Larry Schlesinger, MDCosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery
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Larry Schlesinger, MD
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- American Board of Plastic Surgery
- American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
- American College of Surgeons
- American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery
Describe the most rewarding experience that you have had working with a patient?
Recently, a patient who had a Mommy Makeover told me that I basically improved the quality of her life and gave her more energy to dedicate to her family and friends by relieving her of her debilitating insecurities.
What is your charity organization of choice and why?
Any organization that gives funds to soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan because these brave young men and women make it possible for all of us to carry on our daily lives as we do in America.
What does living in the Honolulu community mean to you?
This is a beautiful state with great weather, beautiful people, espousing the aloha attitude. For a guy from the westside of Detroit, this is heaven on Earth.
What is your favorite quote or saying?
Good judgement comes from experience, and very often experience comes from bad judgement.
What makes your specialties the right fields of medicine for you?
Plastic surgery allows me to be creative and artistic, but also requires the technical knowledge of wound healing and general medical information. Plastic surgery is 75% technical and 25% artistic. It requires the right amount of both right brain and left brain and matches my personality and my abilities.
Finish this sentence: If I weren't a doctor I would be___.
wishing I were a plastic surgeon.
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 my third year of medical school, and of all the medical sub-specialties, during my internship, plastic surgery was the only one that truly appealed to me.
Can you tell us in your own words what you consider a perfect outcome of a surgical procedure?
A perfect outcome of a surgical procedure is when a patient is way beyond satisfied with the result, and they look great to me, to themselves, and hopefully to their significant others.
What is your favorite procedure to perform and why?
I love the complete Mommy Makeover because it gives my patients a second chance. They feel good about themselves, and they find freedom from insecurities that haunt them.
What procedure would you like to do more of and why?
Tummy tucks. At the Mommy Makeover Institute of Hawaii, we certainly do a lot of tummy tucks, but I would like to do more because patients love the outcome so much.
What Sets Us Apart
S. Larry Schlesinger, MD, F.A.C.S., is a board certified plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of plastic surgery experience in Hawaii. He has performed more than 19,000 plastic surgery procedures.
A native of Detroit, Dr. Schlesinger took his premedical studies at the University of Michigan and medical studies at the Medical College of Virginia, where he was the highest honor graduate. He served his surgical residency at Stanford University Medical Center and his plastic surgery residence at Oklahoma Health Science Center, where he is a visiting professor of surgery.
Dr. Schlesinger is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a group of the most dedicated board certified surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Schlesinger is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an Active Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). To be an active member of ASPS, Dr. Schlesinger had to have completed four years of medical school, three years of clinical training in general surgery, a residency of at least two years in an accredited plastic surgery hospital program, taken and passed intensive board exams, and have passed the scrutiny of his peers.
In 2000, Dr. Schlesinger received the Hawaii Medical Association’s Physician of the Year for Community Service for the State of Hawaii.
Dr. Schlesinger has made scores of scientific presentations to the Plastic Surgery community and published numerous articles on techniques and procedures of cosmetic plastic surgery.
Post Doctoral Medical Education
Plastic Surgery Residency (1st & 2nd years)
Oklahoma Health Science Center
Chief Resident, Plastic Surgery 1978-1980
Stanford University Medical Center
Department of General Surgery
(2nd & 3rd years of General Surgery) 1975-1977
Internship General Surgical
(1st year General Surgery Residency)
Tripler General Hospital
Honolulu, Hawaii 1971-1972
Medical College of Virginia
Research-Medical Student participation in medical education 1970-1971
Voting Member of Admission Committee Medical College of Virginia 1969-1971
Position at graduation: Highest Honor Graduate 1967-1971
University of Michigan
B.A. (Psychology) 1959-1963
Research Assistant, Metabolic Research Laboratory (J. Conn, M.D.) University of Michigan Medical Center: (Biochemical extraction of Aldosterone) 1962-1963
Research Assistant at Mental Heal Research Institute (Study of psychomotor drugs) 1961-1962
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Fraternity 1969-1971
* President, Brown-Sequard Chapter 1970-1971
Sigma Zeta Scientific Honorary Society 1971
Alpha Sigma Chi Medical Leadership 1971
Honorary A.D. Williams Scholarship 1970
International Studies (Six Months at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, England) 1970-1971
H.H. Ware Award (Highest Honor Graduate, Medical College of Virginia) 1971
State of Hawaii, #2660
State of Texas, #E1737
American Board of Plastic Surgery, November 15, 1985
American Board of Addiction Medicine, April 2009
MEDICAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS
Past President, Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons (FACS)
American Medical Association – Lifetime Member
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc.
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Hawaii Medical Association
Hawaii Plastic Surgery Society
Maui County Medical Society
Pan-Pacific Surgical Association
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