“The best part of my job is having the opportunity to meet and work with so many different people. It is a privilege to be able to interact with and help the many diverse patients that come to our practice. I think that all of us in the practice feel lucky that every day we go home from work and feel that we have done a little bit of good for someone.”
Along with the satisfaction he obtains from working closely with his patients, Dr. Hong enjoys being part of a team of accomplished plastic surgeons.
“The technical part of surgery is not the hard part. It is getting people through the entire journey - the preoperative consultation, the surgical experience itself, the postoperative course, both early and late. That is where the experience of 20 years of practice is helpful,” he says. “Once you operate on a patient, 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 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 basic 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.