What sets Dr. Lisa Zdinak apart from other providers?

Dr. Zdinak is a “core”physician."  A “core physician” is a surgeon who has been specifically trained for reconstructive and aesthetic surgical techniques immediately after graduating from medical school.  Core physicians include Plastic Surgeons, Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeons with fellowship training in facial plastic surgery, Ophthalmologists with fellowship training in oculofacial plastic surgery, and Dermatologists with fellowship training in Mohs surgery. Core surgeons devote their lives from the beginning of their surgical residency training to perfecting and innovating oculofacial reconstructive techniques.  Dr. Zdinak began operating with esteemed head and neck surgeons during her medical school training, particularly in the realm of removing cancerous lesions of the head and neck.  These types of surgeries gave her a unique opportunity to learn about and maneuver the skin, muscles, blood supply, and bones of the face, head, and neck. Many aesthetic physicians claim to have a passion for sculpting clay. Dr. Zdinak has a passion for sculpting faces.  

Postgraduate Training

  • Bosniak+Zilkha, New York and Rio de Janeiro
  • Fellowship training in minimally invasive oculofacial rejuvenation with internationally renowned Stephen L. Bosniak, MD, FACS.
  • Emphasis on office-based rejuvenation techniques. Cosmetic blepharoplasty, surgical correction of eyelid malposition, minimally invasive surgical and non-surgical eyebrow lifting.
  • Precision sculpting of the face and neck.
  • Thermalift radiofrequency skin tightening of the face and neck.
  • Soft-tissue augmentation using injectable filling agents [Restylane, Sculptra, Radiesse], Intense pulsed light [IPL] therapy for skin depigmentation and acne treatment, scarless mole removal, laser hair removal, chemical peels, micro-pigmentation [permanent makeup] for lips, eyebrows, and eyeliner, torn earlobe repair.
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Research experience

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Pittsburgh-Department of Biological Sciences, Undergraduate Medical Research Fellow

  • Researched enzyme mechanisms controlling muscle-specific turnover of reporter proteins under the supervision of Dr. Lewis Jacobson.
  • Created and maintained genetic strains of Caenorhabditis elegans and quantified intracellular degradation products using biochemical, pharmacological, and immunohistochemical techniques

Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

  • The first project was a joint undertaking between the departments of otolaryngology and radiology and investigated the utility of pre-operative imaging of oral tumors using computed tomography oral imaging studies.
  • The second project was a retrospective study of the learning curve in acoustic neuroma surgery that will correlate twenty-five separate variables in 308 patients over 12 years.

Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Designed and prepared a therapeutic DNA vaccine for patients with cervical cancer under the supervision of Dr. Liang Qiao. Packaged human papillomavirus-like particles with human co-stimulatory protein B7.2 DNA using in vitro gene transfer techniques.
  • Assessed vaccine integrity using western gel electrophoresis, FACS, liquid scintillation spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy, and agarose gel electrophoresis. Evaluated vaccine efficacy using in vitro cytotoxicity assays and in vivo murine models.

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine – Division of Pediatric Surgery

  • Investigated the role of n-docosanol in preventing progressive burn ischemia using a rat burn model under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Krummel and Dr. H. Paul Ehrlich.
  • Performed relevant surgical procedures and was responsible for surgical anesthesia and post-operative care of laboratory animals. Analyzed affected areas using laser Doppler, vascular casting, and histological techniques.
  • Also researched the role of TGF-B1 in fetal wound healing using a null mutant murine model. Performed murine fetal microsurgery and prepared organ culture samples for immunohistochemical analysis. Confirmed transgene presence in fetal mice using the polymerase chain reaction.

Georgetown-Washington National Eye Center

  • The first project was a major review of the ophthalmic consequences of terrorist attacks in collaboration with Colonel William P. Madigan, MD, U.S. Army ophthalmology advisor to the Surgeon General.
  • The second project was with Dr. Albert S. Cytryn and involved quantitating alpha-receptors on Muller’s muscle in thyroid eye disease with the help of a specialized laboratory at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.
  • The third project was a case report of renal medullary carcinoma metastatic to the orbit in conjunction with Narieman A. Nik and Ahmed A. Hidayat of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. The fourth project involved using liquid hydroxyapatite for treating enophthalmos in anophthalmic sockets. The final two projects were case reports detailing atypical presentations of lid malposition.

My extensive research background instills trust in the device manufacturers so they know that when they ask me to assist in the development of a new technology, I can push it to a degree of clinical excellence with resolute safety. When I say, “No” they know that I mean it.  But, when I say, “Yes,” oh, baby—that’s when the magic happens!  

Lisa A. Zdinak, M.D.


  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Florida


  • English
  • Spanish

Published author

  • Zdinak, LA, Bosniak, Stephen, Sadick NS, Midface Lift with Radiesse: A Minimal Puncture Technique. Accepted for publication in Dermatologic Surgery, August 2006.
  • Zdinak LA, Bosniak, Stephen, Glavas, Ioannis. Combination Therapies. Ophthalmic Hyperguide. July 2005.
  • Zdinak, LA, Bosniak, Stephen, Glavas, Ioannis. Hyaluronic Acid Soft Tissue Fillers. Techniques in Ophthalmology. July 2005.
  • Zdinak LA, Summerfield, ME. Nonablative Skin Therapies. Non-Invasive Facial Rejuvenation for the Ophthalmologist. Ophthalmology Clinics of North America. Edited by Stephen L. Bosniak, MD. July 2005.
  • Zdinak LA. Patient Evaluation. Otolaryngology Clinics of North America. (38:5) Edited by Stephen L. Bosniak, MD. October 2005.
  • Zdinak LA, Summerfield ME, Nik NA, Hidayat A, Furusato E. Cranial Fasciitis of Childhood Mimicking an Orbital Malignancy: A Clinicopathologic Report. Presented at the 35th Annual ASOPRS Scientific Symposium, October 2004 and submitted for publication to Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery on April 18, 2005.
  • Purewal, Baljeet, Zdinak LA, Bosniak, Stephen. Combination Therapies. Orbit. October 2005.
  • Adler, J., L. Zdinak, and H.P. Ehrlich. Delayed Topical Application of Flurbiprofen Cream Prevents Secondary Burn Ischemia. Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation. 19: S234 (Jan/Feb 1998).
  • Zdinak LA. Madigan, WP, Ward TP. Diagnosis and Management of Ophthalmic Injuries Resulting from Conventional and Unconventional Terrorist Attacks. Original manuscript accepted by Survey of Ophthalmology pending minor revision.
  • Zdinak, LA. Nik, NA. Hidayat, AA, Hargett, NA. Renal Medullary Carcinoma Metastatic to the Orbit: A Clinicopathologic Report. Presented at the 34th Annual ASOPRS Scientific Symposium, November 2003 and accepted for publication by Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery on January 30, 2004.
  • Lomasney LM, Shah PP, Goldberg KN, Zdinak L, Petruzzelli GJ, Utility of a Computed Tomography Oral Imaging Software Program for Preoperative Evaluation of Head and Neck Cancers. Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal 2003; 54(2):100-103.
  • L. Zdinak, Wei Shi, Jeanette Painstil, and Liang Qiao. BPV Pseudovirions Deliver Human B7.2 Gene into Cancer Cells and Enhance Their Immunogenicity. Data submitted to Cancer Gene Research.
  • Zdinak, L., Greenburg, I., Szewczyk, N., Barmada, S., Cardamone-Rayner, M., Hartman, J., and Jacobson, L. Transgene-Coded Chimeric Proteins as Reporters of Intracellular Proteolysis: Starvation-Induced Catabolism of a lacZ Fusion Protein in Muscle Cells of Caenorhabditis elegans. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. 67:143-53 (1997).
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  • World Congress on Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine, Monte Carlo, Monaco: Newest Techniques in Non-Invasive Body Sculpting. Monte-Carlo, Monaco. March 19-21, 2009
  • World Congress on Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine, Paris, France-certified attendee.
  • Georgetown Washington Hospital Center, Oculoplastic Surgery Consortium: Lasers and Light Sources for Oculofacial Rejuvenation. Washington, D.C. March 10, 2007
  • Georgetown Washington Hospital Center, Oculoplastic Surgery Consortium: Memorial Presentation for Stephen L. Bosniak, MD, Washington, D.C. March 10, 2007
  • International Society of Cosmetic and Laser Surgeons. Master’s series workshop in cosmetic laser surgery. New York, NY April 8-9, 2005. Clinical presenter at the office of Stephen L. Bosniak, MD, FACS.
  • International Society of Cosmetic and Laser Surgeons. Master’s series workshop in cosmetic laser surgery. New York, NY May 4-6, 2006. Clinical presenter at the office of Stephen L. Bosniak, MD, FACS.
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