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Robert H. Burke, MD, DDS, MS, FACS and Erchonia Corporation Announce Their Collaboration in a Pilot Study Using Laser to Treat Temporomandibular Joint Pain

August 13th, 2013 by admin
Clinical research study on the effectiveness of the Erchonia TMJ Laser is being conducted in Ann Arbor Michigan for treating TMD. Patients are welcome to request to be part of this study.

Ann Arbor, MI, August 13, 2013 –(– Robert H. Burke, MD, DDS, MS, FACS and Erchonia corporation announce their research collaboration in a pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of the Erchonia® TMJ Laser, manufactured by Erchonia Corporation, in providing temporary relief of the symptoms of jaw pain and reduced jaw function associated with temporomandibular joint disorders.

The actual clinical research aspect of the study will be conducted at the Michigan Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) include problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and jaw movement. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), notes that “TMJ disorders are the second most common pain-causing musculoskeletal condition (after chronic low back pain).” 5 percent to 12 percent of the population is probably affected with an annual cost estimated at nearly $4 billion.

Specifically, common symptoms of TMD include: pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when chewing, speaking or opening the mouth wide. The pain and discomfort vary from severe, lasting years to temporary in nature. Often there is limited ability to open the mouth very wide and the jaw gets “stuck” or “locks” in the open- or closed-mouth position.

There may also be clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth or chewing , headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and tinnitus.

Currently there is no “gold standard” of care widely accepted by the dental or medical community for the treatment of TMD and its debilitating related symptoms. Surgical procedures for treating TMD are last resort procedures often of limited success, and as with all surgical procedures, carry significant risks and potential complications. Additionally, little positive evidence exists regarding the efficacy of more conservative current interventions used to treat TMD.

Noting this, Dr. Burke began exploring the concept of noninvasive laser use. Low level laser light therapy has been long used and clinically proven to be effective in reducing pain and inflammation and in increasing range of motion in disease-compromised patients. Low level laser light therapy, such as that provided through application of the Erchonia® TMJ Laser as proposed in this pilot study protocol, offers a simple, non-invasive, safe, effective and side-effect free alternative to improving the symptoms of TMD such as pain and reduced jaw motion.

Dr. Burke sees tremendous potential for this safe, noninvasive treatment in the future. First though, he wants to prove that this actually works, and that is the purpose of the pilot study, whose results will guide a placebo controlled trial.

According to Dr. Burke, “The potential use of low level laser therapy offers a safe, noninvasive option for the treatment of debilitating TMD pain and disability. It offers the potential of decreasing the need for medications, mouth appliances , and invasive surgery. Imaging patients treated on an outpatient basis with a simple 10 minute procedure and functioning pain free afterward.”
Those wishing to inquire further, or potentially join the study should inquire at :

Dr. Robert Burke Promoted to Clinical Professor at Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

July 18th, 2013 by admin
Dr. Robert Burke Promoted to Clinical Professor at Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI, July 15, 2013 –(– Robert Burke, MD, FACS, has been promoted to the position of Clinical Professor at the Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in the Department of Osteopathic Surgical Services.

“It is a great honor for me to receive this promotion. This is one the finest programs of its kind in the world and, to be a part of this amazing faculty, is a wonderful opportunity to learn and share knowledge,” stated Dr. Robert Burke, the Director of the Michigan Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Ann Arbor.

Dr. Burke is an editorial board member of American Health and Beauty (, an internationally recognized researcher, peer-reviewed author and journal editor, as well as an accomplished and successful surgeon.

Most recently, Dr. Burke has been the principal researcher in the use of noninvasive lasers for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and completed a 7-year study on the teardrop shaped saline breast implant.

“A close working relationship with Erchonia has helped expand the use of this unique non-invasive cold laser for pain control and cosmetic surgery applications,” says Dr. Burke.

Dr. Burke attended the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and is a Trustee of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. He won the American Association of Association of Orthodontics Award of Special Merit for research.

Dr. Burke and his family live in Ann Arbor where they enjoy the nearby Matthaei botanical gardens, mountain biking, and all University football and basketball games.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Robert Burke at 1-800-487-4840 or visit his website at


June 10th, 2013 by admin

June 6, 2013:

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) is pleased to announce 54 candidates have submitted applications to challenge the ABCS Annual Certifying Examination scheduled for October 20, 2013 in Dallas, Texas at the ABOG testing center. Candidates must first achieve certification from one of seven ”core” boards recognized or deemed equivalent of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) of the American Osteopathic Association (BOS/AOA). Following certification by a core board the candidate must participate in additional supervised training and surgical experience. Only then may a candidate choose to pursue the elite status of being certified by the ABCS, the only certifying board dedicated to patient safety in Cosmetic Surgery. In general on an annual basis, approximately seventy-five to eighty percent of the candidates pass the examination and join the three hundred and twenty Diplomates actively practicing Cosmetic Surgery in the United States.

Dr. Michael Will Named in Washingtonian “Top Docs”

November 14th, 2011 by eva

best cosmetic surgeons in washington dcFrederick County, MD cosmetic surgeon Dr. Michael J. Will is listed as one of the best in the Washington DC area in the annual Top Doctors & Top Dentists issue of Washingtonian Magazine.

The Washingtonian surveyed thousands of doctors in the Washington, DC area to identify and honor the colleagues they would send their own friends and family to for treatment.

Learn more about Dr. Michael Will

Dr. Jacob Haiavy’s Surgical Facility Featured in LA Daily News

September 16th, 2011 by eva

Inland Empire cosmetic surgeon and ABCS member Dr. Jacob Haiavy’s new state-of-the-art AAAHC accredited surgical facility in Rancho Cucamonga, California was mentioned in an LA Daily News article titled “Being over 50, she was ready for her ‘close-up’” on May 5, 2011.

A few months ago I marched into my doctor’s office and uttered words that surprised even me: “I’m over 50 and I want my colonoscopy.”…Instead of a hospital I had my procedure done at the Surgical Arts of the Inland Empire, a surgery center specializing in cosmetic surgery.

Surgical Arts of the Inland Empire opened in 2010, featuring a wide variety of services for Inland Empire area patients including weight loss surgery, cosmetic foot surgery, cosmetic gynecology, vascular surgery, gastroenterology, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, and Dr. Haiavy’s specialty, cosmetic surgery.

Inland Empire area surgeons of all specialties are welcome to operate at this stunning new facility and can contact Dr. Haiavy for more information about participating in the practice.

ABCS Exam Results

June 9th, 2011 by copywriter

Congratulations! On October 20-21, 2012, the following doctors passed the oral and written examinations conducted by the ABCS.  The percentage of candidates who received passing scores on both the oral and written examinations this year is 82%.  We would like to congratulate each of them on their accomplishment in his/her area of certification:

Body, Breast & Extremity Cosmetic Surgery

Grant L. Carter, MD

Nga T. Dang

Jason P. Helliwell, MD

John Paul Lundeby, MD

John A. Millard, MD

Walter W. Tom, MD

Dermatologic Cosmetic Surgery

Lisa A. Chipps, MD

Sabrina Guillen Fabi, MD

Hooman Khorasani, MD

Melanie D. Palm, MD

Jennifer D. Peterson, MD

Facial Cosmetic Surgery

J. Kevin Duplechain, MD

Cang Huynh, MD, DMD

Mitchell D. Kaye, MD

Mehryar Taban, MD

Scott D. Urban, MD, DMD

General Cosmetic Surgery

Colin E. Bailey, MD

David R. Broadway, MD

Joseph J. Castellano, MD

Paul N. Chugay, MD

H. Christopher Coley, MD

Husam G. Elias, MD, DMD

Vincent W. Gardner, MD

Mark A. Ginsburg, DO

Husain Ali Khan, MD

Wael Kouli, MD

Nicole Marie Patel, MD

Edward M. Pina, MD

Filiberto Rodriguez, MD

Michael J. Rodriguez, MD

John V. Tedesco, DO

Allan Yang Wu, MD

Congratulations! The following ABCS Diplomates passed the oral examination conducted by the ABCS and we would like to congratulate each of them for attaining a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in the area of Body, Breast & Extremity Cosmetic Surgery:

Steven T. Constantine, DO

Don J. Peterson, MD

Robert J. Troell, MD

Special Recognition! We would also like to recognize the highest-scoring candidate on the 2012 Oral and Written Examinations.  The highest scorer on the ABCS Oral Examination and Written Examination is Mitchell D. Kaye, MD.  Dr. Kaye is honored by receiving the “Robert F. Jackson, MD Award” which exemplifies the outstanding performance demonstrated by Dr. Jackson throughout his many years of dedicated service as an Oral Examiner, Past President, and Trustee of the ABCS.  Dr. Kaye is also honored by receiving the “William K. Miles, MD Award” whose service on the Board of Trustees, as Oral Examiner and as past Chairman of the Credentialing Committee demonstrated the highest standards of excellence in the practice of Cosmetic Surgery.

Botox Bandits Hit Cosmetic Practices Nationwide

August 8th, 2010 by eva reported on August 3, 2008 about an alarming trend involving Botox theft, quoting Las Vegas Botox provider and facial plastic surgeon Dr. Samir Pancholi.

“We’ve had it happen three times,” says Dr. Samir Pancholi, a cosmetic and facial plastic surgeon from Las Vegas. “The first time, it was a woman in her 50s who came in and got treatment, then said, ‘My purse is in the car, I’ll go grab it and be right back.’ Then she was gone.”

While Pancholi never filed theft reports (“This is low on the police’s radar,” he says), other Botox bandits have been reported in Newport Beach, Calif.; Port St. Lucie, Fla.; Tampa, Fla.; Brisbane, Australia and Kenton, England.

Read the whole story: Prick and run? Botox bandits rip off wrinkle shots

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Michigan Cosmetic Surgeons Use 3-D Imaging for Consultations

August 2nd, 2010 by copywriter

vectra_3d_2What does the movie Avatar have in common with cosmetic surgery?  According to the Detroit area cosmetic surgeons of Allure Medical Spa, the same 3-D imaging technology used in motion pictures is now useful for simulating cosmetic surgery results during a consultation.

Dr. Brett Kotlus and Dr. Charles Mok of Allure Medical Spa were recently featured on the beauty industry blog discussing the use of Vectra 3-D imaging (from Canfield Imaging Systems) during cosmetic surgery consultations.

“After seeing what my outcome would look like and comparing three different sizes I was completely comfortable picking an implant size; I went into surgery with my mind completely at ease,” says one patient featured in the article.

30 minutes is all that is required for a consultation, says Dr. Kotlus, which includes 3-D imaging and surgery simulation.  Along with the Vectra system, Allure Medical Spa utilizes a variety of other technologies such as Visia Skin Analysis, Lumenis Laser Treatments, and Laser Assisted Liposuction.

Tulsa Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. James Koehler Featured on MSNBC

May 10th, 2010 by copywriter

Would you be surprised if your mother chose to get cosmetic surgery?  If so, you may be even more surprised, and even inspired, upon seeing her results. In Tulsa, cosmetic surgeon James Koehler M.D. says he’s getting visits from plenty of mother-daughter pairs–so many that a “family discount” seems appropriate.

Two of his patients recently spoke to reporters for msnbc.  Tami Fry, a 31-year-old patient of Dr. Koehler said she was inspired by her mother’s tummy tuck and breast lift results.  “When I saw how beautiful my mom looked, I said, ‘that’s it. I’m doing it.’”

Read more about this story on msnbc.

Detroit Area Cosmetic Surgeon Helps to Train Surgeons in Mongolia

May 9th, 2010 by copywriter

Dr. Brett Kotlus, a cosmetic and oculofacial plastic surgeon practicing in Shelby Township, Michigan, has traveled to different areas of the world for medical missions.  In September, 2008 he spent two weeks in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia training surgeons in eyelid and facial reconstructive surgery.


Surgical procedures included facial bone reconstructions, eyelid reconstructions, and facial tumor resections.  “The physicians in Mongolia are highly motivated to advance the quality of medical care in their country, but their access to resources is limited. One half of Mongolians live in small huts, as part of a nomadic lifestyle,” said Dr. Kotlus.

Health for Humanity organized the mission, a group that “focuses primarily on blindness prevention and development of vision services to address local health issues and challenges.”  With his background in oculofacial plastic surgery, Dr. Kotlus was particularly qualified to assist the group in Mongolia.

“My visit to Mongolia gave me a rich cultural experience and it helped me to appreciate the high quality of medicine we have in the United States.”  The doctor says he plans to develop an online consultation service with the surgeons to assist them further.

See photos of the trip on Flickr

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