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Benjamin Hugo MD

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American Board of Plastic Surgery

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328 Louisa Avenue, suite 110, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454 - United States

Ben Hugo Plastic Surgery
328 Louisa Avenue, suite 110, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454 - United States

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About

Born in South Africa, Dr. Hugo practiced as a plastic surgeon in Johannesburg until he was invited to practice in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area in 1992. Today he has a successful aesthetic practice in Virginia Beach, attracting clientele from around the world.
Interests
For his entire life, Dr. Hugo has been deeply involved and active in the field of wildlife conservation and ecology. He has pursued many hobbies, including tennis, scuba diving, and becoming a private pilot. His currents interests are reading especially history and biographies, wildlife and landscape photography.

Dr. Ben Hugo received his medical degree at the University of Cape Town School of Medicine, South Africa.
As a medical student at Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital in 1967, he witnessed history when Christiaan Barnard, the groundbreaking heart surgeon, completed the world’s first successful human heart transplant. “I was only on the edge, nearby in the hospital,” says Dr. Hugo, “but it was a privilege to participate in the excitement and drama of the achievement.”
After finishing general surgery residencies in South Africa and England, Dr. Hugo was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (the equivalent of the Board Certification in General Surgery).
His father’s success as a respected plastic surgeon and sculptor stimulated Dr. Hugo’s interest in plastic surgery. “The opportunity for innovation appealed to my artistic sensibilities. The amazing breadth and scope of the field, and the positive impact of plastic surgery on so many lives was an inspiration. I liked the idea that you were constructing things instead of destroying things. With both reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery, you are always improving the quality of people’s lives,” says Dr. Hugo.
He completed plastic surgery residencies in South Africa, the Hospital for Sick Children in London, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
As a plastic surgery resident in Cape Town in 1976, Dr. Hugo was the co-surgeon performing one of the world’s earliest microsurgical free flap transfers, an important procedure in the development of modern surgical techniques. As a plastic surgery resident in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1977, he was the co-surgeon in the first microsurgery operation in Western Pennsylvania to replant a patient’s severed thumb and fingers.

Background & Certification

Medical School University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa General Surgery Training Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa University of Cape Town Medical Center, South Africa Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland Mansfield General Hospital, Nottingham, England St Thomas' Hospital, London, England Plastic Surgery Training Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London Brenthurst Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa University of Stellenbosch Medical Center, South Africa University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania Current Hospital Affiliation Member Medical Staff: Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital Academic Appointments Clinical Instructor in Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Chairman, Executive Committee, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand School of Medicine. Consultant Plastic Surgeon (Assistant Professor) Plastic Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand School of Medicine. Consultant Plastic Surgeon (Assistant Professor) Cleft Palate Clinic, University of the Witwatersrand School of Medicine. Consultant Plastic Surgeon (Assistant Professor) Hand Clinic, University of the Witwatersrand School of Medicine. Member, Educational Subcommittee, Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa. Board Member, Faculty of Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand School of Medicine. Convenor and Senior Examiner, FCS (SA) Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Board Certification in South Africa). Reviewer for the Editorial Committee, South African Medical Journal. Reviewer for the Editorial Committee, South African Journal of Surgery. Reviewer for the Editorial Committee, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, USA. Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School. Other Appointments/Affiliations President-Elect, Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa. Secretary and Executive Committee Member, Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa. National Secretary and Program Director, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, South African Chapter. Chief of Plastic Surgery, Morningside Clinic, Sandton, South Africa. Member, Medical Advisory Panel, Thermage®, Inc. National Training Center for Cynosure, Inc.: Smartlipo™ and PrecisionTx™ laser. Certifications and Professional Memberships Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, FRCS (E) American Society of Plastic Surgeons American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Lipoplasty Society of North America Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons Medical Society of Virginia American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)