Dr. Obeng

Michael K. Obeng,MD, FACS

The Surgeon’s Surgeon

Harvard trained, board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Michael K. Obeng, was named among “America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America in 2011 and 2014. He specializes in cosmetic surgery of the aging face, neck, breast, body, trunk, extremities and genitalia. Dr. Obeng is among the rare, few plastic surgeons in the world to successfully reattach a limb, remove ribs to streamline the waist and he is an expert in complex reconstructive surgery, hand, and micro-neurovascular surgery, hence, the nickname, “The Surgeon’s Surgeon” as dubbed by his colleagues.

Currently on staff at Cedars Sinai Hospital, and the former Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Dr. Obeng carries years of experience and innovative methods of solving complex cosmetic and reconstructive surgical dilemmas. His clients comprise of royalty and celebrities, but also includes some of the world’s most unfortunate patients.

Born into poverty in Ghana, Dr. Obeng persevered over unimaginable obstacles and overcame all odds to arrive at the peak of professional and personal success. He takes pride in treating each patient like family; his deep compassion and care for his patients is derived from his humble beginnings. Dr. Obeng travels to third world countries to donate his surgical skills through his non-profit, R.E.S.T.O.R.E Worldwide Inc. In addition, Dr. Obeng advocates for the underprivileged in the United States by educating patients on safe breast reconstructive surgery options available after undergoing breast cancer treatment.

Dr. Obeng has garnered prestigious awards including a research grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the coveted, Herman B. Barnett award in Surgery and Anesthesia. He has extensive international publications regarding breast aesthetics, augmentation, and reconstruction. When he is not lecturing on plastic surgery, he can be found donating his time with R.E.S.T.O.R.E and delivering his award-winning motivational speech, Perseverance.

Michael K. Obeng M.D, F.A.C.S.


  • “Mesenchymal stem cells on chronic wounds,” 2007
  • “Mentor Memory Gel silicone gel-filled breast implants P030093 post-approval study,” 2007
  • “A novel and practical approach of correcting whistle deformities,” supervised by Steven J. Blackwell, M.D., 2004
  • “Complications after major cleft lip revision,” supervised by Steven J. Blackwell, M.D., 2004
  • “Mathematical model to estimate amount of breast tissue excision in reduction mammoplasty,” supervised by Linda G. Phillips, M.D., 2004
  • “Cytokine expression of keloid fibroblast in vitro,” supervised by Robert L. McCauley, M.D., and Linda G. Phillips, M.D., 2004
  • “VEGF expression in keratinocytes of keloids and hypertrophic scars,” supervised by R.L McCauley, M.D. and G.C. Hunter, M.D., 2002
  • “Differential gene expression of endothelial cells under different oxygen conditions,” supervised by L.G. Phillips, M.D., 2002
  • “Effects of hyperbaric oxygen and topical antimicrobials on endothelial cells,” supervised by J.H. Miller, M.D. and L.G. Phillips, M.D., 2001
  • “Effects of ketoconazole on acute phase response,” supervised by D.N. Herndon, MD, 2001
  • “Pressure sores,” supervised by L.G. Phillips, M.D., 2001
  • “Long- term treatment of severely burned patients with growth hormone,” supervised by D.N. Herndon, M.D., 2000-2001
  • “Cadaveric allograft discard rates,” supervised by R.L. McCauley, M.D., 2000
  • “Muscle catabolism in burn patients,” supervised by D.N. Herndon, M.D., 1999-2000
  • “Blood loss in pediatric burn surgery,” supervised by D.N. Herndon, M.D., 1999-2000
  • “Immunologic tolerance induction,” supervised by Nancy Van Houten, Ph.D., 1998
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) PreDoctoral Research Fellow, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Galveston, TX (June 2000 – June 2001)
  • Research Assistant, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Galveston, TX (December 1999 – June 2000)
  • Research Assistant, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Research Center, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX (April-July 1998)
  • NIH Mentored Medical Student Research Award, National Institutes of Health, $31,698, David N. Herndon, M.D., 2000-2001
  • McLaughlin Scholarship for Research, McLaughlin Foundation, $1675, Nancy Van Houten, Ph.D., Summer 1998
  • Welch Scholarship for Research, Welch Foundation, $2000, Rodney L. Cate, Ph.D., 1996-1997

Civic Involvement

  • Founder and CEO, RESTORE Worldwide Inc. (2007 – present)
  • Medical mission trips to Ghana (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) and Guatemala (2010 and 2011) with RESTORE Worldwide Inc.
  • Volunteer Plastic Surgeon, cleft lip/palate procedures, Mission of Love Guatemala (September 2010)
  • Chair, Treatment Services Subcommittee, Humility of Mary Health Partners Comprehensive Breast Care Center Planning Committee (April 2009)
  • Board of Directors, D&E Counseling Center of Youngstown, Ohio (February 2009 – June 2012)

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