One patient in particular sticks with him:
“She was an attractive woman, but her pre-operative photos made you think that this was a miserable unhappy person,” he recalls.
Dr. Hong removed a large mole on the tip of her nose that was reminiscent of the “old wicked witch in the forest” and scheduled a follow-up visit.
“When she came in to see me a week later, she was a transformed person – after a simple five minute procedure” he says. “To figure out what is bothering a patient and to be able to correct the problem is a real privilege.”
Along with the satisfaction he obtains from working closely with his patients, Dr. Hong enjoys being part of a team of other top cosmetic surgeons.
“I feel very fortunate that I have such a wonderful group of partners with whom to work,” he says. “It is nice to be able to discuss difficult clinical situations and bounce ideas off them.”
“The technical part of surgery is not the hard part. It is getting people through the whole process of the surgery, and that is where the experience of 20 years of practice is helpful,” he says. “Once you operate on somebody, you are partners for life.”
Dr. Hong’s primary surgical interests include cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and breast. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and was a member of the clinical faculty at Stanford for 10 years.
He is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He received his plastic surgery training at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University, and his aesthetic surgery training at Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital in New York City.
In addition to this training, Dr. Hong completed a surgical research fellowship at Harvard University Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a fellowship in microvascular surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. Hong was born in Korea and moved to the United States when he was six. He speaks simple Korean and has worked as a medical volunteer in South Korea, Costa Rica, as well as having been a visiting plastic surgeon in Hanoi, Vietnam for one year.
He joined the Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery practice in 1997 and enjoys collaborating with doctors in other specialties including breast oncology, dermatology, general surgery, ENT and OBGYN colleagues in caring for patients with a variety of plastic surgical problems.