Dr. Afifi has trained in many areas of plastic & reconstructive surgery, having wished to become a plastic surgeon since the age of 12, when she watched a documentary about plastic surgeons who traveled to third world countries to perform reconstructive surgery on children and adults alike with birth and traumatic injuries. She committed herself to that goal and has been privileged to have been able to do what her dream was years ago. She was accepted to an accelerated biomedical program at the age of 17, which allowed her to graduate from college Summa Cum Laude, and earn her medical degree soon after at the age of 23. She has completed 12 years of medical and surgical training. This has included a full general surgery residency at Yale after which she became Board Certified in General Surgery. She then completed a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery residency at University of Pennsylvania, her second Ivy League school, after which she became Board Certified in Plastic Surgery. In her quest to perform cleft lip and palate reconstruction in patients in third world countries, she then went on to have further training in Craniofacial Surgery at her third university, but now in southern California at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She has always committed herself to her surgical background and to every one of her patients. Although she is primarily in private practice, she continues her university affiliation as Clinical Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University and as Volunteer Clinical Assistant Clinical Professor at University of San Diego. Dr. Afifi is a member of Operation Good Samaritan and Rotaplast International. Both organizations volunteer their time to change the lives of many adults and children in underdeveloped countries. With her specialized training in facial reconstruction, Dr. Afifi feels it is important for her to utilize her training for helping those who have deformities or abnormalities received at birth or through traumatic injuries. She has been a featured speaker at conferences in such areas as the Middle East and Asia, has made presentations at universities around the country and has had a variety of medical art, illustrations and research papers published in newspapers, university medical publications and plastic surgery educational literature. Dr. Afifi is honored to help patients achieve their personal goals of self improvement through both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Afifi's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Board certified in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery
Craniofacial Plastic Surgery
Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Facial Plastic Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Afifi's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome
Giant Pigmented Nevus
Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome
Nevus Sebaceous of Jadassohn
Nevus of Ota
Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
Arm Reduction Surgery
Asian Eyelid Surgery
Botox® for Blepharospasm
Botox® for Chronic Migraine
Botox® for Severe Underarm Sweating when Antiperspirants Fail
Breast Lift Surgery
Breast Surgical Procedure
Complex Revision Rhinoplasty
Cosmetic Botox® Injection
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
Cosmetic Facial Surgery
Cosmetic Surgical Procedure
Cosmetic Xeomin® Injection
Ear Plastic Surgery (Otoplasty)
Endoscopic Brow Lift
Excision of Lipoma
Excision of Neck Mass
Exilis Skin Tightening Therapy
Eyelid Tumor Reconstruction
Facial Bone Fracture Repair
Facial Contour Alteration
Facial Implant Surgery
Facial Rejuvenation, Advanced, Laser
Fat Grafting to the Body
Fat Grafting to the Breast
Fat Grafting to the Buttock
Fat Grafting to the Face
Fat Reduction Procedure
Fractional Ablative Laser Treatment
Fractional Non-Ablative Laser Treatment
Full Face Lift
Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC Injection
Juvéderm® Voluma® Injection
Laser Hair Removal
Laser Tattoo Removal
Lip, Excision or Resection
Mini Tummy Tuck
Non-Cosmetic Botox® Injection
Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Pellevé® RF Skin Tightening
Primary Cosmetic Rhinoplasty
Ptosis (Eyelids) Surgery
Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
Skin Cancer Removal
Skin Cancer Surgery With Reconstruction
Skin Cancer Tumor Treatment
Skin Lesion Biopsy
Skin Lesion Removal
ThermiTight™ Subdermal Skin Tightening Treatment
Titan Skin Tightening
Xeomin® for Blepharospasm
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1988
Albany Medical College
Medical School | Graduated 1990
Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
Residency Hospital | Completed 1995
Loma Linda University
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1998
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Afifi has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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