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Palo Alto Plastic Surgeon - Dr. George Commons

Dr. CommonsInformation on board certified plastic surgeon in Palo Alto – San Jose. Info on credentials, background, certification, experience, education and more.

About Dr. Commons

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Statement
Legal Expertise

Born:

    Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Education:

    Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania
    B.S., Chemistry, Cum Laude
    University of Pennsylvania, M.D.

Honors and Societies:

    Alpha Omega Alpha
    Santa Clara County Medical Society Association
    Philippines Plastic Surgical Association
    Military Plastic Surgical Association
    American Board of Plastic Surgery (Certified)
    American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Medical Training and Experience:

    Stanford University Medical Center
    Intern in Surgery
    Stanford University Medical Center
    Fellow in Plastic Surgery and Rehabilitation
    Stanford University Medical Center
    Resident in General and Plastic Surgery
    Stanford University Medical Center
    Chief Resident in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    United States Air Force Hospital, Clark Air
    Force Base, Republic of the Philippines, Chief,
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Clark Air Force Base, Medical Civic Action
    Program Director
    Consultant in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy in the Far East
    Consultant in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Central Luzon General Hospital.
    San Fernando, Republic of Philippines
    Consultant and Lecturer, University of the
    Far East, Manila, Republic of the Philippines
    Consultant to the Philippine Air Force, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Surgeon-in-Charge, U.S. Air Force, Philippine Air Force, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Rehabilitation Program for Underprivileged Children

Staff Appointments:

    Stanford University Hospital-Associate Professor
    Sequoia Hospital
    Menlo Park Surgical Hospital
    Plastic Surgery Center Medical Director

Military Status:

    Major, United States Air Force
    (Inactive Reserves)


Organizations:

    Member of California Medial Association
    Member of Santa Clara County Medial Society
    Stanford University School of Medicine
    Clinical Faculty-Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
    (Plastic Surgery Department, Stanford University Hospital)
    American Board of Plastic Surgery Inc. (Certified)
    Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
    California Society of Plastic Surgeons
    The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc.

Research Experience:

  • Changes in serum alkaline phosphatase in superior mesenteric artery occlusion.
    Combination of various steroids with rabbit anti-mouse ALS in skin graft prolongation.
    Effects of rabbit anti-dog ALS in combination with various steroid preparations in canine renal graft prolongation. Microsurgery, rat renal transplantation, study of the effects of nephritis on transplant immunity. Production and evaluation of rabbit anti-rat nephtotoxic sera.
  • Evaluation of the role of tetracycline-boron compounds in transplantation biology. Murine skin grafts serve as the tissue of transplantation. Neutron beam irradiation techniques were applied in the project. Evaluation of the effect of rabbit anti-mouse lymphocyte serum on wound healing via tensiometric studies on murine transverse abdominal wounds. Pre- and post-treatment evaluation of the malignant melanoma cases at Stanford Hospital. Evaluation of wound healing in primary-primary, secondary-secondary, and primary-secondary edges. Clinical studies of the pre- and post-operative nerve conduction studies carpal tunnel patient.
  • Clinical evaluation of 450 cleft lip and cleft palate patients in the Republic of the Philippines.
  • Clinical evaluation of the effects of betel nut on the oral mucosa in the Republic of the
    Philippines.
  • Evaluation of a reduction mammoplasty candidate by a pre- and post-operative mammography.
  • Evaluation of the use of the inner table of the skull as a graft for closure of
    cribiform plate deformities secondary to meningoencephalocele.
  • Anatomical studies of the tribelly deep superficial flexor tendon of the hand.

Research Affiliation

  • TauTona Group – Consultant

Chief Investigator-Study

    Axillary hyperhidrosis study with VASER-IRB approved (October 2008).

Publications-Bibliography:

    Surgical Forum: “Studies in Wound Healing”. (Co-author)

    British Journal of Plastic Surgery: July, l974. “Transplantation of the Great Toeto the Thumb”. (Co-author)

    Safety in Large Volume Liposuction: Anesthetic and Surgical Considerations
    American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. (Co-author) Copyright 1995, l996
    Lipotransformation Surgery Surgical and Anesthetic Technology for Ultrasonic Assisted Large Volume Liposuction California Society for Plastic Surgeons, Inc. (Co-Author) Copyright 1997

    1994 to Present Presentations of Large Volume Liposuction Papers-Lipolysis Society of North America, Inc.

    1995 to Present Aesthetic Society-Two hour course on Large Volume Liposuction

    1996-Present Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction pre-clinical trial UAL Instruction l997-March ’97 University of San Francisco, California March ’97 Cleveland Clinic Foundation Course May ’97 Aesthetic Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery New York City UAL course

    1997 The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc. May 2-7, l997 New York City, New York Deep Plane Facial Rhytidectomy.

    1997 UAL Paper and Demonstration The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc. Symposium on Aesthetic Surgery Featuring Live Surgery Davies Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

    Large Volume Liposuction (670 cases) with UAL discussion of 57 cases (Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)

    Temp studies in UAL -To Aesthetic Plastic Society Report of 74 cases of UAL with emphasis on complications and prevention and the UAL effect.
    Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

    1998 Anesthesiologist’s Manual of Surgical Procedures, Second Edition, Editors Richard A. Jaffee, Stanley I. Samuels, “Aesthetic Surgery” “Liposuction” Pg 812-814, George W. Commons, M.D., F.A.C.S.

    1998 “Ultrasonic-Assisted Lipoplasty (Discussion)” Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, 101:203, George W. Commons, M.D., Bruce Halperin, M.D.

    1999 “Patient Safety in Large Volume Liposuction”, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Copyright 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, George W. Commons, M.D, Bruce D. Halperin, M.D, Kay Young, M.D.

    1999 Commentary (By Invitation) “Report of Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction”, Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, George W. Commons, M.D., Bruce D. Halperin, M.D.

    1999 “Large Volume Liposuction: A Review of 631 Cases Over 12 Consecutive Years”, George W. Commons, M.D, Bruce Halperin, M.D., and Carolyn Chang, M.D.

    April l999 “Safety Issues in Ultrasound-Assisted Large-Volume Lipoplasty”, George W. Commons, M.D., Bruce Halperin, M.D. and Mark Gilliland, M.D. Clinics in Plastic Surgery 26:2 pp 317-335.

    April 1999 “A Comparison of Various Ultrasound Technologies”, George W. Commons, M.D., and Carolyn Chang, M.D., Clinics in Plastic Surgery 26:2 pp.261-268.

    May 1999 ASAPS News Release, Tuesday, May 18, l999 Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction Experience Shows Both Pluses and Minuses, George W. Commons, M.D. and
    Bruce Halperin, M.D.

    May 1999 Aesthetics Surgery Journal’s May/June l999 Second Thoughts column, “Alterations in Large Volume Liposuction Policy” by George W. Commons, M.D. and Bruce Halperin, M.D.

    June 2000 “Role of Liposuction in Morbid Obesity” by George W. Commons, M.D., Carolyn C. Chang, M.D., Dean Vistnes, M.D., and Bruce D. Halperin, M.D. Problems in General Surgery Volume 17, No. 2 pp 69-79

    May 2002 “Considerations in Large-Volume Liposuction” by George W. Commons, M.D. and Bruce D. Halperin, M.D., Seminars in Plastic Surgery Volume 16, No 2 pp 143-152

    • Anesthesiologist’s Manual of Surgical Procedure, Second Edition, Editors Richard A. Jaffee, Stanley Samuels, “Aesthetic Surgery” “Liposuction” pp 830-852 George W. Commons, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Bruce Halperin, M.D.

    2008 Anesthesiologist’s Manual of Surgical Procedures, Second Edition, Editors Richard A. Jaffee, M.D., Stanley Samuels, M.D., “Aesthetic Surgery” “Liposuction” pp 798-823 George W. Commons, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Bruce Halperin, M.D.

    2008 “Face & Neck Remodeling with Ultrasound Assisted (Vaser) Lipoplasty”, George W. Commons, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Alberto Di Giuseppe, M.D. Simplified Facial Rejuvenation, Melvin A. Shiffman, M.D., Chapter 16, pp 137-148

    2009 Anesthesiologist’s Manual of Surgical Procedures, Fourth Edition, Editors Richard A. Jaffee, M.D., and Stanley Samuels, M.D., “Nonfacial Aesthetic Surgery”, pp 1084-1101,
    George W. Commons, M.D, David M. Kahn, M.D, Angeline Lim, M.D., Bruce D. Halperin, M.D. and Lindsey Vokah-Brodsky, MB, ChB, FFARCS

    2009 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, July ’09 Issue, “Tissue Harvest by Means of Suction-Assisted or Third-Generation Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoaspiration Has No Effect on Osteogenic Potential of Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells”, pp 65-73, George W. Commons, M.D, Nicholas J. Panetta, M.D., Deepak M. Gupta, M.D., Matthew D. Kwan, Derrick C. Wan, M.D., Michael T. Longaker, M.D., MBA

    2009 Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, January ’09, “Treatment of Axillary Hyperhidrosis/Bromidrosis Using
    VASER®”, George W. Commons M.D, F.A.C.S., Angeline F. Lim, M.D.

    2010 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, February 2010 Issue, “Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells Respond to and Elaborate Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 during In-Vitro Osteogenic Differentiation”, pp 483-493, George W. Commons, M.D., Nicholas J. Panetta, M.D., Deepak M. Gupta, M.D, Jacqueline K. Lee, Derrick C. Wan, M.D., Michael T. Longaker, M.D., M.B.A.

    2010 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, July 2010 Issue, “Regulation of Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cell Osteogenic Differentiation by Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 and Platelet-Derived Growth Factor-?”, pp 41-52, George W. Commons, M.D., Michael T. Longaker, M.D., M.B.A., Benjamin Levi, M.D., Aaron W. James, B.A., Derrick C. Wan, M.D., Jason P. Glotzbach, M.D.

    2010 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, August 2010 Issue, “Divergent Modulation of Adipose-Derived Stromal Cell Differentiation by TGF-?-1 Based on Species of Derivation”, pp. 412-425, George W. Commons, M.D., Michael T. Longaker, M.D., M.B.A., Benjamin Levi, M.D., Aaron W. James, B.A., Yue Xu, M.D., Ph.D.

    2010 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, September 2010 Issue, “Paracrine Interaction between Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells and Cranial Suture-Derived Mesenchymal Cells”, pp. 806-821, George W. Commons, M.D., Michael T. Longaker, M.D., M.B.A., Aaron W. James, M.D., Benjamin Levi, M.D., Jason Glotzbach, M.D.

    2010 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, September 2010 Issue, “Depot-Specific Variation in the Osteogenic and Adipogenic Potential of Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells”, pp 822-834, George W. Commons, M.D., Michael Longaker, M.D., M.B.A., Benjamin Levi, M.D., Aaron W. James, B.A., Jason P. Glotzbach, M.D., Derrick C. Wan, M.D.

    2010 Manuscript: Levi B, James AW, Nelson ER, Li S, Peng M, Commons GW, Lee M, Wu B, Longaker MT. Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells Stimulate Autogenous Skeletal Repair via Paracrine Hedgehog Signaling with Calvarial Osteoblasts. Stem Cells Dev. 2011 Feb; 20 (2):243-57. Epub 2010 Oct 12. PMID: 20698749.

    2010 Manuscript: James AW*, Levi B*, Nelson ER, Peng M, Commons GW, Lee M, Wu B and Longaker MT. Deleterious Effects of Freezing on Osteogenic Differentiation of Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells In Vitro and In Vivo. Stem Cells Dev. 2011 Mar; 20(3):427-39. Epub 2010 Oct 17. PMID: 20536327.

    2010 Manuscript: Lee J, Gupta D, Panetta NJ, Levi B, James AW, Wan D, Commons GW, Longaker MT. Elucidating Mechanisms of Osteogenesis in Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells via Microarray Analysis. J Craniofac Surg. 21(4):1136-41, 2010.PMID:20613589.

    2010 Abstract: Levi B, James AW, Wan DC, Nauta AC, Commons GW and Longaker MT. Depot Specific Variation in the Osteogenic and Adipogenic Potential of Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells may be explained by variations in BMP signaling. Plast. Recostr. Surg. Supp. 123 (6S): 112, 2010.

    2011 Manuscript: Levi B*, Nelson ER*, Brown K*, James AW, Xu D, Dunlevie R, Wu JC, Lee M, Wu B, Commons GW, Vistnes D and Longaker MT. Differences in Osteogenic Differentiation of Adipose Derived Stromal Cells from Murine, Canine and Human Sources in vitro and in vivo. In Press. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. Jan 2011.

    2011 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, March 2011 Issue, “Acute Skeletal Injury is Necessary for Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cell-Mediated Calvarial Regeneration”, pp. 1118-1129, George W. Commons, M.D, Michael Longaker, M.D., M.B.A., Benjamin Levi, M.D., Aaron W. James, M.D., Emily R. Nelson, B.S., Michelle Peng, B.S., Derrick C. Wan, M.D., Min Lee, Ph.D., Benjamin Wu, M.D.

    2011 Manuscript: Levi B, Nelson ER, Li S, James AW, Hyun JS, Montoro DT, Lee M,
    Commons GW and Longaker MT. Dura Mater is Required for Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cell Mediated Healing of Mouse Calvarial Defects. In Press, May 2011. Stem Cells.

    Manuscripts in the Review Process:

    Manuscript: Levi B, Glotzbach JP, James AW, Nelson ER, Li S, Wan DC, Januszyk M, Quarto N, Commons GW, Lee M, Wu B, Gurtner GC and Longaker MT. Osteogenic Enrichment of Human Adipose Tissue-Derived Stromal Cells Enhances Skeletal Healing. Under Review: Jour Biol Chem.

Invited Lecturer

    Plastic Surgery Society
    1996
    Pre Clinical Trial Group for Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction
    Selection by UAL Committee of the Plastic Surgical Society

    American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
    1991 to 2002
    California Society of Plastic Surgery
    1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
    Subject: Safety Issues in Liposuction and Facial Surgery

    Cleveland Clinical Plastic Surgery Symposium
    l997
    Miami, Florida
    Subject: Progress in Ultrasonic Liposuction

    Horizons in Plastic Surgery
    1999
    Subject: Safety in Large Volume. Results in Large Volume Liposuction

    Santa Fe Body Contour Symposium
    1998
    Subject: Large Volume Ultrasonic Liposuction

    New York Plastic Surgery Society
    1999
    Subject: Safety and Efficiency in Large Volume Liposuction

    Aesthetic Society Lecturer and Instructor
    Stanford Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction Courses at:
    U.C. San Francisco Medical School-1997 to 2002
    Stanford University Medical School-1998 (Director)
    New York City-1999
    UCLA-Los Angeles-1997
    Dallas, Texas-1999
    Miami, Florida-2000

    Course Director
    Subject: Safety in Liposuction, including Large Volume Liposuction at Aesthetic Society
    1992 to 2001

    Course Director
    Subject: Safety in Facial Surgery
    1995 to 2000-Aesthetic Society Meeting

    Stanford Grand Surgeon Rounds
    1997
    Subject: Large Volume Liposuction

    Recovery Inn of Menlo Park
    2000
    Subject: Large Volume Liposuction and UAL Liposuction
    Pan Pacific Surgical Meeting
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    January 2000
    UAL course director
    Subject: Liposuction, Facelift and Associated Procedures
    UAL Large Volume Liposuction

    Taiwan Plastic Surgery Society
    December 15,16, 17, 18, 2000
    Taipei, Taiwan
    Subject: Safety Issues in Liposuction and Facial Surgery Course Director-2 days-Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction/with live surgery by Drs. Commons and Halperin

    New York City Annual ASAPS & ASER
    May 3-9, 2001
    Subject: Surviving and Avoiding Disaster, Complications, and Death in the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Operating Room by Drs. Commons, Bruce Halperin and Dean Vistnes

    California Society of Plastic Surgeons
    Lipoplasty Update Panel
    Rancho Mirage, California
    May 25, 2002 to May 26, 2002

    University of California San Francisco
    UAL and Large Volume Liposuction Lecture
    San Francisco, CA
    September 28, 2002

    American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
    Facelift and Liposuction Lecturer-5 Courses
    New York, New York
    October 22, 2002 to October 26, 2002

    Vaser® Liposuction Discussion/Lecture
    Introduction William Cimino, PhD
    George W. Commons, M.D.
    September 25, 2004

    Sound Surgical Technologies Sponsor
    Plastic Surgery Center
    1515 El Camino Real Suite A
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    George W. Commons, M.D.-Lecture and Surgical Vaser® Course
    March 13, 2004

    Sound Surgical Technologies Sponsor
    Elite Surgery Center Del Mar
    San Diego, CA
    George W. Commons, M.D.-Lecture and Surgical Vaser® Course
    July 10, 2004

    ASAPS & ASERF Vancouver Meeting
    Precision in Lipoplasty: Clinical Applications of Vaser® Ultrasonic
    Lipoplasty Technology
    George W. Commons, M.D.-Lecturer
    April 19, 2004

    ASAPS & ASERF New Orleans Meeting
    Precision in Lipoplasty: Clinical Applications of Vaser® Ultrasonic
    Lipoplasty Technology
    George W. Commons, M.D.-Lecturer
    May 2, 2005

    ASAPS & ASERF
    Maximizing Patient Safety During Aesthetic Surgery
    Annual Meeting
    Orlando, Florida
    April 20-26, 2006

    Stanford Conference Lecturer
    Plastic Surgery Department
    Stanford Medical Hospital
    August 2, 2006

    ASAPS & ASERF
    Maximizing Patient Safety During Aesthetic Surgery
    By George W. Commons, M.D. & Bruce Halperin, M.D.
    (Stanford Chief Resident to Participate)
    “Advanced Applications of Ultrasonic Lipoplasty”
    Co-instructor for teaching course-George W. Commons, M.D. with Mark Jewell, M.D.
    New York, NY
    April 19-24, 2007

    ASAPS & ASERF
    “3rd Generation Solid-Probe Ultrasonic Lipoplasty
    Co-instructor
    “Advanced Applications of Ultrasonic Assisted Lipoplasty”
    Co-instructor with Mark Jewell, M.D.
    San Diego, CA
    May 1-6, 2008

    ASAPS & ASERF
    “3rd Generation Solid-Probe Ultrasonic Lipoplasty
    Co-instructor
    Las Vegas, NV
    May 2-7, 2009

    ASAPS & ASERF
    “Litigation Defense in Plastic Surgery”
    Co-lecturer
    “3rd Generation Solid-Probe Ultrasonic Lipoplasty
    Co-instructor
    Washington D.C.
    April 22-27, 2010

    Technology Innovation in Plastic Surgery
    Faculty participant
    San Francisco, CA
    May 22-23, 2010

Invited Presentations and Moderated Sessions:

    Levi B, Nelson ER, Hyun J, Li S, Montoro DM, Lee M, Commons G and Longaker MT. Dura Mater Cells Stimulate Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells to Undergo Osteogenic Differentiation via Paracrine BMP Signaling in Skeletal Repair. Accepted for Oral Presentation, American College of Surgeons, Scientific Forum. San Francisco, CA 2011.

    Levi B, Nelson ER, Hyun J, Li S, Montoro DM, Lee M, Commons G and Longaker MT. Dura Mater Cells Stimulate Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells to Undergo Osteogenic Differentiation via Paracrine BMP Signaling in Skeletal Repair. America Association of Plastic Surgeons. Poster Presentation: Boca Raton FL, April 2011.

    Nelson ER, Levi B, James AW, Commons GW, Wu B, Longaker MT. Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells Stimulate Autogenous Skeletal Healing via Paracrine Interaction with Calvarial Osteoblasts. Oral presentation: Washington DC, Oct 2010

    Levi B, James AW, Wan DC, Nauta AC, Commons GW and Longaker MT. Depot
    Specific Variation the Osteogenic and Adipogenic Potential of Human Adipose- Derived Stromal Cells. Oral Presentation: Plastic Surgery Research Council, San Francisco, CA, May 2010.

    Levi B, James AW, Nelson ER, Commons GW, Wu B, Longaker MT. Human Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells Stimulate Autogenous Skeletal Healing via Paracrine Interaction with Calvarial Osteoblasts. Poster Presentation: Stanford University Research Day, Palo Alto, CA 2010.

Clinical Education-ASAPS Teaching Course Videotapes

    1998 Surgical and Anesthetic Techniques for Large Volume Liposuction (UAL and SAL)

    2000 Panel-Complications and Long-term Results of Lipoplasty

    2000 Surgical and Anesthetic Techniques for Large Volume Liposuction
    (UAL and/or SAL)

    2000 Health Benefits of Large Volume Liposuction

    Clinical Education-Teleplast Videotape American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation

    2000 EF Teleplast: Large Volume Liposuction

Stanford Clinics

    Stanford Hospital Plastic Surgery Resident Program
    Train/Assist/Scrub with Residents 2003 to present


Personal Statement
By George W. Commons, M.D., F.A.C.S.

As a youth, becoming a doctor was a distant dream for me. I spent my early years in western Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. My mother taught me a great appreciation for music. My father led the way in the beauty of wildlife, nature, sports and photography. Both had the greatest appreciation of intensive academic achievement. My mother was a pianist, so I became a pianist and considered that as a career. A liberal arts education with a degree in chemistry at Allegheny College and a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine followed.

After obtaining my M.D. degree I interned in surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Once at Stanford University, I was in awe of the plastic surgical genius of Robert Chase, M.D. and Donald Laub, M.D. Over a five-year period following my internship, I completed a residency program in Plastic Surgery. After Stanford there were two years in the U.S. Air Force in the Philippines (Clark Air Force Base). This was my first experience in making people’s lives better by applying the skills I learned through my many years of education. There I performed over 500 procedures on burned children and children with cleft lips during the two years.

On return from Air Force life, I established a plastic surgery practice in Palo Alto and was a clinical faculty member at Stanford. Today my position as an adjunct assistant professor of surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center (Plastic Surgery) allows me the joy of working with residents. Surgery is my true passion, and I continue to find great joy in improving people’s lives through cosmetic surgery.

From My Heart about My Practice

For this first issue, I would simply like to talk a little bit about my surgical training and viewpoint.

Training and Experience

I have been practicing plastic surgery in Palo Alto for many years. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha (top 10% of class) and then came to Stanford University for my general and plastic surgery fellowship. I served as a Major in the United States Air Force (Chief of Plastic Surgery, USAF Clark-Philippines Islands) for 2 years of active duty and 14 years in the reserves. I am currently a member of the Clinical Faculty at Stanford University and enjoy teaching residents.

I have done all types of plastic surgery and over the past 20 years I have focused on aesthetic cosmetic plastic surgery.

Earning your Trust

Because plastic surgery is usually elective, choosing your surgeon should be a delicate and careful process. I hope to earn your trust by showing you my passion and experience in the field of plastic surgery.

At the Plastic Surgery Center I do 100% of the surgery on my own patients and help the residents do surgery on their own cases.
I love the practice of plastic surgery, the patients, and every day I get to come in. This is not simply a profession; rather it is something I find joy and pleasure in doing, which is also why I take it very seriously.

I take on the task of improving patients’ lives daily. It is their life, their only life. They trust me to do the best possible for them and I keep that in mind every day. The goal of a facelift, breast surgery, nasal surgery, or liposuction is to enhance the quality of a person’s life. This is a very major and grave responsibility. I am honored by each patient that selects me as their surgeon. A person entrusting me with their surgery is also relying that I will keep them safe before and after. It is my responsibility to care for them 100%.

This is joyful surgery that the patient has elected. The surgery is not imposed on them by a cruel twist of injury or illness. Therefore, the responsibility placed on the plastic surgeon is one of the very highest orders.

Some call it recreational surgery. Yes, it is fun surgery but with a very serious mission. Every evening I study and mentally prepare for the surgery of the coming day. I want to know everything before entering the operating room. All plans must be formulated in my mind.

While preparing for surgery at the scrub sink (10 minutes of hand washing) I like to think that I am about to pilot a Boeing 747. It is by my hands that the outcome of the flight will depend on. I never deny adverse events could happen. To myself I say, “My mission and my responsibility are grave. I am operating on a person. This is her/his life. Every decision must be correct.” In all my actions I am guided by one thought: I must perform at 100% and 100% of the time.

Although it is a joy to be in surgery, every second is taken with great serious intent. I constantly remind myself of the honor the patient has bestowed upon me. I am always so appreciative to be able to perform surgery; it is indeed a great privilege.

Diversity

I am proud of the great diversity of my practice. I have patients representative of every race, almost every nationality, male, female, and transgender.

My patients have come from Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, India, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Columbia, Trinidad, Jamaica, Canada, England, Russia, Romania, Germany, France, Italy, several countries in Africa, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Afghanistan, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Pakistan, and the United States–including patients who are Eskimo, American Indian, African-American, Hispanic, Hawaiian, et cetera…

The guiding principle is doing the right thing in the consultation, the preparation, the operating room, and in the recovery period. I respect the honor that the patient has confided and earn the trust that has been given in good faith. This is a person’s life and they are entrusting me with her/his enhancement and safety. It is indeed a joyful profession. I love every minute.

Sincerely,

George W. Commons, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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