Meet Dr. Nuveen
Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin are Oklahoma City's only triple-board-certified cosmetic surgeons, having achieved dipolomat status with The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, The American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery and The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Erik Nuveen, performs numerous surgeries of the face, body, breast and skin. Dr. Nuveen stands apart from other cosmetic surgeons due to his tireless dedication to patient care. His impeccable training includes both medical and dental graduate degrees, as well as immense knowledge and skill that has allowed him to complete more than 17,000 cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries of the body and face.
Our goals are quite clear; to lead the nation in safety and satisfaction in cosmetic surgery. We do so through the performance of surgery and our dedicated contribution to science and research by publication and presentation, nationally and internationally. Although we do enjoy our jobs and do have fun while doing it, Dr. Nuveen takes his role very seriously. He makes it abundantly clear that his career is his life, and he is proud and grateful for this gift. Dr. Nuveen has been consistently honored and rewarded throughout his career with awards and honors. Truly dedicated to the art and science of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Nuveen never hesitates to provide his direct cell phone number, should any questions or concerns arise at any hour. He also is proud to refer to colleagues of equal qualification without hesitation when appropriate.
Specialties and Skills
Throughout his expansive career, Dr. Nuveen has performed more than 17,000 surgeries exclusively in Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Nuveen’s specialties include breast, body and facial cosmetic surgery; all with formal fellowship training. Statistically, there are very few physicians in the world who perform as much cosmetic surgery as Dr. Nuveen. Annually, breast surgery is performed by Dr. Nuveen more than 500 times and includes breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast lifts with implants, breast reductions as well as male chest reductions. Other areas of focus include more than 100 tummy tucks, 200 facial rejuvenation (including the patented SmartLift facial procedure), nose reshaping procedures. Facial rejuvenation continues its evolution and growth with stem cell fat transfer to the cheeks and face, rhinoplasty, septoplasty, chin enhancement and reduction. Major body procedures are often associated with massive weight loss or post child bearing and include full body lifts, buttocks lifts, thigh lifts, buttock implants with fat transfer (Brazilian Buttock Lift), liposuction, and arm lifts. Dr. Nuveen has dedicated a major portion of his life to his obsession with rhinoplasty, where he continues to pursuit mastery of the greatest of all surgical challenges. Dr. Nuveen is also very accomplished in revisions, where he is often requested to repair complications of rhinoplasty performed elsewhere.
Education and Training
Dr. Nuveen, while achieving his B. A. in Biology from Lafayette College in 1989, was proud of his student-athlete status and competed in Div. I college wrestling. The son of an orthodontist, Dr. Nuveen then earned a Doctorate in Dentistry (D.M.D.) from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in 1994. He then completed a one year transitional/rotational year at Sepulveda VAMC/ UCLA Medical Center, focused on surgery and anesthesia. This was immediately followed by a the first year of his five years devoted to Maxillofacial Surgery at at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA. Dr. Nuveen was then fortunate to transfer to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland under the supervision of Dr. R. Haug, a world famous facial reconstructive surgeon and author and mentor. Dr. Nuveen then completed his residency in Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery in Cleveland and its associated hospital system. Dr. Nuveen then earned his Medical Degree (M.D.) at the prestigious Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH.
Due in part to the nature of his extensive surgical and medical training prior to his medical degree, Dr. Nuveen was accepted for an additional year of rotations in sub-specialized areas of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for the completion of his medical school rotations (13 months). Pediatric craniofacial surgery, plastic surgery, micro vascular surgery and cosmetic surgery at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angels, Loma Linda University, the Institute of Facial and Cosmetic Surgery, Utah and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto diversified his medical and surgical exposure beyond comparison. Dr. Nuveen then completed an additional year of residency in General Surgery at Pennsylvania State University/Hershey Medical Center. The final year of Dr. Nuveen's 9 years of surgical training was under the supervision of Dr. Brent D. Kennedy and Lane F. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.S. at the highly-esteemed A.A.C.S. accredited fellowship in Facial and General Cosmetic Surgery in Murray, Utah.
Holding special distinction, Dr. Nuveen is triple board-certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Board of Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery. Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Nuveen has and continues to present at various national and international professional meetings and has been involved in and written more than 14 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Nuveen has been an invited board examiner on the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery since 2008.
In 2015, Dr. Nuveen was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Science in Original Publication Award by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. In 2005, he received the Sunshine Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Department at OU Medical Center. In 2001, Dr. Nuveen received an Acknowledgment Award for presentation of his research. Further, Dr. Nuveen earned a Scientific Achievement Award for biomedical research at Case Western Reserve in 1998.
Dr. Nuveen received certification as an instrument rated private pilot in 2007. When he’s on the ground, Dr. Nuveen enjoys spending time with his son, Cooper. Dr. Nuveen also enjoys hard work on his property and home restoration projects, automobile restoration and modification. At the forefront of his career and personal life is helping others through education, research and publication of other physicians, dentists, nurses and students of all ages.
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