Dr. Ghada Y Afifi

Personal Details

Dr. Afifi has trained in many areas of plastic & reconstructive surgery, having wished to become a plastic surgeon since the age of 12, when she watched a documentary about plastic surgeons who traveled to third world countries to perform reconstructive surgery on children and adults alike with birth and traumatic injuries. She committed herself to that goal and has been privileged to have been able to do what her dream was years ago. She was accepted to an accelerated biomedical program at the age of 17, which allowed her to graduate from college Summa Cum Laude, and earn her medical degree soon after at the age of 23.

She has completed 12 years of medical and surgical training. This has included a full general surgery residency at Yale after which she became Board Certified in General Surgery. She then completed a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery residency at University of Pennsylvania, her second Ivy League school, after which she became Board Certified in Plastic Surgery. In her quest to perform cleft lip and palate reconstruction in patients in third world countries, she then went on to have further training in Craniofacial Surgery at her third university, but now in southern California at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She has always committed herself to her surgical background and to every one of her patients. Although she is primarily in private practice, she continues her university affiliation as Clinical Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University and as Volunteer Clinical Assistant Clinical Professor at University of San Diego.

Dr. Afifi is a member of Operation Good Samaritan and Rotaplast International. Both organizations volunteer their time to change the lives of many adults and children in underdeveloped countries. With her specialized training in facial reconstruction, Dr. Afifi feels it is important for her to utilize her training for helping those who have deformities or abnormalities received at birth or through traumatic injuries.

She has been a featured speaker at conferences in such areas as the Middle East and Asia, has made presentations at universities around the country and has had a variety of medical art, illustrations and research papers published in newspapers, university medical publications and plastic surgery educational literature. Dr. Afifi is honored to help patients achieve their personal goals of self improvement through both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Gender Female
Education & Experience
    • Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York - top accelerated scholar
    • Medical Degree, Albany Medical College, New York. Honored as a member of the elite Alpha Omega Alpha, a medical society comprised of the top 10% of medical students in the country
    • General Surgery Residency, YALE - New Haven Hospital, Connecticut
    • Plastic Surgery Residency, University of PENNsylvania
    • Fellowship, Craniofacial & Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, California 
    • Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery
    • Board Certified, American Board of Surgery
    • Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honors Society
    • W. Brandon Macomber Award - Plastic Surgery
    • Letter of Commendation for Scholastic Excellence
    • Daggett Trust Prize for Professional Performance and Conduct
    • Academic Achievement Award of the Medical Society of Albany, NY
    • Summa Cum Laude and Top Accelerated Graduate
    • Rensselaer Medal Award & Scholarship and Top Mathematics and Achievement Award
    • Who's Who in the United States 
    • State of California
    • State of Pennsylvania 
    • Clinical Assistant Professor, Loma Linda University
    • Past Clinical Assistant Professor (Voluntary), UCSD 
    • Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, CA - Chair of Plastic Surgery Department 2013 - 2015
    • Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA
    • Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA
    • Loma Linda University Medical Center
    • Past Chief, Plastic Surgery Division, Loma Linda Veterans Hospital, CA 
    • Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
    • Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
    • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
    • American Medical Association (AMA)
    • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
    • Orange County Society of Plastic Surgery
    • Yale Surgical Society
    • San Diego Plastic Surgery Society
    • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
    • Association for Advancement of Wound Care
    • Plastic Surgery Research Council
    • Past elected Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) Surveyor 

    Performing surgery on children and adults with deformities, internationally.

    • Member, Rotaplast International
    • Operation Good Samaritan
    • Magic Mirror Foundation 
    • Good Morning America: Cosmetic Surgery-Two part special
    • Philadelphia News: Alternatives in Cosmetic Surgery
    • News, Channels 7, 4 & 11: Conjoined Twins Press Conference--Loma Linda University Medical Center
    • Discovery Health: "Plastic Surgery: Before & After"
    • NBC: Extra Television Show
    • CBS: Women 2 Women
    • Southland Today Talk Show: Silicone Versus Saline
    • KRCV: The Humberto Luna Radio Show
    • Nile Television International: Plastic Surgery Today
    • E! Entertainment TV:  
      “Celebrity Plastic Surgery:  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” in which
      Dr. Afifi was in the “Good Celebrity Plastic Surgery” category.
    • E! Entertainment TV
      “Top 20 Best and Worst Celebrity Plastic Surgery” in which Dr. Afifi
      was #10, as one of the best celebrity plastic surgery cases.
    • Featured in The Insider:  showing Shar Jackson, who underwent breast lift and tummy tuck by Dr. Afifi
    • Featured in:  In Touch, Splash, National Enquirer, Teen Magazine
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