Curriculum Vitae

Education:

 

School: Comenius Gymnasium, Duesseldorf, Germany 1982


Undergraduate School: University of California, San Diego 1982 – 1983

 

School: Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet, Duesseldorf, Germany 7 / 1983 – 4 /

1989 Degree: Medical Doctor 4/20/1989

Doctoral Thesis:
Behandlung von Verbrennungen im Kindesalter mit Fissan Trockengel. (Treatment of Pediatric Burns with Fissan)
Advisor: Privat-Dozent Dr. med. Klaus Witzel
Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet, Duesseldorf, Germany
Degree: Ph.D. 7 / 1998

Residency Training

General Surgery Residency
University of Illinois at Chicago
7/1989 – 6/1995

General Surgery Chief Resident
7/1994 – 6/1995

Plastic Surgery Residency
University of Utah
7/1995 – 6/1997

Plastic Surgery Administrative Chief Resident
University of Utah
1/1997- 6/1997

Certifications

American Board of Surgery
2/10/1997 – 7/1/2007

American Board of Plastic Surgery
3/20/1998 – 12/31/2019

ECFMG
10/3/1989

FLEX
1989

Medical Licenses

California, issued 1/22/1992

Germany / European Community, issued 1989

Arizona, issued 7/25/1997, expired 12/31/2010

Illinois, issued 07/15/1989, expired 07/31/1996

Utah, issued 12/13/1995, expired 01/31/1998

Employment

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Department of Surgery
Section of Plastic Surgery
University of Arizona
7/1997 – 7/2006


Chief, Section of Plastic Surgery
Department of Surgery
University of Arizona
7/1999 – 7/2006

Private Practice
San Diego, California
7/2006 - present

Awards
Graduated High School with award for best student in class;
Comenius Gymnasium, Duesseldorf, Germany

Dean’s recognition for excellent performance during clinical rotations; Heinrich-Heine- Universitaet, Duesseldorf, Germany

Participated in Documentary “A Story of Healing”, which received an Academy Award for best short documentary in 1998


Service and Outreach

Appointments and Hospital Privileges:

Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery, University of Arziona
Tucson, Arizona
10 / 2006 – present

Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery, University of California
San Diego, California
1/ 2008 - present

Educational Director
“Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds”; Tucson, Arizona,
9 / 2004 – 7 / 2006

Director, Wound Therapy Program; Cornerstone Hospital; Tucson, Arizona.
1999 – 2006

Member, Medical Executive Committee, Cornerstone Hospital; Tucson, Arizona
1999 – 2006

Attending, CRS (Children’s Clinic), Tucson, Arizona
2004 - 2006

Attending, University Medical Center; Tucson, Arizona.
7/1997 – 7/2006

Attending, Veterans Administration Medical Center; Tucson, Arizona.
1999 - 2004

Attending, Tucson Medical Center; Tucson, Arizona
2005 – 2006

Attending, Scripps Memorial Hospital; La Jolla, California
2006 – present

Attending, Rady’s Childrens Hospital; San Diego, California
2007 – present

Attending, Rancho Springs Medical Center, Murrieta, California
2006 – present

Attending, Inland Valley Medical Center, Wildomar, California
2006 – present

Director, Wound Care Program, Vibra Hospital, San Diego, California
7/2007 - present

State: Consultant, Arizona Medical Board
7/2004 – present

Consultant, California Medical Board
8/2006 - present

National: Member. Warren H. Cole Society
1997 - Present

Fellow, American College of Surgeons
1998 - Present

Member, American College of Surgeons, Arizona Chapter
1997 - 2006

Member, American Society of Plastic Surgery
1998 – Present

Reviewer, Archives of Internal Medicine
1999 - Present

Visiting Professorship:

Laser gang tattoo removal project, University of Utah, 1996-1997

Interplast trip to An Giang and Long Thap Provinces, Vietnam, 1/1997

Medical Translator, Advanced Language Institute


Departmental Committees

Member, Research Committee
University of Arizona
1998 –1999

Member, Peer Review Committee
University of Arizona
1998-1999

Other Committees

Internal: Member, Finance Committee
University Physicians’ Healthcare
2004 – 2006

Member OR Committee
University Medical Center
2001 – 2006

Publications
Book Chapters:
“Breast Augmentation & Disorders of the Augmented Breast”
(Chapter 23) in Lemcke D, Pattison J, Marshall LA, Cowley DS, eds: “Current Care of Women: Diagnosis & Treatment”; Lange Medical Books/McGraw-Hill, New York, May 2003

Web Publications:
“Treatment of Keloid Scars”
Chapter in “Evidence at Hand”, pending publication


Additional Peer Reviewed Articles:

“Vulvar Mass in a Toddler”
Behr FD, Samimi KJ, Ghory MJ, Bangert JL, Hansen RC
Pediatric Dermatology, Volume 18, Number 3, p 255-7, 2001

“Repair of Cloacal Exstrophy, Omphalocele, and Gastroschisis Using Porcine Small-Intestinal Submucosa or Cadaveric Skin Homograft”
Admire AA, Samimi KJ, Cosentino CM, Ghory MJ
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Volume 112, Number 4, p1059 –63, September 2003

“Autosomal Dominant Inheritance Pattern for Trigger Thumb”
Shim VC, Samimi KJ, Admire AA, Heidenreich RA
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Volume 109, Number 1, p 240-2, January 2002

“Massive Ventral Hernias: Role of Tissue Expansion in Abdominal Wall Restoration Following Abdominal Compartment Syndrome”
Admire AA, Samimi KJ, Dolich MO, Sisley AC
The American Surgeon, Volume 68, Number 5, p 491-6, May 2002

Monographs:

Die Behandlung von Verbrennungen im Kindesalter mit Fissan Trockengel.  (Treatment of Pediatric Burns with Fissan Powder)
Samimi KJ, Witzel CL; Düsseldorf University Press, 1998

Other Articles:

“Simplifying Breast Reconstruction”
Samimi KJ
Plastic Surgery Products, January 2004

Preperitoneal Prosthetic Buttress in the Treatment of Recurrence Following Laparoscopic Hernia Repair.
Samimi KJ, Nyhus LM; Contemporary Surgery, 48.5, May 1996


Media

“Tissue Expansion”
KUAT (PBS) report (Southern Arizona), 07/05/99

“Coping with breast loss”
Tucson Citizen, 11/20/01

“Flap reconstruction uses flesh from breast”
Tucson Citizen, 11/20/01

“Better Breast Reconstruction”
Ivanhoe Broadcasting (National Broadcast), 12/09/02

“Fixing the Skin”
Ivanhoe Broadcasting (National Broadcast), 01/03/03

“Safety of Silicone Breast Implants”
KOLD (CBS) Interview, (Southern Arizona), 04/18/05

“Plastic Surgery without Surgery”
KUAT (PBS) report (Southern Arizona), 06/15/05

“Plastic Surgery Goes Mini”
Life after 50 magazine (Southern California, 04/01/07

“Sunprotective Clothing”
KUSI (NBC) San Diego, California, 07/04/07

Presentations

National:


“Insulin-like rowth Factor II production in an Adrenocortical Carcinoma.”
Annual meeting of the Warren H. Cole Society
Chicago, Illinois
06/94

“Femoral Nerve Entrapment Neuropathy.”
American Society of Plastic Surgeons Senior Resident’s Conference, Sacramento, California
04/97

“Management of the Mangled Extremity.”
Western Trauma Conference
Tucson, Arizona
08/97

“Repair of Cloacal Exstrophy, Omphalocele and Gastroschisis Using Porcine Small Intestinal Submucosa Graft or a Cadaveric Homograft.”
American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting
Orlando, Florida
11/04/01

“Management of Angiosarcoma of the Nose.”
American Society Of Plastic Surgeons “Aesthetic Facial Reconstruction in Children and Adults”
Phoenix, Arizona
02/23/03

“Reconstruction of Giant Hairy Nevus of Nose”
American Society of Plastic Surgeons “Aesthetic Facial Reconstruction in Children and Adults”
Tucson, Arizona
02/24/2005

“Breast Reconstruction”
University of Arizona Cancer Center “Women’s Cancer Conference.”
Tucson, Arizona
1/27/2006

“Wound VAC Therapy: More than just Suction”
KCI Wound Care Symposium

Los Angeles, California
06/14/2009
Las Vegas, Nevada
08/22/2009
Riverside, California
09/17/209
Long Beach, California
10/25/2009
Phoenix, Arizona
11/12/2009


Local: 


“Marjolin’s Ulcer”
General Surgery Grand Rounds
University of Arizona College of Medicine; Tucson, Arizona
4/1997

Upper Extremity Trauma
General Surgery Grand Rounds
University of Arizona College of Medicine; Tucson, Arizona
8/1997

Facial Fractures: Diagnosis and Treatment.
Trauma Conference
Tucson Medical Center; Tucson, Arizona
9/1997

Common Hand Emergencies.
Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds
University of Arizona College of Medicine; Tucson, Arizona
3/24/1998

Cleft Lip and Palate.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
University of Arizona College of Medicine; Tucson, Arizona
4/1998

Wound Therapy: From Hippocrates to Pare – A progression of wound care.
Invited speaker, Summit Hospital Grand Rounds
Tucson, Arizona
5/20/99

Hand Infections
Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds
University of Arizona College of Medicine; Tucson, Arizona
3/28/00

Common Pediatric Hand Problems
Pediatric Grand Rounds
University of Arizona College of Medicine; Tucson, Arizona
4/18/00

Management of Massive Facial Trauma
General Surgery Grand Rounds
University of Arizona College of Medicine; Tucson, Arizona
5/3/00

Breast Reconstruction
General Surgery Grand Rounds
University of Arizona College of Medicine; Tucson, Arizona
3/28/01

“Wound Care and Plastic Surgery”
Presented at Surgery Grand Rounds
University of Arizona College of Medicine; Tucson, Arizona
4/17/02

“Management of Complex Wounds”
Invited speaker
KCI Wound Care Symposium; Tucson, Arizona
10/29/02

“Breast Reconstruction, Reduction and Augmentation: Current Techniques”
Invited speaker
AORN conference; Tucson, Arizona
09/13/03

“Cost and Therapeutic Benefits of Wound V.A.C. Therapy”
Invited Speaker
KCI Wound Care Symposium; San Diego, California
04/12/07

Case Presentations
Wound Care Forum Scripps Memorial Hospital
La Jolla, California
11/02/2009

“All Roads Lead to Rome: Accelerating Wound Healing Through Early Wound VAC Application”
Invited Speaker
KCI Wound Care Symposium; San Diego, California
04/25/2010


Didactic Courses:

Common Hand Problems.
Core curriculum lecture for 3rd year medical students.
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona;

Reconstructive Aspects of Plastic Surgery.
Core curriculum lecture for 3rd year medical students.
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona.

Wound Healing.
Presented to General Surgery residents
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona.
8/10/98

Review of Burn Management.
Presented to General Surgery residents
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona
11/16/98

Basic Wound Repair and Treatment.
Presentation and lab for Emergency Room residents.
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona.
1/12/99

Hand Surgery Symposium for Medical Students.
Co-organizer and lecturer
University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona;
4/17/99

Plastic Surgery Didactic Session
Presented to Senior General Surgery Residents
University of Arizona College of Medicine; Tucson, Arizona
4/22/02

Plastic Surgery Didactic Session
Presented to Junior General Surgery Residents
University of Arizona College of Medicine; Tucson, Arizona
4/26/02

Outreach:

Skin Care and Plastic Surgery.
Presentation at Allure Beauty School as part of Aesthetician’s core curriculum
Tucson, Arizona
9/24/97, 3/11/98 and 9/23/98.

Less is more: Design and Plastic Surgery.
Invited speaker at the American Society of Interior Designers.
Tucson, Arizona
10/9/98

“Breast Reconstruction: The next step forward”
Invited speaker
Friends of University Medical Center Luncheon
Tucson, Arizona
11/15/01

“Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery”
Invited speaker, Iranian Women’s Association
Tucson, Arizona
5/02/02

“Turning Back The Clock: Can We Do It With Plastic Surgery?”
Invited speaker
OASIS Senior Center
8/17/07

Grants:

Educational Grant from Pfizer in support of:
Hand Surgery Symposium for Medical Students.
Educational Director; 4/17/99
$2000

Educational Grants in support of:
Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, University of Arizona
Educational Director

I won’t look for other plastic surgeon here in San Diego because I have Dr. Samimi now.
Curabella