I was first exposed to plastic surgery as a child, when my best friend’s younger brother underwent creation of a mandible with a rib graft due to congenital deformities. At the time, I did not understand the significance of such a procedure. However, I carried the memory of the parents’ happiness and gratitude with me, which left a lasting impression.
I was born and raised in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to an Ivorian father who came from a fishing village and an American mother who grew up on a farm in West Bend, Wisconsin, before she traveled to West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. Throughout my childhood, my parents encouraged me to pursue knowledge and excellence, and to contribute whatever I could to our community. Moreover, they instilled core values in me, including the value of service, respect, humility, and compassion.
I strive for excellence in any task I undertake whether it is in athletics, academics, or community service. I came to the US with a strong motivation to succeed and an innate sense of discipline. As an aerospace engineering student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, I seized the opportunity to work with a number of brilliant and dedicated scientists over a period of three years at NASA Johnson Space Center. During that time, I learned how to think critically, I pushed myself to be efficient in my tasks, and I developed the skills to learn independently, while still contributing to the team. Despite my academic success in aerospace engineering, I realized that I desired to devote my time and energy to preserving life rather than working on weapons systems aimed at destroying it. It was at this pivotal point in my life that I chose to pursue a career in medicine. In addition to fulfilling that desire, the field of plastic surgery challenges my cognitive and motor abilities. Furthermore, aesthetic plastic surgery now adds another exciting challenge – genuine artistry.
The field of aesthetic plastic surgery is relatively young and I am committed to being a member of a community of surgeons that push the field’s envelope and seize opportunities to achieve great advances and discoveries. My practice combines all aspects of aesthetic surgery, including breast and facial aesthetics, body contouring, as well as non-surgical procedures such as laser treatments, advanced injectables, and peels. I continually strive to be an excellent leader, role model, and educator in all aspects of aesthetic plastic surgery. I enjoy engaging in clinical projects that advance the field of plastic surgery, resulting in publication and presentation.
Growing up in Côte d’Ivoire, I witnessed the harsh reality of health disparities with inadequate access to care, poor quality of care, and high cost of care. AIDS, polio, malaria, and Ebola are among many maladies rife in Africa. I feel compelled to contribute to help decrease these health disparities, especially for men, women, and children who reside in communities in which the nearest medical facility is a two-day walk away from their village and who can only dream of finding relief from disfiguring and incapacitating injuries. Accordingly, my long-term goals include pursuing volunteer work opportunities overseas and improving the state of healthcare in Africa. I envision spearheading an effort to build clinics and hospitals across West Africa.
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