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Trip to Ethiopia

09.09.2018 | Category, Blog

I just came back from Ethiopia mission trip.  I went to Arce Negele General Hospital and Medical College, in Ethiopia.  It is located in a small town in Southern Ethiopia, about 200 km south of Addis Ababa.  My friend, Dr Hinika, is from the area, and he built the hospital and medical college with the help of Ethiopia HealthAid (EHA).  During the last trip in November 2017, I worked with the local surgeons and taught basic plastic surgery procedures.   This time, I wanted to meet with the medical students. There are about 25 medical students, all first year, (the school opened it doo...
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As we age, our body naturally slows down collagen production, resulting in LOOSE, SAGGING skin. What Can You Do? I am proud to announce our newest treatment, TempSure Envi, that helps counteract this natural collagen decrease to retain your skin's natural glow.    What is TempSure Envi? TempSure Envi is a new radiofrequency treatment used to minimize wrinkles and fine lines, tighten skin, and improve the appearance of cellulite. With no surgery, no needles, and no downtime, this is the perfect “lunchtime option” to fit into your busy lifestyle.  And because the technolo...
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Professor emeritus Dr Katsuya Namba passed away in November 2017.  He was the founder of Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan.  As a young surgeon, he studied at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.  Upon returning to Nagasaki, he established the first plastic surgery service in Japan.  He has trained numerous plastic surgeons, and retired from the University in early 90s.  Even after the retirement, he was very active in plastic surgery education. When I was a 4th year medical student at Nagasaki University, I rotated plastic ...
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Ethiopia Trip

11.28.2017 | Category, Blog, Frontpage Article

My dear friend, Dr Gudata Hinika, had a big dream of building a hospital in the rural Ethiopia where he grew up.  It took many years of hard work, but finally Negele Arsi General Hospital and Medical College opened its door to the community in July 2017.  Dr Hinika, a general surgeon/trauma surgeon in Los Angeles, asked me to undertake the first educational trip to the hospital, work with the local surgeons, transfer the knowledge and skills to them so that they will be sufficient to provide the care to the community.  They have three general surgeons, who covered general surgery, trau...
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Ballaké Sissoko is a Mali-born kora player.  Kora is a traditional West African harp.  It has a half spherical wound at the bottom as a resonator and a wooden stick that holds the strings.  It was January 2011 in New York when I saw him play.  GlobalFest 2011 at Webster Hall in NYC.  Ballaké and Vincent played at the stage in the first floor, an intimate venue, with mesmerizingly beautiful melodies and rhythms.  I was so drawn to their music, which I thought they were the highlight of that night's festival.  They had the first album at that time, Chamber Music.  Since then, Ball...
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Ludovico Einaudi

11.06.2017 | Category, Blog, Music/Art

Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian pianist-composer known for his work on movies and contemporary classical music with minimalist quality.  I saw him play about 10 years ago at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.  It was shortly after he released Divenire album where he worked with electronic music.  As you may know, Hotel Cafe is a small venue with standing room only.  Since then, he has gained popularity, particularly because of the movie soundtrack works, as well as collaboration with other musicians including Ballake Sissoko.  When he came to UCLA last year, to play Elements, the Royce Hall was...
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Open Heart Mission 2017

10.17.2017 | Category, Blog

I met Dr Chris Nguyen and Dr Sandy Ratner in 2004 when we participated Project Vietnam's mission trip to Lang Song, Vietnam.  Since then, I went to Vietnam with Project Vietnam team several times.  Meantime, Chris and Sandy founded Open Heart Foundation to work with the Odonto-Maxillo Facial Hospital of the Ho Chi Minh City.  They travel to HCM City every fall to work with the local surgeons and medical staff at the Odonto-Maxillo Facial Hospital, teaching orthognathic surgery, and cleft lip and palate procedures.  This is their tenth anniversary.  Two years ago, I joined their team...
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October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 American women in their lifetime.  With early detection, breast cancer is curable.  I know so many breast cancer survivors, and I have treated many cancer survivors with breast reconstruction.  Please join us raising the awareness to breast cancer.  If you like, there are many non-for-profit organizations that you may donate and support. ...
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The Red Shoes

10.01.2017 | Category, Blog, Music/Art

Went to see Mathew Borne's new ballet production, The Red Shoes, at Ahmanson Ttheater, last night.  I have seen his productions in the past, including Swan Lake, Cinderella, and Edward Scissorhands, and thoroughly enjoyed his shows.  His productions are very elegant, witty, and humorous at the same time.  This time, he took on the old UK film, The Red Shoes, from 1940s.  The story of love and passion is beautifully displayed with elegant yet powerful choreography.  Highly recommend this show to anyone who is interested in dance and ballet.  Also, the stage production and lighting ar...
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07.08.2017 | Category, Blog

Mommy MakeOver! Yes, This is the term that is making the eyes of every mother twinkle, followed by a smile of course. After a few years and a couple of children, many women today are deciding to get their bodies back with a mommy makeover. What is Mommy Makeover? Mommy makeover is a unique cosmetic surgical procedure designed specifically for women who wish to enhance their appearance and ...
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