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Suzan Obagi, MD, Named 2018 President of The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

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February 15, 2018

CHICAGO, IL – Suzan Obagi, MD, has been named President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Obagi was officially inducted on February 2 at the AACS 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas.

“I am so excited to be the 2018 President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery,” says Dr. Obagi. “The Academy was the first society to unite physicians of different surgical specialties to foster cross-specialty learning and to formalize the teaching of cosmetic surgery.  The interest in cosmetic surgery continues to grow among patients worldwide. For this reason, I see several areas that can be strengthened in the year ahead.”

“First of all, we must ensure that our specialty attracts the brightest of the young new surgeons to our fellowships. We will need to groom them for leadership in the years ahead,” she says. “Secondly, we must continue to offer our members the best education in formats that suit their needs, whether its webinars, live patient demonstrations, or conferences. The AACS must remain the most important source of education and training in cosmetic surgery. Lastly, we need to continue to have collaboration with our colleagues across the globe. Cosmetic surgery is a worldwide field and we have a lot of knowledge to share and to gain in this collaboration.”

A board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Obagi is Associate Professor of Dermatology and Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Obagi is also Director of the state-of-the-art UPMC Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Health Center.

Dedicated to the advancement of cosmetic dermatology and surgery, Dr. Obagi trains residents and physicians from around the world on the latest in cosmetic and laser surgery. She also serves as the director of the cosmetic dermatologic surgery fellowship.

With an emphasis on skin health restoration, autologous fat augmentation (fat transfer), neuromodulators and soft tissue fillers, chemical peeling, dermabrasion, and lasers, Dr. Obagi has been invited to speak around the world to various medical specialties and submit articles for publication.

In her research, Dr. Obagi is interested in ways to improve adipocyte (fat) survival after transplantation, patient safety in skin resurfacing, laser treatment for improving Raynaud’s phenomenon, and ultrasound measurement of long-term fat graft survival after transplantation.

An internationally renowned expert in cosmetic dermatology and surgery, Dr. Obagi has been quoted extensively in print publications including USA Today, Elle, Woman’s World,, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. She was also cited by the New York Times Style Magazine as one of the top cosmetic surgeons in the United States.

Dr. Obagi formerly served as vice president of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and as president of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation.

After receiving her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Obagi completed a medical internship at the University of California-Irvine and her dermatology residency at the University of Pittsburgh. She also completed an AACS-certified cosmetic surgery fellowship under James Bridenstine, MD, at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Dermatology. Dr. Obagi received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of California-San Diego.

She currently resides in Pittsburgh with her husband and three children.

For complete information on the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, please visit


About the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

Founded in 1985, the mission of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) is to advance the specialty of cosmetic surgery and quality patient care. AACS is the leader in continuing medical education for all specialties of cosmetic surgery, providing fellowship training programs, live surgery workshops, medical symposiums and an annual scientific meeting. Most members of the AACS are board‐certified cosmetic surgeons, dermatological surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, head and neck surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, obstetric‐gynecologic surgeons, general surgeons and ophthalmic surgeons – all of whom specialize in cosmetic surgery. AACS is the organization that represents all cosmetic surgeons in the American Medical Association (AMA) through its seat in the AMA House of Delegates. For more information, visit

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