Dr. Palma's Biography

C. Roberto Palma, M.D.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Dr. Palma is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery; the only official body authorized to certify fully trained Plastic Surgeons, and has been practicing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for over 25 years. He received his medical training and education at some of the best universities in the nation.

After graduating from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, with an M.D. degree, Dr. Palma served his General Surgery Internship and Residency at the University of California in San Francisco. He went on to complete his Residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center in California. His training included fellowships in Head and Neck Cancer Surgery at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, New York, and a Plastic Surgery Fellowship in Calgary, Canada.


He is a member of the medical staff at multiple local hospitals and has served as Chief of the Medical Staff, Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Head of the Division of Plastic Surgery at North Ridge Medical Center and various other hospitals in Fort Lauderdale.

In 1996 Dr. Palma opened the Sunrise Intracoastal Plastic Surgery Center, which is fully accredited by the AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, Inc) He remains its Medical Director and on-staff Plastic Surgeon. The facility also features a mini medi-spa which offers medically supervised skin care and rejuvenation services by a full-time Medical Aesthetician.

Over the years, Dr. Palma’s practice focused more and more on Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Surgery. He recently introduced into his practice the SimpleLIFT, an innovative technique of face/neck lifting which evolved over his many years of experience in the field. The procedure, usually performed under local anesthesia, offers dramatic results with significantly reduced cost and “downtime”.

In addition to his surgical skills and experience, Dr. Palma is considered an expert in Cosmetic Medicine or non-surgical procedures to make patients look younger. He is one of the most experienced users of Paralyzing agents such as Botox and Filler/Volumizers such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvaderm, Radiesse, Sculptra and other FDA approved products. His excellent technique making lips look younger with these products recently made the local evening news. Lip Rejuvenation

As of May, 2009, Dr. Palma has been approved as a Principal Investigator by the FDA to insert the “Ideal Implant”, a new type of saline-filled breast implant which offers the first truly innovative new technology in over 20 years. He is one of only a handful of surgeons in the USA approved to insert these new implants.

Dr. Palma is an experienced and skillful cosmetic surgeon who has a well-deserved reputation as one of the top Plastic Surgeons in Florida. He has been chosen for three consecutive years by his fellow physicians as one of the “Best Doctors in South Florida”, is listed in Castle Connolly’s List of “America’s Top Doctors”, as well as the Consumers’ Research Council of America “Guide to America’s Top Surgeons”.

Originally from Cuba, Dr. Palma arrived in the USA with his parents and 2 sisters as a pre-teen. He is fiercely proud of his adopted country and loves his bicultural roots. He is fluent in Spanish. He has 2 grown children, a daughter soon to be a medical school graduate heading for a career in Ophthalmology and a son who is passionate about wild life ecology and soon to have a degree in the field.

Dr. Palma is a Volunteer Surgeon and has been on the Board of Directors of Interplast, a nonprofit organization that provides free Plastic and Reconstructive surgery to under-privileged patients, mostly children, in underdeveloped countries. He is currently a member of multiple national and local organizations including the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Palma is also on staff and has privileges at most of the local area hospitals.

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