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Alan Matarasso, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Plastic Surgeon Manhattan | Dr Alan Matarasso | New York CityDr. Matarasso is a native of Westchester County in New York. He attended public schools where he was a 3 letter varsity athlete. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston University and a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Matarasso trained in general surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Hospital where he continued as resident and then chief resident in plastic surgery. He completed a fellowship in cosmetic surgery under the direction of Dr. Thomas D. Rees at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital/Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery-New York University Medical Center. He was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in November 1986. Dr. Matarasso achieved the rank of Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His clinical practice is located in Manhattan, New York. He maintains an AAAASF-accredited operating room and has hospital privileges at numerous New York City medical centers. Dr. Matarasso has devoted his entire career to the specialty of aesthetic plastic surgery.

Dr. Matarasso’s dedication to medical training, education, and scientific research are manifested in his membership and active participation in more than twenty regional and national medical organizations including the prestigious American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He is an invited honorary member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons (ASDS), and the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons (FSPS).

Dr. Matarasso has served on or chaired the annual meeting program or instructional course committees for: American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons (NESPS), and the Rhinoplasty Society (TRS) and the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (NYRSPS). He is or has been involved with the training program of all plastic surgery programs in New York City and is actively involved in the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH) – Lenox Hill Hospital’s (LHH) aesthetic surgery fellowship.

He is on the editorial boards of: Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Journal (PRS), Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Journal- Global Open (PRS-GO), Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal (APS) and Clinics in Plastic Surgery. He was formerly the senior scientific editor and cosmetic medicine section editor of Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ). He is a manuscript reviewer or discussant for 22 medical journals including the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).

Dr. Matarasso has authored over 180 articles and 57 book chapters and monographs. He has presented 567 papers, posters, and lectures nationally and internationally.

He served as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) Visiting Professor from 1999 to 2001, and received their Jerome R. Klingbeil Award for excellence-in-teaching/outstanding instructor. He is the 2015 American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Traveling Professor. In 2014, he was the honorary University of Toronto’s William R. N. Lindsay Speaker award recipient during their 44th Annual Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Symposium. In 2002 & 2003, he was an invited guest examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery for the oral board certification examination and in 2006 he prepared questions for the written examination.

Dr. Matarasso is currently on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and is Vice President of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Private Practice. He has been a Member-at-Large and Parliamentarian and on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). He was President of The Rhinoplasty Society (2009-2010) and the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (2006-2007). He also serves as a Director on 3 non-profit Boards.

He has been selected by Castle-Connolly as one of the “Best Cosmetic Doctors in America” and recognized in their “Guide to Best Doctors in New York” annually since 1996. Dr. Matarasso has also been recognized by Woodward & White’s “Best Doctors in America” annually since 1997; and the New York Times Magazine “Super Doctors” annually since its inception in 2009. He is a recognized member of “Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Men of Achievement, and Oxford’s Who’s Who.” Magazines such as W, Vogue (US, Russia, UK), Harper’s Bazaar (2014), Elle, Town & Country, Great Britain’s Tatler, American Health and Departures (2015) have also selected him in their “Best Doctors” lists.

A prominent source to both print and broadcast journalists, Dr. Matarasso is frequently quoted in national newspapers and magazines and has been featured in all major TV networks and numerous radio broadcasts. He has been quoted in the following city’s daily newspapers: Philadelphia, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Ft. Lauderdale, San Antonio, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Chicago, Palm Beach, Boston, Houston, all three New York City dailies, Cosmetic Surgery Times, Crain’s New York Business, London Financial Times, Tatler and the Wall Street Journal (partial list).

Education & TrainingPublicationsEditorial/Review Positions
Honors & AwardsSociety Memberships & Offices HeldPhilanthropic Activities
Hospital AffiliationsDr. Matarasso’s CV

Education & Training

Dr. Matarasso graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University before earning his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1979.

His post-graduate training began at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Hospital, where he completed an internship and residency in general surgery and became chief resident in general surgery. He continued at Albert Einstein as a resident and chief resident in plastic surgery.

Dr. Matarasso then pursued fellowship training in aesthetic surgery under the direction of Dr. Thomas D. Rees at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital – New York University Medical Center Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. He was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1986.

Publications & Presentations

A prolific author, charismatic presenter and passionate teacher, Dr. Matarasso has published more than 150 scientific articles, letters and abstracts in prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals; delivered over 500 lectures, invited lectures, exhibits, panel presentations and instructional courses at national and international society meetings; authored more than 40 book chapters and monographs on plastic surgery techniques; edited volumes on such topics as non-surgical facial rejuvenation, liposuction and body contouring as well as a textbook on aesthetic surgery after massive weight loss; and contributed to numerous public education materials and websites. His work has been cited in more than a dozen cosmetic surgery and facial rejuvenation textbooks in the U.S. and abroad.

To name a few, Dr. Matarasso’s articles, abstracts and letters have appeared in:

  • Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Journal of Rhinology
  • American Medical News
  • Annals of Plastic Surgery
  • Archives of Internal Medicine
  • Contemporary Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery Times
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • The Medical Letter
  • Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology
  • Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Journal of Plastic Surgical Techniques
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery Outlook
  • Plastic Surgery Products
  • Progressive Clinical Insights Journal

Dr. Matarasso is frequently a guest lecturer and course instructor at medical meetings. He has trained colleagues, residents and medical students in more than 500 meetings, oral sessions, international courses, panels and invited lectures (visitor professorships). From 1999-2001 he was a “Traveling Professor” for the ASAPS, sharing his knowledge with physicians across the country.

He has delivered presentations and led teaching courses in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy, France and elsewhere across the globe for the following institutions (partial list):

  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • American Society of Aesthetic Surgery
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Plastic Surgery Education Foundation
  • International College of Surgeons
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
  • Euroamerican Congress of Dermocosmetics
  • The Italian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
  • Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • New York Regional Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • New York Academy of Medicine
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • The Rhinoplasty Society
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Lipoplasty Society of North America
  • North American Society for the Study of Obesity
  • Osler Institute
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Columbia University College of Medicine
  • Cornell University College of Medicine
  • University of Toronto
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center / Skin Cancer Foundation
  • Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital/Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University Medical Center

Editorial/Review Positions

Dr. Matarasso serves on the editorial and review boards of numerous medical journals, societies and publishers, including:

In the past, he has served as Managing Editor of the body contouring chapters for www.eMedicine.com and as a manuscript reviewer for Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery and Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology.

In addition to the above positions, Dr. Matarasso has edited a three-volume series on liposuction and body contouring techniques as well as two volumes of Clinics in Plastic Surgery on non-surgical facial rejuvenation.

Honors & Awards

Dr. Matarasso has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award (2005) and an award for more than 15 years of service from the American Society of Plastic Surgery. The instructional Aesthetic Video Journals he developed on “Combined Abdominoplasty and Suction-assisted Lipectomy” and “BOTOX® for Facial Rejuvenation” earned Outstanding Recognition Awards, and the latter is now used by the ASAPS for Continuing Medical Education credit. He has also been honored for his work on Botox® and Restylane®.

In addition to the awards he has won in the medical field, Dr. Matarasso has been honored in numerous lay publications as a top cosmetic surgeon in New York and in the United States. He has been named among New York Magazine‘s “Best Doctors in New York” every year in the last decade and has been included Castle-Connolly’s “Guide to the Best Doctors in New York” each year the book has been published. He has appeared in many national and international Who’s Who guides as well as Men of Achievement and America’s Elite 1,000.

He is frequently sought out by the media and has been featured in numerous television and radio programs and print publications, including ABC, CNN, major newspapers from coast to coast, and magazines such as Allure, Elle, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and many others. For a more extensive list, see the Media page.

Society Memberships & Offices Held

Dr. Matarasso’s dedication to medical education and scientific research is manifested in his membership and active participation in more than 15 regional and national medical organizations. He is an invited honorary member in several of these. A selection of the offices he has held is included below.

  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) / Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF)
    • Chair, Symposia Committee Chair, Videotape Committee
    • Chair, Teaching Course Subcommittee
    • Program Committee
    • Education Commission
    • Traveling Professor, 1999-2001
    • Board of Directors
    • Parliamentarian
    • Member-at-Large
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) / Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (PSEF)
    • EF Teleplast
    • In-service Exam Committee
    • Device and Technique Assessment Committee
    • Domestic Clinical Symposia Committee
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
    • Membership Committee
  • American Board of Plastic Surgeons
    • Invited Guest Examiner, Oral Exam, 2002-2003
    • Question Preparer, Written Exam, 2006
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Cleft Palate Association
  • Association for Academic Surgeons
  • Pan American Medical Association
  • Pan Pacific Surgical Association
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
  • New York County Medical Society
    • Peer Review Committee
    • Media Committee
  • New York State Medical Society
  • New York State Society of Surgeons
  • New York Regional Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons (NYSPRS)
    • Scientific Program Chairman
    • Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President & President
    • Executive Committee
  • State of New York Department of Health
  • Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
    • Board of Directors
    • Aesthetic Symposium Chairman
  • Southern Medical Association
  • Rhinoplasty Society
    • Vice President
    • Scientific Program Chairman
    • Program Committee
    • Board of Directors
    • Historian
  • Lipoplasty Society of North America
  • Skin Cancer Foundation
    • Medical Advisory Committee
  • Honorary Member, Florida Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Fellow, International College of Surgeons (USA) in Plastic Surgery
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS)
    • Public Education Committee
  • Overseas Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine, England

Philanthropic Activities

Dr. Matarasso makes time to volunteer for the undeserved and less fortunate and finds this to be one of the most rewarding experiences in his life. In addition to Dr. Matarasso’s voluntary involvement in organized plastic surgery teaching (medical journals, residents, fellows) he is also active in numerous charitable and civic organizations, such as the Board of directors of a nursing and rehabilitation center, historical society and place of worship. Dr. Matarasso also participates in plastic surgery reconstruction outreach and local village and community services.

Hospital Affiliations

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