The Absence of Bad Luck

  Some of my regular blog readers may remember the story of swimmer John Moffet from a previous blog.  John was a senior at Newport Harbor High School when he set a world record in the 100 meter breaststroke.  As a breaststroker myself, I had the opportunity to see him swim at meets. He was…

The AIDS Cure

Reservoirs of HIV hide deep within the body. Scientists are now closing in on methods to wipe them out. By Apoorva Mandavilli In 2007, a little-known German doctor applied to speak at a prestigious AIDS conference, claiming to have cured a single case of the disease. He described a 41-year-old man, dubbed the “Berlin patient,” who had had…

Sylvius Leopold Weiss

It has been a while since writing a medically non-related blog, so here it goes!  As many of you know, I have an interest in classical guitar and have played the instrument for many years.  Recently, I have been too distracted to practice efficiently and have, out of necessity, put the instrument away for a…

Plastic Surgery After The Age Of 50

What age is “too old” for plastic surgery? Aesthetic plastic surgery, also known as cosmetic surgery,  has gained tremendous popularity over the past 15 years and the number of procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, has increased by 200 to 300%. We are fortunate, as with this increasing popularity,  there’s been tremendous improvement in technique, allowing…

Breast Reduction Surgery

Bilateral Breast Reduction It is ironic living in Southern California to have a patient request to make her breasts smaller rather than larger.  However, when the size of the breast is too large, gravity will pull on the breast, resulting in majority of weight of tissue to be in the bottom portion of the breast. …

Otoplasty In Orange County

BILATERAL OTOPLASTY Otoplasty (ear set-back) is one of my favorite procedures to perform. In a way, it is similar to rhinoplasty, as both involve judicious removal and reshaping of cartilage. With the current techniques, the recurrence rate is extremely low. It is a shame most patients who have prominent ears do not request this surgery,…