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Suzan Obagi, MD

  • Associate Professor of Dermatology
  • Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • Director of the state-of-the-art UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center and the UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center MediSpa
  • Board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and American Board of Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Obagi's academic commitments include serving as the director of dermatologic surgery for the residents in the department of dermatology at UPMC as well as the director of the cosmetic dermatologic surgery fellowship. In addition, Dr. Obagi trains physicians from around the world on the latest in cosmetic and laser surgery.

Dr. Obagi has been quoted extensively in print publications including USA Today, Elle, Woman’s World,, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. She has also appeared on ABC, KDKA-TV, WTAE-TV and WPXI-TV. She was also cited by the New York Times Style Magazine as one of the top cosmetic surgeons in the United States.

Dr. Obagi has written many articles and book chapters on skin health restoration, autologous fat augmentation (fat transfer), Botox and soft tissue fillers, chemical peeling, dermabrasion, and lasers. Additionally, Dr. Obagi has been invited to give lectures to various medical specialists including ophthalmologic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons and dermatological surgeons on many of these topics.

While Dr. Obagi’s emphasis is on the scientific approach to skin health restoration, she continues to be abreast of the latest technologic advances in cosmetic surgery including the use of the latest laser and radio-frequency technologies.

Her research interests include ways to improve adipocyte (fat) survival after transplantation to further enhance the results of autologous fat augmentation surgery. In addition, she has done research on patient safety in skin resurfacing, laser treatment for improving Raynaud’s phenomenon, and ultrasound measurement of long-term fat graft survival after transplantation.

Dr. Obagi formerly served as vice president of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and is a past president of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation.

After receiving her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Obagi completed a medical internship at the University of California-Irvine and her dermatology residency at Pitt. She also did a cosmetic surgery fellowship approved by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery at Pitt. Dr. Obagi received bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees from the University of California-San Diego.