Frank X Fleming, MD
Dr. Fleming knew at an early age that he wanted to follow his father and grandfather’s footsteps into the medical field and become a plastic surgeon. Dr. Fleming earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Dr. Fleming went on to complete a six year General Surgery residency at the Yale University School of Medicine Affiliated Hospital System. While there, as Chief Resident, he was awarded a special teaching award for his skill at teaching medical students and junior residents assigned to his service. Dr. Fleming continued on to complete a two year Plastic Surgery residency at McGill University under the guidance of Bruce Williams, who was then president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This was followed by a hand fellowship in Phoenix Arizona.
Dr. Fleming came to the Tri-Cities in 2008 to head up the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Kadlec Clinic. Having made frequent trips to the Tri-Cities as the coach of his son’s hockey team, Dr. Fleming and his wife knew that the Tri-Cities would be an excellent community to raise their growing family. For over two decades Dr. Fleming has been transforming lives with his surgical skills, attention to detail and commitment to patient safety.
Dr. Fleming’s commitment to patient safety is the cornerstone of his practice. For optimal patient safety, Dr. Fleming performs his surgeries at Kadlec Regional Medical Center. Dr. Fleming is a retired Lt Commander with the US Navy Reserves, sits on the Board of Directors of the Kadlec Clinic and is a recipient of the prestigious Golden Hands award, given to him by his peers at the Washington Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Fleming is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Learn more about the importance of Board Certification here: The American Board of Plastic Surgery
Dr. Fleming is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
What does Board Certification mean and why is it important?
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), is the only official medical certifying board. There are 24 Board Certifications recognized by the ABMS. Board Certification in Plastic Surgery is one of the recognized Boards. Board Certification in Cosmetic Surgery is NOT. Often we see doctors who are trained as obgyn’s, general practitioners, general surgeons or even dentists claiming to be Board Certified in Cosmetic surgery. However, the truth is, some of these Cosmetic Surgery Boards only require a weekend class to become a member. When hospitals grant privileges to doctors to be on their staff, they verify that a doctor is Board Certified by one of the 24 ABMS Boards, such as Plastic Surgery. My advice to patients is to be careful, verify credentials, investigate. Because training, experience and expertise do matter.
Golden hands Award
Dr. Fleming is a recipient of the prestigious Golden Hands Award. This award is given once a year by the Washington Association of Plastic Surgeons to one of it’s members. The Golden hands award was bestowed to Dr. Fleming for excellence in Cosmetic Surgery.
Realself Top Doctor Award
In 2015 Realself awarded Dr. Fleming its ‘top doctor’ award. Realself is the worlds largest online consumer resource for plastic and cosmetic surgery. This award is given to less than 10% of the 6000 Realself doctors.
Named one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons – 2015
The Consumer Research Council of America has named Dr. Fleming as one of America’s top Plastic Surgeons for 2015. The Consumer Research Council, based in Washington DC,is an independent research company that evaluates professionals from a number of fields. They do not collect fees or sponsorship’s. Dr. Fleming will be included in their 2016 “Guide to America’s Top Plastic Surgeon’s”.
Vitals is an online resource which helps patients identify the highest rated doctors in their communities. Millions of patients visit Vitals each year and leave reviews about their doctors. Vitals.com compiles the data and gives awards to physicians who score well in patient reviews.
Dr. Fleming has received the following awards from Vitals:
The patient choice award:
This award is given to doctors who have provided outstanding patient care and have made a difference in their patients lives.
Compassionate Doctor Award:
This award is given to doctors who go above and beyond in their level of kindness, compassion, bedside manner and patient care.
The on-time award:
This award is given to doctors who are prompt and on time. A sign of an organized, efficient, well run office.
Top 10 award:
This award is given to doctors who receive consistently high ratings from their patients. Overall only 3% of physicians meet the criteria to be rated as a top 10 physician by vitals.com.