Dr. Robert Singer lends his voice and vision to the world of plastic surgery

Robert Singer, M.D.
Robert Singer, M.D.

Robert Singer, MD of La Jolla, is an internationally renowned aesthetic plastic surgeon and noted educator of aesthetic surgery. He received his general surgery training at Stanford University Medical Center and after serving as a physician in the Viet Nam War, took additional training in Santa Barbara.

Robert Singer, M.D.

Dr. Singer has served as president and chairman of the Board of Trustees of American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), chairman of the board of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, president of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, president of the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation, and president of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons.

He developed a forum to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new aesthetic procedures. He was appointed an ASAPS visiting professor to plastic surgery training programs.

Dr. Singer is the author of numerous scientific articles, and lectures to surgical organizations in the United States and internationally. He has been a media resource for plastic surgery information, including appearances on Larry King. He was invited to give testimony to Congress and the Medical Board of California.

He has held the position of Chief of Plastic Surgery and vice-chairman of the Department of Surgery, Scripps Memorial Hospital. At UCSD, he was granted the position of Clinical Professor of Surgery (Plastic).

  1. What brought you to La Jolla?

I first visited as a young child on vacation from Buffalo, N.Y. with relatives, and learned to surf and loved it then. I was drafted into the Navy out of my surgical residency at Stanford during the Viet Nam War and was posted initially in San Diego before spending time in the Pacific and Viet Nam as a physician. After completion of my general surgery and plastic surgery training, I had a number of offers for practice elsewhere, but nothing compared to La Jolla. I felt then and still do today that there is no better place to call home.

  1. What makes this area special to you?

The people, the healthy outdoor lifestyle, weather, the physical beauty, a superb medical community, and growing cultural options. No matter where we travel, I am always happy to come home to La Jolla.

  1. If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

Eliminate the marine layer.

  1. What inspires you?

It’s people in many different walks of life who take pride in what they do, and do things well and with passion. People who think “out of the box” and try to improve things rather than complain about them.

  1. If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

I assume you mean aside from my wife, Judith Harris and our daughter Blair. My original list included Niccolò Machiavelli, Catherine the Great, Dian Fossey and Marlene Dietrich, but my wife said that she had already invited them to the table in her interview with the La Jolla Light and I should find my own guests, so, I choose Genghis Kahn, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Moses, Oscar Wilde, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mae West, and Gerald Parsky.

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