12 Dec City Gents: Dr. Cory Goldberg from Pilot to Plastic Surgeon
New to Nicolas is our feature series called “City Gents”, where we feature gentlemen we find interesting.
To start of this series we have the plastic surgeon, Dr. Cory Goldberg. We chose to feature this gent because of his take on plastic surgery, style, and his hobby as a pilot. Check out the interview and pictures below.
N: Who are you? And what do you do?
C: I’m a plastic surgeon
How long have you been a plastic surgeon for?
I’ve been doing it since 2006 after doing a 7-year residency in California, with a 1-year fellowship in California, and now I’ve been practicing plastic surgery in Toronto for over 10 years.
There’s a lot of skepticism around plastic surgeons and their intentions, where do you find value in what you do?
One thing I value a lot when it comes to being a plastic surgeon is my overall philosophy when it comes to approaching patients. One thing that I value is trying to cater to the patients and their needs to improve their self-esteem. What that means to me is figuring out what they want and need and trying to address that. As opposed to making patients feel insecure or tell the patients what’s wrong with them. I don’t like the idea of praying on insecurities to get patients to do as much as possible which some of my colleagues tend to do. They do this by comparing what’s optimal by a medical standard. In my opinion that makes people feel bad and that’s the opposite of what I’m trying to do.
Let’s venture from your career for a moment, in your spare time, you fly planes?
Yes, I started flying in 1998, when I was in medical school in Kingston, I got my pilot’s license before I was in medical school and I’ve been flying ever since. At this point, I fly a plane called a cirrus. I use that to help me get around for business to go to other clinics as well as travel to cool places like Montreal, Boston, and other nearby cities.
Have you flown oversees at all or just over land?
Just over land. My private license is for single engine aircrafts and so the planes that I fly have restrictions that prohibit them from flying overseas.
How would describe your style?
I would describe it as simple, casual, but clean. I feel that a man’s style is a reflection of himself and I feel that the man makes the clothes instead of the clothes making the man. I like to keep classic pieces.
Something to last a lifetime?
Exactly, that’s a reasonable thing to say.
What are some of your favorite pieces?
Some include a black Canali suit and a grey Gucci suit that I go to for the more formal event. On the day-to-day basis, I’m more of a jeans and button down shirt kind of guy. Usual designers, I go to Gucci and Prada for formal wear and Rag and Bone for a more casual look. After being in Nicolas one of my new favorites is Neil Barrett.
Turning back to plastic surgery, has there been any surgeries that you had to turn down or divert to another doctor?
In my practice, I’ve had people request changes that I didn’t think was safe or I didn’t think was natural to do. I’ve had women ask for breast augmentation that I thought was unnatural for me do to. I denied those patients, I’ve also had patients request surgery to be done to their face that I didn’t think was natural so I turned them away as well.
What do men and women usually ask for when they come to see you?
The most common surgeries I get are breast augmentation as well rhinoplasty (nose surgery).
Dialing back to style, Is there a specific style you see yourself gravitating more towards?
I feel like my style has gone through an evolution over time. From not really having a sense of style at all to being loud and obnoxious to get noticed. To where I’m at currently where I look to wear more conservative classic pieces. I kind of feel like I am happy with the overall style and I look to find more ways to fit within my frame of mind.
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