Trust is a critical component to a successful doctor-patient relationship (or any relationship, for that matter). In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to provide you with some of my background before discussing why I felt compelled to write this blog. I hope that this information will give you a better understanding of my credentials, my philosophy as a surgeon, and the core values I hold.
A bit about me
I grew up as the middle child of three boys, and I was greatly influence by the medical profession as my father, who was a dentist, and my cousin, who is a neurologist. I love seeing my father’s patients around town, and to this day they continue to tell me what a great man he was. From all of these glowing reviews I heard about Dad, as a kid I thought he was a local celebrity. I grew up in Tampa, Florida, where I completed both my undergraduate and medical school degrees at the University of South Florida.
While studying for additional specialization, I traveled on an externship to Johns Hopkins University to research head and neck surgery. From there, I opted to continue my studies in South America, at an exchange program in Ecuador. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity to become bilingual and see the world from a different perspective.
When I returned to the United States, I continued my head and neck surgical training at Indiana University in Indianapolis. I had no way of knowing that I was really going there to meet my wife.
When I met Irene, at first she didn’t realize that I was the man of her dreams when I was spending every third night in the hospital on call. With a few nights off work, good times with friends, persistence, and a lot of time on the tennis court together, she eventually changed her mind.
After finishing residency, we pursued one additional year of fellowship training in facial plastic surgery. It was a unique privilege and fantastic opportunity to work with many national leaders in the field of facial plastic surgery. During this time, I participated in medical research and contributed to numerous scientific publications and texts. I also had the opportunity to participate in a medical mission to Valladolid, Mexico, where we helped cleft lip and palate patients.
I have years of experience in occupational health and medicine in extended care facilities. I also provided
emergency care for the indigent population of Houston during my fellowship year. I have been practicing in Tampa, Florida, and I continue to provide medical care to the local community of uninsured patients.
I am the founder and CEO of ImageLift, where I currently practice my artistry as a facial plastic surgeon. ImageLift focuses exclusively on minimally invasive, office-based techniques and treatments in facial plastic surgery. This includes no downtime options, the latest technology in laser procedures, and recent advances in traditional procedures as well. I am board certified in both facial plastic surgery and head and neck surgery.
Due to my specialization in facial treatments and procedures, I’ve had the privilege to perform thousands of facelifting procedures. I have performed more facial procedures in six years than most plastic surgeons perform in three lifetimes. The sheer volume of surgeries I’ve performed has given me a great deal of insight and expertise.