John Frank was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1962.
He witnessed facial plastic surgery as a child and this imprinted an image of the specialty to which he has dedicated himself towards.
While in high school he excelled in sports as well as taking in interest in science. His favorite hobby was astronomy.
He graduated high school in the top 8% and accepted a football scholarship to Ohio State where he initially went 5 straight semesters without receiving a grade lower than ‘A’.
He eventually went on to receive national recognition as one of the top five scholar athletes in USA in 1984. He graduated in four years with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry as a candidate for a Rhodes scholarship.
John opted to accept offers to play professional football only under the conditions that his medical training would not be interrupted and was granted independent study privileges for his first year of medical school.
He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine which is known as one of the top clinically based medical schools in the country. Under the tutelage of world famous head and neck surgeon, Dr. David Schuller, MD, Dr. Frank was the co-author on several research papers focusing on pediatric infections.
He also assisted well-known facial plastic surgeon Michael Sullivan, MD in the microsurgical laboratory. Even in high school, John Frank had the opportunity to join William Starzl at a University of Pittsburgh research lab. Starzl is the world innovator in liver transplantation.
After being accepted to multiple medical schools in the east and Midwest, John was selected by the San Francisco Forty Niners of the National Football League. They granted Dr. Frank’s request and allowed to pursue medical school in the off seasons.
John then developed an independent study program at Ohio State which allowed him to study the pre-clinical basic sciences of medicine while not participating in the NFL.
As it turned out this became an increasingly arduous task for him as his football skills carried him through two Super Bowl championships, the last as Bill Walsh and Joe Montana’s starting tight end in Super Bowl 23 where he caught two passes. While this was the pinnacle of Dr. Frank’s athletic career, Dr. Frank asserts this simply allowed him to finally pursue his ultimate goal of facial plastic surgery.
So despite significant offers to play additional football, Dr. Frank decided to return to the rigors of full-time medical student and completed his medical degree in 1992.
During this time Dr. Frank also continues research activities in both sports medicine as well as micro vascular facial plastic surgery.
Dr. Frank’s interests led primarily in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and applied thru the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery www.AAFPRS.com for a fellowship. His top three choices were John’s Hopkins University, Harvard and The University of California Davis medical center.
After extensive interviews with each program, Dr. Frank was selected by Harvard’s Massachusett’s Eye and Ear Infirmary in the 1997 match. Dr. Frank remained at Loyola for an extra year and had the opportunity to learn more extensively facial plastic and reconstructive surgery under the renowned surgeon Ray Konior, MD.
Dr. Frank sought additional experience in facial plastic surgery by traveling to Europe and Israel where he participated in surgery and clinics during an eight month period which he calls extremely valuable.
Upon returning to the U.S., Dr. Frank took and passed his Otolaryngology board exam on the first attempt and accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and chief of Head and Neck Surgery at Hines Veterans Administration.
Following a brief tenure on the faculty at Loyola University, Dr. Frank decided to switch his focus to private practice and opened his first solo office in San Francisco.
There, he performed all types of facial plastic surgery, including rhinoplasty, facelift and various other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures in his licensed surgical outpatient facility as well as at the California Pacific Medical Center.
He had an opportunity to hone his skills while working with Dr. Sheldon Kabaker in Oakland, California. Dr. Kabaker is the former president of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and is well known for his scalp lowering techniques.
The Manhattan office. Between the years 2003 and 2006, Dr. Frank was performing at times five surgeries per day and was responsible for training and managing a large technical staff of ten to fifteen hair technicians while leading the New York City office for Medical Hair Restoration.
Finally, in 2007, Dr. Frank opened his own hair treatment center, Anapelli Hair Clinic in midtown Manhattan.
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