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Benjamin C. Marcus, MD
- American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Describe the most rewarding experience that you have had working with a patient?
Working on a patients face is challenging and rewarding. The surgeries do make people feel that their outside appearance matched how they feel on the inside. The best compliment I get is when patients tell me that they finally look how they feel. Facelift and anti-aging surgery helps patients look vibrant and active. Rhinoplasty allows the natural beauty of the face shine through.
What is your charity organization of choice and why?
I regularly go on missions to Peru and China to perform free surgery on children with cleft lip and palate deformities. In these countries - repairing this type of birth defect can mean a world of difference for these children. Some children in China are not allowed to attend school due to their deformity. In Peru the valley where we work has no medical care at all. We have had families walk for 3 days to reach us. It is a privilege to help these families.
What does living in the Middleton community mean to you?
Midwest patients and Wisconsin in specific are wonderful people. They want natural results. The most common statement I hear is that they don't want to look like someone else - rather they want to look like themselves. They tend to be healthy, active people who want their face to match the vibrance with which they live life.
What is your favorite quote or saying?
What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose. Margaret Thatcher
What makes your specialties the right fields of medicine for you?
Facial plastic surgery is a perfect combination of artistry and attention to detail. I plan every surgery in minute detail in advance - but I also have to use all of my artistic skill to achieve the patients goal
Finish this sentence: If I weren't a doctor I would be___.
When (your age) did you first realize you wanted to enter the health & medical field? And did you experience anything in particular to motivate you to achieve this prestigious goal?
I decided I wanted to be a surgeon in college. I was a scientist and biology major. I wanted to use those skills to help people. I made the decision based on the philosophy that I wanted to know that what I would do with my life would impact others in a positive way and remain exciting and challenging to me.
Can you tell us in your own words what you consider a perfect outcome of a surgical procedure?
If you see a patient in an "after" picture you would have no idea that they had surgery. If you see the before and after picture together you would have a "wow" moment.
What is your favorite procedure to perform and why?
Rhinoplasty is different in every single patient. No two operations are the same. You have to use careful planning and attention to detail while maintaining an artful, holistic sense of the face as a whole.
In a perfect world, when would you like to retire, where would you go and what would you do?
When I finish my surgical career I hope to continue in my research pursuits. I hope to continue to write and lecture on facial surgery.
What Sets Us Apart
Cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery at UW Health is offered at Transformations, a state-of-the-art facility.
Professional Certifications and Education
MD, University of Chicago - Pritzker School of Medicine, 1999
Internship, University of Michigan, 1999-2000
Resident, University of Michigan, 2000-2004
Fellow, Oregon Health Sciences University, 2004-2005
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
American Board of Otolarynology-Head and Neck Surgery
American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery
Assistant Professor in the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery
Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the UW Hospital and ClinicsHospital Affiliations
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)
Meriter Hospital (secondary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)
Rhytidectomy: current concepts, controversies and the state of the art.
Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2012 Aug; 20(4):262-6.
[PubMed ID: 22894994]
Perceptions of aesthetic and reconstructive facial surgery among medical students. Heckman WW, Marcus BC
Arch Facial Plast Surg 2011 May-Jun; 13(3):215-7.
[PubMed ID: 21576672]
The use of autologous fat for facial rejuvenation. Marcus BC
Obstet. Gynecol. Clin. North Am. 2010 Dec; 37(4):521-31, viii.
[PubMed ID: 21093747]
International interdisciplinary rhytidectomy survey. Stacey DH, Warner JP, Duggal A, Gutowski KA, Marcus BC
Ann Plast Surg 2010 Apr; 64(4):370-5.
[PubMed ID: 20224328]
The effect of electroacustimulation on postoperative nausea, vomiting, and pain in outpatient plastic surgery patients: a prospective, randomized, blinded, clinical trial.
Larson JD, Gutowski KA, Marcus BC, Rao VK, Avery PG, Stacey DH, Yang RZ
Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 2010 Mar; 125(3):989-94.
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