The Morrow Institute Medical Group Inc

Taking Specialty Plastic Surgery® to a new level

by Gayl Biondi

Exceptional care in a welcoming, tranquil environment with an emphasis on health and beauty. These are the hallmarks and mission of The Morrow Institute in Rancho Mirage. David Morrow, M.D. initially established the Institute on the campus of Eisenhower Medical Center in 1988. Some 20 years later, his vision continues, fulfilling patients’ dreams of enhancement and rejuvenation.

The Institute’s fully-accredited, 7,000-square-foot, premier facility is now located on its own campus, an acre of secluded gardens and natural desert habitat with well-placed patios designed to bring nature’s healing properties inside. The spa-like setting includes serene consultation areas, skin treatment rooms, two spacious, state-of-the-art operating rooms, monitored recovery room, and luxurious accommodations for overnight stays.

Recently named one of the “Top 100 Cosmetic Surgeons in the World” by the International Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Morrow is well known for performing the first laser facelift and developing the Designed Skin Peel®, Comprehensive Facelift® and Triangle Lift®. Dr. Morrow also heads a much sought-after American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship Program.

Specialty Plastic Surgery®
When Dr. Morrow assembled the first collaborative Specialty Plastic Surgery team, it was to focus top-notch skills, talent and expertise on enhancing the lives of patients. Each surgeon on the team is board certified in Plastic Surgery, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Podiatry, or Facial Plastic Surgery and specializes in a particular body area or treatment. Patients can be confident that their surgeon has the most up-to-date knowledge in their field of expertise. And, many procedures may be covered by private insurance when medically indicated.

At The Morrow Institute, Specialty Plastic Surgery includes everything from facial enhancement and rejuvenation, skin rejuvenation, eyelid surgery, nasal surgery, and breast surgery to body shaping, liposculpture and foot and ankle surgery. Skin care and aesthetician treatments are also part of the continuum of care. The Institute’s philosophy is to provide each patient with the attention to detail they deserve for a long lasting, natural appearance and healthy lifestyle.

Because no two faces are alike, The Morrow Institute team has developed a customized approach to facial rejuvenation that meets each patient’s individual needs and Valley’s only full-time ophthalmic plastic surgeon, knows the importance of addressing each area of the face appropriately. He helps patients understand how facial aging occurs in the bone, muscle, fat and skin, and how a short-cut approach such as “skin tightening” is often inadequate.

The team's approach begins well before a physician treats a patient. Patient coordinator, Dorothy Bitter, PhD, holds a doctorate in psychology, and helps guide patients through not only the surgical process but also the emotional and practical aspects that accompany any procedure. After-care is provided by the same support staff patients have come to know throughout the consultation and treatment plan.

Cosmetic & Reconstructive Gynecology
With the influx of baby boomer women approaching or going through menopause, gynecologic medicine and surgery is in demand. While past generations of women either put up with incontinence, vaginal stretching from childbirth and diminished sexual sensation or faced extensive surgery and weeks of recovery, this generation of women can elect to have minimally invasive procedures that remedy both aesthetic and functional issues with minimal discomfort and downtime.

Gynecologic surgeon, Dr. Allan Wu provides the full range of cosmetic and reconstructive gynecologic surgery at The Morrow Institute. He has also initiated a Boutique Gynecology program to provide concierge-level care for up to 200 patients. Program members enjoy priority office visits, as well as direct phone and e-mail access to Dr. Wu for consultations, test results and follow-up. A wide variety of complementary services and considerations are also included. Dr. Wu is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Phlebology and performs a full range of vein treatments.

Lap-Band® Weight Loss Surgery
Another area of great interest for patients is LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System surgery for weight loss and control. The name LAP-BAND® is a combination of the term for the minimallyinvasive surgical technique (laparoscopy) and the silicone gastric band placed around the upper portion of the stomach to limit the amount of food it can hold at any one time.

Dr. John Coon and Dr. Matthew Lublin perform this FDA-approved procedure, both board certified surgeons and members in good standing of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons. Testing, pre-op, surgery and post-op care is entirely conducted in the privacy of The Morrow Institute’s fully accredited surgery center. Patients typically are able to go home within just a few hours following the LAP-BAND® procedure with no inconvenience from or exposure to a trip to the hospital.

If, after weight loss, patients desire to further improve shape and proportion, plastic surgeon, Dr. Marc Mani and the members of The Morrow Institute surgical team provide tummy tucks, as well as arm, thigh, buttock and full body lifts. As one of the many satisfied patients shared, “If someone had told me a year ago that my life could have changed so fast, in such a positive way, I would not have believed it! With the help of Dr. Morrow and his talented team, my body and spirit are renewed.”

Patients & Surgeons
The Institute attracts patients from around the world and around the corner, many of whom could choose to go anywhere for their surgery. They come not only for the expert medical care, but also for the comfort, privacy and personalized treatment they receive every step of the way. Team member surgeons, Dr. Allan Wu, Dr. Stephen Pincus, Dr. Marc Mani, Dr. Harry Marshak, Dr. John Coon, Dr. Matthew Lublin, and Paul Brody DPM bring a wealth of professionalism and compassion to every patient who enters The Morrow Institute.

Dr. Morrow puts it best when he says, “We enjoy a shared commitment to surgical excellence and the privilege of working together in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Our greatest satisfaction, by far, comes from improving our patients’ lives with truly outstanding results.”

The Morrow Institute Medical Group Inc.
69780 Stellar Drive Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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