Sydney R Coleman
During his first year of medical school at the University of Texas, Dr. Coleman began interviewing adolescents with severe facial burns. During these interviews, he realized that these children’s scarred faces interfered with their ability to communicate emotions and thoughts to the world around them. He began “scrubbing in” on cases of severe birth defects as well as the burned children he had come to know. Dr. Coleman’s early experiences in medicine convinced him of the importance of the face in relating emotions and the conditions of a person’s inner self to the outside world. The fascination of making souls visible to the outside world by altering facial structures eventually became the focus of Dr. Coleman’s career.
After Dr. Coleman received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas, he performed his internship and general surgery residency at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans. He went on to complete a three-year plastic surgery residency at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. During this time, he studied Aesthetic and Craniofacial Surgery with Fernando Ortiz-Monastario in Mexico City and completed a fellowship in Microsurgery at the R.K. Davies Hospital in San Francisco.
Dr. Coleman studied during a revolutionary period in plastic surgery and medicine. The first year of his plastic surgery residency, liposuction and collagen were introduced to the United States. During his residency, a multitude of new reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were invented by his mentors before his very eyes at the R.K. Davies Hospital, UC San Francisco, Stanford and in Mexico. Just prior to opening his New York City practice in 1985, Dr. Coleman spent six months completing a fellowship in aesthetic surgery at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of the New York University Medical Center.
ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
Dr. Coleman is board certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is currently a member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgery, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and a founding member of the International Consortium of Plastic Surgeons and the Harry Buncke Microsurgical Society. He is affiliated with NYU Downtown Hospital, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, as well as Manhattan Ear, Eye & Throat Hospital.