Kouros Azar MD

Westlake Village, CA, US
Kouros Azar MD

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

Highly trusted for his ability and expertise, Dr. Azar is also renowned in the community for patient satisfaction. He has a positive and calming bedside manner that lets patients know their security and privacy are his priority. He and his team practice from a philosophy of compassionate and superior patient care utilizing the most advanced surgical techniques available. With a dedicated photo studio to capture all stages of treatment, Dr. Azar and his patients can follow their progress with views to flat screens throughout the office. This top facility, with a serene spa-like feel, is located directly across from the world class Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital recently voted #1 for patient satisfaction in Southern California (2009 Consumer Reports).

Dr. Azar is an innovator in his field. His background in biomedical engineering allows him a unique perspective in applying his surgical experience to create cutting edge techniques and devices. He constantly strives to hone his skills and stays current on advances in the fields of cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Azar regularly lectures on various topics to patients and professionals nationwide. He has served as a juror for the Medical Design Excellence Awards as well as expert lecturer for the CUTERA laser throughout the United States and Canada.

Practice Specialization

Facelift
Rhinoplasty
Breast Augmentation
Blepharoplasty
Breast Reduction
Breast Lift
Breast Reconstruction
Natural Brow Lift
Liposuction
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Hand Surgery
Fillers – Juvederm / Restylane
Botox
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Photofacial

Background & Certification

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery

Professional Background

Kouros Azar, M.D., is one of a select few cosmetic surgeons in the region who is uniquely qualified to perform a variety of complex reconstructive and aesthetic surgical techniques, including everything from face lift surgery to tummy tuck to breast augmentation. He also is adept at performing non-surgical facial procedures such as chemical peel and photofacial treatments.

Dr. Azar applies his renowned expertise as a cosmetic surgeon to give his Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and Calabasas patients the best results in surgical reconstruction and aesthetic enhancement of the face, breast and body. His skills as a plastic surgeon are well known, having been featured in such highly regarded publications as New Beauty Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Westlake-Maliby Lifestyle Magazine, and Veja (the top magazine in Brazil)

Earning his bachelor’s degree in biomedical and electrical engineering in 1990, Dr. Azar later earned his medical degree in 1995 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He went on to complete a general surgery residency at the University of Arizona in 2000 and a fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Utah in 2002.

Kouros Azar, M.D., is truly at the forefront of his profession as a cosmetic surgeon. If you reside in the Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Agoura or Westlake Village areas, contact our cosmetic surgery office today to discuss, in detail, your cosmetic surgery objectives.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION – Cleveland, Ohio, Department of Otolaryngology and Department of Biomedical Engineering. Head Engineer/Scientist for all collaborative projects (December 1990 – May 1995)

Worked closely with ENT surgeons (Drs. Harvey Tucker and Michael Broniatowski) designing experiments, constructing instrumentation, and performing surgeries to test in vivo engineering applications in ENT.

Designed and tested special electrodes that block peripheral nerve potentials for the relief of laryngeal and facial spasm, and other dystonias in a model.

Performed chronic nerve/muscle pedicle re-innervation surgeries with self-designed neurostimulators for restoration of facial function after facial paralysis.

Designed and implemented electronic systems to restore glottic closure and crico-pharyngeal relaxation for the control of aspiration in a model of stroke patients.

Collected and analyzed new physiologic data on stimulation, recruitment, and nerve block phenomena applied to the recurrent laryngeal nerve.

THE APPLIED NEURAL CONTROL LABORATORY – Cleveland, Ohio, C.W.R.U. School of Medicine, Undergraduate Research Scholar

Designed systems for phrenic nerve pacing. This design was implanted in actor Christopher Reeves and helped restore his ability to breathe without a ventilator.

Worked on design, construction, and testing of non-invasive magnetic brain stimulator prototype used to induce epileptiform activity.

THE REHABILITATION ENGINEERING CENTER – Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center.

Worked on refinement and theoretical development of a function electrical stimulation system built to restore hand grasp to C4-C6 quadriplegics.**

EDUCATION

Certified Diplomat, American Board of Plastic Surgery

THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH – Salt Lake City, Utah, Fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA – Tucson, Arizona General Surgery Residency

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY – Cleveland, Ohio, M.D. – School of Medicine, B.S. – Biomedical and Electrical Engineering**

Publications and Presentations

PUBLICATIONS
Laryngoscope Vol. 103, No. 7, July 1993. “Electronic Control of Laryngeal Spasm II Selective Blockage of Glottic Adduction by a Closed-Loop Circuit in the Canine,” Broniatowski M., Azar K., Davies C., Tucker H., Presented at the American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, January 1992. Presented at the World Congress of Otolaryngology, Istanbul, Turkey, June 23, 1993.

American Society for Artificial Internal Organs Vol. 38, NO. 3, July 1992. “Selective Feedback Control of Spastic Musculature in a Canine Model.” Broniatowski M., Azar K., Davies C., Jacobs G., Tucker H. Presented at the 38th annual ASAIO meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, May 7, 1992.

Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Vol. 112, No. 3, March 1995. “Electronic Integration of Glottic Closure and Cricopharyngeal Relaxation for the Control of Aspiration.” Broniatowski M., Dessofy R., Azar K., Tucker H. Presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 3, 1993.

Triological Society “Dynamic Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed Face: IV Independent Coupling of Oral and Ocular Musculature from the Intact Side in the Canine.” Broniatowski M., Dessofy R., Azar K., Trott M., Miller F., Davies R., Tucker H. Presented at the Eastern section of the Triological Society, Ottawa, Canada, January 28, 1994.

PRESENTATIONS

  • "The Inventor’s Journey, Understanding the Birth of a Medical Device," IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Buena Ventura section, August 20, 2003.

* "How Plastic Surgery Improves Our Lives," Los Robles Medical Center, August 26, 2003.

* "Medial Gastrocnemius Vascularized Tendon Flap for Reconstruction of Ruptured Patellar Tendon," Azar K., Rockwell W.B., Peters C., Research Day, Department of Surgery, University of Utah, June 2001.

* Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds:

"Congenital Thumb Surgery," November 2001
"Craniosynostosis, Head and Neck Embryology," August 2000
"Principles of Myocutaneous Flaps," October 2000
"Physiology of Skin, Composite, Bone, and Cartilage Grafts," January 2001
"Secondary Velopharyngeal Insufficiency," May 2001
"Neuromas and Nerve Grafting Techniques," May 2001
"Breast Reconstruction," February 2000
"Host Response and Infection of Implantable Devices," January 1999

Southern Arizona Trauma Network: Statewide Telecast Trauma Grand Rounds: "Angioembolization of the Proper Hepatic Artery in the Face of Pediatric Liver Trauma," June 2000**

PRESS

"Deuling Mother Nature," Commentary on Endoscopic Mid-Cheek Lift, Los Angeles Magazine (June 2004).

"Thousand Oaks Surgical Team Saves County Man’s Arm," Thousand Oaks Star (July 8, 2003).

"The Last Stitch," coverage of arm replantation case, Plastic Surgery News (January 2004).

Affiliations & Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital
Los Robles Surgicenter
Specialty Surgery Center
Los Robles Regional Medical Center

Society Memberships

American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
Rocky Mountain Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Biomedical Engineering Society

Your Consultation

Consultations are detailed and informative. Dr. Azar reserves the a full hour for each new patient to ensure they leave with a full understanding of the reason for their visit.

Staff & Facilities

Surgical Facility

Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital
Los Robles Surgicenter
Specialty Surgery Center
Los Robles Regional Medical Center

Computer Imaging

Dr. Azar has a state of the art photo room

Skin Care Products

Skin Ceuticals
Obagi
IS Clinical

Payment Options

Most insurance companies do not cover the cost of cosmetic surgery. Because paying for cosmetic surgery out-of-pocket can be an obstacle for some patients. Dr. Kouros Azar offers financing through CareCredit®. With CareCredit®, you may be eligible for a number of no-interest or low-interest payment plans.

Kouros Azar MD

425 Haaland Drive, Suite 200,
Westlake Village, CA, 91361,
US

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