Awards - Fellow American College of Surgeons | Awards & Certifications

American College of Surgeons (ACS)


Robert A. Hardesty, MD, FACS, a Diplomate and Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery has proudly been a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in good standing since 1993.

What is the American College of Surgeons?

The following was obtained from the ACS web site and other sources.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), founded in 1913, as an association to improve patient safety and care while encouraging scientific inquiry and setting standards of education and training for surgeons of all specialties. The American College of Surgeons at present has more than 80,000 American members, but also including more than 6,600 international Fellows making thus making it the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

How Are Doctors Chosen?

To be inducted into fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (FACS) all surgeons are required to have acquired the qualifications found below:

  • Graduation from a medical school meeting the requirements of the American College of Surgeons
  • Certification which is approved by the applicant’s specialty board
  • The Specialities Board must be recognized by:
    1. The American Surgical Specialty Board
    2. Required to a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties
    3. Or member of an American Osteopathic Surgical Specialty Board
    4. Or a specialty certification recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • A full/complete and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state or province of current practice. In addition, no reportable adverse action current or pending which could possibly and adversely affect the licensure status of the applicant.
  • It is a requirement that one year of independent surgical practice after the completion of all formal training be completed.
  • A membership with full privileges on the surgical staff of the applicant’s primary hospital with no reportable action(s) pending that could possibly adversely affect staff privileges at the primary hospital or any other health care facility.
  • An active surgical practice that validates and is consistent with the applicant training as a specialist in surgery. It is expected that all applicants’ physicians have independent and primary responsibility for the surgical care and treatment of their patients.
  • Ethical history and as well as professional proficiency are based upon information collected from Fellows who were consulted as references and from other sources.
  • A dedication in pursuing professional excellence both as an individual surgeon and a member of the surgical community is expected. Such interest may be collaborated by membership in local, regional, and national surgical societies; active participation in teaching/learning programs and membership on hospital committees; demonstrating continuing medical education by participating and/or attendance at professional meetings, courses, webinars and seminars.
  • The Member Services Liaison Committee determines that the requirements for Fellowship have been met. However, at its discretion it may defer any application.
  • The Board of Regents is solely responsible for the final decision regarding the applicant’s eligibility for Fellowship
  • The Board of Regents of the ASC at its discretion or at any time, may modify the requirements for Fellowship

Why is American College of Surgeons Unique?

Mission Statement

“The American College of Surgeons is dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.”


Members of the ACS are referred to as “Fellows.” The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon’s name denote that the surgeon’s training/education, qualifications, competence and ethical history have passed a demanding evaluation, and have been to be consistent with the rigorous standards required by the American College of Surgeons

It is indeed a privilege and a honor to granted Fellowship by the esteemed and highly respected American College of Surgeons.

Ready to reverse some years?  Call our office (951) 686-7600 today!

How to Find/Choose the Best/Top Plastic Surgeon? Part 1: What does it take to become a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Part 1: What does it take to become a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon I am often asked by friends, patients and those interested on how one becomes a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.  How to choose The Best/Top Plastic Surgeon and what questions to ask during a consultation. Thus, I have created a 3 part document addressing […]


Imagine: A Team that Truly Cares About You!

In addition to Dr. Hardesty’s staff brings a high degree of skill to an array of surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments. Patients rave about how deeply our team cares about their well-being. At Imagine Plastic Surgery your experience will reach beyond facial and body revitalization. You are becoming part of a unique family who places your welfare and satisfaction, first and foremost.

For over 30 years Dr. Hardesty, an award winning, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, has proudly served Riverside and San Bernardino counties of the Inland Empire, namely the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Upland, Corona, Chino Hills and Redlands. Additionally, we are pleased that patients travel from throughout Southern California, including Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, as well as other areas of America. We welcome one and all to our family of superior aesthetic specialists!

What is the cost?

At Imagine Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety a different procedures that all vary in prices. We strive in being transparent to all potential patients and being up front with how much our services may cost. For more information regarding the costs and prices, visit our plastic surgery prices page!


Can we answer a question?

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.