Howard A. Tobin, MD, FAACS
Cosmetic Surgical Center, Abilene, TX

Dr. Tobin has over 50 years of experience in Cosmetic Surgery. He was the director of the nationally recognized Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgical Center in Abilene, Texas. He is a past President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the Cosmetic Surgical Society of Texas and has served in numerous leadership positions in state and national medical associations. Graduating from Princeton University with honors, he attended medical school at Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston. Postdoctoral training was then carried out in Houston, Virginia, and Cincinnati. He served in the United States Air Force with the rank of Major entering active duty in 1969 and being discharged in 1975 His assignment to Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, TX led to his decision to call Abilene home. His initial practice was in the field of Head & Neck Cancer & Reconstructive Surgery. Over the next 6 years, his interest turned to Cosmetic surgery A sponsor of the Miss Texas USA pageant, he has also served as a judge for this and other pageants. His patients include many pageant contestants and winners up to the Miss Universe title. He is the author of more than 75 published articles and textbook chapters and has lectured throughout North and South America, Europe Asia, and Australia. In addition to his medical interests, Dr. Tobin is an accomplished Airline Transport jet-rated pilot, flying for over fifty years with over 6000 flying hours. He has owned and flown, single pilot, his Citation 501 - Stallion Jet for 30years. He is a principal volunteer pilot for the Veterans Airlift Command, flying wounded warriors on humanitarian missions. He is the recipient of the FAA Wright Brothers “Master Pilot Award”. When not flying or operating, he operates and lives on a ranch in Ovalo, Texas.

Take Home Message

Using liposuction as an example, we will focus I'm getting back to the basics. We will use this as an example of how concentrating on what is best for our patients, regardless of what is best for us, can make us better, happier and more satisfied surgeons. Surgery is only one of the tools we have to help make our patients feel better about themselves.