Newsweek magazine partnered with Statista Inc., the global market research and customer data firm, to find America’s Best Plastic Surgeons for 2022. The data was ranked into five categories: Breast Augmentation, Facelift, Liposuction, Eyelid Surgery, and Rhinoplasty. To determine the winners, Newsweek conducted a national survey among 2,000 medical professionals, asking them to recommend the best plastic surgeons in the business.

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Peter Rubin, MD (pictured), was named a top surgeon in four of the categories surveyed: Breast Augmentation (47 of 150), Facelift (86 of 150), Liposuction (20 of 150), and Eyelid Surgery (21 of 100).

Dr. Rubin is Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery, the UPMC Endowed Professor of Plastic Surgery, Director of UPMC Wound Healing Services, and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rubin is well-recognized for his surgical skills and innovative solutions to complex aesthetic and reconstructive problems.  He is Founder and Director of the Life After Weight Loss Surgical Body Contouring Program at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his active clinical program, Dr. Rubin directs a basic science research program in the biology of adipose-derived stem cells and serves as Co-Director of the Adipose Stem Cell Center at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is the principal investigator in an NIH-funded line of research aimed at developing cell-based methods for clinical soft tissue reconstruction after cancer therapy.  He directs a related line of research aimed at soft tissue reconstruction for injured military personnel as an investigator for the Department of Defense Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM). To facilitate the rapid translation of new technology, he founded the Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine (CIRM) at the University of Pittsburgh.

His many scientific leadership positions include current Director, American Board of Plastic Surgery; Co-Chair of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Task Force on Regenerative Medicine; Regulatory Chair for ASPS; Vice President of Finance for ASPS, past president of the International Society of Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS), Board Chair of IFATS, and past Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Research Council.  Dr. Rubin is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers early in their research careers.  It is intended to recognize some of the finest scientists who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the twenty-first century. He has served as editor for four textbooks, published over 180 peer reviewed articles, and presented over 500 invited lectures.

According to the ASPS’s most recent statistics, in 2020 Americans spent $16.7 billion on 15 million cosmetic medical procedures on their skin, including both surgery like liposuction and minimally invasive procedures like Botox injections and chemical peels. The most popular cosmetic surgery was rhinoplasty, followed in order by eyelid surgery, face lift, liposuction, and breast augmentation.

Congratulations, Dr. Rubin!

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University of Pittsburgh Department of Plastic Surgery News Release