Dr. Pappas, following 20 years of practice of plastic surgery, became the founder of the Aesthetic Health Care Center in 1997. A native of the Philadelphia area and after graduation from the University of Pennsylvania he completed residencies and fellowships in general surgery, plastic surgery and transplant surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Temple University Hospitals, and Harvard hospitals, Massachusetts General and the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.
He became Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Temple University in 1978, and continues his academic appointment today as Associate Professor of Surgery. Dr. Pappas entered full time private practice in Chestnut Hill, PA in 1980 while maintaining teaching appointments for residency training at Temple and Jefferson Hospitals, and served as the Chief of the Plastic Surgery divisions at both Chestnut Hill Hospital and Roxborough Memorial Hospitals. He lectures frequently nationally and internationally on subjects relating to cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Pappas is a member of Who’s Who in America, and was included in the Commemorative issue of Who’s Who in Medicine and Science.
Recognizing the need to strive for the highest standards in aesthetic plastic surgical care on an ambulatory basis, he built the Fort Washington Surgery Center, which subsequently received Pennsylvania licensure, JCAHO and Medicare certification. By merging selective surgical practices and incorporating an ambulatory surgical facility, he helped to form the Centers of Excellence of Aesthetic Health Care. This Center became the model for the development of other centers.
Integral to the success of these Centers, Dr. Pappas identified and preserved the core medical interests of the member surgeons, eliminated the redundancy in clerical and support personnel, standardized information and data management systems, and initiated marketing programs to generate new and stronger patient referrals. Along with co-marketing programs with correlative specialties in dermatology, ophthalmology, and otolaryngology, he established network feeder sources from regional beauty centers, day spas, and salons. These efforts significantly reduced overhead, increased the gross revenue and generated significant ‘same store growth’ from year to year, while the surgeons enjoyed improved patient care and greater net revenues.
At present, Dr. Pappas serves a consulting role in the development and growth of The Aesthetic Health Care Center in Fort Washington and in other cities. He was instrumental in developing the Centers in Jacksonville, Miami, Philadelphia, Ft. Washington, New Brunswick, and Ft. Myers.