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Helen S. Colen, M.D., F.A.C.S., P.C.

Helen Colen MD is one of the top Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in New York City. Dr. Helen S. Colen has been performing cosmetic plastic surgery and especially vaginal and labial plastic surgery for the past 25 years. She graduated from New York University School of Medicine in 1972. She continued her training in Pediatrics at Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa. There she was introduced to the problems of ambiguous genitalia in children. She then continued her training in General Surgery at the University of Colorado Medical Center till June of 1979. Dr. Colen then did a Plastic Surgery Residency at St. Luke’s- Roosevelt Hospital, in New York and a Microsurgery Fellowship at NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. Certified by the Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1983, Dr. Colen became a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the Lipolysis Society, a Fellow of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a member of the New York County Medical Society and a member of the cosmetic gynecology society.

Dr. Colen is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, achieved the AMA Physicians Recognition Award since 1982 till present and has been included in Town and Country Magazine’s best doctors list in 2001. She is in the Top Doctors list in Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. since 1997 and is listed in the Who’s Who of American Women in USA. She has also been on the best Doctors list of New York Magazine in 2001. In addition Dr. Colen has been mentioned in innumerable articles in popular publications since she started her practice: i.e. Glamour magazine, US, Self, W, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Town and Country just to mention a few.

Currently she is Clinical Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery in the NYU School of Medicine, an Attending Physician in Plastic Surgery at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital and at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in NY. She also has lectured and written extensively on various plastic surgery procedures.

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Practice Philosophy

It’s no surprise that every day more and more men and women are having aesthetic surgery. Everyone loves the results!

As a professional for over 25 years, I see what my patient sees when she/he looks in the mirror. As a surgeon, I am able to create those changes that my patients really want.

Doctors differ in their aesthetic senses, however, they should be on the same aesthetic wavelength as their patient. If they are not, even a well performed surgery would not satisfy the patient. I like when my patients look natural and the operated area totally fits the rest of their body.

I like my patients and I get enormous satisfaction from a result that makes them happy. The practice of aesthetic plastic surgery is phenomenally rewarding, both in achieving great aesthetic results and in meeting many diverse and interesting people. Plastic surgery is creative, challenging and fun – I cannot imagine being happier doing anything else.

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Consultation

It is my pleasure to assist you in discovering the many benefits of aesthetic surgery. I recommend that you also talk with friends and a family physician. This added insight will be helpful during your surgical consultation. Most importantly, ask questions and have your surgical options explained to your own satisfaction.

During the first consultation which lasts about 45 minutes, I listen carefully to the patient’s request, I study his/her body language, I learn about his/her lifestyle, goals and wishes. I learn as much as I can about the patient’s body image. I never suggest ‘fixing’ any area unless the patient specifically asks about it. I finally advise my patient about the best procedure to achieve the best final look. I ascertain whether patients can undergo the stress of surgery physically and mentally and whether the desired surgery is appropriate and will fulfill their wishes and visions. If functional problems of vagina and bladder exist I advise the patients to see my partner Dr. Robert Porges and he will address those problems. We often do surgery together. Other topics I discuss include:

I insist that every patient should have a thorough examination by either his/hers personal physician or by an internist that I recommend. Patients are asked to fill out a form indicating all medications they take, any pertinent medical conditions, and whether they smoke, drink or use drugs, all of which may affect whether the procedure can be performed.

At the end, a tentative decision is usually made as to what the procedure should be and where it will be performed. The patient will be able to start making plans to take time off for recovery time.

After the initial consultation, patients see the nurse for further questions and then the office manager to obtain financial information and eventually schedule the procedure.

Another 30-minute consultation is done two weeks before the procedure. During this second consultation, patients will discuss the procedure again, as well as the risks, benefits, and expectations. Pain management and the need for private duty nurses after the procedure will also be discussed. Photographs will be taken. The pre-op and post-op instructions will be given as well as perscriptions for perioperative medications are given.

My patients require few pain medicines because they’re not very anxious. I always work with excellent anesthesiologists who are familiar with my ways. We work as a team to make the experience safe and pleasant for my patients.

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Curriculum Vitae

B.A. – New York University Heights 1964 – 1968 (Bronx)

M.D. – New York University Medical 1968 – 1972 School

HOSPITAL TRAINING:

Appointment:

Honors:

Research:

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LICENSURE & CERTIFICATIONS:

Colorado #18772 1975
Florida #ME83228 2008
New Jersey # 25MA07439800 2002
New York #6827984 1979
Pennsylvania #MD014507E 1973

A. PRESENTATIONS AT MEETINGS SINCE APPOINTMENT TO THE STAFF

1. October, 1982 American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery meeting in Hawaii Presentation Scientific Poster:
“Clinical Experience with the Circumflex Scapular Free flap –
Is the Groin Flap Obsolete?”

2. June, 1983 The VIII International Congress of Plastic Surgery of the IRPS Montreal, Quebec, Canada Paper Presentation:
“Clinical Experience with the Circumflex Scapular Free Flap – Is the Groin Flap Obsolete?”

3. July, 1983 The VIII International Congress of Plastic Surgery of the IPRS Montreal, Quebec, Canada Paper Presentation:
“Primary Muscle Flap Closure of the Irradiated Spinal Cord.”

A. LECTURES GIVEN TO ATTENDING AND RESIDENT STAFF (each 1 credit in category I)

1. September 2, 1982: Burn Lecture given to Residents at Maimonides Hospital

2. September 9, 1982: Wound Healing Lecture given to Residents at Maimonides Hospital

3. October 21, 1982: Lecture on Reconstructive Plastic Surgery with Flaps given to Residents and Attending at Maimonides Hospital

4. November 13, 1982: Guest Lecture on Breast Reconstruction given to the New Jersey College of Medicine

5. November 16, 1982: Lecture on Microsurgery to the Resident Staff at Methodist Hospital

6. August 3, 1983: Burn Lecture given to Resident Staff at Maimonides Hospital

7. August 10, 1983: Wound Healing given to Resident Staff at Maimonides Hospital

8. February 3, 1983: Lecture on Microsurgery Basics given to the Department at Maimondies Hospital

9. December, 1983: Lecture Classic Techniques and Reconstruction in Hypospadia given to Urology Residents at Maimonides Hospital

10. September 7, 1983: Lecture on Burns to Pediatric House Staff and Attending given at Coney Island Hospital

11. October 16, 1984: Lecture Management of Burns given at Maimonides Hospital

12. October 22, 1984: Lecture Management of Burns given at Coney Island Hospital

13. January 22, 1985: Lecture Update in Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery given at Maimonides Medical Center
(Pediatric Postgraduate Conference)

14. August 11, 1988: Lecture “Hand Injuries” given to Residents at the Surgical Grand Rounds Maimonides Medical Center

B – LECTURES AND COURSES ATTENDED

1. September 14, 1982: Lecture Entitled, “Surgery of the Large Nose,” given by Norman Hugo, M.D. at New York University Medical Center

2. October 26, 1982: Lecture “The Delivery of Antimicrobial Drugs from Synthetic Dressings to Infected Wounds,” given by Paul Nathan, Ph. D, at New York University Medical Center

3. November 16, 1982: Lecture entitled, “Genital Reconstruction,” given by Joseph G. McCarthy, M.D., at New York University Medical center

4. November 23, 1982: Lecture entitled, “Maxillofacial Surgery,” given by Joseph C. McCarthy, M.D., At New York University Medical center

5. November 12, 1982: M & M Conference at Maimonides Medical Center

6. September 23, 1982: Guest Lecture on Burns given by Dr.Allstein at Maimonides Medical Center

7. September 24, 1982: Guest Lecture on “ Cardiac Indexes,” given by Dr. Cunningham

8. February 7, 1983: Conference on “Morbidity and Mortality,” given at Maimonides Medical Center

9. June 10, 1983: Conference on “Morbidity and Morality,” given at Maimonides Medical Center

10. April 24-27, 1983: American Association of Plastic Surgeons -62nd Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts,
Equivalent to sixteen credits in Category I

11. April 27-30, 1983: Interspecialty Facia Surgery Congress, Sponsored by the Aesthetic Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery, – New York, New York Equivalent to twenty one credits in Category I

12. June 26 – July 1, 1983: The Eighth International Congress of Plastic Surgery of the IRPS, Sponsored by the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Equivalent to thirty seven point four credits in Category I

13. July 1-3, 1983: Intensive Instructional Course XXI ISAPS on Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Sponsored by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Equivalent to eighteen credits in Category I

14. August 25, 1983: Reconstruction of the Breast, Sponsored by Medical College of Virginia, Hot Springs, Virginia, Equivalent to fourteen and one half credits in Category I

15. June 12, 1983: “Orthognathic Surgery” Maverick or Traditionalist,” given at New York University Medical Center
16. September 8, 1983: Tissue Expansion in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – New York, New York
Equivalent to six credits in Category I

17. September 24, 1983: Cutaneous Laser Therapy – Havard Medical School, Equivalent to eight credits in Category I

18. April 3, 1984: “Primary Closure of Circular Defects,” given at New York University Medical Center

19. April 10, 1984: “Rhinoplasty I,” given at New York University Medical Center

20. April 17, 1984: “Rhinoplasty II,” given at New York University Medical Center

21. May 6-9, 1984: American Association of Plastic Surgeons — 63rd Annual Meeting, at Chicago, Illinois
Equivalent to twenty three credits in Category I

22. May 15, 1984: “Anesthesia and Cosmetic Surgery,” given at New York University Medical Center

23. October 3, 1984: “Strategies for Improving the Quality of the Recovery of Nerve Repair,” given at New York University Medical Center

24. October 16, 1984: “Anatomy and Reconstruction of Extensor Mechanism,” given at New York University Medical Center

25. October 9-14, 1984: ASPRS/PSEF/ASMA Annual Scientific Meeting Las Vegas, Nevada Equivalent to twenty three credits in Category I

26. November 8, 1984: Annual CPR Update for reappointment at Maimonides Hospital

27. November 14, 1984: Annual CPR Update for reappointment at Maimonides Hospital

28. November 14-17, 1984: Rhinoplasty on State of the Art Symposium – New York, New York Equivalent to twenty one credits in Category I

29. December 3, 1984: Risk Management Seminar – Mt.Sinai School of Medicine – New York, New York
Equivalent to four credits in Category I

30. September 19-21, 1985: Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgery – Boston, Mass
Equivalent to twelve credits in Category I

31. August 22-25, 1986: Skin Graft and Flap – Vancouver, Canada
Equivalent to twelve credits in Category I

32. September 25-27, 1986: Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgery – Boston, Mass
Equivalent to twelve credits in Category I

33. October 25-26, 1986: Lipolysis society of North America Workshop & Meeting – Los Angeles, California Equivalent to fourteen credits in Category I

34. October 27-31, 1986: ASPRS Meeting – Los Angeles, California Equivalent to twenty seven credits in Category I

35. November 13, 1986: Annual CPR Update for reappointment at Maimonides Hospital

36. March 22-26, 1987: North American Medical/Dental Association Meeting – Snowmass, Colorado (Equivalent to eight credits in category I)

37. August 14-16, 1987: Skin Graft and Flaps in Newport, Rhode Island

38. November 13, 1987: Annual CPR Update for reappointment at Maimonides Hospital

39. March 28-31, 1988: American Educational Institute Malpractice and Practice Management Seminar – Park City, Utah: Equivalent to one credit in Category II

40. May 1-4, 1988: American Association of Plastic Surgeons 67th Annual Meeting – The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida: (Equivalent to thirteen and one half credits in Category I)

41. March 19-21, 1988: Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital Seminar “Face and Body contouring” – New York, NY Equivalent to one credit in Category I

42. March 9, 1990: Seventh Annual Texas Rhinoplasty Symposium

43. August 25, 1990: Schering Soft Tissue Workshop on Skin Flaps and Grafts

44. September 13 – 16, 1990: 7th Annual Meeting Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons

45. October 21 – 25, 1990: Annual Meeting ASPRS/PSEF/ASMS in Boston

46. March, 1991: Annual CPR Update for reappointment at Maimonides Hospital

47. March 18 – 22, 1991: Medical Malpractice/Risk Management and AIDS Update Seminar, American Educational Institute, Vail

48. May 9, 1991: 24th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The Aesthetic Society, Long Beach, California

49. February 7, 1992: Annual CPR Update for reappointment at Maimonides Hospital

50. May 29, 1992: Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast Symposium at Manhattan Eye, Ear And Throat Hospital

51. November 20, 1992: Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Aging Face Symposium, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

52. June 3, 1993: Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast and Body Symposium at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

53. June 3-5, 1993: Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital Symposium Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast and Body – New York, NY

54. September 18, 1993: Annual Scientific Meeting ASPRS/ PSEF/ASMS – New York, New York

55. September 20, 1993: Instructional Course ASPS – New York, New York

56. November 18, 1993: Symposium on Aesthetic and Reconstructive Rhinoplasty at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

57. March 4, 1994: Endoscopic Facial Aesthetic surgery at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

58. May 1, 1994: 73rd Annual AAPS Meeting, at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

59. May 7, 1994: Face Lift Surgery, New York Academy of Medicine, New York, New York

60. June 16, 1994: Infection Control Training Course at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

61. November 17, 1994: Aging Face Symposium and Lab at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

62. February 1, 1995: Plastic Rounds at U.W.O., New York, New York

63. March 24, 1995: Aesthetic Surgery of the Face at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA

64. June 3, 1995: Laser Skin Resurfacing and Hair Transplant at American Academy of Dermatology, New York, New York

65. June 10, 1995: Basic and Advanced CPT and lCD 9 Coding Workshop, ASPRS – New York, New York

66. October 1, 1995: Advances in Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, New York, New York

67. February 10, 1996: Laser Resurfacing Course at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital – New York, New York

68. March 21, 1996: Symposium on Aesthetic Surgery, Mark Hopkins – New York, New York

69. May 5, 1996: Annual Meeting: AAPS – New York, New York

70. October 1, 1996: Advances in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – Cutting Edge at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

71. January 11, 1997: CPT Coding and Practice Pearls at New York Academy of Medicine – New York, New York

72. January 23, 1997: Medicode: Coders Desk Reference: Medicode

73. May 2, 1997: Annual 1997 Meetings: APSAPS in New York, New York

74. September 6, 1998: Ultra Sound Assisted Lipoplasty Regional Course: Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, New York

75. February 5-7, 1998: The Thirty-second Annual Baker Gordon Symposium on Cosmetic surgery: Mercy Hospital, Miami, Florida

76. November 9-13, 1998: Advances in Aesthetic Plastic
Surgery: The Cutting Edge II Symposium at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

77. November 9, 1998: Annual Meeting of the Medical society of New York at The Medical society of New York

78. July 20, 1999: Botulinum Toxin Type A for Treatment of Facial Rydities: ASAPS in Los Alamitos, California

79. February 21, 2000: Medical-Dental Legal
Update: SCIENTIA – Continuing Education

80. March 27, 2000 – April 3, 2000: Medical- Dental Legal
Update: SCIENTIA – Continuing Education

81. April 24, 2000: Medical-Dental Legal Update: SCIENTIA – Continuing Education

82. April 4, 2001: Newly Established NYS Clinical Guidelines – Continuing Education

83. May 3, 2001 – May 9, 2001: The Aesthetic Meeting 2001 Mastering shape & Form in Cosmetic surgery — The Next Step

84. May 16, 2001: Aesthetic Lecture Minimal Incision Facial plasty. Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital – Continuing Education

85. June 6, 2001: Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company’s Voluntary Attending Physician’s Conference

86. November 5, 2001: Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company’s Voluntary Attending Physician (VAP) Conference

87. October 3, 2002: HIPPA Compliance: Privacy, Security and Electronic Data Issues for the Medical Office – Continuing Education (three hours of Category One Credit)

88. December 14, 2002: NYAM & the NY Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons- Body Contouring Including Post Bariatric Surgery – Continuing Education ( three hours in Category 1 of the Physicians’ Recognition Award of the American Medical Association)

89. April 26, 2003: NYAM Section on Plastic Surgery & the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons- Breast Reconstruction and Breast Augmentation – Continuing Education (3.5 credit hours in Category 1 of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association)

90. December 6, 2003: NYAM Section on Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery & the NY Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons – Reoperative Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (3.0 credit hours in category 1 of Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association)

91. March 18, 2004: Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company: Risk Management Course

92. November 12-14, 2004 NYU Stern: Management & Legal Issues Module (ACCME) 18 Hours of Category 1 Credits

93. March 11-13, 2005: Finance & Accounting Module – The Medical Society of the State of New York (ACCME) – Continuing Education (18 hours of Category 1 credit of the Physician’s Recognition Award).

94. May 9 -13, 2005: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress – Perth, Western Australia

95. June 9, 2005: Medical Liability Insurance Company: Risk Management Course

96. June 10-12, 2005 NYU Stern : Marketing and Promotion Module, NY NY (ACCME) –Continuing Eduction (18 hours of Category 1 credit towards AMA/PRA

97. July 15, 2005: Contour Treads Skills Transfer Course – Montclair, New Jersey

98. February 20-24, 2006: The 2005-2006 Medical-Dental-Legal Update 20 hour seminar, Naples, Fl

99. April 8, 2006: The New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons – Current Advances in Bariatric Surgery, New Procedures, Patient Benefits – Continuing Education (Three hours in Category 1 of the Physicians’ Recognition Award).

100. April 20 -26, 2006: The Aesthetic Meeting 2006 – Pursuit of Artistry and Science in Aesthetic Surgery – Orlando, Florida

101. June 11, 2007 Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company: MLMIC Proactive Risk Management Follow-Up Program II

102. December 7-9, 2007:American Academy of Cosmetic Gynecologists Annual Meeting – Las Vegas, Nevada

103. May 1-6, 2008: 2008 Annual Meeting of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, San Diego, California

104. March 27, 2009: Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company: MLMIC Proactive Risk Management Follow-Up Program III

105. May 2 -7, 2009: The 2009 Aesthetic Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada

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