Dr. Dowbak MD
Dr. Dowbak is a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs the full spectrum of aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries. In terms of aesthetics, She is an expert in fat transfer to the buttocks (“Brazillian Butt Lift”) and body contouring.
Gregory Max Dowbak, MD is a board certified plastic surgeon. She received her undergraduate education with highest honors at Indiana University and subsequently attended the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical College in Brooklyn, New York. In her final year at Downstate Dr. GM Dowbak received specialized training in orthopedic surgery at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and gender confirmation surgery at the Gender Identity Clinic at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, the first of its kind in the United States. After completing a rotating internship at the University of Oregon (which included specialized training by Dr. Ira Pauley a leader in the field of transgender issues), she returned to Downstate where she completed her general surgery, vascular surgery and plastic surgery training.
After 11 years of solo practice in plastic and reconstructive surgery in Central California, she completed a one year hand and micro-vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas and advanced training in microsurgery at the University of Louisville. Dr. Dowbak has also received advanced training in transgender surgery by some of the world’s leading surgeons in the United States and worldwide.
She has been involved in performing and teaching plastic surgery in several third world countries, specifically reconstructions of congenital hand anomalies in children. In 1992, she was selected to participate in the Presidential Initiative “Operation Provide Hope” in Russia and Central Asia. In 1994, as a member of the United Nations Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART) under the direction of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), she spent two months in Sarajevo, Bosnia as the only plastic and hand surgeon while the city was under siege, being flown in with a group of other doctors and surgeons on a Swedish C-130. While there Dr. Dowbak performed numerous complex surgeries under “war-time” conditions (no running water, no electricity, no sterile gloves, no sterile gowns, no antibiotics). Dr. GM Dowbak volunteers her surgical services to all children in need and additionally specializes in gender confirmation surgery in San Francisco and Miami and is the medical director of the Christine Jorgensen Center of Excellence for Transgender Care and Surgery (CJC) whose employees are all transgender serving the transgender community, the first of its kind. CJC has a strong commitment to diversity and strives to be the leading provider of transgender care and surgery throughout the world and is also engaged in cutting edge research such as the use of stem cells and 3D engineering to create an implantable vagina for trans women.
Dr. GM Dowbak is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and an Active Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Additionally, in 1994 she was granted the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery (CAQHS) and has successfully performed numerous orthopedic and plastic surgical operations with high degree of difficulty. In 1995 Dr. GM Dowbak became a Qualified Medical Evaluator in California. She is also certified by the State of Florida in laser physics and clinical applications and is “cannabis certified” by the State of Florida and has treated over 44,000 patients with medical cannabis (all documented with date of treatment, name and diagnosis). She speaks 3 languages: English, Russian and Spanish
Awards, Honors & Recognitions
Past Vice President, Central California Association of Plastic Surgeons, 1984
Johns Hopkins Gender Identity Clinic, 1971
Transgender Care, Dr. Ira Pauley, University of Oregon Medical Center
Clinical Care of the Transgender Patient, NetCE, 2016
Operative Techniques in the Male to Female Patient, A Cadaver Course, WPATH
Inducted into Maliniac Circle, 2005
Best Plastic Surgeonin Lee County, 2004
Recognition for over 5 years of Service to Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, 2003
Best Medical Spa in Lee County, 2003
Merck Index Award-Most Outstanding Undergraduate in Chemistry, 1996
Efficacy of Debrisan (Dextranomer) in the Treatment of Venous Stasis Ulcers
Cosmetic Contouring of Amputated Finger Tips with a Modified Thenar Pedicle Flap
Current Controversies in Hand Surgery
Experiences in War Time Sarajevo Treating Hand and Burn Injuries Dowbak, G
Have Facelifts Become Obsolete? (Editorial)
Polaris Deep Wrinkle Treatment As a Substitute for Face Lifts Dowbak
Non-Invasive Alternatives for Face Lift Procedures Dowbak, G
V-Y-S Plasty for Scalp Defects Dowbak, G
The FOTO-FACIAL RF, The Face Lift of the Future Dowbak, G
Use of the Recently FDA Approved Radiancy Laser for Treatment of Acne Dowbak, G
Effectiveness of a New Non-Thrombogenic Bioadhesive in Microvascular Anastomoses
A Biochemical and Histological Rationale for the Treatment of Hydroflouric Acid Burns
Personal Experiences With Toradol
The Flexor Carpi Ulnaris Book Flap for Coverage of the Posterior Upper Arm
Cefoxitin as Empiric Therapy in Surgical Infections Dowbak, G and Loughry, CW
A Preliminary Report of the Efficacy of Debrisan (Dextranomer) in the debridement of Cutaneous Ulcers Dowbak, G et. al.
New Approaches in the Therapy of the Peripheral Vascular Ulcer Dowbak, G et. al.
Radio-Frequency Energy, Future or Fad in Photorejuvenation
Secondary Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The Siege of Sarajevo, Winter 1993-4
Internal Fixation of Fractures of the Upper Extremity
Flexor Tendon Injuries
Nerve Compression Syndromes
Use of Short Segment Incremental Studies (SSIS) in Determining Surgical Strategies for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Internal Fixation of Hand Fractures
War Injuries of the Hand
Life and Death in Sarajevo
Use of the Reverse Chinese Flap for Soft Tissue Defects of the Thumb
Effectiveness of a New Non-Thrombogenic Biosealant on Microvascular Anastomoses
A Biochemical and Histological Rationale for the Treatment of Hydrofluoric Acid Burns
Rapid Microvascular Anastomoses Using a New Non-Thrombogenic Bioadhesive
Successful Use of the Rhomboid-to-W-Plasty Technique for Coverage of a Near De-Gloving Wound of the Proximal Forearm
Flexor Tendon Anatomy and Physiology
Treatment of Macrodactyly in a Gigantic Upper Extremity: A Case Report. Further Evidence of Nuclear Accidents at Chelyabinsk?
The Precise Midline Forehead Flap in Heminasal Reconstruction
Plastic Surgery in Rural America
Laser-Brasion for Removal of Peri-Oral Rhytids”
The Flexor Carpi Ulnaris Book Flap for Coverage of Posterior Upper Arm
Complications in the Treatment of Minor Burns in the Alcohol Dependent Patient
Cloacogenic Carcinoma of the Anal Canal