Norman Leaf MD FACS


Dr. Leaf has practiced Advanced Esthetic Surgery in Beverly Hills for over thirty years. He serves as a Clinical Associate Professor at UCLA Medical School Resident Training Program. He is internationally recognized as a leader in the art of aesthetic procedures and maintains a worldwide clientele. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Surgery, and is an elected member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He specializes in a full range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical and non-surgical procedures.

He proudly serves as Medical Director of R.A.W. (Rebuilding America's Warriors), a non-profit organization providing reconstructive surgery to our wounded servicemen. It has over two hundred and fifty volunteer plastic surgeons and other specialists in forty-five states. Through its auspices, R.A.W. provides gratis esthetic reconstructive procedures to our wounded warriors in close proximity to their own homes or bases. (

Dr. Leaf has been featured on many national television shows such as: CNBC, CNN, and The Today Show, and has received noteworthy editorial in top publications such as VOGUE, ALLURE and ELLE Magazines. W MAGAZINE has acknowledged him as one of "The World's Best Plastic Surgeons", and was selected as one of the "Top Eight Plastic Surgeons in The Country," by PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE.

In addition to his busy surgical career, Dr. Leaf and his late wife Judy owned and very successfully operated the Beverly Hills PRADA boutique for ten years. It was the only independent PRADA franchise in the United States, a very unique experience, bringing him in daily contact with the most influential designers and the highest reaches of the fashion industry.

As a surgeon, Dr. Leaf is committed to the highest level of excellence and integrity in working with his patients. He takes great pride in his craft, and strives to create beauty and harmony without leaving any "footprints" behind. He prefers his work to be admired but unnoticed, a delicate but achievable balance.

He now resides in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach with his wife Carol.


  • Dr. Leaf talks about how and why he became a plastic surgeon
  • Creativity in Surgery
  • Philosophy of Plastic Surgery

Curriculum Vitae

National Honor Society
National Merit Finalist

Undergraduate: University of Michigan 1959-1962 Ann Arbor, Michigan; General Motors Scholar


Medical School: University of Chicago 1962-1966 Chicago, Illinois; Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary, Graduated 3rd in class

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Surgical Externship, Copenhagen University Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark, 1965


Palo Alto-Stanford Medical Center 1966-1967, Palo Alto, California


General Surgery: University of Chicago Hospitals 1967-1972; Chicago, Illinois

Plastic Surgery: University of Chicago Hospitals 1971-1973; Chicago, Illinois


United States Public Health Service, 1968-1969

Microsurgical Research, University of Chicago Medical Center


American Board of Surgery 1973

American Board of Plastic Surgery 1974


Clinical Associate Professor, Plastic Surgery, U.C.L.A. Medical Center

Provisional Staff, Miracle Mile Medical Center

Refer and Follow Staff, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Formerly Chairman of Surgery, Midway Hospital


Member, Advisory Committee, University of Chicago Division of Biological Sciences

Past chairman, A.M.A. Physicians’ Advisory Panel for Motion Picture, Television and Radio

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Fellow, American College of Surgeons

California Society of Plastic Surgeons

Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgeons

California Medical Association

Los Angeles County Medical Association

American Society of Outpatient Surgery


California G20174


Leaf, N., and Zarem, H.A. 1970. Hand Injuries in Children. Pediatrics Digest 12: 29-39.

Leaf, N., and Zarem, H.A. 1970. Construction and use of a Miniaturized Rabbit Ear Chamber. Microvascular Research 2:72-85.

Leaf, N., and Zarem, H.A.1970. Microsurgical Transplantation of Rabbit Ear with Mature Transparent Chamber. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 45:335-40.

Leaf, N., and Zarem, H.A. 1972. Correction of Contour Defects of the Face with Dermal and Dermal-fat Grafts. Archives of Surgery 105:715-719.

Zarem, H.A., Pearson, R.W., and Leaf, N. 1974. Surgical Management of Hand Deformities in Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa. British Journal of Plastic Surgery 27: 176-181.

Leaf, N., 1996. SMAS Autografts for the Nasal Dorsum. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 97: 1249-1252.

Leaf, N. and Firouz, J.S., 2002 Lip Augmentation with Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System Grafts: Report of 103 Cases. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 109: 319-326.

Mueller GP, Leaf N, Aston SJ, Stone CW. The percutaneous trampoline platysmaplasty: technique and experience with 105 consecutive patients. Aesthet Surg J. 2012 Jan; 32(1):11-24.


Leaf, N., and Gurdin, M. Microscopically Controlled Excision of Basal Cell Carcinomas of the Face. Presented at California Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting, Monterey, California, March, 1979.

Leaf, N., and Elandt, K.R. The use of Transderm Scopalamine in the Prevention of Post-Operative Nausea. Presented at U.C.L.A.-University of Guadalajara Plastic Surgery Symposium, Ixtapa, Mexico, February, 1983.

Leaf, N., Control of Post-operative Facial Edema: a Double-Blind Study. Presented at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, April, 1985.

Leaf, N. SMAS Autografts to the Nasal Dorsum. Presented at Cedars-Sinai Plastic Surgery Day, May 1995.

Leaf, N., Experience with LeJour Breast Reduction. Presented at UCLA Grand Rounds September 1999.

Leaf, N., Lip Augmentation. Presented at UCLA Grand Rounds, May 2002.
Leaf, N., Blepharoplasty: A 30 Year Work-in-Progress. Presented at UCLA Grand Rounds December, 2002

Leaf, N., It Doesn’t Have to Flow from These Two Hands. Chaired Panel; annual meeting of California Society of Plastic Surgeons, May 2007.

Leaf, N., Non-invasive Treatments in Plastic Surgery, panelist at Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgeons, September, 2007


Are Those Real? A Beverly Hils Plastic Surgeon’s Journal. iUniverse, 2010 BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

Owner and Operator of PRADA Franchise, Beverly Hills, CA, 1989-2000


Medical Director, Rebuilding America’s Warriors Foundation, 2007-present

  • ASPS Member Surgeon
  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons