The CSPS is excited to highlight on of our new leaders supporting our Society – this month, we are pleased to shine the spotlight on:

Dr. Rahim Nazerali

Following are some interesting and fun facts about Dr. Rahim Nazerali,  2018-2019 CSPS Scientific Program Committee Co-Chair.

What keeps you in the CSPS?
CSPS has become my plastic surgery family. It is great seeing so many familiar faces year after year. Additionally, CSPS provides opportunities to my residents and medical students to get involved, encourages them to present and gets them publication opportunities which catapults their careers. The opportunity is incredible for them!

How and/or why did you get involved with the CSPS?
I first got involved with the CSPS when Dr. Michael Wong encouraged me to submit an abstract with him on facial pressure sores. He provided me with multiple opportunities to not only present at CSPS but subsequently get involved with leadership within the organization.

Dr. Rahim Nazerali (2nd from right) with Dr. Michael Wong (3rd from right) attending
the 59th CSPS Annual Meeting in 2009 in Olympic Valley

The best thing about being a Plastic Surgeon:
is the variety of work, from head to toe, on any given day. I love the challenge of solving a variety of problems through both simple as well as more sophisticated techniques.

The best part of next weekend will be:
spending time with my fiancée venturing through the nooks and crannies of the Bay Area. We enjoy finding new spots to hike, going to the farmers market, and spending time with our friends.

Dr. Nazerali and his fiancee enjoying the holiday spirit ice skating in Palo Alto

Competing in the iconic Bay Area 12K run – Bay to Breakers!

The best vacation I ever took:
was a trip to East Africa with my parents. My family came to Canada from Africa in the early 70s. I enjoyed seeing my roots and where my parents called home as they grew up. The landscape and beauty is breathtaking.

Dr. Nazerali and family

The best thing a grateful patient gave me:
was a box of home-grown fruit from her orchard. That is as organic as it gets!

I couldn’t operate without:
my Spotify playlist. There is nothing like some good tunes to get you into the swing of things. It helps morale too!

The single biggest influence on my decision to become a Plastic Surgeon was:
a chief resident that encouraged me and provided support to do so very late in medical school. Prior to my decision, I was considering a career in orthopedic surgery. Because of his mentorship as a plastic surgery resident, I was inspired to take the chance in shifting my direction.

Dr. Nazerali practicing microsurgery at the Master’s course at ASRM