Shai Rozen, M.D.
Shai Rozen, M.D., is Director of the microsurgical fellowship and the Facial Reanimation Program, and he is Co-director of the adult craniofacial fellowship. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a passion for performing complex reconstructive procedures of the face and breast and cosmetic surgery of the face.
“Reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery go hand in hand since the principles of both contribute tremendously to my patients. I apply aesthetic principles in all of my reconstructive patients and perform cosmetic surgery in areas of the body in which I perform complex reconstruction,” says Dr. Rozen.
At the end of the day, my goal with my patients is for them to be happy and satisfied about the way they look and function.”
In his reconstructive practice, Dr. Rozen specializes in complex reconstructions of the face and breast. He has trained extensively in craniofacial reconstruction and microsurgery enabling him to address both bony and soft tissue problems in the face. Uniquely, with his colleagues from otolaryngology, neurosurgery, neurology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation, a facial reanimation team was created to address the complex problem of patients with paralyzed faces under one roof.
“These patients are devastated from the inability to move their face. By transferring muscles and nerves into the face, we restore some of the motion that has been lost,” he says. “I am thankful for the great multidisciplinary facial paralysis team that formed over the years, enabling us to achieve a very high level of care, which exists in few places in the country, and enables patients to be seen expediently by the best specialist in a short time span.”
Dr. Rozen also performs complex breast reconstruction that involves free tissue transfer from certain areas in the body, mostly the abdomen, to re-create the breast without the use of expanders or implants if the patients prefer or have no other options. He works closely with the breast surgical oncologists, providing expedient care for his patients in a team atmosphere.
In addition, a portion of his reconstructive practice involves peripheral nerve surgery and treatment of complex pain issues stemming from nerve injuries throughout the body.
In his cosmetic surgery practice Dr. Rozen enjoys working on the face and breast.
“First of all, I tremendously enjoy working on the face. Second, my facial reconstructive practice enables me to work comfortably and safely in the face in all aspects. When needed, I apply my reconstructive experience in surgery of the face, eyelids, and nose to address cosmetic issues often encountered in patients with aesthetic facial concerns,” he says.
Dr. Rozen is very involved with research and is principal investigator in several large-scale studies and received several prestigious awards and grants for his research. He collaborates in research with colleagues from both the United States and internationally. He regularly presents in national conferences and in international meetings.
In addition, Dr. Rozen tremendously enjoys teaching and working with his residents and fellows. “It is always amazing to see how my residents develop their clinical and surgical skills over the years. But, to be honest, I constantly learn from them – from their questions, challenges, or sheer curiosity. It’s a great honor and privilege to train future physicians and colleagues.”