donald yoo, board certified surgeon

Dr. Yoo is a board-certified and fellowship-trained Facial Plastic Surgeon specializing in Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty, Facelift, Eyelid Surgery & Asian cosmetic surgery including Asian Rhinoplasty and Asian Blepharoplasty.

Dr. Yoo also focuses on a variety of non-surgical procedures including facial fillers (Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, Restylane, Restylane Silk, and Belotero) and Botox, including Botox for masseter reduction (jawline slimming). As a rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Yoo is a leader in surgical rhinoplasty, but also specializes in nonsurgical rhinoplasty (nose job).

Dr. Yoo grew up in Dallas, Texas. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University before beginning his medical education at the esteemed Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Yoo completed his residency in Head and Neck Surgery at the renowned Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where he also served as chief resident. He then completed a prestigious fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Southern California (USC) and Dr. Paul S. Nassif. Throughout his training he has continually garnered praise and recognition for his superlative surgical talent and keen aesthetic eye, and at the completion of his fellowship was hand-selected by Dr. Nassif to join his practice.

Focused on plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, he continues to share his artistic and technical expertise by serving as an attending surgeon and Clinical Assistant Professor to residents at USC, UCLA and Cedars Sinai Medical Centers.

Dr. Yoo is known for his ability to perform procedures that complement and enhance the entire face. Through comprehensive consultation, a keen aesthetic eye, and meticulous attention to detail, he is able to tailor procedures to the specific needs of the individual, to deliver naturally beautiful results.

  • Member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Diplomate, American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
  • Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

Education & Training

2011-2012 American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
University of Southern California – Keck School of Medicine
Dr. Paul Nassif & Dr. Babak Azizzadeh
Beverly Hills, CA
Fellowship
2006-2011 Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
New York, NY
Internship & Residency
2002-2006 Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
M.D., May 2006
1998-2002 Duke University
Durham, North Carolina
B.S. in Biology, magna cum laude, May 2002

Honors & Awards

2015 Super Doctors Rising Stars
2015 Vitals Top Ten Doctor Award – Facial Plastic Surgery
2013 HealthTap – Founding Expert
2013 RealSelf – Top 100
2013-16 Compassionate Doctor Award
2013-16 Patients’ Choice Award
2012-16 RealSelf – Top Doctor
2010 Resident Research Award – Head & Neck Surgery
2004 Minimally Invasive Surgery Laparoscopic Skills Champion
2002 Magna Cum Laude – Duke University
2001-2002 Golden Key National Honor Society
2000 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
1998-2002 Duke University Dean’s List with Distinction
1997 Rensselaer Medal – highest achievement in mathematics and science

Research Experience

2015 Undavia S, Yoo DB, Nassif PS. Avoiding and Managing Complications in the Periorbital Area and Midface. Facial Plast Surg Clin N Am. 2015.
2015 Yoo DB, Peng GL, Azizzadeh B, Nassif PS. Microbiology and antibiotic prophylaxis in rhinoplasty: a review of 363 cases. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. 2015 Jan 1;17(1):23-7.
2014 Yoo DB, Azizzadeh B, Massry GG. Injectable 5-FU with or without added steroid in periorbital skin grafting: initial observations. Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 2014 Jul 14.
2014 Yoo DB, Massry GG. Upper eyelid fat repositioning In: Hartstein ME, Holds JB, Massry GG. Pearls and Pitfalls in Cosmetic Oculoplastic Surgery. Springer, New York, NY, 2014. Second Edition.
2014 Yoo DB, Massry GG. Fat repositioning in lower blepharoplasty: does the plane of fat transposition affect outcome? In: Hartstein ME, Holds JB, Massry GG. Pearls and Pitfalls in Cosmetic Oculoplastic Surgery. Springer, New York, NY, 2014. Second Edition.
2014 Yoo DB, Griffin GR, Azizzadeh B, Massry GG. The minimally invasive, orbicularis-sparing, lower eyelid recession for mild to moderate lower eyelid retraction with reduced orbicularis strength. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. 2014 Mar-Apr;16(2):140-6.
2013 Yoo DB, Peng GL, Massry GG.  Effacing the orbitoglabellar groove with transposed upper eyelid fat.  Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.  2013 May-Jun;29(3):220-4.
2013 Yoo DB, Peng GL, Massry GG.  Transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty with fat repositioning: a retrospective comparison of transposing fat to the subperiosteal versus supraperiosteal planes.  JAMA Facial Plast Surgery.  2013 May;15(3):176-81.
2012 Li SF, Siegel B, Hidalgo I, Weinman D, Yoo DB, Gitler D.  Laryngopyocele: an unusual cause of a sore throat.  American Journal of Emergency Medicine (2012) 30, 1655.e1-1655.e2. 
2012 Azizzadeh B, Yoo DB.  Rhinoplasty in cleft lip-nasal deformity: a clinical case.  Medscape Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine, Challenging Cases in Plastic Surgery.  2012. 
2012 Yoo DB, Jen A. Endonasal placement of spreader grafts: experience in 41 consecutive patients.  Archives of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.  2012;14(5):318-322. 
2011 Yoo DB, Schiff BA, Martz S, Fraioli RE, Smith RV, Kvetan V, Fried MP., Open bedside tracheotomy: impact on patient care and patient safety.  Laryngoscope.  2011 Mar;121(3):515-20.
2007 Sturm AK, Rajagopalan L, Yoo D, Brownell WE, Pereira FA., Functional expression and microdomain localization of prestin in cultured cells. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Mar;136(3):434-9.
2006 Ho T, Vrabec JT, Yoo D, Coker NJ., Otomycosis: clinical features and treatment implications. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Nov;135(5):787-91. 
2004-2005 Research fellow under Fred A. Pereira, Ph. D., Huffington Center on Aging, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
2002 Research fellow under Rose-Mary Boustany, M.D., Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC
2000-2001 Undergraduate research fellow under Philip Perlman, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Biology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Presentations

2014 Yoo DB. Asian Rhinoplasty. Cedars-Sinai Multi-Specialty Plastic Surgery Symposium. November 14-16, 2014. Beverly Hills, California. Invited Lecture.
2014 Yoo DB, Nassif PS. Autologous grafting in ethnic and Asian rhinoplasty: the “organic” approach. American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fall Meeting. September 19th, 2014. Orlando, Florida. Instruction Course.
2014 Yoo DB, Nassif PS. Refinements in the use of PDS plate during primary and revision rhinoplasty. American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fall Meeting. September 20th, 2014. Orlando, Florida. Instruction Course.
2013 Peng GL, Yoo DB, Azizzadeh B, Massry GG. Current trends in blepharoplasty surgery among ASOPRS members. American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 44th Annual Fall Scientific Symposium.  November 2013. New Orleans, LA. Poster Presentation.
2013 Yoo DB, Azizzadeh B, Massry GG. Injectable fluorouracil (5-FU) as an adjunct to periorbital skin grafting. American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 44th Annual Fall Scientific Symposium. November 2013. New Orleans, LA. Poster Presentation.
2013 Azizzadeh B, Massry GG, Yoo DB.  Current trends and contemporary refinements in facial fillers. American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fall Meeting. October 2013.  New Orleans, LA.  Instructional Course.
2013 Yoo DB, Peng GL, Azizzadeh B, Nassif PS. Microbiology and antibiotic prophylaxis in rhinoplasty. American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fall Meeting. October 2013. New Orleans, LA. Podium Presentation.
2013 Peng GL, Yoo DB, Massry GG. Current trends in upper and lower lid blepharoplasty: a national survey of AAFPRS members. American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fall Meeting. October 2013. New Orleans, LA. Podium Presentation.
2013 Peng G, Yoo DB.  The modern dorsal aesthetic in female rhinoplasty: the “cutesy” nose  American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery COSM Spring Meeting.  April 2013.  Orlando, FL.  Poster Presentation. 
2013 Yoo DB.  Current trends and future directions in blepharoplasty.  Research Study Club: Recent Advances in Otolaryngology.  February 2013.  Los Angeles, CA.  Lecture.
2013 Yoo DB.  Fillers for facial contouring.  Research Study Club: Recent Advances in Otolaryngology.  February 2013.  Los Angeles, CA.  Lecture
2012 Yoo DB, Massry GG. Transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty with fat repositioning to the subperiosteal vs. supraperiosteal planes. American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 43rd Annual Fall Scientific Symposium. November 2012. Chicago, IL. Podium Presentation.
2011 Yoo DB, Sato M, Schwarcz R. Concomitant use of facial fillers during rhytidectomy for global facial rejuvenation. American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 42nd Annual Fall Scientific Symposium. October 2011. Orlando, FL. Poster Presentation.
2011 Yoo DB, Siegel B, Stupak H. The septal-domal ligament (SDL): a newly identified source of nasal valve collapse.  American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fall Meeting.  September 2011.  San Francisco, CA.  Poster Presentation.
2011 Yoo DB, Undavia S. Garfein E. Pediatric Reconstruction Following Resection of Head & Neck Malignancy.  American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery Fall Meeting.  September 2011.  San Francisco, CA.  Poster Presentation.
2011 Yoo DB, Jen A.  Endonasal Placement of Spreader Grafts.  Triologic Resident Research Symposium.  June 2011.  New York, NY.  Poster Presentation.
2011 Yoo DB.  Head & Neck Malignancies. Mercy College School of Health & Natural Sciences.  Physician Assistant Studies Master’s Degree Program.  Guest lecturer. 
2011 Yoo DB.  Rhinology and Laryngology. Mercy College School of Health & Natural Sciences.  Physician Assistant Studies Master’s Degree Program.  Guest lecturer. 
2011 Yoo DB. Pediatric Otolaryngology. Mercy College School of Health & Natural Sciences.  Physician Assistant Studies Master’s Degree Program.  Guest lecturer. 
2011 Yoo DB. Otolaryngology for the Primary Care Practioner. Mercy College School of Health & Natural Sciences.  Physician Assistant Studies Master’s Degree Program.  Guest lecturer. 
2011 Yoo DB, Schiff BA, Martz S, Fraioli RE, Smith RV, Kvetan V, Fried MP. Open bedside tracheotomy: impact on patient care and patient safety.  Albert Einstein College of Medicine Young Researcher’s Symposium.  January 2011.  Bronx, NY.  Podium presentation. 
2010 Yoo DB. The nasal valve in rhinoplasty.  Long Island Jewish Medical Center, department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.  June 2010.  New Hyde Park, NY.  Grand Rounds presentation.
2010 Yoo DB, Schiff BA, Martz S, Fraioli RE, Smith RV, Kvetan V, Fried MP.  Experience with open bedside tracheotomy in the intensive care unit. New York City Resident Research Symposium.  June 2010.  New York, NY.  Podium presentation. 
2010 Yoo DB, Schiff BA, Martz S, Fraioli RE, Smith RV, Kvetan V, Fried MP. Open bedside tracheotomy: impact on patient care and patient safety.  Combined Otolaryngological Spring Meetings.  April 2010.  Las Vegas, NV.  Podium presentation.
2010 Yoo DB, Jen A. Endonasal placement of spreader grafts: experience in 41 consecutive patients.  American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.  Spring Meeting.  April 2010.  Hollywood, Fl.  Poster Presentation
2010 Yoo DB, Zimbler MS.  Topical anesthesia for staged dermabrasion: aesthetic refinements in Mohs reconstructive surgery.  American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.  Spring Meeting.  April 2010.  Hollywood, Fl.  Poster Presentation
2009 Yoo DB, Lenart C, Schiff BA, Gordon DS, Goodrich JT., Endoscopic transsphenoidal transclival approach to cholesterol granuloma of the petrous apex.  North American Skull Base Society Annual Meeting.  2009 Oct 16-18.  New Orleans, LA.  Poster Presentation.
2009 Yoo DB.  Sublingual Immunotherapy.  Montefiore Medical Center, department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.  Grand Rounds presentation.  August 2009
2008 Yoo DB.  Invasive Rhinocerebral Mucormycosis.  Long Island Jewish Medical Center, department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.  Grand Rounds presentation.  September 2008.
2007 Yoo DB. Angioedema.  Long Island Jewish Medical Center, department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.  Grand Rounds presentation.  July 2007.
2005 Yoo D, Brownell WE, Pereira FA. Prestin Transport: Temporal and Spatial Co-Localization with Intracellular Markers.  Twenty-Eighth Annual Midwinter Research Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, New Orleans, LA, February 2005.  Poster Presentation.
2005 Yoo D, Brownell WE, Pereira FA. Intracellular Trafficking of Prestin.  6th Annual James K. Alexander Research Symposium, Houston, TX, January 2005.  Poster Presentation.

Academic Appointments

2011-present Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA Medical Center (University of California, Los Angeles), Los Angeles, CA
2011-present Assistant Clinical Professor, USC Medical Center (University of Southern California), Los Angeles, CA
2011-present Attending Surgeon, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Certification

American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery expires 6/2022
American Board of Otolaryngology Certificate 20768 expires 6/2022
Basic Cardiac Life Support (AHA)   expires 6/2016
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (AHA)   expires 6/2016

Employment

2012-present Private practice, Beverly Hills, California
2011-present Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA Medical Center (University of California, Los Angeles), Los Angeles, CA
2011-present Assistant Clinical Professor, USC Medical Center (University of Southern California), Los Angeles, CA
2011 Guest lecturer, Mercy College School of Health & Natural Sciences, New York, NY
2006-2011 Resident, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
2002 Private tutor for Biology, SAT math/verbal
2001-2002 Duke University peer tutor, physics

Licensure

California A114905

Society Memberships

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

California Society of Facial Plastic Surgery

Korean Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Personal

Fluent in Korean

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