Harvard trained, board certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Michael K. Obeng, MD, FACS, was named among “America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America in 2011. He specializes in cosmetic surgery of the aging face, neck, breast, body, trunk, extremities and genitalia. Dr. Obeng is among the rare, few surgeons in the world to successfully reattach a limb, and he is an expert in complex reconstructive surgery, hand, and microneurovascular surgery.
Currently on staff at Cedars Sinai Hospital, and the former Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Elizabeth Health Center – one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country – Dr. Obeng brings years of experience and innovative ways of solving complex cosmetic and reconstructive surgical dilemmas. His clientele comprises of royalty and celebrities, but also includes some of the world’s most unfortunate patients.
Born into poverty in Ghana, Africa, Dr. Obeng persevered over unimaginable obstacles, and thrived against all odds to arrive at this culmination of professional and personal success. His deep compassion and care for patients derives from these humble beginnings, and he takes pride in treating each patient like family. Dr. Obeng travels to third world countries to donate his surgical skills through RESTORE, a charitable organization that he founded in 2008. The charity provides free reconstructive surgery to abused and battered women and children, and people with congenital and accidental deformities. He also advocates for the underprivileged in the U.S., educating them about the post-reconstructive surgery options that are available after breast cancer treatment.
Dr. Obeng is one of the most sought after surgeons in the world. His surgical successes, cosmetic and reconstructive expertise, and charitable work through RESTORE are often featured on local television news such as ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX, and in many local, national and international publications.
He has garnered many prestigious awards, including a research grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the coveted Herman B. Barnett award in Surgery and Anesthesia. He has also published extensively, and lectures on breast aesthetics, augmentation and reconstruction to international audiences. When he is not speaking on plastic surgery, he can be found around the nation giving his award-winning motivational speech,Perseverance.
Dr. Obeng resides in Bel Air, CA with his wife, Veronica, and their children.
“Mesenchymal stem cells on chronic wounds,” 2007
“Mentor Memory Gel silicone gel-filled breast implants P030093 post-approval study,” 2007
“A novel and practical approach of correcting whistle deformities,” supervised by Steven J. Blackwell, M.D., 2004
“Complications after major cleft lip revision,” supervised by Steven J. Blackwell, M.D., 2004
“Mathematical model to estimate amount of breast tissue excision in reduction mammoplasty,” supervised by Linda G. Phillips, M.D., 2004
“Cytokine expression of keloid fibroblast in vitro,” supervised by Robert L. McCauley, M.D., and Linda G. Phillips, M.D., 2004
“VEGF expression in keratinocytes of keloids and hypertrophic scars,” supervised by R.L McCauley, M.D. and G.C. Hunter, M.D., 2002
“Differential gene expression of endothelial cells under different oxygen conditions,” supervised by L.G. Phillips, M.D., 2002
“Effects of hyperbaric oxygen and topical antimicrobials on endothelial cells,” supervised by J.H. Miller, M.D. and L.G. Phillips, M.D., 2001
“Effects of ketoconazole on acute phase response,” supervised by D.N. Herndon, MD, 2001
“Pressure sores,” supervised by L.G. Phillips, M.D., 2001
“Long- term treatment of severely burned patients with growth hormone,” supervised by D.N. Herndon, M.D., 2000-2001
“Cadaveric allograft discard rates,” supervised by R.L. McCauley, M.D., 2000
“Muscle catabolism in burn patients,” supervised by D.N. Herndon, M.D., 1999-2000
“Blood loss in pediatric burn surgery,” supervised by D.N. Herndon, M.D., 1999-2000
“Immunologic tolerance induction,” supervised by Nancy Van Houten, Ph.D., 1998
National Institute of Health (NIH) PreDoctoral Research Fellow, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Galveston, TX (June 2000 – June 2001)
Research Assistant, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Galveston, TX (December 1999 – June 2000)
Research Assistant, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Research Center, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX (April-July 1998)
NIH Mentored Medical Student Research Award, National Institutes of Health, $31,698, David N. Herndon, M.D., 2000-2001
McLaughlin Scholarship for Research, McLaughlin Foundation, $1675, Nancy Van Houten, Ph.D., Summer 1998
Welch Scholarship for Research, Welch Foundation, $2000, Rodney L. Cate, Ph.D., 1996-1997
Chairman, Forever Femme Fundraiser for Breast Reconstruction Awareness and Patient Financial Assistance in partnership with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (October 19, 2012) – link: www.foreverfemme.org
Founder and CEO, RESTORE Worldwide Inc. (2007 – present)
Medical mission trips to Ghana (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) and Guatemala (2010 and 2011) with RESTORE Worldwide Inc.
Volunteer Plastic Surgeon, cleft lip/palate procedures, Mission of Love Guatemala (September 2010)
Chair, Treatment Services Subcommittee, Humility of Mary Health Partners Comprehensive Breast Care Center Planning Committee (April 2009)
Board of Directors, D&E Counseling Center of Youngstown, Ohio (February 2009 – June 2012)