Surgeon as Artist - My Philosophy
Dr. Edward Szachowicz
Artist’s Statement: After over 29 years in practice as a Facial Plastic Surgeon, I can reflect on the essence of how I have matured in an ever changing world of cosmetic trends, fads and what’s new.
I believe that beauty is intrinsic and healing to all humans. Beauty brings us in touch with all our levels of being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. I am touched when my office is, often, the first place that people reach out to in response to serious changes in their lives. I believe that even small changes on the outside allow for so much healing and acceptance on the inside.
So, everyday, I honor those people who trust their face to me as their Facial Plastic Surgeon, by aligning this sacred trust and myself with products, treatment and surgical procedure offerings that have a track record of safe and consistent results.
As a surgeon and artist for the face, I am led by nuance and subtly; I am inspired by diversity of form; I seek states of harmony, balance and proportion.
I am grateful to all my patients for the lessons I have learned from treating each and every one of them over the years. It is because of all they have taught me that I have become a better surgeon, a better physician, a better person, and that I am able to give back to them, everyday, as fully as I am able.
~ E H Szachowicz, MD, PhD
Meet the Doctor: Edward Szachowicz (Sack-o-which)
Double Board Certified:
- Board Certified, American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Board Certified, American Board of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Society Memberships and Degrees:
- Fellow, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Diplomat, American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
- Alumni, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Otolaryngology (Residency and PhD)
- Alumni, University of Illinois, Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine (MD), Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
- Alumni, Northwestern University—Evanston, IL
Pro Bono Work:
- National Health Service, Marshall Islands, South Pacific
- American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery “Face-to Face” Mission, Zagreb, Croatia
- American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Domestic Violence Project
- Dr. Szachowicz has taught numerous national scientific sessions to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Academy of Laser Medicine & Surgery, the Northstar Dental Association and the International Society of Plastic Surgery
Dr. Szachowicz - Up Close and Personal
Dr. Edward Szachowicz carries his grandfather’s name, Edward Henry, as was the tradition at the time he was born. As his grandfather was the second born and was not in line to inherit the family estate, he decided to emigrate to the United States. As a young couple, Dr. Szachowicz’s grandparents immigrated to the United States from the city of Lodz, Poland, at the turn of the 20th century.
The Polish people pronounce the surname Szachowicz as Sha-ho-vich, while the Americanized version is Sack-o-which.
The yearning for learning started early with Dr. Szachowicz, shown here in his first graduation photograph. It was hard to know back in 1959 that Dr. Szachowicz’s education would span another 27 years!
Even after all this schooling, Dr. Szachowicz says: ”Every fall I still get a kind of yearning that I should be back in school, smelling the scent of new text books.”
Dr. Szachowicz’s undergraduate Bachelor of Arts was earned at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In this picture, Dr. Szachowicz is shown graduating from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society; a prestigious academic award for excellence in Medicine. Dr. Szachowicz then joined the MD-PhD program at the University of Minnesota, Department of Otolaryngology. This was a time in his life when the degrees kept on coming.
After completing the five-year long MD-PhD program at he University of Minnesota, Dr. Szachowicz accepted a dual position at the University of Minnesota, Department of Otolaryngology, both as a member of the faculty and an appointment as a trauma surgeon at the then St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital (now Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN). Afterwards, he went on a year-long fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - he is shown here with his Fellowship Certificate at his final graduation. Shortly after, Dr. Szachowicz came to be double-boarded as he became a Diplomat of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Pro Bono Activities: Giving Back
In the spring of 1993, Dr. Szachowicz donated much needed surgical services in the city of Zagreb, capital of Croatia, as a member an international faculty of academic surgeons group, as part of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s “Face-to-Face” outreach program. This educational mission was funded by the Lira Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic Croatian group. Overwhelmed by the severity and volume of war injuries in the Balkan War, the Croatians doctors needed and intensive educational update on the treatment of facial trauma. In just two weeks, nine American and Swiss surgeons performed over 60 teaching surgical cases. A portion of Dr. Szachowicz’s casework was at the Children’s hospital in Zagreb.
In 1989, Dr. Szachowicz donated his surgical services to the people of the Marshall Islands, a chain of atolls in the Pacific, midway between Hawaii and Guam.
The Marshall Islands, a territory of the United States, had been used by the USA Armed Forces as the testing sites for the atomic bomb. As a consequence, many of the islanders and their descendants have developed tumors and other conditions associated with the radiation exposure.
In order to treat the affected people of the islands, The National Health Service (a department of the US government) built and partially staffs the hospital facility on the tiny island of Majuro. Here, Dr. Szachowicz examines a young boy with a mass growing in the right cheek.
Dr. Szachowicz has only one child, Asher, age 20. Asher is currently attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he is pursuing a combined degree in Computer Science and Psychology. Asher has already proven himself an accomplished entrepreneur by, along with a friend from his days at the Saint Paul Academy in St Paul, starting and running their own internet-based business. When not studying or taking care of business, Asher can be found enjoying his pastimes: photography, trapshooting, sailing, fencing and anything electronic.