Finding the right physician for yourself or a family member requires the consideration of several factors. Beyond formal qualifications, a good physician has years of experience, a positive reputation in the community, and good interpersonal skills.
Dr. Bradford Ress wants new patients to have a clear understanding of what it means to be a qualified ENT doctor. Beyond holding numerous academic positions and awards, Dr. Ress regularly publishes his patient testimonials so that past, current, and future patients can hear honest first-hand accounts of how treatments went at his Boca Raton, FL clinic.
If you live in the greater Boca Raton area and are searching for an ENT doctor and surgeon, keep these tips in mind.
Physicians should list their past education on their website. If they do not, this may be a red flag. Not all physicians are board certified. Board certification is an extra step that shows the doctor has a high level of competency in his or her respective field. Beyond these steps, you should look for doctors who graduated with “distinction” or “honors.” Physicians who worked to graduate near the top of their class generally maintain that work ethic well into their careers. Dr. Ress received an M.D. with Distinction from the University of Miami School of Medicine.
While recent medical school graduates shouldn’t be seen as less qualified than veteran physicians, they are less experienced. Working with a doctor who has several years or decades of professional experience means that you can benefit from the hundreds or thousands of cases that have reached your doctor before yours does. Dr. Ress has more than two decades of experience.
Patient testimonials or reviews are an unbiased source for how well a physician performs. Websites such as Healthgrades or RateMDS can be one source. Dr. Ress regularly publishes patient testimonials.
Not all ENT doctors and surgeons perform the same types of procedures. You probably do not want to be referred out to another doctor because of your ENT doctor’s lack of qualifications.
Dr. Ress performs the following procedures in-house:
- Balloon Sinuplasty/Balloon Sinus Dilation
- Stereotactic Navigation
- Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
- Submucosal Resection of the Turbinates
- Allergy Testing
- Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots)
Memberships and Academic Works
Ideally, a good physician is passionate about his or her field of study and seeks continuing education or work outside of the clinic when possible. Doctors often publish in state or national journals or seek academic work at a nearby university.
Dr. Ress is recognized in this field. His past and current faculty work includes the University of California-San Diego, the Clinical Faculty at the University of Miami, and (his current position) at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Ress is an active guest speaker at conferences, and he has published in numerous journal, articles, and book chapters. Dr. Ress has received several awards for his research.
Doctors aren’t allowed to perform surgeries in any hospital. Each clinic maintains its own sets of standards while limiting the number of physicians who have privileges to work there. One good sign when searching for a surgeon is the number and quality of the hospitals the doctor maintains privileges at.
Dr. Ress has hospital privileges at:
- Boca Raton Regional Hospital
- Boca Raton Outpatient Surgery and Laser Center
- Aventura Hospital
To schedule your appointment at our Boca Raton, FL clinic, contact us online or call Dr. Ress at (561) 353-7377.