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“My father is an amazing man.” Many people can lay claim to this statement when reflecting upon their own relationship with “dad,” but I want to explain why I think this way. I was fortunate to have been raised by a father with strong values, which largely centered on working hard and perseverance. He was… Read more »

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One-time Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bruce Jenner has officially announced that he will move forward with plans to transition to life as a woman in a very emotional and commendable interview with Diane Sawyer of ABC News. In a two-hour television event, Jenner revealed that he had already undergone multiple surgical procedures and hormonal treatments that slowly… Read more »

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My parents in front of the White House circa 1969. I came to the United States when I was 4 years old during a tumultuous time in the late 1970s. In Iran, which until then had been a blissful place to grow up, there was a new and dark movement towards fundamentalism with massive political and religious upheaval…. Read more »

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Dr. Panossian of the Facial Paralysis Center is featured on “The Doctors” for his work on Moebius syndrome.  Watch Dr. Panossian as he surprises the family with a generous gift.

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Be sure to catch the Facial Paralysis Webinar on Dr. Panossian’s YouTube channel or by clicking below.  As part of Dr. Panossian’s new Webinar Series, Dr. Panossian discusses the diagnosis and management of facial paralysis and the importance of early intervention.  He outlines his personal and unique unique approach to managing facial paralysis.  It’s not too late… Read more »

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On February 22, 2015, I traveled to El Salvador to perform specialized reconstructive surgery on children who have had no other choice but to live with their deformities until now.  Sponsored by Mending Kids, the medical mission succeeded in its goal to provide surgery for 16 children with over 30 screened.  This was a different… Read more »

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In case you missed it, watch Dr. Panossian’s informative and interactive webinar on “Hemangiomas and Other Vascular Birthmarks.”  Dr. Panossian describes the current terminology and shows examples of various types of vascular anomalies. Emphasis is placed on achieving a proper diagnosis, followed by treatment. He describes common pitfalls involved in making the right diagnosis. If… Read more »

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I have spoken previously about the high rate of misdiagnosis when it comes to vascular birthmarks (or, vascular anomalies).  But what does it mean to a parent who needs to decide on the treatment being offered and trusting the doctor to implement the correct option?  No one wants to know that he, she, or a… Read more »

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January 24, 2015 is Moebius Awareness Day. Moebius Syndrome is a rare neurological disorder causing facial paralysis. I have treated many children and adults with this syndrome through smile reconstruction surgery. The “Many Faces of Moebius Syndrome” support group highlights that “people of this condition have normal intelligence, although their lack of facial expression is often… Read more »

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I became a pediatric plastic surgeon for many reasons. The specialty choices available to bright-eyed medical students are so vast, it can make your head spin. So, how can an impressionable young man or woman make such a lofty decision regarding his or her career at a point in the educational process when experience is… Read more »