Meet Dr. Babak Azizzadeh

Director, The Facial Paralysis Institute

Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, is a world-renowned Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon who is deeply committed to the treatment of individuals with facial paralysis and Bell’s palsy.

He is board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. This detailed knowledge of facial aesthetics and underlying facial anatomy has made him one of the most sought-after facial paralysis surgeons in the world.

As such, he has been featured in The New York Times, the Oprah Winfrey Show, People magazine, Discovery Health, and The Doctors television show, among others, for his distinct expertise in the field.

Education & Fellowships

After graduating from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA at the top of his class, Dr. Azizzadeh completed a six-year residency program in Head & Neck Surgery at UCLA.

He then completed a sub-specialized fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Harvard Medical School with special emphasis on the facial nerve and facial reanimation. This prestigious fellowship position was available to only one surgeon in the United States.

After serving as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Azizzadeh returned to California and became an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA and an attending facial plastic surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Today, he is the co-director of the facial plastic & reconstructive surgery fellowship program at Keck School of Medicine at USC and co-chairman of Cedars-Sinai’s annual Advances in Multispecialty Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Symposium. Furthermore, he has been appointed chairman of the 13th International Facial Nerve Symposium in 2017 in Los Angeles.

Best-selling author

The author of five best selling medical textbooks, including the preeminent book in the field “The Facial Nerve,” as well as hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Azizzadeh’s expertise in facial reanimation surgery has made him one of the most trusted physicians world-wide.

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