Benjamin W. Cilento, MD, is a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, a member of the elite American
Academy Of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (www.aafprs.org) and a diplomate of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is
also board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, one of the oldest
medical specialties in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians
uniquely trained in the surgical and medical treatment of patients with
disorders and diseases of the head and neck. All otolaryngologists are trained in facial plastic surgery but a small subset of these physicians get additional training in this area and an elite few become board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Cilento’s education began at Trinity College in Hartford
Connecticut, where he majored in Biology. He graduated at
the top of his class and was inducted into the prestigious national honor
society, Phi Beta Kappa. Unlike
his classmates, he delayed attending medical school
immediately after college.
Instead, he joined the US Marine Corps where he served as a Signals
Intelligence and Reconnaissance Officer during the first Gulf War. After five
years as a Marine he decided to go back and finish his medical education and
transferred to the US Naval Medical program.
He matriculated into the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York
City, where he graduated at the top of his class with distinction in research and
was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. During medical school,
he used his abilities as an artist to work on the head and neck section of the
internationally recognized anatomy textbook, Adam Atlas in collaboration with
the author Dr Todd Olsen and Williams and Wilkins publishers. This lead to an affinity for head and
neck surgery, especially with regards to facial aesthetics, with its intricate
surgery and positive impact on patients.
Throughout his medical
career, Dr. Cilento has trained and worked with leaders in head and neck and
facial plastic surgery.
He completed a residency
in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Wasington in
Seattle. It was there that he trained under world-renowned leaders in the field such
as Craig Murakami and Neal Futran. While in Seattle, he received awards for
clinical research, and published several articles on facial plastic surgery.
residency, he began serving his time with the Navy and was appointed as the
Head of the Department of Otolaryngology at the US Naval Hospital in Guam.
After two years in this post he was among an elite group selected for a
fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. At the Tulane
University in New Orleans, he again trained with pioneers in rhinoplasty and
facial aesthetics, Dr Calvin M Johnson, Jr, a world famous surgeon who is
credited by many as changing the way modern day surgeons think of rhinoplasty
and facial rejuvenation.
After completing training, Dr Cilento then accepted an assistant
professorship at the prestigious Uniformed Services University of Health
Sciences (USUHS) and was appointed Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery at the Navy’s largest medical facility -- Naval Medical
Center, Portsmouth, VA. In addition,
Dr Cilento was an assistant professor at the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)
in Norfolk, Virginia for the Department of
Otolaryngology where he was responsible for the education of residents and medical
During this time he served
as the director of research and has won multiple awards for research, most
notably -- American Heart Association Research
Grant for Immunologic Research on B-Cell hypermutation, the Potsic Ferguson
award for the best presentation of a resident at the Combined Otolaryngology
Spring Meetings (COSM) and the John Orlando Roe Award from the American Academy
of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) for his work on the aging
current research and area of expertise centers around the functional and
aesthetic aspects of the nose, specifically fixing problems of nasal breathing
and congestion. He
has lectured in Canada, South America, Asia, Australia, New
Zealand and Spain and is board certified in both Otolaryngology (ABOTO) and
Facial Plastic Surgery (AAFPRS). The most important aspect of his practice, is
his dedication to combining state of the art medical and surgical care with a
compassionate Holistic approach.
Dr Cilento is
also an accomplished artist, working in pen and ink, pastel and water-color. He
emphasizes an artistic and balanced approach to surgery, patient interaction
and life in general.