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Dr. Sam Naficy

M.D., F.A.C.S.

"As a facial plastic surgeon, my goal is to enhance, uncover, and restore facial beauty in a manner that is natural, harmonious, and which satisfies the aesthetic desires of my patient."

Dr. Sam Naficy is a highly specialized, fellowship-trained, and double board certified facial plastic surgeon. He has over 12 years of experience with modern techniques of cosmetic plastic surgery, including eyelid and facial rejuvenation, rhinoplasty, and laser surgery. He performs close to 1,000 facial plastic surgery procedures per year. Recently, Dr. Naficy was voted by other physicians in the Seattle area as one of the top doctors for facial plastic surgery (Seattle Magazine). He is the only fellowship-trained and ABFPRS board-certified facial plastic surgeon selected on that short list of specialists.

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Background

A native of Seattle, Dr. Naficy graduated #1 in his medical school class at the University of Washington and was the recipient of the 'Highest Honors in Medicine' award from the Dean. He completed advanced training in general surgery and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the internationally renowned University of Michigan Medical Center. Subsequently, he was chosen for a highly competitive fellowship position in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan Center for Facial Cosmetic Surgery.

Dr. Naficy has been a faculty member in the division of facial plastic surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center and an attending surgeon at the Center for Facial Cosmetic Surgery. He has been on the clinical faculty of the University of Washington for the past five years and was one of the founding surgeons of the UW Cosmetic Surgery Center.

A recognized authority in his field, Dr. Naficy has authored numerous papers and book chapters, and has presented his scholarly work at a number of national and international meetings. He has authored a textbook on plastic surgery of the nose. Some of the procedures commonly performed by Dr. Naficy include blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), cheek lift, facelift, neck lift, brow lift, rhinoplasty, chin & neck liposuction, and laser resurfacing. Dr. Naficy draws his patient base not only from the Seattle area, but also from Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, and as far away as New York City.

Dr. Naficy is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. This is the only ABMS board that certifies surgeons exclusively for plastic surgery of the face. Dr. Naficy holds surgical privileges at his privately-owned Medicare-certified ambulatory surgery center located adjacent to his practice. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, an active member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Washington State Facial Plastic Surgery Society.

Curriculum Vitae

  • In 1983, Sam Naficy enrolled at the University of Washington. During his four years at the UW he served as the treasurer and president of his fraternity, was captain of the intramural champion soccer team, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, and Academic All American.
  • In 1987, after graduation, he worked at the Puget Sound Blood Center in Seattle as a phlebotomist and was involved in a number of state-wide blood drives and protocols to improve the efficacy and safety of our community's blood supply.
  • In 1988, he started medical school at the University of Washington. During the four years of medical education, he served as the chairman of the medical school senate, and graduated in 1992 with the "Highest Honors" achievable at his medical school, and #1 in his class of 175.
  • In the years 1990 and 1992, he passed part I and part II of the National Board Medical Examination with scores in the 99th percentile.
  • In 1992, Dr. Naficy began his internship in the Department of General Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. This is considered one of the top General Surgery training programs in the world.
  • In 1993, Dr. Naficy began specialty surgical training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. This included advanced surgical training in head and neck surgery, facial plastic surgery, craniofacial surgery, and facial trauma surgery. The highly competitive nature of this surgery sub-specialty is illustrated by the fact that there were over 400 applicants for only 4 positions.
  • In 1998, Dr. Naficy enrolled in an AAFPRS fellowship program in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Center for Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Michigan. The highly competitive nature of this surgery fellowship is illustrated by the fact that there were 42 applicants for only 1 position.
  • In 1999, Dr. Naficy received his first board certification, by the ABMS, encompassing the subspecialties of head and neck surgery and plastic surgery within the head and neck.
  • In 1999, Dr. Naficy was invited to join the clinical faculty of the University of Washington in the division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His practice included cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery. Dr. Naficy was also one of the co-founders of the UW Cosmetic Surgery Center.
  • In 2001, Dr. Naficy received his second board certification, by the ABFPRS, in the subspecialty of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Only a small number of surgeons in the entire world have the distinction of being certified by the ABFPRS.
  • In 2003, Dr. Naficy became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Admission to the American College of Surgeons is considered a great honor among surgeons and surgical specialists.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, cum laude 
    University of Washington
  • Doctor of Medicine, with highest honors 
    University of Washington

Training

  • General Surgery 
    University of Michigan Medical Center
  • Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 
    University of Michigan Medical Center
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 
    University of Michigan Medical Center 
    Center for Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Board Certification

  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Board of Medical Specialties
  • National Board of Medical Examiners

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Member American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Diplomate American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Diplomate American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Diplomate National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons
  • Member American Society of Dermatological Surgery
  • Member Washington State Facial Plastic Surgery Society
  • Member King County Medical Society
  • Member American Medical Association
  • Member Washington State Medical Association

Licenses

  • Washington State Medical License
  • Michigan State Medical License

Hospital Affiliations

  • Evergreen Hospital
  • Overlake Hospital
  • Swedish Hospital
  • Seattle Surgery Center
  • Evergreen Surgery Center
  • University of Washington Medical Center
  • Harborview Medical Center
  • Children's Hospital Medical Center

Academic Positions

Clinical Assistant Professor

Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

University of Washington Medical Center

Honors and Awards

  • Medical Degree with Highest Honors (#1 among class of 175)
  • Chosen as one of Seattle Top Doctors for Facial Plastic Surgery in 2003 
  • Seattle Magazine, September 2003
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • Clifford Williams Scholar
  • Stanley Birge Award
  • Golden Key Society
  • Academic All-American
  • Association for Academic Surgery Medical Student Award
  • ALA Resident Research Award
  • Walter Work Society Resident Research Award
  • Washington State Medical Association Medical Student Research Award
"I cannot believe it’s only been two weeks since my surgery and already just about all the bruising has gone and my incision has just about totally healed. Dr., Naficy and staff did such a wonderful job of explaining everything prior to surgery that really"
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