Husam Elias, MD, DMD, FACS
In practice for 10 years, Dr. Husam Elias is a surgeon who is dually trained in cosmetic surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery. He practices at the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, which has been in existence in the same location for more than 35 years.
Born and raised in Sudan, East Africa, Dr. Elias completed his undergraduate degree and graduated at the top of his class at University of Khartoum. He then moved to the U.S. to follow his dream of becoming a surgeon. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and his dental degree from Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, graduating with honors. Dr. Elias completed an internship in general surgery, a residency in maxillofacial surgery and a fellowship in cosmetic plastic surgery.
Before joining Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, Dr. Elias held the position of section head of maxillofacial surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute and served as medical staff member for the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. He also held a position as staff surgeon at the Head and Neck/Maxillofacial Surgery Department at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.
Dr. Elias is a diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has lectured nationally and internationally in cosmetic surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery. He currently holds academic positions as clinical assistant professor of surgery at Case Western Reserve University and University of Khartoum in Sudan, East Africa, and is a clinical instructor for UCLA and Harbor UCLA oral and maxillofacial surgery residency programs. Dr. Elias has been published in a variety of medical journals.
What would you like potential patients to know about you?
“With a background in both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery, I have developed a unique practice that encompasses a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. My goal is to deliver the most natural cosmetic results with a gentle and artistic touch.”
What inspired you to be a doctor?
“I chose to pursue a career in cosmetic and maxillofacial surgery because of the opportunity to combine art, science and technical skill to improve the lives of my patients.”
Tell us about your team.
“We have a team of nurses, surgical techs and patient concierges who take care of our patients’ needs from A to Z.”
How do you provide personalized attention to patients?
“My patients are my family members. I always make time to sit and listen to them. I try to put myself in their shoes to understand their concerns and address any of their questions.”
Tell us about recent developments in the medical field.
“Virtual surgery and 3-D printing have been a tremendous addition to contemporary surgical practice. They have led to a more accurate prediction of surgical outcomes and reduction in the length of surgery. We use these technologies on a daily basis in treatment planning of most cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries from dental implant, facial reconstruction and corrective jaw surgery to rhinoplasty and breast augmentation.”
What is your area of expertise?
“Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. We are known nationally and internationally for natural breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, complex facial reconstructions and dental implantology.”
What is the philosophy of your practice?
“We live by our motto: ‘Availability, affability and ability.’ We make it all about our patients.”
Do you take a holistic approach?
“I recommend a balanced diet, exercise regimen and nutritional supplements. We also emphasize the connection between speedy recovery and emotional and spiritual well-being.”
Is there a common concern that you hear frequently?
“In our busy lifestyle, speedy recovery is the most common concern for our patients. We utilize strict protocols before and after surgery to ensure positive outcomes and fast recovery.”
Tell us about your family.
“I am married to Dr. Zainab Mahmoud, world-class physician, super-mom and the love of my life. We have one son, Nadir, my pride and joy. He is about to finish fifth grade and is excited to start middle school next year.”
What do you do when not working?
“I am an avid sports enthusiast and love to watch professional sports. I play golf when-ever I have a chance and love to travel to see new places and experience new cultures.”
How do you give back?
“I volunteer my time to train the next generation of surgeons, working with the maxillofacial surgery residents at Harbor UCLA Medical Center.”