Born into poverty in Ghana to becoming America’s top surgeon; the story of Dr Michael K Obeng

Born into poverty in Ghana to becoming America's top surgeon; the story of Dr Michael K Obeng
Born into poverty in Ghana to becoming America's top surgeon; the story of Dr Michael K Obeng

Dr Michael K. Obeng is a Ghanaian-American surgeon who has risen from the downside of poverty in Ghana to become one of the top plastic surgeons in America.

Obeng gained worldwide fame after he helped Tessica Brown, a Black woman who accidentally used Gorilla Glue on her hair. He made a chemical mixture that allowed the strong adhesive to be broken down and removed while saving much of Brown’s own her.

The procedure brought a lot of relief to Brown and the online followers who have tracked her agonising journey. Obeng is reported to have done the procedure for free.

Who Is Dr. Michael K Obeng?

Dr Michael K. Obeng is a Harvard trained, board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who was named among “America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America in 2011 and 2014.

He specializes in cosmetic surgery of the ageing face, neck, breast, body, trunk, extremities and genitalia.

Dr Obeng is among the rare, few plastic surgeons in the world to successfully reattach a limb, remove ribs to streamline the waist and he is an expert in complex reconstructive surgery, hand, and micro-neurovascular surgery, hence, the nickname, “The Surgeon’s Surgeon” as dubbed by his colleagues.

Currently on staff at Cedars Sinai Hospital, and the former Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Dr Obeng carries years of experience and innovative methods of solving complex cosmetic and reconstructive surgical dilemmas.

His clients comprise of royalty and celebrities, but also includes some of the world’s most unfortunate patients.

Early Life Of Dr Michael K Obeng

Dr Michael Obeng was born in 1973 into a relatively poorer family. He had his high school education at Prempeh College and was actually the Dining Hall Prefect between 1992 and 1994.

At age 15, he met medical professionals from Operation Smile, who helped a neighbour whose husband had thrown acid on her face by providing her with scar revision therapy.

Born into poverty in Ghana to becoming America's top surgeon; the story of Dr Michael K Obeng

At age 20, Obeng immigrated to the United States with less than $200 to attend undergrad at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He graduated with a B.S. in chemistry and received his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical School.

He received a fellowship to Harvard Medical School, specializing in hand, wrist and micro-neurovascular surgery. In 2016, Obeng gave the commencement address at his alma mater Midwestern State University.

Journey To The Top

Born into poverty in Ghana, Dr Obeng persevered over unimaginable obstacles and overcame all odds to arrive at the peak of professional and personal success.

He takes pride in treating each patient like family; his deep compassion and care for his patients is derived from his humble beginnings.

Dr Obeng travels to third world countries to donate his surgical skills through his non-profit, R.E.S.T.O.R.E Worldwide Inc. Also, Dr Obeng advocates for the underprivileged in the United States by educating patients on safe breast reconstructive surgery options available after undergoing breast cancer treatment.

Born into poverty in Ghana to becoming America's top surgeon; the story of Dr Michael K Obeng

Career, Awards and Recognitions of Dr Michael K. Obeng

Dr Obeng has garnered prestigious awards including a research grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the coveted, Herman B. Barnett award in Surgery and Anesthesia.

He has extensive international publications regarding breast aesthetics, augmentation, and reconstruction. When he is not lecturing on plastic surgery, he can be found donating his time with R.E.S.T.O.R.E and delivering his award-winning motivational speech, Perseverance.

In 2015, Obeng and his then-wife Veronika, participated in the E! reality television series Second Wives Club. In 2016, Obeng filed a lawsuit towards E! and their parent company NBCUniversal seeking an injunction barring the network from airing the episodes that include him and his children.

In 2018, Obeng made national headlines for successfully performing forehead reduction surgery, In 2019, He again made headlines for successfully performing rib removal surgery on Justin Jedlica, and has served as plastic surgery consultant for a variety of print and television publications such as the Inquisitr in regards to socialite Kim Kardashian’s facial structure changes throughout her career.


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