There is no honor greater than that of being an educator. Dr. Shapiro is humbled to hold the title as Director of Aesthetic Surgical Training for the Mayo Clinic Rochester Plastic Surgery Integrated Residency Program, a division of the medical center which is consistently ranked as the best hospital in the nation.
In 2016, Dr. Shapiro was recruited by Dr. Samir Mardini (the current Chief of Plastic Surgery at Mayo Clinic Rochester, and a world-renowned microsurgeon and face transplant surgeon) to be the Director of Aesthetic Surgical Training. This decision was based upon Dr. Shapiro’s long and distinguished career, having performed many thousands of meticulously executed cosmetic surgical procedures with consistent and enviable results.
In 2021 Dr. Shapiro was promoted to the rank of “Adjunct Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery”. This academic achievement was provided by his colleagues for his growing contributions to the scholarly activities of the Mayo Clinic Institution.
This opportunity allows 5th and 6th year plastic surgery residents to travel from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to our practice for a three month rotation. During this time, Dr. Shapiro educates them on all aspects of cosmetic surgery, including the development of an artistic aesthetic perspective and astute surgical judgment, along with the nuances of patient interactions and care.
In addition to their studies in our private practice, Dr. Shapiro makes several trips a year to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where he is able to spend time with his residents in a cadaver lab. During these trips, teachings are aided by visualizations and instruction where Dr. Shapiro’s expertise in facial rejuvenation and rhinoplasty procedures are able to be practiced first-hand. These studies are what lay the foundation of the aesthetic surgeons of tomorrow. His trips otherwise consist of resident graduations and lectures as a Visiting Professor.
Dr. Shapiro is especially honored to have received the “John E. Woods, Teacher of the Year Award” in 2018, an honor given each year by the residents to the plastic surgical instructor that had most impacted their training over the course of the last 12 months.
There are many altrustic opportunities that present themselves through our partnership with the Mayo Clinic. It is with humble honor that Dr. Shapiro is invited to travel yearly with select Mayo Clinic instructors and plastic surgical residents to international countries to treat a high volume of patients with cleft lip, cleft palate and pediatric deformities. During his last trip, Dr. Shapiro, Dr. Mardini and their team were able to operate on more than 45 children. The incredible impact that these acts of kindness have on the children and their entire families cannot be overstated, and the entire experience provides valuable and life-changing experiences for everyone involved.
The teaching position at the Mayo Clinic Rochester Plastic Surgery Integrated Residency Program is a very important aspect of Dr. Shapiro’s life, and he cherishes the relationships and personal bonds that he has forged with residents and attending’s alike, with the ensuing professional collaboration that elevates the entire field of plastic surgery.
Dr. Shapiro is an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon with nearly three decades of experience in his field. With impressive technical skill and a talent for creating natural-looking results, his practice has become a leading destination for discerning patients throughout the country.
Known for his compassion and honesty, Dr. Shapiro strives to educate his patients so that they are empowered about their care. He carefully explains the procedures, expected results, and techniques in a way that anyone can understand. Additionally, he personally guides his clients every step of the way – from the initial consultation to their post-operative care – to ensure an enjoyable experience and the best possible results.