The intelligent consumer checks more than one source when contemplating a major purchase. Finding a surgeon to perform cosmetic eye surgery should be no different. Performing delicate surgery in the area surrounding the eyes requires a steady hand, an artist’s vision – and, most importantly, extensive knowledge and sub specialized training. If you intend to see two or more surgeons before choosing one, there are questions you can ask to compare them, such as:
1. What formal training have you had for cosmetic eye surgery?
- A weekend course?
- A few cases in residency?
- Scattered courses and lectures picked up through the years?
- A formal, credentialed fellowship (usually one or two additional years) or other recognized, extended, advanced training in this area?
Dr. Jordan completed two years of fellowship training in ophthalmic plastic and orbital reconstructive surgery with leading experts in the world. This was after having fulfilled his one-year surgical internship, three-year residency training in ophthalmology, and 4 years of medical school.
2. How long have you been doing cosmetic eyelid surgery? If you started out focusing on another type of surgery, how much intensive retraining did you go through to make the transition?
Dr. Jordan has been performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in the eye region exclusively since 1986.
3. Are you credentialed by any recognized national organization – i.e. the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, or the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery?
Dr. Jordan is credentialed by and is an active member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is the only physician in the Ottawa area credentialed by this group.
4. What are all of the complications of cosmetic eyelid surgery? Are you trained and able to handle every one of them or will you have to refer such complications to other physicians? If you do need to refer, to whom do you send your patients?
Dr. Jordan will discuss with you all possible complications of your surgery. He is fully qualified to deal with any complications dealing with the eye or eyelids. Other surgeons routinely refer their eyelid complications to Dr. Jordan for management. In the unlikely event that a complication should arise involving another body system, he would refer you to the appropriate specialist.
5. How many surgical cases per week do you perform? How many of these cases are cosmetic eyelid surgeries?
Dr. Jordan performs 20 to 30 surgical cases of cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid and orbital surgeries each week. Half of the cases involve more sophisticated reconstructive plastic surgery made necessary by trauma, congenital deformity or disease.
6. Are you recognized by your peers as an authority in this area? If so, how many peer-reviewed articles have you published; how many books have you written; how many lectures have you given; how many other doctors have you trained?
Since 1984 Dr. Jordan has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles, non-peer reviewed articles, abstracts, books, book chapters, and newsletters. Moreover, he has been invited to lecture over 240 times throughout Canada, as well as the United States, and Europe. As a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute, Dr. Jordan has overseen the training of numerous physicians in the residency training program over the last 16 years. He has also been involved in the training of over 10 physicians in one-year fellowships in oculoplastic surgery. Dr. Jordan was selected by his peers to be included in “The Best Doctors in North America” text in 1994, “The Best Doctors in Canada” text in 1999, and “Best Doctors® in Canada” 2002-2003.
7. Do you have privileges at a hospital to perform all types of eyelid surgery or just an ambulatory surgery center or office surgery suite? If not, why? If so, which one(s)?
Dr. Jordan is credentialed to perform all types of eyelid and orbital surgery at the Ottawa Hospital General and Civic Campuses, the Eye Institute, and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), in their major operating room suites and in their daycare surgery units. In addition, he also uses the operating suite in his office and at an outpatient surgical centre on Carling Avenue.