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52 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 | Med Esthetics The son of immigrant parents from Pakistan who stressed the importance of education, Dr. Ibrahimi is the fi rst physi- cian in his family. He grew up in Queens, New York, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School, a public college- preparatory school that emphasizes math and science. Today, Dr. Ibrahimi, who won the 2017 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Award for Outstanding Service, owns and operates the Connecticut Skin Institute, one of the state's most comprehensive and well-regarded laser practices. HIS MENTORS AND ROLE MODELS He completed a National Institutes of Health-funded med- ical scientist training program at New York University that allowed him to earn his medical degree and PhD simul- taneously before heading to Massachusetts General Hospi- tal/Harvard Medical School to complete his residency. Here, he had the opportunity to train under R. Rox Anderson, MD, PhD. "In my opinion, Dr. Anderson is the most infl uential living dermatologist," says Dr. Ibrahimi. "He invented laser hair removal, cryolipolysis to get rid of unwanted fat, fractional microneedling with radiofrequency, and treatments for complex burn scars and wound healing. And his work doesn't stop at dermatology. He's constantly looking for ways to improve patients' lives with lasers and energy-based instruments across specialties." Dr. Ibrahimi, who shared Dr. Anderson's love of physics and medicine, began spending a lot of time at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. "I was fascinated," he says. "It's an entire building devoted to looking at how light can be used in medicine." During the fi nal year of his residency, an incredible op- portunity presented itself. "Typically, Dr. Anderson has two laser fellows each year. But, for some reason, none of the candidates who applied that year were selected," says Dr. Ibrahimi. "Even though I was still a year away from being able to apply, I took all my vacation time and volunteered to help Dr. Anderson in his clinics. It turned out to be the greatest thing that ever happened to me." Alongside Dr. Anderson, Dr. Ibrahimi treated cases that required sedation. People with vascular and pigmented birthmarks, all types of scars and rare dermatologic condi- tions fl ew in from all over the world seeking Dr. Ander- son's expertise. "It was a phenomenal experience for which I am still grateful," Dr. Ibrahimi says. "Having a mentor and role model like Dr. Anderson was all I needed to fall in love with lasers." Following residency, Dr. Ibrahimi completed a fellowship in Mohs and Reconstructive Surgery as well as laser and cosmetic surgery with another giant in the fi eld: Suzanne Kilmer, MD. "Dr. Kilmer was one of Dr. Anderson's fi rst fellows. She knew I had a good background in lasers and al- lowed me to treat my own patients from the beginning," he says. "This was critical because as important as knowledge is, refi ning one's technique is crucial to delivering a great result to the patient." LEAVING ACADEMIA Following his fellowship, Dr. Ibrahimi returned to academ- ics and garnered a 50 percent appointment at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. He also saw patients at the University of Connecticut. For three years, he split his time between research, teaching residents and seeing patients. Although he loved the faculty and teaching, the bureau- cracy made resolving issues sticky at times. For example, lasers heated up the room where he was teaching so LASER FOCUSED While patient care came naturally to Dr. Ibrahimi, practice ownership presented a steep learning curve. 52 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 | MedEsthetics

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