Dr. Karim Benítez-Marchand
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
For appointment call: (787) 620.4070 · (787) 620.4071

Dr. Karim Benítez-Marchand, MD has been in practice since 2004. He completed his General Surgery internship at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston and a General Surgery residency at the University of Puerto Rico before completing his Plastic Surgery residency in the University of Illinois Hospital and Cooks County Hospital in Chicago.

He obtained board certification in General Surgery in 2002 and board certification in Plastic Surgery in 2006. He is a member of the armed forces and served as Chief of Surgery of Iraq's Al Asad Air Base in 2010. He also served as Axillary Professor at the University of Puerto Rico before dedicating completely to his private practice at State of the Art Plastic Surgery.

He has a broad based practice in aesthetic Plastic Surgery of the body and face and has treated several Celebrities and Beauty Pageant contestants including:

  • Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2011 - Viviana Ortiz Pastrana
  • Miss Intercontinental Maydelise Columna
  • Nuestra Belleza Latina - Vanessa de Roide
  • As well as thousands of patients from all over the world who come to him for aesthetic improvements.

His approach to plastic surgery problems is to individualize care taken, by his patients specific wishes and demands, as a priority to achieve satisfaction in plastic surgery.

Dr. Karim Benítez-Marchand, MD is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Dr. Karim Benítez-Marchand

Résumé of Dr. Karim Benítez-Marchand, MD

Board Certifications:

National Board of Medical Examiners , 1994
American Board of Surgery , April , 2002
American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , November 2006

  • University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
    M.D. July 1991 - June 1993
  • Universidad Central del Caribe Medical Sciences Campus
    M.D. July 1989 - June 1991
  • Loyola University of New Orleans
    BS - Biology August 1985 - June 1989
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, 1986 - 1989
  • National Dean's List, 1988
  • American Heart Association of Louisiana, Research Grant in Biology, 1988
  • Honor Scholarship University of Puerto Rico, 1992 - 1993
  • ARMY Scholarship, 1998 - 2001
  • Physician Recognition Award, American Medical Association, 1996-1999
  • Chief of the Surgery Department at Ashford Presbyterian Hospital, January 2009 - July 2011
  • University of Puerto Rico Auxiliary Professor of the School of Medicine, Jan 2005 - Jan 2008 en
  • Private/solo Plastic Surgery practice in Puerto Rico since September 2004
  • Plastic Surgery Fellowship, 2001 - 2004
  • Deployed to Irak with the US Army as chief of surgery at Army Hospital at ASAD Irak, December 2010 - March 2011.
  • University of Puerto Rico
    General Surgery Resident , 1996 - 2001
  • New England Medical Center
    General Surgery Resident , 1994 -1996
  • New England Medical Center
    General Surgery Internship , 1993 - 1994
  • Bovine Brain Analysis for Enzyme Activities with Clathrin Coated Vesicles
    Universidad Central del Caribe, June through August 1992.
  • Supernumerary Chromosomes Study Loyola University of New Orleans, June 1988 through June 1989.
  • Osteointegrated Implants Experience at the University of Illinois at Chicago
    December 2001 through June 2002.
  • "Supernumerary Chromosomes in Populations of Tradescantia Ohiensis"
    Loyola University Biological forum, June 1989.
  • "Carboxypepsidase Activities of Bovine Brain Clathrin Coated Vesicles"
    8th Student Forum for Scientific Research of the University of Puerto Rico, April 1993.
  • "Osteointegrated Implants: the University of Illinois Experience"
    Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgery Meeting, Chicago, IL. April 2002.
  • Plastic Surgery Senior Resident Conference,
    Milwaukee, WI. March 19, 2004.
  • "Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss."
    Puerto Rico Chapter meeting of The American College of Surgeons. February , 2006.
  • "Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss."
    Annual meeting of The Dominican Republic Surgeons Society, Plastic Surgery Chapter, Guest Speaker. May , 2006.
  • "Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss."
    Annual Meeting at Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos de Puerto Rico. Rio Grande, PR. November , 2007.
  • "Priorities in Post-Bariatric Reconstruction" - Annual meeting of the San Juan Chapter of Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos de PR., February , 2009.
  • "Carotid Artery Thrombosis and Stroke After Blunt Pharyngeal Injury."
    The Journal of Trauma 42(3) 541-543, 1997.
  • "Neuropeptide-like tmmunoreactivities and Carboxypeptide H Activity Associated with Bovine
    Brain Clathrin Coated Vesicles." Neuropeptides. 28(6): 341-349, June 1995.
  • "Osteointegrated Implants in Craniofacial Rehabilitation: The university of Illinois Experience."
    Submitted for publication at The European Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.
  • Army Scholarship 1998-2001
  • Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve Medical Corps.
  • National Board of Medical Examiners , 1994
  • American Board of Surgery, April , 2002
  • American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, November 2006
  • Puerto Rico Medical License #12277, 1996 to present
  • Illinois Medical License #036-104842, 2001 to 2004
  • Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos de Puerto Rico, August 1996 to present.
  • American College of Surgeons, 1998 to present.
  • Sociedad de Médicos Graduados de La Universidad de Puerto Rico, 2001 to present.
  • Massachusetts Medical Society, July 1993 to June 1994.
  • American Society of Plástic and Reconstructive Surgeons, 2006 to present.
  • Sociedad de Cirujanos Plasticos de Puerto Rico, July 2004 to present.
  • Asociación Médica De Puerto Rico January 2005 to present.