Norman Leaf MD FACS

Biography

Dr. Leaf has practiced Advanced Esthetic Surgery in Beverly Hills for over thirty years. He serves as a Clinical Associate Professor at UCLA Medical School Resident Training Program. He is internationally recognized as a leader in the art of aesthetic procedures and maintains a worldwide clientele. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Surgery, and is an elected member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He specializes in a full range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical and non-surgical procedures.

He proudly serves as Medical Director of R.A.W. (Rebuilding America's Warriors), a non-profit organization providing reconstructive surgery to our wounded servicemen. It has over two hundred and fifty volunteer plastic surgeons and other specialists in forty-five states. Through its auspices, R.A.W. provides gratis esthetic reconstructive procedures to our wounded warriors in close proximity to their own homes or bases. (www.RebuildingAmericasWarriors.org)

Dr. Leaf has been featured on many national television shows such as: CNBC, CNN, and The Today Show, and has received noteworthy editorial in top publications such as VOGUE, ALLURE and ELLE Magazines. W MAGAZINE has acknowledged him as one of "The World's Best Plastic Surgeons", and was selected as one of the "Top Eight Plastic Surgeons in The Country," by PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE.

In addition to his busy surgical career, Dr. Leaf and his wife Judy owned and very successfully operated the Beverly Hills PRADA boutique for ten years. It was the only independent PRADA franchise in the United States, a very unique experience, bringing him in daily contact with the most influential designers and the highest reaches of the fashion industry.

As a surgeon, Dr. Leaf is committed to the highest level of excellence and integrity in working with his patients. He takes great pride in his craft, and strives to create beauty and harmony without leaving any "footprints" behind. He prefers his work to be admired but unnoticed, a delicate but achievable balance.

Videos

  • Dr. Leaf talks about how and why he became a plastic surgeon
  • Creativity in Surgery
  • Philosophy of Plastic Surgery

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION & AWARDS
  • Undergraduate: University of Michigan 1959-1962 Ann Arbor, Michigan; General Motors Scholar
  • Medical School: University of Chicago 1962-1966 Chicago, Illinois; Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary; Graduated 3rd in class
INTERNSHIP
  • Palo Alto-Stanford Medical Center 1966-1967 Palo Alto, California
RESIDENCY
  • General Surgery: University of Chicago Hospitals 1967-1972; Chicago, Illinois
  • Plastic Surgery: University of Chicago Hospitals 1971-1973; Chicago, Illinois
FELLOWSHIP
  • United States Public Health Service, 1968-1969;
  • Microsurgical Research, University of Chicago Medical Center
BOARD CERTIFICATION
  • American Board of Surgery 1973
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery 1974
ACADEMIC AND CLINICAL APPOINTMENTS
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Plastic Surgery, U.C.L.A. Medical Center
  • Refer and Follow Staff, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Courtesy Staff, Midway Hospital, formerly Chairman of Surgery
  • Visiting Committee, University of Chicago, Division of Biological Sciences
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
  • Member, Advisory Committee, University of Chicago Division of Biological Sciences
  • Past chairman, A.M.A. Physician's Advisory Panel for Motion Picture, Television and Radio
  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • California Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • American Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • Los Angeles County Medical Association
  • American Society of Outpatient Surgery
STATE LICENSURE
  • California G20174
  • Colorado 24498
  • Illinois 036-041376
PUBLICATIONS
  • Leaf, N., and Zarem, H.A. 1970. Hand Injuries in Children. Pediatrics Digest 12: 29-39.
  • Leaf, N., and Zarem, H.A. 1970. Construction and use of a Miniaturized Rabbit Ear Chamber. Microvascular Research 2:72-85.
  • Leaf, N., and Zarem, H.A.1970. Microsurgical Transplantation of Rabbit Ear with Mature Transparent Chamber. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 45:335-40.
  • Leaf, N., and Zarem, H.A. 1972. Correction of Contour Defects of the Face with Dermal and Dermal-fat Grafts. Archives of Surgery 105:715-719.
  • Zarem, H.A., Pearson, R.W., and Leaf, N. 1974. Surgical Management of Hand Deformities in Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa. British Journal of Plastic Surgery 27: 176-181.
  • Leaf, N., 1996. SMAS Autografts for the Nasal Dorsum. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 97: 1249-1252.
  • Leaf, N. and Firouz, J.S., 2002 Lip Augmentation with Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System Grafts: Report of 103 Cases. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 109: 319-326.
  • Mueller GP, Leaf N, Aston SJ, Stone CW. The percutaneous trampoline platysmaplasty: technique and experience with 105 consecutive patients. Aesthet Surg J. 2012 Jan; 32(1):11-24.
PAPERS PRESENTED
  • Leaf, N., and Gurdin, M. Microscopically Controlled Excision of Basal Cell Carcinomas of the Face. Presented at California Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting, Monterey, California, March, 1979.
  • Leaf, N., and Elandt, K.R. The use of Transderm Scopalamine in the Prevention of Post-Operative Nausea. Presented at U.C.L.A.-University of Guadalajara Plastic Surgery Symposium, Ixtapa, Mexico, February, 1983.
  • Leaf, N., Control of Post-operative Facial Edema: a Double-Blind Study. Presented at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, April, 1985.
  • Leaf, N. SMAS Autografts to the Nasal Dorsum. Presented at Cedars-Sinai Plastic Surgery Day, May 1995.
  • Leaf, N., Experience with LeJour Breast Reduction. Presented at UCLA Grand Rounds September 1999.
  • Leaf, N., Lip Augmentation. Presented at UCLA Grand Rounds, May 2002.
  • Leaf, N., Blepharoplasty: A 30 Year Work-in-Progress. Presented at UCLA Grand Rounds December, 2002
  • Leaf, N., It Doesn't Have to Flow from These Two Hands. Chaired Panel; annual meeting of California Society of Plastic Surgeons, May 2007.
  • Leaf, N., Non-invasive Treatments in Plastic Surgery, panelist at Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgeons, September, 2007


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  • ASPS Member Surgeon
  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons