Dr. Boahene in a snapshot:
- Expertise in ethnic skin and cosmetic surgery
- Associate Professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
- Medical Degree, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.
- Residency, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
- Call 877-546-4530 to request an appointment
Meet Dr. Kofi Boahene
Ghana, Russia, Australia and United States are only a few of the countries where Dr. Kofi Boahene has lived and studied, and his current approach to facial plastic surgery is a true reflection of his international education.
Dr. Boahene is an associate professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a facial plastic surgeon in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. His practice encompasses the entire spectrum of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, including rhinoplasty, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, facial rejuvenation surgery, fat transfers, facial augmentation, wrinkle treatment, corrective surgery for congenital facial defects, cleft lip and palate repair, ear reshaping, craniofacial surgery, minimally invasive and endoscopic skull base surgery, microsurgery, reconstruction of cancer patients and extensive post-traumatic deformities.
As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Boahene specializes solely in plastic surgery of the face, head and neck. As such his patients are assured of a focused expertise. He treats both children and adults.
Dr. Boahene grew up in Ghana, West Africa where he completed his primary and secondary education. In 1991, he traveled to Russia to pursue training in veterinary medicine. "It raises eyebrows each time someone finds out I studied veterinary medicine," says Dr. Boahene, adding that friends joke he is "one of the few people they know that can perform surgery on anything that moves . . . animal or human." He became fluent in the Russian language at a time where the former Soviet Union was opening its doors to the outside world. Then, a mentor encouraged him to do something that would change the course of his life: come to the U.S. with the goal of becoming a medical doctor.
Dr. Boahene received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, graduating with the highest honors in his class. Dr. Boahene completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he trained under leading facial plastic surgeons and rhinologists.
Dr. Boahene completed a highly specialized fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery under the mentorship of one of the country's leading facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Peter Hilger. His training included cosmetic surgery of the face, use on minimally invasive techniques for facial rejuvenation, microvascular surgery, craniofacial surgery and skull-base surgery in both children and adults. Because of his particular interest in craniofacial surgery, Dr. Boahene spent some time in the Australia Craniofacial Center, in Adelaide, Australian directed by Professor David David.
Honors and Achievements
A strong sense of achievement may be one reason Dr. Boahene has been honored in so many ways over the years. In 1993, he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Award. In 1998 and 1999 he was selected as an ethnic scholar in cancer research by the American Academy of Cancer Researchers (AACR). At Mayo, he received a Best Teacher Recognition Award and the Distinguished Mayo Brothers Fellowship Award. The Distinguished Mayo Brother's Fellowship Award is a very prestigious award given to only two surgeons in any given year throughout the Mayo Foundation. Recently, Dr. Boahene was awarded the Jack R. Anderson Prize for Scholastic Excellence, for attaining the highest score in the nation on written and oral examinations administered by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).
Advances in the Field
Dr. Boahene is actively involved in tissue engineering research that is exploring ways to improve wound healing, enhance injectable tissue fillers, and generate new cartilage or bone for facial reconstruction. He has a passion for medical missions. In 2003 he received an International Medicine travel grant and was able to participate in his first medical mission to Mexico. Since then, Dr. Boahene has been on several medical mission trips to Peru and his native country, Ghana. "I enjoy medical missions. It is where you see physicians at their best... working with little, complaining the least, but accomplishing the most."
Read more about Dr. Boahene's mission trips with Children Surgery International at www.childrenssurgeryintl.org.
Request an Appointment
To request an appointment with Dr. Boahene at his office locations at the Johns Hopkins Center for Facial Plastic Surgery at Green Spring Station in Lutherville or Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center in Baltimore, please call 877-546-4530.
Watch Dr. Boahene talk about the hurdles he had to overcome to practice medicine in "A Long Way Here" from the Fall 2009 issue of Hopkins Medicine.