Monday, June 27, 2011

Interview with Dr, Frederick Lukash, Author of The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery

Joining us today is Dr. Frederick N. Lukash, M.D.,FACS, FAAP, author of The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery. He has consistently been voted one of “America’s Top Doctors,” by the Castle Connolly guide, and by the Consumer Research Council of America ( A board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon in practice in Manhattan and Long Island since 1981, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Lukash received his college and medical degrees from Tulane University. His postgraduate training in surgery and plastic surgery includes Emory University, State University of New York, and Harvard University, where he held the position of Instructor in surgery.

The high standards that Dr. Lukash lives and works by have gained him admittance to all the major plastic surgical societies. He achieved board certification by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In addition to serving on many of the societies’ committees, Dr. Lukash has authored questions for the Plastic Surgery In-Service Examination and has recently completed his term as president of the New York Regional Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He founded that organization’s magazine and served for many years as the editor-in-chief.

Dr. Lukash holds staff appointments at Long Island Jewish Medical Center / Schneider Children’s Hospital, North Shore University Hospital, Winthrop University Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital. He has also served as a plastic surgical consultant to the New York Islanders hockey team and the New York Jets football team.

Welcome to The Book Connection, Dr. Lukash. It is an honor to have you with us.

Where did you grow up?

New York.

When did you begin writing?

I have been writing my whole life.

What is this book about?

It is the first book about body image and self-esteem for teenagers. It is a parent's guide to navigate the waters of plastic surgery. It is not a frivolous manual on how to be beautiful. It does not propose to equate beauty with success. It does discuss the value society places on appearance and the impact that societal pressures place upon teens. This book was born of effort in trying to be of service to children with structural appearance issues.

What inspired you to write it?

30 years of collective experience.

Who is your biggest supporter?

My patients.

Are you a member of a critique group? If no, who provides feedback on your work?

Other writers.

Do you have an agent or are you looking for one?

Katharine Sands from Sarah Jane Freyman Agency.

Was the road to publication smooth sailing or a bumpy ride?

Relatively smooth.

If you knew then, what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently?

Better marketing.

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders.

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with aspiring authors everywhere?

Do not expect too much.

Is there anything you would like to add?

This is a great book that can be of service to teens, parents and anyone else who deals with teens and their behavioral issues.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Dr. Lukash. We wish you continued success.

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