Dr. Hurwitz: I've been in practice in plastic surgery in Pittsburgh since 1977, so that
makes it about 36 years. I am pleased to have grown up in Baltimore, went
to the high school at Baltimore City College, off to University of Maryland
in College Park. I was an honor student and went off to University of
Maryland in Baltimore and graduated in 1970 in the honor society. Off to
training in general surgery up at Dartmouth Medical College and came to
Pittsburgh to do my plastic surgery.
Actually plastic surgery was an afterthought. I was determined to be a
cardiac surgeon and do heart valves and heart transplants. But when I found
out the artistry and the high skills necessary for plastic surgery and the
type of patients that come there for help, it was for me.
I like the opportunity to engage people who want to improve their
appearance; who are dissatisfied of how things look. Maybe they never had
the attractive features they wanted or they've lost them over the years.
It's an incredible opportunity to take healthy people and true wellness and
bring them to a level of aesthetics and self-esteem not previously
The most challenging aspect of plastic surgery is meeting patient
expectations. They have their pre-perceived concepts of what they want to
look like. I have an understanding of what I can accomplish, and to match
the two, it could be a little difficult at times. So I have to take
patients through this and be sure that we get the kind of results they're
Fortunately I'm very busy in plastic surgery, and I consider that my
avocation as well as my occupation. But when there is free time, I like
competitive golf, and I'm fairly good with a handicap of about ten, so I
can play anywhere. And I belong to a number of golf groups, professional
and otherwise. I do like to ski in the winter. Having lived in Vermont, we
learned how to ski, and we love to go to Colorado. Otherwise, the family is
wonderful. I have grown children just finishing college. I'm helping them
along the way.
I like my new patients to understand where I'm coming from, and I'm coming
from a private practice with a high academic interest. I want my patients
to understand they're coming to a plastic surgeon who's not only innovative
but also a great teacher. I'm a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh,
and with that, I have the opportunity to train senior residents in plastic
surgery. I also innovate new techniques and technologies for my patients'
welfare. So my patients will have the latest in techniques that are tried
and proven through my operative experience, and I report this to plastic
surgeons around the world.