By Leif Rogers, MD, FACS
Leif Rogers MD, FACS is a world renowned, board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 15 years of experience. Dr. Rogers is head of a combined reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery institute in Beverly Hills and Pasadena, California. He devotes his practice to microvascular reconstruction of the breast, head-to-toe body transformations, transgender reconstruction cases, and the latest techniques in facial rejuvenation and body contouring. Dr. Rogers developed BLUSH Beverly Hills, a non-invasive medical practice as well as Privet MD. His latest venture is launching a revolution healing center called CORR, the Center for Optimal Repair and Recovery, in Beverly Hills, California.
Dr. Rogers obtained his medical degree at Ivy League Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1996. He completed his general surgery residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital, followed by a two-year research fellowship focusing on tissue engineering at Columbia and Carnegie Mellon Universities. He earned his plastic and reconstructive surgical training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he became proficient in advanced microsurgical and reconstructive techniques. He also completed a cosmetic fellowship at Lenox Hill and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospitals. Dr. Rogers is on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica and performs trauma reconstruction at the Cancer Center at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. He is the recipient of grants from Columbia University, Plastic Surgery Education Fund and the National Institute of Health.
Dr. Rogers has taken part in academic research on subjects including: anorexia nervosa, breast carcinoma, wound healing, skin grafts, tissue engineering and bone regeneration as well as being a co-author on numerous research articles. His research has been published in such medical journals the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal and The Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Media outlets turn to Dr. Rogers for his expertise on various medical procedures. He has been a consistent guest on CBS’s The Doctors TV for the last decade. He has also been featured on E! News, Entertainment Tonight, InStyle Magazine, Extra, The Dr. Oz Show, Daily Mail, and Fox News. His enthusiasm, proficiency, and compassion have resulted in honors such as Compassionate Doctor Award from Vitals, Patient’s Choice Awards, and Top Ten Doctors list of plastic surgeons.
Dr. Rogers is the Vice President of AMPSAA, American Medical Physicians and Surgeons Advancement Alliance. The goal of AMPSAA is to help bridge the international medical community and encourage US medical standards in clinical and surgical medicine, education, and research.
Dr. Rogers also volunteers his time abroad with HELP International, delivering surgical services to poverty-stricken families in Guatemala annually. He is affiliated with the following professional, educational, and philanthropic organizations: Afghanistan World Foundation, American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Breast Cancer Foundation, American College of Surgeons – Southern California Chapter, American Medical Association, American Society of Peripheral Nerve, Beverly Hills Medical Group, California Medical Association, California Society of Plastic Surgery.
M.D. Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
B.S. Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY Cum Laude
Fellowship Aesthetic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Fellowship Research – Bone and Tissue Engineering Center
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
Publications and Manuscripts
Howard J. Seeherman, PhD, VMD, Kodi Azari, MD, Sean Bidic, MD, Leif Rogers, MD, X. Jian Li, MD, Jeffrey O. Hollinger, DDS, PhD and John M. Wozney, PhD. rhBMP-2 Delivered in a Calcium Phosphate Cement Accelerates Bridging of Critical-Sized Defects. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American). 2006;88:1553-1565.
Rhee S, Rogers L, Gorlick N, Chiu DT. Extended rat-ear flap model: a new rodent model for studying the effects of vessel supercharging on flap viability. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. 2002 August. Presented at New York Society for surgery of the Hand 1997 Residents and Fellows Conference. (1st prize)
Ascherman JA, Marvin VP, Rogers L, Prisant N. Palatal distraction cleft palate model. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 2000. American Cleft Palate Association (lead abstract); Plastic Surgery Research Council (poster). Currently in clinical trials.
Ting J, Rogers L, Marin VP, Hu J, Ascherman JA, Chiu DT. End-to-side neurrorhaphies using autogenous vein grafts. American College of Surgeons, Surgical Forum 1998, October 18-21, 1998, Chicago, Illinois. Presented: American Society of Peripheral Nerve, Eighth Annual Meeting, May 22-28, 1998 Vancouver, BC, Canada. Presented New York Society for surgery of the Hand, 1997, Residents and Fellows Conference. (1st prize)
Wu J, Rogers L, Schmit A, Stern D. The effect of AGEs on wound healing. Presented: Plastic Surgery Research Council, Galveston, Texas, February, 1997; Department of Surgery Resident Research Competition, 1997 (1st prize)
About Dr. Nima
Dr. Nima’s approach to aesthetic and reconstructive surgery is one of combining artistry and advanced techniques to provide a natural, long-lasting result. His individualized patient-oriented approach to surgery allows for patients to achieve the results they seek while maintaining a harmonious balance with the body or face. Dr. Nima has a special interest in facial aesthetics, rhinoplasty, breast procedures and reconstruction, body-contouring, and surgical treatments for migraine sufferers. He has published many works in the field, including book chapters, anatomic surgical drawings, and national presentations.
Dr. Nima is a graduate of the UPMC Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training program. Along with the UT Southwestern and Harvard, UPMC was named one of the top 3 programs in the country by Doximity and US News and World Report. Dr. Nima has a unique background with studies in Biomedical Engineering and Psychology at Johns Hopkins University. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh while simultaneously receiving a Masters of Science in Clinical Research. He subsequently completed his plastic surgery training at UPMC. His other interests include surgical device innovation, regenerative medicine and entrepreneurship in plastic surgery. He has completed a fellowship at the Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine (CIRM) where he focused on adipose stem cell therapies and FDA regulatory issues in plastic surgery.
Educational Scholarship and Awards
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Dean’s Merit Scholar
Ross H. Musgrave Award in Plastic Surgery
Dean’s Research Award
Johns Hopkins Provost Research Award
Society of American Military Engineers Scholar
Appointment and Leadership
Former Member, UPSOM Curriculum Committee
Former Member, UPSOM Educational Outcomes Task Force
Course Instructor: Introduction to Being a Physician
Former Chapter Vice President – Alpha Eta Mu Beta – Biomedical Engineering Honors Society
Former Chapter Vice President – Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society
Former Chapter Vice President – Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society
Former Member, Whiting School of Engineering Curriculum Committee
Dr. Nima has multiple publications, national presentations, and book chapters in the areas of Aesthetic surgery, Bariatric surgery, Body Contouring surgery, Rhinoplasty, Facial Reconstruction, and Hand Surgery.
Current Status of Grafts and Implants in Rhinoplasty, Part II: Homologous Grafts and Allogenic Implants. Sajjadian A., Naghshineh N, Rubinstein R, Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Mar;125(3):99e-109e
Current Status of Grafts and Implants in Rhinoplasty, Part I: Autologous Grafts. Sajjadian A, Rubinstein R, Naghshineh N. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Feb;125(2):40e-49e. Review.
Nutritional Assessment of Post-Bariatric Surgery Body-Contouring Candidates: A Prospective Analysis. Naghshineh N, McTigue K, Courcoulas A, Fernstrom M, Rubin JP. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Aug;126(2):602-10
Body mass and surgical complications in the postbariatric reconstructive patient: analysis of 511 cases. Coon D, Gusenoff JA, Kannan N, El Khoudary SR, Naghshineh N, Rubin JP. Ann Surg. 2009 Mar;249(3):397-401.
Naghshineh N, Rubin JP. Preoperative Evaluation of the Body Contouring Patient: The Cornerstone of Patient Safety. Clinics in Plastic Surgery. October 2014.
Sajjadian A, Naghshineh N, Magge KT, Kassir R, Nachlas NE, Rofagha R. Nasal Reconstruction. In: Faust RA, Talavera F, Dorion D, Slack CL, Meyers AD, eds. Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery: emedicine/WebMD; 2007. 2nd edition 2010.
Sajjadian A, Naghshineh N, Rofagha R, Tobin GR, Stadelmann W. Lip Reconstruction. In: Ketch L, Talavera F, Newsome RE, Slenkovich N, Aly A, eds. Plastic Surgery: emedicine/WebMD; 2007. 2nd edition 2010.
Silicone Arthroplasty for Nonrheumatic Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Arthritis: Long Term Clinical Follow Up. Nima Naghshineh, MD, MSc, Kanu Goyal, MD2, Mithun K. Neral, MD, Alexey Markelov, MD, Joel Ferreira, MD, Glenn A. Buterbaugh, MD, and Joseph E. Imbriglia, MD. American Association of Hand Surgeons, February 2015 On Field Management of Facial Trauma in Sports. Naghshineh N. Invited Speaker, University of Pittsburgh Department of Orthopedic Surgery. August 2014.