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Meet Dr. Cat Begovic - Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Catherine Begovic is a Double Board Certified surgeon. She is Board Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Otolaryngology. She has spent her life achieving excellence. Prior to attending Harvard University for college, she scored a perfect score on her SAT’s and was invited to the White House twice to meet President Clinton for awards in academic achievement and scientific research.

She graduated from Harvard University with Honors in Molecular and Cellular Biology. From there, she was awarded her medical degree from UCLA.

At UCLA, Dr. Begovic took a special interest in stem cells found in fat and fat injections, publishing many research papers in plastic surgery and scientific journals on the topic. Upon completion of her medical degree, Dr. Begovic was selected into the highly-competitive Head and Neck Surgery training program at UCLA performing advanced Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery for 6 years. During that time, Dr. Begovic extensively researched anti-aging skin products and became an expert in the field, speaking at national conferences and publishing her findings in the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

She then completed a second surgery training program in Plastic Surgery at UCLA. The UCLA plastic surgery training program has been rated one of the top training programs in the country in all areas of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery.

However, what makes Dr. Begovic unique as a plastic surgeon is her eye for beauty. Her patients feel that she truly understands what they want. Dr. Begovic studied art as a child and developed that into a talent in multiple artistic mediums of acrylic, charcoal, and sculpture. As a published fashion, glamour and fitness model, Dr. Begovic can appreciate beauty from a woman’s perspective. Dr. Begovic is also a personal trainer and nutritional consultant and on the advisory board and host of the Beauty Channel. She has also been featured in multiple media such as “The Doctor’s” TV show, “Entertainment Tonight”, Fox News, CBS, “Spike TV”, Fitness RX for Women, as well as Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference.

Dr. Begovic and her staff are committed to taking the time to understand the individual needs and desires of each patient. She approaches each surgery with care and takes pride in the quality of her work. Dr. Begovic will take the time to assess each patient’s individual situation and help each patient set realistic expectations. We encourage you to research your procedure and ask questions to make you as comfortable as possible through the process. Dr. Begovic feels a close bond with her patients and never takes for granted the patient-doctor relationship of mutual respect.

Academic CV

Undergraduate Education

September 1994 – June 1998

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Major: Molecular & Cellular Biology

Degree: B.A. – Cum Laude Honors

Medical Education

September 1998 – June 2002

UCLA Medical School

Los Angeles, California

Degree: M.D.

POST GRADUATE SURGICAL TRAINING

July 2002 – July 2003

UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

General Surgery Internship

July 2003 – July 2008

UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Head & Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery Residency

July 2008 – July 2010

UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency

Awards and Honors

  • 2015 Best of Beverly Hills Award in the Cosmetic Surgeons Category
  • 2014 Best of Beverly Hills Award in the Cosmetic Surgeons Category
  • 2013 Best of Beverly Hills Award in the Cosmetic Surgeons Category
  • Named one of ” 2010 America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” by the Consumers’Research Council of America
  • 2013 Best of Beverly Hills Award in the Cosmetic Surgeons Category
  • 2007 American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons/Synthes CMF Research Grant Award
  • 2007 American College of Surgeons – San Diego Chapter Resident Paper Competition 3rd place award
  • 2006 American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons/Synthes CMF Research Grant Award
  • 2005 – 99th percentile on Head & Neck surgery in-service exam
  • 2005, 2006 – 99th percentile on Facial Plastics section of Head & Neck in-service exam
  • 2002 Viola Hyde Excellence in Surgery Scholarship
  • 2001 Letter of Distinction in OB/GYN, Psychiatry, Neurology
  • 2000 Student Research Award in Surgery. Western Section American Federation for Medical Research and Clinical Investigation
  • 2000 UCLA Medical School Student Research Scholarship (STTP)
  • 1998 Cum Laude Honors in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University
  • 1996,1997 – John Harvard Scholarship Recipient (Group I ranking)
  • 1994 – 34th Westinghouse Science Talent Search, National Finalist
  • 1994 – Presidential Scholar
  • 1994 – National Merit Scholar
  • 1994 – USA Today Newspaper’s Top 20 High-School Seniors
  • 1993 – Perfect 1600 SAT Score

Other Honors

  • Official Judge for 2012 Miss California United States Pageant
  • Official Plastic Surgeon for 2011 Mrs. California United States Pageant
  • voted 2011 Top Juvederm Doctor on RealSelf.com
  • voted 2011 Top Botox Doctor on RealSelf.com
  • voted 2011 Top Rhinoplasty Doctor on Real Self.com

Memberships and Associations

The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

American Medical Association

The Los Angeles County Medical Association

California Medical Association

Publications

1. Begovic, C. Anti-wrinkle Pills? Nutritional supplements for skin health. Fitness RX. 2012 Feb; 25.

2. Begovic, C. Liposuction: A temporary Fix? FitnessRX. 2011 August; 100-101.

3. Huang CK and Lesavoy M. Aesthetic surgery of the female genetalia. International Textbook of Aesthetic Surgery. In print 2013

4. Huang CK, Handel N. The effects of Singular (Montelukast) on capsular contracture. Accepted, in print. Aesthetic Surgery Journal 2010

5. Huang CK and Miller TA. The truth about over-the-counter topical anti-aging products: A comprehensive review. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2007 July; 27(4):402-412.

6. Huang CK, Huang W, Zuk P, Jarrahy R, Rudkin GH, Ishida K, Yamaguchi DT, Miller TA.Genetic markers of osteogenesis and angiogenesis are altered in processed lipoaspirate cells when cultured on three-dimensional scaffolds. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Feb;121(2):411-23.

7. Carpizo KH, Saran MJ, Huang W, Ishida K, Roostaeian J, Bischoff D, Huang CK, Rudkin GH Yamaguchi DT, Miller TA: Pre-treatment of Poly(l-Lactide-co-Glycolide) Scaffolds with Sodium Hydroxide Enhances Osteoblastic Differentiation and Slows Proliferation of Mouse Pre-osteoblast Cells. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Feb; 121(2): 424-434.

8. Huang CK, Huang W, Zuk P, Jarrahy R, Rudkin GH, Ishida K, Yamaguchi DT, Miller TA.Genetic markers of osteogenesis and angiogenesis are altered in processed lipoaspirate cells when cultured on three-dimensional scaffolds. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Feb;121(2):411-23.

9. Kaufman MR, Miller TA, Huang C, Jarrahy R, Roostaien J, Wasson KL, Ashley, RK, Bradley JP. Autologous Fat Transfer for Facial Recontouring: Is there Science Behind the Art? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Jun;119(7):2287-96.

10. Kaufman MR, Bradley JP, Dickinson B, Heller JB, Wasson KL, O’Hara CM, Huang C, Gabbay, J, Ghadjar K, Miller TA. Autologous Fat Transfer National Consensus Survey: Trends in Techniques for Harvest, Preparation and Application; and Perception of Short and Long Term Results. Plast. Reconstr. Surg., 2007 Jan;119(1):323-31

11. Head C, Huang CK, Sercarz J. Oncocytic Glomus Tumor of the Trachea. MMA, in press, 2007.

12. Verneuil A, Sapp P, Huang CK, Abemayor EA. Malignant ameloblastoma: classification, diagnostic, and therapeutic challenges. Am J Otolaryngol. 2002 Jan-Feb;23(1):44-8.

13. Huang CK, Damrose E, Abemayor EA. Kuttner tumor (chronic sclerosing sialadenitis). Am J Otolaryngol. 2002 Nov-Dec;23(6):394-7.

14. Huang CK. Caloric restriction and aging: eat less, live longer. Nutrition Bytes. 1999 June; 5(1):7-10.

15. Huang CK, Hao O. Degradation of Mono-chlorophenols by sonochemical process. Proceedings, 26th Mid-Atlantic Industrial Waste Conference, Suppl. 1994 May; 61-69.

ABSTRACTS

1. Huang CK, Huang W, Zuk P, Jarrahy R, Heiden K, Rudkin GH, Ishida, K, Yamaguchi D, Miller, TA. Genetic markers of osteogenesis and angiogenesis are altered in liposuction fat derived mesenchymal stem cells when cultured on three-dimensional scaffolds. Plast Reconst Surg, Suppl. 2007 July; 120(1), 69.

2. Saran MJ, Huang W, Huang CK, Hakimi M, Farnad S, Rudkin GH, Yamaguchi D, Miller TA. Effect of pore size on osteoblastic differentiation of murine pre-osteoblastic MC3-T3-E1 cells in a three-dimensional PLGA scaffold. Plast Reconst Surg, Suppl. 2007 July; 120(1), 35.

3. Hakimi M, Saran MJ, Huang W, Huang CK, Ishida K, Parhami F, Rudkin GH, Yamaguchi DT, Miller TA. Oxysterols enhance differentiation of murine pre-osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells cultured on 3-D PLGA scaffolds. . Plast Reconst Surg, Suppl. 2007 July; 120(1), 51

4. Huang CK, Nelson SD, Calcaterra T. Fibromatosis of the neck. EORTC (European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer), 25th Anniversary meeting; Aarhus, Denmark, April, 2001 Sarcoma 2001. 27.

5. Smith AD, Huang CK, Rouzbeh BS, Kordestani K, Lorenz HP, Benhaim P, Hedrick MH Mesenchymal stem cells derived from bone marrow and human adipose tissue exhibit multilineage potential. (abstract) Journal of Investigative Medicine, Suppl. 2000 Jan; 48(1):517

PRESENTATIONS

1. Huang CK and Miller TA. The truth about over-the-counter topical anti-aging products: A comprehensive review. Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists Annual Meeting; April, 2008. (presenter)

2. Huang CK, Huang W, Zuk P, Jarrahy R, Rudkin GH, Ishida, K, Yamaguchi D, Miller, TA. Genetic markers of osteogenesis and angiogenesis are altered in liposuction fat derived mesenchymal stem cells when cultured on three-dimensional scaffolds. 52nd Annual Meeting of the Plastic Surgery Research Council; Stanford, California, June 2007. (presenter)

3. Huang CK, Huang W, Zuk P, Jarrahy R, Rudkin GH, Ishida, K, Yamaguchi D, Miller, TA. Impact of the third dimension on oseto- and angiogenesis in liposuction fat derived stem cells. 2007 American College of Surgeons – San Diego Chapter Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, May 2007. (presenter)

4. Huang CK, Huang W, Zuk P, Jarrahy R, Heiden K, Rudkin GH, Ishida, K, Yamaguchi D, Miller, TA. The impact of the third dimension on osteo- and angiogenesis in liposuction fat derived mesenchymal stem cells. Longmire Scientific Day. UCLA, CA, March 2007 (presenter)

5. Huang CK, Huang W, Zuk P, Jarrahy R, Heiden K, Rudkin GH, Ishida, K, Yamaguchi D, Miller, TA. Impact of three-dimensional scaffold on the osteogenic differentiation and biosynthetic profile of human processed lipoaspirate (PLA) cells – Steps to creating a clinically useful synthetic bone graft. American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Meeting; Philadelphia, PA, September 2006. (presenter)

6. Saran MJ, Huang W, Huang CK, Hakimi M, Farnad S, Rudkin GH, Yamaguchi D, Miller TA. Effect of pore size on osteoblastic differentiation of murine pre-osteoblastic MC3-T3-E1 cells in a three-dimensional PLGA scaffold. 52nd Annual Meeting of the Plastic Surgery Research Council; Stanford, California, June 2007.

7. Hakimi M, Saran MJ, Huang W, Huang CK, Ishida K, Parhami F, Rudkin GH, Yamaguchi DT, Miller TA. Oxysterols enhance differentiation of murine pre-osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells cultured on 3-D PLGA scaffolds. 52nd Annual Meeting of the Plastic Surgery Research Council; Stanford, California, June 2007.

8. Huang CK. Local free flaps for facial skin cancer coverage. Department of Head & Neck Surgery. University of California Los Angeles, CA, February 2006. (presenter)

9. Huang CK, Nelson SD, Calcaterra T. Fibromatosis of the neck. EORTC (European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer), 25th Anniversary meeting; Aarhus, Denmark, April 2001 (presenter)

10. Huang CK, Damrose E, Abemayor EA. Kuttner tumor: an under-recognized entity. American College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting, Southern California Chapter; Santa Barbara, CA, January 2001 (presenter)

11. Verneuil A, Sapp P, Huang CK, Abemayor EA. Malignant ameloblastoma: A diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. American College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting, Southern California Chapter; Santa Barbara, CA, January 2001 (presenter)

12. Kordestani RK, Smith AD, Katz AJ, Huang CK, Mirkia K, Benhaim, P, Lorenz HP, Hedrick MH. Liposuctioned fat aspirate: A novel source of cells for tissue engineering. American College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting, Southern California Chapter; Hungtington Beach, CA, January 2000 (presenter)

13. Smith AD, Huang CK, Kordestani RK, Katz A, Torfi H, Lorenz HP, Benhaim P, Hedrick MH. Mesenchymal stem cells derived from bone marrow and human adipose tissue exhibit multilineage potential. American College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting, Southern California Chapter; Hungtington Beach, CA, January 2000 (presenter)

14. Kansal N, Huang CK, Angle N, Farooq M, Gelabert H, Ahn SS, Quinones-Baldrich W, Moore W, Freischlag J. Infrapopliteal redo bypass surgery in a tertiary referral center: a ten-year experience. Western Vascular Society Annual Meeting. Santa Fe, NM, September 2001.

15. Verneuil A, Sapp P, Huang CK, Abemayor EA. A malignant ameloblastoma with a multiphasic histologic pattern: A diagnostic, therapeutic and classification challenge. Western Section of the American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society Annual Meeting. Carlsbad CA, January 2001.

16. Huang CK, Smith A, Benhaim P, Lorenz HP, Hedrick MH. Mesenchymal stem cells derived from bone marrow and human adipose tissue exhibit multilineage potential. Western Section American Federation for Medical Research Annual Meeting; Carmel, CA, February 2000 (presenter)

17. Huang CK, Smith A, Benhaim P, Lorenz HP, Hedrick MH. Mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow and human adipose tissue have equal adipogenic and osteogenic potential. UCLA Medical Student STTP Research Presentation Seminar, August 1999 (presenter)

18. Huang CK, Hao O. Degradation of mono-chlorophenols by sonochemical processes. 26th Mid Atlantic Industrial Waste Conference, August 1994 (presenter)