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Haideh Hirmand: A Rising Star in a Male Dominated Profession

By: Staff Writer

When Haideh Hirmand, M.D. was a teenager in Tehran, a concrete block hit the back of her head and slammed her against the sidewalk. Her nose and mouth were smashed and doctors had to check every hour for brain damage. She was horrified at not having a face and this set her on her way to becoming one of the few plastic surgeons in the male dominated profession.

Haideh Hirmand

After graduating as valedictorian from UC Davis where she studied molecular biology, she went on to receive her M.D. from Harvard School of Medicine and M.P.A. Harvard's J.F.K. School of Government. She is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons. She trained at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in surgery, was s surgical research fellow at Cornell Medical College and Rockefeller University, completed her research project as a visiting scholar at Oxford University and pursued a sub-specialty fellowship in eyelid and aesthetic surgery in Atlanta followed by a second craniofacial and aesthetic fellowship in Paris before opening her practice in New York City.

A leader in aesthetic plastic surgery, she takes an individualistic and holistic approach to rejuvenation and beauty. She is known for her unique perspective to surgery- she stays away from anti-aging surgery because she feels that it weird for women to look drastically younger than their true age. Rather, she focuses on person and age-appropriate surgery. Her belief is that appearance is the first way one communicates with their environment and that plastic surgery enhances appearance. She feels that integrated with good nutrition, fitness, medical, dental, and mental health, skin care, and personal growth, it not only improves the looks, it also ensures vitality and confidence. The objective is to maintain elegance regardless of age. The goal is to integrate all elements of a healthy lifestyle to look and feel your best.

Dr. Hirmand's practice focuses on aesthetic surgery with a special interest in eyelid/facial surgery and breast and body contouring. She continues to conduct clinical research and has published and presented numerous scientific articles, the latest on eyelid surgery and the surgical management of the prominent eye. Dr. Hirmand has volunteered at the NYU-Downtown plastic surgery clinic in treating the indigent population and has been invited to travel to Mexico several times on reconstructive missions as part of the national health development project of the government of Mexico. She has served as the Chairperson of the health committee of the National Council of Women and is a board member of the Women's Medical Association of New York City. Dr. Hirmand is an active member of Physicians for Human Rights. She is presently a volunteer physician for the Human Rights Clinic Program of Doctors of the World.

She has been featured in Allure, Manhattan Style, Soho Style, Latina, Day Spa, Heart & Soul Magazine and The New York Post. She has appeared on Extra Edition, Fox's Health Network and has been interviewed by CBS, CNN and the New York Times. In October, 2003, Dr. Hirmand was voted one of the rising stars in plastic surgery by New York Magazine. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, windsurfing, traveling and yoga.

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