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Aesthetics MVPs: Rawaa Almukhtar, MD: Furthering the Field of Aesthetics

By The Aesthetic GUIDE posted Apr 14, 2023 05:46 PM


For this issue of Aesthetic MVPs, we interviewed Rawaa Almukhtar, MD, a board-certified dermatologist who has been in practice for a little over one year following the completion of her fellowship in laser and cosmetic surgery in 2021.

She currently serves as an academic faculty at Henry Ford Health Department of Dermatology (Detroit, Mich.) where she enjoys treating patients and teaching cosmetic procedures to residents.

TAG: Dr. Almukhtar, can you tell us what inspired you to become a medical professional?

I decided to pursue medical school at a relatively young age because I felt it was meaningful to help others when they were at their most vulnerable. A close family member of mine received treatments for cancer while I was in high school, which ultimately led me to consider medicine as a career. At the age of 15 years old, I entered medical school in Iraq – where I was born and raised – as the youngest student ever accepted to a medical school in the country.

TAG: How and why did you choose your specialty?

When I did my rotation in dermatology as a medical student, I found the field fascinating; I loved being able to recognize diseases by looking at the skin and being able to perform procedures on a daily basis. The variety of what I could do, what I could offer my patients and the impact it had on their quality of life was exciting – so much so that I did not feel the time passing when I was in the dermatology clinic.

I enjoy all aspects of aesthetic procedures from injectables to lasers and energy-based devices to minimally invasive procedures. I credit Mitch Goldman, MD, Sabrina Fabi, MD, Kimberly Butterwick, MD, Douglas Wu, MD, William Groff, MD and Monica Boen, MD, who mentored me during my fellowship. They taught me the whole spectrum of aesthetics so I could help my patients look and feel their best.

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