Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Robert Caridi’s Biography
Dr Caridi was born and raised in modest circumstances in the cosmopolitan and diverse city of Brooklyn. He walked to public schools in his neighborhood and played in the streets as if it was his backyard. His dad passed away when he was only 13 years old. He took the B train to an experimental High School, graduating in less than 3 years. University training took place at Stony Brook University on Long Island and eventually The University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with honors and received his BA in Biology. From there he moved on to The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and his internship, residency and fellowship at the Mount Sinai Hospital System in Manhattan. As you can see, Dr Caridi spent most of his time in school.
After completing his medical training he took up an opportunity to join a large group practice in the Chicago suburbs. He spent 8 years servicing many hospitals and learned quite a bit about trauma, hand, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. A change in scenery and weather then prompted a move to his beloved Austin, Texas where he started Westlake Plastic Surgery with a focus on cosmetic surgery. Around 2010, Dr Caridi expanded his practice focus by starting the Austin Gynecomastia Center which is one of the world’s premier treatment centers for a uniquely male condition called gynecomastia.
Dr Caridi will fully admit that he is a different kind of guy for sure. He is not your typical surgeon in many ways. His practice philosophy is straight forward: he is a consummate professional who offers his patients his talent with performing surgery in the context of doing the right thing. This means only offering treatments to his patients that make a real difference, done safely and reliably in a comforting and personal environment. He will often not recommend treatments if he feels you are not a good candidate or if there are extenuating circumstances that will interfere with the safety of your treatment. There are simply no compromises made in his practice. Plastic surgery is a big deal and it is his responsibility to take great care of you and he takes this responsibility very seriously. He takes great pride in the strong, personal relationships he has with his patients. They are treated like family.
Dr Caridi will tell you how time flies. He has been in practice for over 30 years and is as motivated and enthusiastic as ever. Although he continues to perform all aspects of cosmetic plastic surgery, his focus is now on female breast cosmetic surgery, mommy makeover procedures, rhinoplasty or “nose jobs” and, of course, gynecomastia treatment. Dr Caridi has a very busy clinical practice that draws patients from all over the world and also busy doing research and publishing papers on areas of plastic surgery that interest him and for which he has a lot of experience.
In his free time Dr Caridi likes to be outdoors doing all sorts of things. He exercises regularly and loves to learn about the world and different cultures with extensive travel. He will tell you that he has hit his “sweet spot” in that he is having a lot of fun doing what he does best and very much enjoys making a positive impact on all his patients. He has assumed more of an “advisor / mentor” role because of his age and his experience. It’s part of giving back to a world that has offered him vast opportunity and happiness.
Dr Caridi believes in complete transparency when it comes to who he is and where he comes from. As such, he encourages all perspective patients to carefully review his credentials. He is very proud of his education and practice history.
1994 – present
Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery Certificate Number 4631
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
May 2000 – present
Plastic surgeon, solo practitioner and founder of Westlake Plastic Surgery, 4407 Bee Cave Road #303, Austin, TX 78746
July 1992 – Feb 2000
Plastic Surgeon, group practitioner and partner at Suburban Plastic Surgery Associates, Inc., 1585 N. Barrington Road, Hoffman Estates, IL 60194
Professional Surgical Societies
1996 – present
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
1992 – present
Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
1988 – 1989
Plastic Surgery Fellowship, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
1991 – 1992
Chief Resident, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
1989 – 1991
Resident, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
1985 – 1988
Intern and Resident, Department of General Surgery, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Robert Caridi’s Education
1981 – 1985
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School
Degree: Doctor of Medicine, June 1985
1979 – 1981
The University of Texas at Austin
Degree: B.A., Biology, May 1981
1976 – 1979
The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Major: B.S., Biology, transferred
1995 – present
1992 – present
Illinois Medical Board (inactive)
1985 – present
New York State Medical Board (inactive)
Dr. Robert Caridi’s Hospital Affiliations
May 2000 – present