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What qualities would you seek in your cosmetic surgeon?

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.

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The Characteristics That Distinguish Dr. Kouli

  • The skill and experience necessary to perform all forms of cosmetic surgery
  • Board-certified specialist
  • Diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
  • American Board of General Surgery
  • Extensive training and experience in cosmetic surgery and weight loss surgery

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 Philadelphia for 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 2
    USMLE Step 3
    May 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

Professional Appointments

  • 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.
  • Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery.
    St. George’s Hospital, University of London, London-England.
  • Department of Medicine.
    Kremlin de Bicetres Hospital, Paris-France.
  • Internal Medicine Scholarship, top 10 students at Aleppo Medical School.
    First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

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 Surgery AACS.
  • 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 LanguagesEnglish, French, Arabic
  • Piano StudiesDiploma Degree, 1982-1990Aleppo Academic Conservatory of Music, Aleppo-Syria.

Professional Activities

  • Board Member of the Syrian American Medical Society, SAMS, New Jersey Chapter.
  • Live Internet Broad Cast For Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band.
  • Course in Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy for weight loss.Jeffrey Ponsky, MD.
  • Resident Endoscopic/laparoscopic WorkshopSAGES, Jeffrey Ponsky, MD.
  • Course in Laparoscopic Colon ResectionCourse Director W. Peter Geis, MD.

Teaching Experience

  • American Collage of Surgeons. ATLS Instructor.
    2002 – Current
  • Teaching Resident at Drexel University Medical School.
    1999 – 2004

Research & 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-20052005

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 deNancrede, 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

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.


The office and procedure room were immaculate. Dr.Kouli and staff checked up on me often post.


I had an incredible experience at esthetica. Dr. Kouli is both personable and professional. Everyone in the office is friendly and aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible. I’d highly recommend their services.


I would recommend this office to anyone seeking a procedure. They answered any and all of my questions immediately. No matter how big or small.


Dr. Kouli is the best!, best surgeon, best bedside manner, best follow up… just the best


I can’t say enough about dr. Kouli. He looked a my problem which was pretty bad and immediately knew that he could fix it.