Dr. Saman is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgery with particular clinical interest in rhinoplasty and facial rejuvenation surgery. He is one of the few surgeons in the United States fellowship-trained in both head and neck oncologic surgery as well as facial plastic surgery. Prior to returning to NYC, Dr. Saman served as the Medical Director of Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery in Dallas.
Dr. Saman’s background as an ear, nose, and throat surgeon as well as a fellowship-trained reconstructive surgeon, followed by his international training in facial aesthetic surgery (USA, France, Turkey, and Spain) and rhinoplasty, have provided him with a unique skill set and vision that set him apart.
Furthermore, Dr. Saman is one of handful of surgeons in this country formally trained in Preservation Rhinoplasty as well as ultrasonic and scarless rhinoplasty techniques. He is also one of the few in the nation who performs a true extended deep plane facelift- the most natural and long-lasting face lifting technique currently.
Dr. Saman’s style is wholistic with elegant outcomes. He is not a fan of fake looks or overdone plastic surgery. Dr. Saman’s entire concept and work philosophy is rooted in artistic expression.
Given the style and quality of Dr. Saman’s work, many of his patients travel from far off places to consult with him. As such, after years of successful facial plastic surgery in Dallas, having built one of the most premium rhinoplasty and facial rejuvenation centers in the area, Dr. Saman has decided to move his practice back to New York City.
Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience, UT Dallas
My passions have always been varied. I have always enjoyed both the right brain and left brain subjects and activities. During undergraduate years, I struggled with consolidating my interests in visual and cinematic arts, theater, philosophy, and human studies with my curiosity for natural sciences, physics, and psychology. And although academic plans called for a rigid decision between a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science, I wanted the flexibility to study both! I attended the University of Texas at Dallas where I majored in Neuroscience, the science of the human brain, cognition, and behavior and later became interested in medicine, the art, and science of maintaining and improving human well-being.
Dr. Saman is a regular speaker in national and international aesthetic meetings and courses sharing his vision, philosophy and technique with other attendees worldwide.
While in my undergrad, I took time off to study at the Université de Paris where I studied French Language and Humanities. Amazing experiences ensued which led to many months of backpacking in Europe during which time I worked as a part-time street musician (I dabble in playing flamenco guitar). Upon my return, I finished my undergrad and was accepted at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio.
During my first year, one evening while having dinner at a restaurant with my then-girlfriend and now my wife who at the time was a dental student, the young Syrian man who waited on us told us about his struggle with being born with a cleft lip. He said the facial anomaly was not repaired until he was 9 years old and he spent many years of his life in shame and isolation because of it. I felt that the meeting was a turning point in my life. My wife and I both moved by his compelling story immediately knew a life dedicated to improving facial anomalies was our calling. In 2006, we established a non-profit organization called Chance to Smile, a student-run organization to provide education, social support, and medical care for individuals born with cleft lip and palate. By 2007, we had over 100 members.
The course of my career had become clear. A sense of purpose overtook me. I had finally found my calling in a career that would consolidate my artistic interests and my penchant for the sciences for a higher good. I knew I wanted to become a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. My wife pursued her training in pediatric dentistry with specialized training in cleft lip and palate care.
I was all in. We organized medical mission trips to Mexico and Nicaragua to volunteer medical services where I had the privilege of working under the great late Fernando Ortiz Monasterio; created support groups and registries for affected families in South Texas and provided educational programs for local health practitioners. That year, I was humbled by being peer-nominated and inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in part for these efforts. In 2006, I received a Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and completed a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. I then traveled to Sevilla, Spain to complete a clinical rotation in facial cosmetic surgery.
Upon my return, I matched into the prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai to continue my training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in Manhattan.
Having worked with surgeons from varied training backgrounds prior to going to New York, I did not want to be pigeonholed into one specialty. I sought out the training and mentorship of specialists in plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery, maxillofacial surgery, dermatologic surgery, and head and neck surgery.
I had the privileged opportunity to learn from some of the pioneers in these fields who were gracious enough to open their operating room doors to me and share their wisdom with me. In particular, I am indebted to Donald Wood-Smith, M.D., the Chairman of the Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary for his mentorship.
During my training, I used my vacation and elective times to travel the country to further my training. I had the opportunity to complete a mini-fellowship with John Mulliken, M.D. at Boston Children’s Hospital. In 2012, I was selected into the highly coveted facial plastic and reconstructive surgery advanced training program for an additional year of specialized training under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with amazing Yadro Ducic, MD who I am fortunate to call a mentor and a friend. During that year alone, I performed over two thousand head and neck and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeries, including microvascular head and neck reconstructive surgeries.
Upon completion of my formal training, I was recruited by HCA hospital systems as the Medical Director of Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery to create their first center of excellence for North Texas in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery. I was fortunate enough to work with excellent colleagues to help create the largest head and neck cancer center in all of Collin County; a feat that I am very proud of.
For several year I performed both cosmetic and oncologic/reconstructive surgery. I was deeply involved in caring for cancer patients, and our center took on some of the most complex head and neck cancers, often patients who were turned away at other smaller centers. I created deep bonds wtih patients and their families as we navigated their journey in beating cancer. I have many impactful memories from those times.
Concurrently I was the acting Chief of Facial Trauma surgery as well as teaching faculty in AO CMF, the international organization involved in standardization of facial trauma reconstructive protocols. At our Level I trauma center, patients would get care flighted in for some of the most complex facial trauma, including ballistic injury to face and more. I have spent countless hours reconstructing faces that sometimes were unrecognizable at first.
Overtime my interest in cosmetic surgery grew more. I started to evaluate our patients not only from just a reconstructive standpoint, ie fixing the defect, but also from the aesthetic standpoint, ie fixing the defect so it looks good! Despite my experience and training in facial plastic surgery, I again started to hone my skills; always striving to be the surgeon and physician I can be. I travelled to South America, Turkey, France, and Spain to spend time and learn from some of the biggest leaders in the world of facial aesthetic surgery and rhinoplasty and had the distinct privilege of learning first hand from Dr. Yves Saban and Dr. Teoman Dogan, amongst others. But these two masters have perhaps had the most influence on my approach and aesthetics in rhinoplasty.
Currently my practice is dedicated solely to facial aesthetic surgery, and although I practice the entire gamut of facial plastic surgery, my practice is specially focused on rhinoplasty and facial rejuvenation. I am dedicated to excellence, and ensuring my patients receive the best care possible.