Our Surgeon | William Sabbagh, MD, FACS
William Sabbagh, MD, FACS, is a plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery of the face, nose, breast, and body. He is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Straith Hospital for Special Surgery, Southfield, Michigan (near Detroit) and is on staff at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, and William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Since joining the Straith Clinic in 1995, he has developed a reputation of excellence in cosmetic surgery of the face and body.
He is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and is among the best-trained cosmetic surgeons in Detroit, MI. The Straith Clinic surgical facility has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) since 1990.
Dr. Sabbagh received his Medical Degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He completed his surgical training at New Rochelle Hospital Medical Center, New Rochelle, NY, and his plastic surgery training at Lehigh Valley Hospital Medical Center, Allentown, PA. In addition, he obtained training in hand surgery at Baylor University School of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
Dr. Sabbagh is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He holds additional memberships with the American Society of Aesthetic Surgeons (ASAPS), the Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgery, and the Michigan State Medical Society. He has hospital affiliations and privileges at the Straith Hospital for Special Surgery in Southfield, Michigan, Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, and William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.
“I don’t want my patients to have an “operated on” look; I want them to look great for their age and to feel confident and positive about their appearance. In many cases, my goal is to “put it back the way it was,” not to make the person into something they aren’t. I never tire of analyzing a patient’s face or body and determining which technique will give the best result for that unique individual.”
Dr. Sabbagh, tell us how you chose a career as a plastic surgeon and came to practice in one of the most renowned surgery centers in the United States.
I knew back in high school that I wanted to be a doctor, when I developed a keen interest in anatomy and science. I was the kid that really liked dissecting frogs! I worked in a hospital during summers after high school and decided to go to medical school. My father, Enrique Sabbagh, M.D., was certainly influential in that he has been with Straith for over 40 years, practicing as a plastic surgeon and teaching other doctors who wanted to learn the techniques he had mastered. As a result, I was exposed to the wonderful legacy of the Straith Clinic where I practice medicine today.
However, I didn’t know that plastic surgery would become my specialty area until I was exposed to different types of medicine during my years in medical school. As I was exposed to the various medical specialties, I realized that plastic surgery was the most diverse specialty - encompassing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, hand surgery, and breast reconstruction surgery – and that it would be an exciting area in which to practice.
I was fortunate to come into practice with other successful and very busy plastic surgeons, because I was given the opportunity to take on a broad range of surgical cases from the beginning. I was doing tummy tucks, implants, and other major surgical procedures, learning and developing my skills in a practice with a terrific reputation. Gradually, the focus of my practice shifted toward cosmetic surgery and that continues to be my passion and area of expertise today.