“I think that a good teacher and a good leader have at least one thing in common: they both make us unlock and develop those features that will help us achieve something big in the future and “forget” the ones that will be a hindrance to our success.
The most important teaching I received from Dr Spiegel is that a segment is the shortest distance between two points. As simple as that. Think about it. How many people don’t have the courage to use their own judgement, but rather complicate their lives and the lives of others by following tortuous solutions suggested by someone else. The cliché term “Just do it” is not such so cliché after all. Surgery is all about courage. It is also the field where unnecessary complication and lengthening may have detrimental consequences for everyone. Operating and working with Dr Spiegel was fun under every aspect, but for me it was a journey to find my own courage and the true meaning of things. Like the approach you take when resolving a math problem: what are they really asking? What is written between the lines? This is the way Dr Spiegel taught me how to approach not only surgical but also life problems – with courage, insight and innovative thinking. And those are the qualities I will remember him by.
Thank you, Jeff, for being a good teacher; oh and also, for understanding and putting up with my Bulgarian-Armenian English!”
Vartan Mardirossian MD, FACS
“I could not have asked for a better career mentor than Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel. Following my residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, I had the privilege of spending an entire year in Boston with Dr. Spiegel learning advanced facial plastic surgery techniques. I was selected for this prestigious fellowship training opportunity through a highly competitive application process including some of the top graduates in the field seeking to gain additional expertise in the latest aesthetic and reconstructive procedures performed by Dr. Spiegel. The following year far exceeded even my already lofty expectations.
Dr. Spiegel is a Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine and Chief of the Facial Plastic Surgery Program. He is actively involved in the teaching and training of medical students, resident physicians, fellows (such as myself), and colleagues from around the world. It was at his thriving practice that I was introduced to the full spectrum of facial plastic surgery procedures and in particular rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) and facial feminization surgery (FFS) that are the primary focus of my current practice working for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) serving Kaiser Permanente patients across the Northern California region.
I learned many useful skills from Dr. Spiegel during my year in Boston including the nuances of cosmetic fillers and Botox, how to fix a broken nose, and how to reconstruct an ear out of rib cartilage, but perhaps the most important lesson was how to treat the ENTIRE patient. All of the other tasks at hand always came second to the patient sitting before him. His empathy, sincerity, and unique ability to connect meaningfully with each of his patients was a joy to observe as a burgeoning physician just coming out of training. Dr. Spiegel’s progressive philosophies regarding facial aesthetics and attractiveness were a breathe of fresh air to see in practice and encouraged me to think more “out of the box” when facing complex clinical challenges. It is these and other cutting edge facial plastic surgery topics on which Dr. Spiegel is regularly asked to lecture at conferences all over the world.
During my time in Boston, visions for The Spiegel Center and the Newton Surgery Center were in their early stages and it is extremely exciting to see them come to fruition. This will undoubtedly allow for Dr. Spiegel and his talented colleagues and staff to continue to deliver the highest quality care to both local and international patients seeking the latest advances in facial plastic surgery. There’s not a day that goes by in my practice that I don’t think back on something I learned that year in Boston. Early on this mostly involved the blade of the scalpel, but more and more I’m realizing that it’s his heart, mind, and character that truly set Dr. Spiegel apart.”
Andrew Kleinberger MD
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Head and Neck Surgery
Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center