Sam Hamra

Specialty: Plastic Surgery

Years in Practice: 36


1955-1959 B.A., University of Oklahoma
1959-1963 M.D., University of Oklahoma
1963-1964 Internship, University of Oklahoma
1965-1966 Fellowship, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
1964-1965 Residency, University of Oklahoma
1966-1968 General Surgery Residency, University of Oklahoma
1970-1973 Resident in Plastic Surgery, Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery New York University Medical Center


Licenses: Texas

Board Certifications:

1970 American Board of Surgery

1977 American Board of Plastic Surgery

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS)

Special Honors and Distinctions:

Dr. Hamra has been a pioneer all his professional life. Upon entering private practice, he was introduced to the original SMAS technique developed by Professor Tord Skoog of Sweden. In 1973, he and his associate, Dr. Mark Lemmon, were the first Americans to adopt this technique. Their award-winning work was first published in 1980.

Dr. Hamra was the first to introduce the inclusion of cheek fat (malar fat) to the facelift, which was published as the "Deep Plane Facelift" in 1990. He was the first to include the orbicularis muscle of the lower eyelid in the Deep Plane Facelift, which became the "Composite Facelift."

Now performed worldwide by numerous surgeons, Dr. Hamra is credited with originating the arcus marginalis release and septal reset procedures. These techniques preserve eyelid fat and use it to cover the orbital bone and smooth the transition from eyelid to cheek.

Dr. Hamra further modified and refined the Composite Facelift to its present state several years ago. His published description of the "hollow eye and lateral sweep" is the first article in the medical literature to define these facelift problems and to instruct surgeons on how they can be corrected.

The composite facelift is a comprehensive facelift technique that is the most effective for both looks for first time facelift patient, but is absolutely the best procedure for the secondary patient.

Dr. Hamra maintains a thriving practice in Dallas, but finds time to publish, teach and lecture worldwide.

Short Biography:

Dr. Hamra was born and raised in Oklahoma and completed undergraduate studies, medical school, and general surgery training at the University of Oklahoma. He completed his plastic surgery training at the Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at New York University Medical Center.

He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Boardof Plastic Surgery, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Hamra also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, has published widely in the plastic surgery literature, and lectures extensively worldwide.

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