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Meet Dr. Tim Sayed

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Tim Sayed.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a double board-certified, Harvard-trained plastic surgeon practicing in Newport Beach and La Jolla. I was previously in continuous practice in Palm Beach and Miami, Florida, for 12 years, before returning to open my southern California locations in 2015.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Berkeley with a computer science degree and aspiring to become a leading surgeon, I attended med school at UCSF, where I graduated as one of the top students in my class, earning Alpha Omega Alpha medical society honors. I matched into the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard surgery residency and after completing that training, returned to UCSF for my plastic surgery fellowship, learning from masters of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. In Palm Beach I was privileged to earn the respect of my peers and patients, including Patients’ Choice Awards and Top Surgeon awards reflecting a commitment to excellence. In addition to developing a reputation as a top reconstructive breast surgeon, I served as a wound care center medical director and an advisor to several hospital breast cancer leadership teams, and on the board of directors of the Palm Beach County Medical Society. Leveraging my technology background, I built an electronic medical record product for plastic surgeons with a fast growing startup called Modernizing Medicine while simultaneously earning my MBA from the Kellogg School of Management Executive MBA Program. I moved to southern California to open an aesthetic practice focusing on breast enhancement, body contouring, and facial aesthetics and currently also advise and invest in digital health technology startups that improve the quality of healthcare and the patient experience across the healthcare continuum. It mirrors my own commitment in my practice, where our motto is “Aesthetics Done Right (TM),” which is a mantra that includes creating a great patient-doctor relationship based on trust, honesty, compassion, and listening to the patient carefully. I like to think I developed a good ear for communication as I cultivated my listening skills as a musician – I play piano, guitar, bass, and dabble in harmonica and drums as well as singing, and enjoy recording original and cover music in my home studio. I am blessed to be married to a wonderful woman who is the mother of my young son – both are reminding me every day of the importance of living life with purpose and meaning, and committing to creating positive change in the lives of people I encounter… That’s what a career in plastic surgery is all about, after all!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I encountered some hiccups both professionally and personally – I have migrated my practice from south Florida, where I was known as a top plastic surgeon for both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and as a leader among peers, to southern California, where I am just starting to build my reputation and clientele. Adversity has taught me to focus on important things and set aside small issues, though as a plastic surgeon, it’s hard not to get caught up in small details, since we are perfectionists by nature.

Tim Sayed MD, P.C. – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are a boutique plastic surgery practice offering cosmetic breast, body and facial plastic surgery as well as Botox, fillers, hair transplantation and laser treatments. We are also in the process of developing a new skin care line which we plan to bring to market in 2018. Although I am trained and experienced in plastic surgery all over the body, I have particularly strong interests in breast augmentation and lifting, liposuction and fat grafting, tummy tucks and mommy makeovers, facelifts and Brazilian buttlift procedures. I also love doing Botox and fillers and am quickly building up a loyal patient base here in the demanding markets of Newport Beach and La Jolla. I like to say I am “bringing South Beach to Newport Beach,” as I have taken the best learnings and techniques from my many years in South Florida and applied them to the practice I’m building here in southern California. I am most proud of my longstanding reputation as a skilled, compassionate and ethical doctor who is honest, candid and forthright with patients. Additionally, as an innovator, I am proud to have contributed to two award-winning products for other doctors to use in improving the care they provide to patients.

My electronic medical record product, EMA Plastic Surgery, won a #1 ranking as the top EMR for plastic surgeons two years in a row from BlackBook Market Research, a sort of “JD Power” for software reviews. The clinical care orchestration platform I helped develop with another company, Interpreta, has won a Gartner Cool Technology award this year and enables doctors and other healthcare stakeholders to improve quality of care. I also participate as an advisor with startups that offer nutrition/obesity counseling and life coaching, home health care training, and medical student education. All of these efforts dovetail into my practice, where we blend technology with technique as a state-of-the-art business focused on the patient experience.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me is measured in part by how effectively you impact the lives of others – can you do it at some level of scale while still creating a memorable personal experience for the consumer of your service or product. It also means making a contribution to your community and leading by example.

Finally, and most importantly, it means being dedicated to one’s family; as a new father, I am struck by how profound is my desire and ambition now to be impactful in a responsible and meaningful way, as I set an example for my son. I used to measure success by traditional medical key performance indicators – number of patients seen per week, number of operations per month, size of the practice I was in, number of professional societies of which I was a member, number of publications, income level — but as I get older, and more experienced, I look for how well I am balancing work and life, and for how many people can be reached by my efforts. That’s part of the reason I’m doing things like developing skin care and makeup, and helping define the next generation of healthcare technology for doctors – in order to be impactful on a larger scale. I also feel that a successful person recognizes that health and time are the most important assets he has, and does his best to put them into the service of causes that are important. If I can teach my son these kinds of lessons, I will consider myself a very successful man indeed.


  • For a limited time, we are offering breast augmentation with silicone implants for $4995 including implants (not including anesthesia fee) – we have a special deal with Mentor until our promotional inventory is used up and surgical bookings are filling up fast!

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