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Dr. Cohen is an internationally recognized, board-certified plastic surgeon, inventor, author and artist. Dr. Cohen has been selected as one of the Top Plastic Surgeons in America by US News and World Report, Castle Connolly and Best Doctors, Inc.

About Dr. Cohen

Medical Director, FACES+ Plastic Surgery, Skin and Laser
Clinical Professor, Plastic Surgery, University of California, San Diego

Craniofacial Surgeon, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

From College to Craniomaxillofacial Surgeon​

Dr. Cohen grew up in the Washington D.C. area and went to college at Emory University, where he majored in English and graduated summa cum laude. He attended George Washington University School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1980.

Trained in General Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, Dr. Cohen originally pursued a career in Cardiac Surgery. After his second year at Columbia, he was selected into Dr. Andrew Morrow’s Cardiac Surgery Fellowship and spent 2 years as a Clinical Associate at the National Institutes of Health in the Cardiac Surgery Branch.

While at N.I.H. Dr. Cohen saw a program on PBS on the new field of Craniofacial Surgery that inspired him to change his career path. He completed his General Surgery residency at Dartmouth and received his Plastic Surgical training at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Cohen was honored to be accepted into a fellowship in Craniofacial and Facial Plastic Surgery with Dr. Henry Kawamoto at UCLA. Dr. Cohen was double boarded in General Surgery (no​ longer active) and Plastic Surgery.

Currently he specializes in cosmetic and craniofacial surgery and brings a wealth of experience as well as a professional artistic eye to his work.

FACES + Opens in San Diego

Plastic Surgery Clinic

FACES+ Office

1990 to 1993:

Dr. Cohen founded and directed the Craniofacial Anomalies Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

1993 to 1999:

Co-Director of the Center for Craniofacial Disorders at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 1999, Dr. Cohen became the Chief of Craniofacial Surgery and Surgical Director of the Craniofacial Center at Children’s Hospital of San Diego and founded FACES+.

Dr. Cohen is involved in the Plastic Surgical Training program at the University of California, San Diego, where he serves as Clinical Professor. In addition to founding and securing funding for the UCSD/Rady Craniofacial Fellowship, he started the UCSD Aesthetic Fellowship. In 2001, 2011 AND 2014, Dr. Cohen was selected as Teacher of the Year by the UCSD plastic surgery residents.

Innovation and Plastic Surgery

Dr. Cohen created the FACES+ Continuum of Care concept which recognizes the major aging patterns and how they affect the different levels of the face.

He is a pioneer in the modern resurgence of fat grafting and of regenerative and stem cells in fat. His anatomically precise way of facial fat grafting is gathering attention in the press and scientific publications for it’s outstanding results and innovative approach to a gold standard procedure.

Dr. Cohen works with numerous biotechnology companies on new product development, strategy, business development and implementation.

Dr. Cohen has been very involved in innovations throughout his career and has worked with numerous biotechnology companies on new product development, strategy, business development and implementation.


Sharing Knowledge & Caring For Children

Dr. Cohen has been an invited speaker throughout the United States, Europe, Asia South America and Australia and is an honorary member of the Royal College of Australian Surgeons. He has been an invited surgeon to a number of centers, including Johns Hopkins, Stanford and UCSF to demonstrate and teach surgical techniques. Dr. Cohen has lectured and operated throughout the world demonstrating new surgical techniques in Regenerative Surgery, most recently in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Spain.

Dr. Cohen devoted a significant amount of his time to taking care of children with facial deformities such as cleft lip and serious craniofacial skeletal malformations. He and his wife are involved with a number of charities, including Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, where he has served on the Advisory Board. For his efforts in craniofacial care he received the 2004 Founder’s Award  and the Outstanding Physician of the Year Award.

In 2016, Dr. Cohen received the John Carney Award for Outstanding Service to Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. They also have supported the Contemporary Museum of Art in La Jolla and the Timken Museum of Art in San Diego and have helped to lead a fundraising campaign to benefit the Center for Neuro-Craniofacial Surgery at Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego, having been one of the first physicians at Rady to become part of the Circle of Care. Dr. Cohen is an avid supporter of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and along with its founder, Dr. Dennis Nigro, created the Fresh Start Center at Rady Children’s Hospital.

In 2011 Dr. Cohen was awarded a United States Senate Certificate of Commendation from Diane Feinstein for his work with children and in 2001, he received a Health Care Hero Award and a Special Certificate of Congressional Recognition for his work with Fresh Start.

An Artist: In & Out of Operating Room

Dr. Cohen began painting in 1984 when his wife bought him paints. His earliest work focused on portraiture and human expression. From 1984 to 2000, Dr. Cohen painted and sculpted, exhibiting and selling his work in Hanover, New Hampshire, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Atlanta, Georgia and La Jolla, California. After a 14 year hiatus, in November of 2014, Dr. Cohen began a new series of work of mixed media on handmade Japanese paper (Washi). Dr. Cohen donates the proceeds of his art sales to Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and other charities and produced works that were displayed at Gallery Beres in Paris in January of 2016 and displayed in Marseille in October of 2016.

Education and Training

1972 – 1976 ·  B.A. English (Summa Cum Laude)

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

1976 – 1980 ·  M.D.

George Washington School of Medicine

Washington, D.C.

1980 – 1981 ·  General Surgery Internship

Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

New York, NY

1981 – 1982 ·  General Surgery Residency/Fellowship

Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

New York, NY

1982 – 1984 ·  Clinical Associate in Cardiac Surgery

National Institutes of Health · National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute · Cardiac Surgery Branch

Bethesda, Maryland

1984 – 1987 ·  General Surgery Residency

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Havover, New Hampshire

1987 – 1989 ·  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1989 – 1990 ·  Craniofacial and Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship

University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center

Los Angeles, California

The Artwork of Dr. Cohen

FACES + Figures: 46 new, original mixed media paintings on handmade Japanese paper by Dr. Steven Cohen.  All profits from the book are donated to Fresh Start Surgical Gifts.

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