm, and fat grafts), chemical peels, and laser treatments.
Q: What is most important to you during a consultation with a new patient?
A: Cosmetic surgery is an important step in anyone’s life. I want all my patients to have a comprehensive understanding of their options and to be confident about their choices. My patients regularly comment that I spend much more time with them than most other cosmetic surgeons. Our initial consultation is the opportunity for me to educate patients about their options. I want them to be fully informed and get all their questions and concerns answered.
Q: Where did you get your education and training?
A: I graduated Magna Cum Laude with High Honors from Princeton University and received my M.D. and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Mass.
As for training, I completed my general surgery training at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and my training in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at the prestigious Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, division of Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine. I have also served as an assistant professor of plastic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine for several years.
Q: You are a national leader in your field with leadership positions with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Why does this matter to your patients?
A: I consider myself an advocate for patients and other dedicated physicians. There are issues on the table, like insurance coverage and access to care that require hands-on attention. As Director of the Institute of Advanced Breast Reconstruction, I have witnessed first-hand insurance companies trying to deny patients’ access to even reconstructive procedures after breast cancer. Simply put, this is not OK! Being actively involved in advocating for my patients allows me to serve my community to help represent the voice of patients in this ever-evolving American health care system. Being in a leadership position gives me the opportunity to make a difference that is tangible to my patients.
I am passionate about my involvement in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons – an organization altruistically dedicated to advancing the science of our specialty and the quality of care for our patients. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In addition, I am particularly proud of being selected by my peers to serve on the Ethics Committee of our society. As ASPS members, we commit to a very strict Code of Ethics to ensure the highest standards for our patients. I wanted to share the preamble for our Ethics Code with you:
To benefit humanity by advancing the art and science of plastic and reconstructive surgery; to promote the highest standard of professional skill and competence among plastic surgeons; to promote the exchange of information among plastic surgeons; to promote the highest standard of personal conduct among plastic surgeons and physicians; to provide the public with information about the scientific progress in plastic and reconstructive surgery; to promote the purpose and effectiveness of plastic surgeons as is consistent with the public interest.
Q: You often speak to your peers. Where have you been a presenter?
A: One of my early career mentors taught me “academics is a state of mind, not just a title.” As an academic plastic surgeon in private practice with a commitment to scientific based outcomes, I have had the opportunity to share my clinical research and ideas at prominent medical organizations for plastic and reconstructive surgeons, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
Q: Safety is a major issue for you. How does this impact the work you do?
A: As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I am a physician above all else and must do everything possible to ensure a patient’s good health. My medical research focuses on analyzing outcomes in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery—both clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. I believe nothing matters more than patient safety.
I currently serve as Chair for the Patient Safety Committee for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This committee has been tasked to examine important patient safety issues affecting plastic surgery patients. For instance, I had the opportunity to co-author/contribute to a special “Evidence-Based Patient Safety Advisory” supplement in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal (2009). I have also served as editor of a special patient safety issue of Seminars of Plastic Surgery titled “Optimization of Patient Safety in Cosmetic Surgery.”
We are proud to have a surgical facility fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), whose primary mission is to ensure the highest quality for patient care in the ambulatory surgery setting. Again, I say this a lot—but patient safety is paramount. Now we can provide surgical care in a clean, relaxing boutique spa-like environment with the same level of safety as a hospital or surgery center without having to go to the hospital. In addition, we have board certified anesthesiologists to ensure that our patients are comfortable and safe during and after their procedure.
Q: You have achieved many honors from leading medical associations. What are they?
A: I’m very proud to have received honors from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Association for Academic Surgery, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. I was named one of Houston’s Top Doctors in 2007-2013 by H Texas Magazine and Houston’s Top doctors for Women in 2007-2013. In addition, I am proud to have been recognized as Realself.com Top Doc in Plastic Surgery in the Houston Metropolitan region. The greatest honor is having the privilege every day to help patients feel better about themselves.
Q: How do you choose members of your staff?
A: I look for people skills, first and foremost, because I insist that our patients be treated with the utmost care, respect, and compassion. I can train staff members on our systems and methods but sensitivity, the ability to connect with people, integrity, and loyalty cannot be taught. I also look for people who take great pride in their work. This ensures that the patient experience is exceptional at all levels of our practice.
Q: What advice do you have for someone contemplating plastic surgery?
A: I’d tell them to meet with more than one surgeon so they’re confident they’ve made the right choice. Look for the proper training in plastic surgery, beautiful results in the before & after photos, and the indefinable connection and confidence that they should feel with their surgeon. Surgery is a process from pre-op to post-op and beyond. That’s why the relationship matters.
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