Dr. Bahar Abbassi – ACPS Fellow
As the ACPS Fellow for 2021-2022, Dr. Bahar Abbassi completed a integrated Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of South Florida. Under the supervision of ACPS surgeons, Dr. Abbassi performs consultations, a broad range of plastic surgery procedures, and cosmetic injectable treatments at a significantly reduced rate for interested patients.
Dr. Abbassi elected to pursue an additional year of training through the ACPS Fellowship Program to further perfect her plastic surgery skill and expertise through one-on-one mentoring and training with ACPS’s seven surgeons. Selected from numerous plastic surgery residents who applied for the ACPS Fellowship, Dr. Abbassi has demonstrated a strong commitment to the attributes which have made ACPS one of the nation’s top aesthetic plastic surgery groups: excellence, innovation, and dedication to advancing the art and science of plastic surgery through continual research. These qualities mesh with her own professional goals, to consistently deliver high quality results with compassion and safety.
Dr. Abbassi considers it an honor to help people to be the best version of themselves, one of the most exciting aspects of her profession. She looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a beautiful result that is individualized to your goals and needs.
“My goal as a plastic surgeon is to help people feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. “
Q&A With Dr. Abbassi
Q: Of all the plastic surgery fellowships in the nation, why did you choose the ACPS Fellowship program?
There are numerous reasons as to why I knew ACPS was the right program for me and it was an added bonus that it was in my home state! First off, I cannot speak highly enough at how welcomed and at ease I felt while on my two-day in person interview with the practice. One of the most desirable aspects of my residency training program was the sense of community and family I felt between the staff and physicians. ACPS was the only practice I got a similar impression of while on the interview trail for fellowship programs. This confirmed to me that I would look forward to each day’s work while at ACPS. Secondly, it is rare to find a practice model where core surgeons maintain a successful partnership for as long as they have at ACPS so I knew that from a business management standpoint it would be largely beneficial for my education. Lastly, it was a perk to me that I would be able to see the practice of several different providers instead of spending the year with only one surgeon.
Q: Please tell us a little about your background and what inspired you to become a plastic surgeon.
From as early as my premedical studies I knew I wanted to be in a surgical specialty. I was exposed to plastic surgery by chance late in my third year of medical school and was so impressed by the scope and artistic nature of the practice that I abruptly switched my application to apply for plastic surgery residency’s and it was the best decision I ever made in my life!
Q: What are some of your goals related to your work, and what do you most love about it?
One of my favorite aspects of being a physician and surgeon is the bond and trust you build with your patients during their course of treatment. I strive to always make my patients feel as if they are family and it will always be a goal of mine to maintain such a practice even in the constraints of modern medicine.
Q: In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
I love anything that involves the great outdoors! Hiking, running, fishing, water sports/wake surfing (or trying to), finding great bargains at Lululemon and attempting to pet as many dogs as I can on any given day, especially during long runs!
Q: What is something interesting about you that people might be surprised to know?
My parents both immigrated to the United States from Iran for their college education just prior to the Iranian Revolution. Although I was born and raised in the great state of Texas, English was actually my second language!
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes and why?
“What I lack in natural ability I make up for with discipline.” I actually had a non-traditional course into medical school as I was unsuccessful in gaining admission during my first attempt at applying. If there is one thing I pride myself on, it’s my discipline when I have a goal in mind. I was told by my pre-med college advisor that I was not smart enough to gain admission to an allopathic medical school. Instead of letting that diminish or hinder my dreams, as stated in the quote above, I made up for my short comings with focusing on my strengths. Not only did I successfully gain admission to a wonderful medical school, I completed my first year at the top of my class! This quote serves as a constant reminder of me to remember my journey and to pay it forward in helping others achieve their dreams.