Dr. Bryan Pyfer – ACPS Fellow
ACPS Fellow Dr. Bryan Pyfer is a fully trained plastic surgeon who elected to pursue an additional year of subspecialty training to further enhance his skill and expertise in aesthetic surgery. As the son of a contractor, Dr. Pyfer became mechanically and artistically inclined at a young age. Originally from Southern California, he later attended Dartmouth Medical School, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha Honors before completing a highly competitive six-year plastic surgery residency training program at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC.
Dr. Pyfer participated in over 3,000 surgeries and procedures during his time at Duke, with increasing levels of autonomy as he progressed through his training. While serving as the chief resident in his final year, he ran the Resident Aesthetic Clinic, performing various supervised but fully autonomous aesthetic surgeries for patients.
In his young career, Dr. Pyfer has performed original research and published extensively in the country’s leading plastic surgery journals, including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Clinics in Plastic Surgery, Annals of Surgical Oncology, and Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, among several others. He has presented at many local, regional, and national conferences on topics such as rhinoplasty, breast surgery, facelift surgery, patient-reported outcomes, and many others. His research has allowed him to work with and learn from national experts and to improve the quality of care he and other surgeons across the country deliver to patients.
Among some of his own family and friends, Dr. Pyfer has seen firsthand the positive impact that aesthetic surgery can have on someone’s life. This has helped him develop a team approach to work with his patients to achieve the best version of themselves. He is committed to delivering consistent, reliable, and safe results. He looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a beautiful result that is individualized to your goals and needs.
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Q&A With Dr. Pyfer
Q: Of all the plastic surgery fellowships in the nation, why did you choose the ACPS Fellowship program?
ACPS impressed me as the practice that delivered the highest standard of care in aesthetic surgery. From the patient experience pre-operatively to the operating room, and well into the patient’s post-operative course, ACPS struck me as being relentlessly committed to maximizing results and minimizing complications. The surgeons and staff are warm and welcoming and are committed to helping me become the best surgeon I can be.
Q: Please tell us a little about your background and what inspired you to become a plastic surgeon.
Until I left for college, I spent all of my summers as a boy roofing with my father in California. The life lessons I learned on top of a roof are innumerable, but these experiences also ingrained in me two requirements for my future “dream job”: 1) I had to work with my hands, and 2) the job had to be indoors with air conditioning. My love of creating something with my hands, science, and art all seemed to converge on the path to becoming a surgeon.
Once I got to medical school, I was quickly introduced to a mentor who was both an engineer and a plastic surgeon. His passion for creating things was contagious, and he soon thereafter invited me to start spending time with the plastic surgery team. I traveled with them to Vietnam on a surgical mission trip and began spending all of my free time outside the classroom with them. After that, it was a pretty easy decision for me – and while I kept an open mind, I never found anything I loved as much as plastic surgery.
Q: What are some of your goals related to your work, and what do you most love about it?
While the mechanics and art of plastic surgery originally attracted me to the field, I have since come to love even more the personal side of my work. It is my goal to help patients become their most confident selves. It is humbling to be entrusted with patients’ confidence, to discuss their often very personal goals, and then play a part in helping them achieve those goals safely and reliably.
Q: In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
When I’m not at work, I’m typically doing something with my wife or any of our four children: Home Depot runs for the latest DIY project, kids’ soccer games, trying a new restaurant in town, building furniture in my (garage) wood shop, trying to perfect my southern barbecue techniques, watching or playing sports, exploring a new state park, or sitting at a computer with my wife planning our next international trip.
Q: What is something interesting about you that people might be surprised to know?
I am a serious backyard vegetable gardener. What started years ago as an attempt to keep a few tomato plants alive has progressed into a dedicated study of increasing yields through soil macro- and micronutrient optimization, disease/pest identification and prevention, plant cohabitation, composting, and water management. My favorite vegetables to grow are tomatoes, and I’ve grown over thirty different strains, with a few new strains each year.
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes and why?
“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. I love this quote because it reminds me that time in this life is not infinite, and that the time to live is now. Don’t procrastinate living your passions, taking your next big trip, mending a relationship, exploring a new hobby, etc. Be everything you can be starting today.