Dr. James M. Stuzin

“Beauty Through Mastery”

Dr. James M. StuzinDr. James Stuzin is one of the foremost experts in aesthetic plastic surgery practicing today. A leader in the industry, he’s authored several seminal textbooks including “Surgical Rejuvenation of the Face” and “Chemical Peeling and Laser Resurfacing” and published over 100 heavily cited articles in plastic surgery journals.

Known internationally for his groundbreaking work, Dr. Stuzin regularly lectures at and keynotes plastic surgery conferences throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. He is also Chairman of the Baker Gordon Educational Symposium on Cosmetic Surgery, the oldest symposium of cosmetic surgery in the world. Not content to simply mange this widely regarded meeting, Dr. Stuzin also performs live surgery demonstrations to teach other plastic surgeons his cutting edge techniques for face lifting, neck lifting, endoscopic brow lifting and upper- and lower-eyelid surgery.

The videos of these procedures are stored on The Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery website where they are among the most widely viewed videos by plastic surgeons globally.

Area of Expertize and Specialization

Dr. Stuzin has had a passion for facial rejuvenation dating back almost 40 years. While studying craniofacial surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Stuzin published several articles on advances in facial anatomy which laid the groundwork for developing techniques used in modern facelifts. In the years since their publication, these articles have become classics of the field that are frequently cited by medical researchers and plastic surgeons around the world.
Dr. Stuzin’s work, however, goes beyond just anatomic theory. After entering into practice with Dr Thomas J. Baker, Dr. Baker and Dr. Stuzin developed “The Extended SMAS” procedure — now a widely utilized technique in facelifts. The approach was groundbreaking in the way it put aesthetics central to the practice of plastic surgery, allowing restoration of a facial shape to a more youthful form without the surgical distortion so commonly seen in other face-lifting procedures. This procedure not only enhances facial appearance and contour, but it has the additional benefit of minimizing scar perceptibility and signs that the patient has undergone surgery.

After having performed several thousand Extended SMAS procedures throughout his career, Dr. Stuzin is not only the co-founder of this technique, but one of the world’s leading experts on its execution.

Academic Accomplishments

An accomplished educator as well as surgeon, Dr. Stuzin is regarded throughout the field of aesthetic plastic surgery as a leading expert. To date he’s been one of only two plastic surgeons in the State of Florida elected by his peers to serve as the Director and Chairman of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the organization that provides Board Certification for plastic surgeons in the United States.

Following this, Dr. Stuzin served as President of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the organization which represents plastic surgeons who have focused their careers on cosmetic surgery. For many years, Dr Stuzin has also served as the educational director and Program Chairman for the Aesthetic Society, lecturing on facial anatomy, techniques in face and neck-lifting as well as moderating panel discussions with other recognized experts in facial rejuvenation.

For the last decade, Dr Stuzin has served as the co-editor of the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the most widely recognized and subscribed plastic surgery journal in the world. As co-editor, Dr. Stuzin reviews articles related to cosmetic surgery, specifically with regards to the newest innovations in face-lifting, facial anatomy and advancements in injectable fillers.

Finally, Dr. Stuzin is the Chairman of the Baker Gordon Educational Symposium, currently celebrating its 52nd year as the oldest and most prestigious meeting in aesthetic plastic surgery. Drawing surgeons from over thirty-five countries around the world, this symposium features lectures from leading experts across disciplines and live surgery demonstrations of the newest innovations in aesthetic medicine. With a singular focus on education, Dr. Stuzin has digitally preserved videos of these lectures and surgeries on the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery website to ensure that surgeons all over the world can learn from the masters of their field. (See Baker Gordon Symposium Annual Symposium)

Education Background, Training, Certification and Clinical Appointments

Board Certifications
American Board of Plastic Surgery
American Board of General Surgery

Bachelor of Arts
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Medical Degree – M.D.
University of Florida, School of Medicine
Gainesville, FL

Internship: General Surgery
University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle, WA

Residency: General Surgery
University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle, WA

Fellowship: Plastic Surgery
New York University Hospitals, NY, NY

Craniofacial Fellow
University of Miami Hospitals, Miami, FL

Craniofacial Fellow
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Clinical Appointments

Assistant Professor of Surgery/Plastic (Voluntary Staff)
University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL (June 2002- Present)

Courtesy Clinical Associate Professor Department of Surgery
University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL (2005 to Present)

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery /Plastic Surgery (Voluntary Staff)
University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL (1995-2002)

Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (1987 to 1987)

Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Plastic Surgery (Voluntary Staff)
University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL (1989-1995)

Clinical Publications

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