Dr. Leonard Hochstein’s exemplary career started straight out of high school when he was able to apply directly to medical school as a merit scholar high school student. He attended Louisiana State University Medical Center where he trained with the Department of Surgery and published his first scientific paper. In 1990, he graduated as valedictorian of his class and received his Doctor of Medicine degree.
Between 1990 and 1995, Dr. Hochstein trained in general and trauma surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. During his time at Parkland Memorial, Dr. Hochstein decided that his passion was surgery where he’d have the ability to directly, and somewhat instantly, impact the quality of a patient’s life. It was this desire that fueled Dr. Hochstein’s passion for plastic surgery.
In 1995, Dr. Hochstein served as chief surgical resident at Parkland Memorial. During this time, he published scientific papers, several of which were printed by the Annuals of Plastic Surgery. He received the Academic Award from the University of Miami for achieving the highest score on the Plastic Surgery In-Service Exam (an exam taken by every resident plastic surgeon worldwide).
In 1998, Dr. Hochstein established a surgical center dedicated to the comprehensive care of his plastic surgery patients. Since then, the goal of his practice has always remained the same: to change the quality of a person’s life through self-improvement.