Dr. Wael Kouli’s philosophy at Esthetica of San Diego is to emphasize the belief that every individual is entirely unique. We tailor our practice to best suit each patient’s special and specific concerns. No two cases are alike.
Our competitive, perfection-driven society is causing more women and men than ever before to seek cosmetic surgery to achieve a younger, slimmer and more attractive appearance.
What qualities would you seek in your cosmetic surgeon? The surgeon you select is your most important decision! Get your ideal cosmetic outcomes with the skill, care, confidence and personal touch of Dr. Wael Kouli.
THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT DISTINGUISH DR. KOULI:
- The skill and experience necessary to perform all forms of cosmetic surgery
- Diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, as well as the American Board of General Surgery
- Extensive training and experience in cosmetic surgery and weight loss surgery
Dr. Kouli is a sought-after cosmetic surgeon who is often described by his patients as a warm and caring doctor. He was trained by two of the nation’s leaders in cosmetic and weight loss surgery in both specialty fellowship programs. He practiced cosmetic and weight loss surgery for the last ten years in South Jersey and the Philadelphia area.
Recently, Dr. Kouli moved to Southern California and established Esthetica of San Diego on the beautiful island of Coronado. Here is what one of his patients had to say about her experience with our office:
EDUCATION + BACKGROUND
After graduating from Aleppo University Medical School in 1996, Dr. Kouli started his internship in surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He then proceeded to Drexel University in Philadelphiafor his general surgical residency. His dedication to beauty prompted him to complete a fellowship in weight loss surgery at the University Medical Center at Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey and a fellowship in cosmetic surgery in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Kouli is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is board-certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He is also a diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Kouli is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is also published in multiple medical journals.
State of California Current
State of Washington Current
State of New Jersey Medical License Current
State of New Jersey CDS Current
Controlled Substance Registration Certificate DEA Current
The American Board of Surgery Certificate Current
ECFMG Certificate Current
Fellowship Induction to the American College of Surgeons. New Orleans, USA. Oct 2007
Board Certified in General Surgery. Certifying (Oral) Examination. The American Board of Surgery. Mar 2005
Qualifying (Written) Examination. The American Board of Surgery. Oct 2004
ECFMG Certified USMLE Step 1 USMLE Step 2USMLE Step 3 TOEFELMay 1998
University Of Aleppo, Faculty of Medicine, Aleppo-Syria. Combined Diploma of Doctor In Medicine and BS. Sept. 1990- 1996
Al Kindy High School, Aleppo-Syria. State Examination of Baccalaureate.Sept. 1987-1990
St. Demitrius French Catholic Junior High School, Aleppo-Syria. Sept. 1984-1987
Private Practice. Laparoscopic Bariatrics and General Surgery. Atlantic City, NJ.
July 2005 – Mar 2008
RESIDENCY AND TRAINING
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Fellow. South Center Cosmetic Surgery, Seattle, Washington.E. Antonio Mangubat, MD. Mar 2008 – Mar 2009
Laparoscopic Bariatrics Fellow. Princeton University Medical Center. NJ Bariatrics, R. E. Brolin MD.July 2004 – July 2005
General Surgery, Chief Residents. MCP- Huhnemann Hospitals, Drexel University. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.July 2003 – 2004
General Surgery, PGY 2, 3,and 4.MCP- Huhnemann Hospitals, Drexel University. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.July 1999 – 2003
General Surgery, Internship. University of Michigan Medical Center. Ann Arbor, Michigan.July 1998 – 1999
CLINICAL EXTERN SCHOLARSHIPS
Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgery Department. University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan.1997
Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery. St. George’s Hospital, University of London, London-England.1996
Department of Medicine. Kremlin de Bicetres Hospital, Paris-France.1995
Internal Medicine Scholarship, top 10 students at Aleppo Medical School. First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.1994
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERS
Member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, ASBS.
Member of the American College of Surgeons, ACS.
Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic SurgeryAACS.
Member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, SAGES.
Member of the National Arab American Medical Association, NAAMA.
Member of the Syrian American Medical Society, SAMS.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Spoken Languages English, French, Arabic
Piano StudiesDiploma Degree, 1982-1990Aleppo Academic Conservatory of Music, Aleppo-Syria.
Board Member of the Syrian American Medical Society, SAMS, New Jersey Chapter. 2007
Live Internet Broad Cast For Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band. 2006
Course in Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy for weight loss. Jeffrey Ponsky, MD.2005
Resident Endoscopic/laparoscopic Workshop SAGES, Jeffrey Ponsky, MD.2001
Course in Laparoscopic Colon Resection Course Director W. Peter Geis, MD.2001
American Collage of Surgeons. ATLS Instructor. 2002 – Current
Teaching Resident at Drexel University Medical School. 1999 – 2004
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
Complications at gastrojejunostomy after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: comparison between 21- and 25-mm circular staplers. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases 3 (2007) 508-514. 2007
Stricture, bleeding, and ulcer following laparoscopic Rou-En-Y Gastric Bypass constructed using a circularly stapled gastrojejunostomy. Poster presentation at the ASBS meeting, june-2005 2005
Patient characteristics impacting excess weight loss following laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, Obesity Surgery, 15, 2005.2005
Clinical Research Title: The role of Thoracoscopy in the Diagnosis of Interstitial Lung Disease. Mark Lannettoni, MD, Assistant Professor. Department of Thoracic Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.1997
COSMETIC SURGERY CREDENTIALS
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF COSMETIC SURGERY
The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) is a professional medical society whose members are dedicated to patient safety and physician education in cosmetic surgery. Its members specialize in cosmetic surgery. The AACS is the organization that represents cosmetic surgeons in the American Medical Association through its seat in the AMA House of Delegates. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery provides in-depth instructional fellowship programs to advance a physician’s education in cosmetic surgery and enhance clinical skills.
Post-residency fellowships provide comprehensive training with leading specialists in various fields for an unmatched educational experience. The AACS has over twenty fellowship programs located across the country specializing in the field of cosmetic surgery.
AMERICAN BOARD OF COSMETIC SURGERY
The mission of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) is to serve the public by promoting the safe and ethical practice of the specialty of cosmetic surgery. Diplomates of the ABCS shall demonstrate the highest standards of training, knowledge, and expertise, as determined by a process of peer review and standardized examination and certification.
The following is a list of goals for The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery:
- To establish training standards
- To achieve and maintain the highest professional standards in cosmetic surgery
- To establish a method for the qualification of specialists in cosmetic surgery and a certification system
- To carry out such goals and objectives in full compliance with all laws and regulations relating to equivalent surgical specialists.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
The University of Michigan General Surgery Residency Program is designed to provide the foundational instruction and experience necessary for the development of exceptionally-talented independent practitioners of surgery in any setting. The program is uniquely able to prepare the future leaders of academic surgery.
The Department of Surgery is nationally recognized for the excellence of its surgical training programs and consistently attracts outstanding candidates for trainee positions at the resident and fellowship levels. The surgical heritage at The University of Michigan is unusually strong and associated with such names as Charles de Nancrede, Hugh Cabot, John Alexander, Cameron Haight, Reed Nesbit, Frederick Coller, C. Gardner Child, Jeremiah Turcotte, Arnold Coran, Norman Thompson, Lazar Greenfield and many others. There are over 100 full-time faculty members including basic scientists in biochemistry, immunology, bioengineering and physiology whose expertise enriches many areas of investigation. The program provides for supervised experience in all areas that constitute the principal components of general surgery.
Drexel University College of Medicine represents the consolidation of two venerable medical schools with rich and intertwined histories: Hahnemann Medical College and Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. Established in 1848 and 1850, respectively, they were two of the earliest medical colleges in the United States, and Woman’s was the first medical school for women in the world.
Today, with more than 1,000 medical students, Drexel University College of Medicine is educating one in every 73 medical students in the nation. Graduate students number more than 700, and the College is the academic partner in the education of some 600 medical residents. There are more than 700 clinical and basic science faculty, and more than 1,700 affiliate and volunteer faculty.
AMBULATORY ACCREDITATION (AMB)
Physicians often seek accreditation for their facilities to demonstrate to their patients and communities their commitment to quality and patient safety. Many facilities seek accreditation voluntarily; others are required to do so to meet state, professional society, or association requirements.
IMQ’s Ambulatory Program accredits a wide range of facilities (see side bar). The program offers facilities a practical, meaningful, and cost-effective method for ensuring quality health care and achieving accreditation. IMQ is recognized by authorities in a number of states and has expanded its programs to include facilities around the country.