DOCTOR SPOTLIGHT: Steve E.S. Samuel, MD, FRCSC; Plastic Surgeon

Toronto, Ontario

Individual surgeons have different philosophies in their approach to cosmetic plastic surgery.  We have all seen surgical results that look obviously operated and sometimes distorted.  Dr. Samuel aims to achieve a surgical result that looks as natural as possible.  This is especially important in nasal surgery and rejuvenative facial surgery but is a principal which should be observed throughout the plastic surgery field.
If it becomes apparent to Dr. Samuel that the patient is either unrealistic in his/her expectations or that the benefit of surgery would be relatively too little for the extent of procedure the patient is seeking, then he will advise the patient against surgery.  Otherwise the main beneficiary of the surgery would be the surgeon, not the patient.
Dr. Samuel and his staff encourage their patients to clarify all questions they have relating to their procedure.  His explanation to the patient about the surgical procedure, the pre and post-operative course and all other relevant factors is aimed at giving the patient a thorough understanding of what they will experience.  This makes the entire process more comfortable, less intimidating and more rewarding.

Top Procedures Performed:

• Breast Augmentation (Breast Implants)
• Liposuction Surgery
• Tummy Tuck
• Face Lift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)
• Nose Job (Rhinoplasty)
• Eyelid Lift Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
• Cosmetic Surgery of the Body
• Body Contouring
• BOTOX Injections Treatments

Q&A with Dr. Samuel:

1.  What is your favorite quote or saying?
“Those who forget history are condemned to relive it.”
2.  What makes your specialties the right fields of medicine for you?
Plastic surgery combines my interests in the medical sciences, art and is in a sense a specialty of “architecture in flesh”. It involves the human element, rewards with an immediately visible result and provides intellectual challenge and ongoing learning
3. Finish this sentence: If I weren’t a doctor I would be___.
an architect or engineer
4. When (your age) did you first realize you wanted to become a surgeon? And did you experience anything in particular to motivate you to achieve this prestigious goal?
In early medical school I met a Plastic Surgeon. I watched him perform a cleft palate repair on a baby and was taken by the precision of the surgery, the immediately visible result and the incredible difference it would make in that patient’s life. From that moment I set my training sights on the specialty of Plastic Surgery.
5. Can you tell us in your own words what you consider a perfect outcome of a surgical procedure?
A result that makes the patient happy. In order to achieve this one must begin the process before surgery by insuring that the expectations of the patient are realistic and that the surgery is being done for the right reason. An expectation that one’s personal life problems may be resolved by plastic surgery is not realistic. A patient who seeks such surgery to resolve personal problems may be disappointed even if they have a technical optimal outcome from the surgery.
6. In a perfect world, when would you like to retire, where would you go and what would you do?
I would retire if I felt that I was no longer performing at my best. I would not go anywhere specific as I would continue to pursue other interests such as sculpture, music, the study of history and enjoy my family.


Dr. Steve Samuel completed his pre-medical and medical education at the University of Toronto.  He spent time doing research at the Dept. of Surgery, University of Toronto and then completed his residency training in Plastic Surgery at the University of Toronto receiving his specialty certification and becoming a Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1980.  Since then he has been on the staff of several hospitals in Toronto and acted as head of the Plastic Surgery division for several years. 
He was the Chairman of the Section on Plastic Surgery of the Ontario Medical Association and has an extensive practice in Plastic Surgery.  He operates at the Forest Hill Institute of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery located near Eglinton Ave. and the Allen Expressway in Toronto, as well as at the Finch Site of the Humber River Regional Hospital.
• 1968-70 Pre-medicine, University of Toronto 1970-74
• Medical school, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (MD) 1974-75
• Rotating Internship, Toronto East General Hospital 1975-76
• Research Fellowship - Dept. of Surgery, University of Toronto 1976 -80
• Plastic Surgery Residency Training, University of Toronto. Residency rotations: Toronto General Hospital Mt. Sinai Hospital Toronto East General Hospital Toronto Western Hospital St. Michael’s Hospital for Sick Children
• 1980 FRCSC Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in Plastic Surgery)
• 1980-81 Fellow in Plastic Surgery, Scarborough General Hospital


• Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
• Canadian Society for Aesthetic (Cosmetic)
• Plastic Surgery Ontario Medical Association
• Ontario Society of Plastic Surgeons