Ario Barzin, M.D.
Helping patients improve their appearance and how they feel about themselves, while at the same time forming strong relationships is one of the true joys of cosmetic surgery for Dr. Ario Barzin.
"My cosmetic consults are typically 45 minutes to an hour long," he says. "I talk with my patients about everything. It is important to understand why people want to do things as much as what they want done."
The oldest of three brothers in a tight-knit Southern California family, Dr. Barzin describes himself as a very goal-oriented person. He went from starting kindergarten in Los Angeles speaking only Farsi and Greek, to graduating from UCSD medical school and earning a spot in the prestigious Stanford Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency program.
"When I found out that I’d gotten into Stanford, I was truly elated," he says. "I loved every minute of it. It is, in my opinion, the pre-eminent program out there because it is the broadest most comprehensive training in plastic and reconstructive surgery. We train so thoroughly. You get exposure to every aspect of plastic surgery and you train with leaders in the field."
After his residency, Dr. Barzin was drawn to PAMF because he wanted to continue working in a collaborative atmosphere where doctors from various specialties work together for the best possible outcomes for their patients. He accepted the job of heading up PAMF’s Cosmetic Surgery Department in the East Bay in 2013.
"To me medicine is a team sport," he says. "To take the best care of our patients, you have to have excellent colleagues to bounce ideas off of."
Like most surgeons, Dr. Barzin admits to being a bit of a perfectionist and collaborating with colleagues both inside his own department and in other specialties, such as Oncology, General Surgery, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, allows him to get a fuller picture of the needs of each individual patient.
"Cosmetic surgery is both artistic and very detail oriented. To be good at it, you have to pay attention to all of the little minutia," he says. "I really enjoy addressing everything thoroughly and completely. I see a problem, and I put everything I know and have trained to do into fixing that problem. That’s important to me. I’m in this profession to provide the best possible care and do the best I can for every patient all the time."
For Dr. Barzin, another plus to being a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon is getting to treat all parts of the body and help patients of all ages. He was a psychology major as an undergrad before switching to medicine and retains a deep interest in people.
"My youngest patients are just one to two weeks old and my oldest patients are in their 90s," he says. "It is wonderful to be able to talk to people at so many different ages and getting to know them and learn from them."
Dr. Barzin’s hobbies include skiing, fishing, hiking, photography, travel and enjoying the many different culinary experiences California offers. He is very close to his large extended family, whom all relocated to Southern California from Iran in the 1980s. He credits them with helping him maintain excellent speaking and reading skills in Farsi. In addition, he speaks Spanish.