Dr. Rafael G. Magana has devoted himself to the art of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Magana received his medical degree from UNAM in Mexico City, Mexico in 1997. He continued his studies in New York where he successfully completed rigorous training in general surgery at Sound Shore Medical Center, a New York Medical College (NYMC) accredited program (1999-2005). During that time he was awarded "Teaching Resident of the Year" 2004 and "Laparoscopic Resident Achievement Award" in 2005.
In 2005, upon completion of his general surgery residency, Dr Magana pursued a two- year fellowship in burn critical care and reconstruction of the burn patient at The William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. This center is the largest and busiest in the nation, treating more than 1,300 inpatients and 4,000 outpatients annually. Its research has led to significant improvements in the survival rate and quality of life for both adults and children. During this period (2005-2007) Dr. Magana co-authored a chapter titled "Infection in the burn patient" for Current Therapy of Infectious Disease (Schlossberg, 2007). He also created medical illustrations for Rogers Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care 4th Edition (Rogers, 2006) and medical illustrations for the publication Implementation of Burn Mass Casualty Incident Tiered Response and Management System for Triage and Transport (NYH Weill Cornell College Disaster Prevention Planning, 2007).
From 2007-2008, Dr Magana further expanded his training to the realm of craniofacial surgery by doing a fellowship in the Intermountain Health System and Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr Magana gained comprehensive experience in the management of craniofacial trauma and reconstruction of birth defects such as craniosynostosis and cleft lip and palate.
From 2008-2009, Dr. Magana continued his training by doing a fellowship in aesthetic breast oncology at the Aesthetic Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York. He performed reconstructive procedures after mastectomy and elective cosmetic surgeries such as breast augmentations, mastopexy and breast reductions.
Dr Magana is presently completing his plastic surgery residency and serving as the administrative chief resident of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. The Medical College of Georgia is a recognized center of excellence in plastic surgery training. Its program expose the fellows to the entire spectrum in state of the art cosmetic and reconstructive techniques including; Fat grafting, DIEP and free TRAM breast reconstruction, facial aesthetic procedures such as rhinoplasty's, facelifts, facial fillers and Botox procedures. Through this training, Dr. Magana is further refining his surgical and artistic skills in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr Magana is fluent in both English and Spanish. When not performing surgery or seeing patients, Dr. Magana enjoys sculpting, painting and cooking.