Robert J. Spies, MD, FACS
Dr. Spies is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and highly skilled in plastic surgery, with over 35 years of experience. Before performing both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery in Arizona, Dr. Spies received his medical degree at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed both a five year residency in general surgery (Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency) and a two year plastic surgery residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
He has received awards and recognition for his work, including the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award as well as being voted PHOENIX Magazine’s “Top Doctor” in 2017 and other previous years by a group of his peers. Not only does this renowned Arizona plastic surgeon dedicate his time to his practice, he also devotes time to the community. In the past, Dr. Spies has donated his time and skills by performing reconstructive surgery on children with birth deformities in Mexico, removing tattoos on ex-gang members in Phoenix, and teaching young men and women who are interested in becoming physicians.
Dr. Spies is also an adjunct instructor and associate professor in plastic surgery for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Plastic surgery residents from both the Mayo Clinic plastic surgery residency in Rochester, MN and Scottsdale, AZ spend time with Dr. Spies learning plastic surgery techniques and procedures. All of these young physicians are impressed with his surgical skills, expertise, and enthusiasm to teach.
Lastly, Dr. Spies is very involved with plastic surgery at the local community and state level. He has recently been voted as Vice President of the Arizona Society of Plastic Surgeons. This position allows him to be directly involved in such areas as Truth In Advertising initiatives and educational meetings for all plastic surgeons in Arizona.
Choosing a surgeon with gentle bedside manner and adherence to a strict code of ethics has an immensely positive effect on the cosmetic surgery experience. Dr. Spies is attentive to his patients’ needs, and he approaches each case with his honesty and expertise. He is a surgeon who truly cares about his work and the patients who put their trust in him.
When choosing your plastic surgeon, it is important to consider how much a surgeon values his patients. Dr. Spies is known for being highly informative and willing to address any concerns throughout the entire plastic surgery process. He also treats all of his patients as his top priority and is careful not to rush any pre-op or post-op appointments.
Dr. Spies frequently attends conferences and seminars to stay informed about the most modern techniques in the field. His dedication to continuing his education demonstrates a desire to stay current and implement only top-of-the-line treatments at his practice.
Are the doctor’s office and personal appearance professional?
Does the doctor listen to your needs and expectations of surgery?
Is the doctor certified in a specialty that relates to the procedure you desire?
Did the doctor complete his residency in a specialty related to your desired procedure?
Has the doctor welcomed your questions about qualifications, risks, and costs and answered them thoroughly?
Is the doctor on the list of plastic surgeons on the ASPS website?
Is the doctor board certified by the ABPS?
Is the doctor well-versed in the procedure you are considering?
Does your doctor have privileges to perform your desired procedure at an accredited hospital, if necessary?
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Dr. Spies has been a member of the ASPS since 1986. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. This society is composed of board-certified plastic surgeons who perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Only members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons may display the ASPS logo. This symbol of excellence in plastic surgery is what to look for when deciding on a surgeon. It tells you that you are choosing an experienced physician who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
Dr. Spies has been an active member of the ASAPS since 1995. As a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Dr. Spies is amongst a select group of board-certified plastic surgeons who have attained the highest level of achievement in cosmetic surgical training, continuing education, and clinical experience. The ASAPS is an organization devoted exclusively to advancing the science and art of cosmetic plastic surgery. Its members are a select group of board-certified plastic surgeons who have earned the right to display the distinctive ASAPS logo. Today, this logo represents the highest achievement in cosmetic plastic surgery.
American College of Surgeons (ACS)
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is the largest association for surgeons worldwide. The letters FACS after a surgeon’s name stand for “Fellow, American College of Surgeons.” Dr. Spies has been a valued member, or fellow, of the ACS since 1990.
Arizona Society of Plastic Surgeons
The Arizona Society of Plastic Surgeons is a society designed to provide the state of Arizona with board-certified plastic surgeons who are skilled and trained in their field. These doctors are committed to remaining faithful to plastic surgery standards. Dr. Spies is currently the Vice President of this Society.
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Dr. Spies was voted “Top Doctor” in Phoenix by a group of his peers in 2017. PHOENIX magazine conducts an annual survey of healthcare physicians to create a compilation of the most valuable professionals in the industry. This peer-selected group of surgeons is an excellent guide to give prospective patients outstanding care. Dr. Spies also has an excellent reputation with all of his patients, who continue to report extraordinary service and results.