With many different types of aesthetic surgeons in practice today, it is important to make an informed decision when considering an elective or reconstructive procedure. Surgeons who are experts specifically in the areas of the face and neck are called facial plastic surgeons. They are board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). For more than 30 years, the ABFPRS has been actively dedicated to improving the quality of facial plastic surgery available to the public by measuring the qualifications of candidate surgeons against certain rigorous standards.
Dr. Robert J. DeFatta is dual board certified, both by the ABFPRS and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. His extensive training, credentials and experience reflect his commitment to meeting the highest standards of clinical care for his patients. He has dedicated his entire 15+ year career to the treatment of disorders and cosmetic concerns of the face, head and neck. Dr. DeFatta’s experience ranges from treatment with Botox and facial fillers to rhinoplasty and face lifts…from acute repair of complex facial fractures and lacerations to reconstruction of scars and previous facial trauma…from cosmetically hiding incisions during skin cancer resection to microvascular reconstruction of large cancer defects of the head and neck.
Dr. Robert J. DeFatta attended Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, LA where he received a Bachelor of Science in 1995. He then began medical school at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport, LA; he received his Ph.D. in 2000 and his Doctor of Medicine in 2002. His Ph.D. thesis was featured in the journal of Nature Medicine and he presented his research at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. His work was later awarded a U.S. Patent in the field of cancer gene therapy.
From 2002-2003, Dr. DeFatta completed his general surgery internship, followed by residency training in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery from 2003-2007 at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, TX. During his head and neck surgical training, Dr. DeFatta developed a love of plastic surgery and reconstruction of the face, head and neck while working with Dr. Yadro Ducic, a world-renowned cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon.
Striving for expert training in this area, Dr. DeFatta pursued a fellowship through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. Edwin Williams III at Williams Plastic Surgery Specialists at Latham, NY from 2007-2008. During this additional year of training, he began serving on the faculty at Albany Medical Center Otolaryngology residency program, where his work was dedicated to cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, eyes, face and neck. Throughout his training and career, he has published extensively in peer-reviewed medical journals and authored textbook chapters on both otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery topics. He continues to serve on the editorial boards of multiple specialty medical journals and has been invited to lecture locally, nationally and internationally.
Specialization: Reconstructive Surgery