Arizona Centre Plastic Surgery

Robert M. Dryden, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Robert M. Dryden, M.D.

We present Robert M. Dryden, MD! Come meet him and our staff at a free seminar to ask your questions about cosmetic surgery.

View Dr. Dryden's Curriculum Vitae.

Dr. Robert Dryden has three loves: his family; the practice of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery; and the showing, breeding, and riding of Arabian horses. He lives on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona, at the base of the Rincon mountains and near the Sahuaro National Park where he loves to ride his beautiful horses with his family and friends.

Dr. Dryden always wanted to be a physician. After 3 years of college, he entered, under a special program, the prestigious University of California School of Medicine at the age of 20. He graduated at the top of his class. He was then accepted into the most highly-regarded post graduate programs and fellowships for more specialized training.

After a sleepless year-long internship delivering babies, removing appendices and countless other surgeries at the University of Oregon, Dr. Dryden returned to San Francisco for three years of Ophthalmological Residency training at the then most-prestigious program in the world. A further year of specialized cosmeticand functional surgical training was spent as the first Fellow of Crowell Beard M.D. and Marvin Quickert M.D., renowned pioneers in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Dryden then spent two years at the National Institute of Health Research facilities and served as a Consultant to the National Naval Medical Center (the President's hospital). Dr. Dryden subsequently moved to Tucson to begin his private practice, to do research, to write and to teach other physicians. He has had fellows for 27 years.

Academic Honors:

  • Phi Beta Kappa (U.C. Berkeley Chapter) Junior Year
  • Phi Kappa Phi ( U.C. Davis Chapter) Junior Year
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine)
  • Merck Award for Academic Excellence (Top 3 students of class)
Philosophy for Practice of Medicine:
Dr. Dryden believes that healing comes from a close collaboration between the informed patient and the caring, competent doctor. Both must care equally about the medical outcome. He also believes that the special concerns, personal lives and interests of his patients are a critical component in the healing process. Their feelings, hopes and fears must always be respected and honestly addressed.

Dr. Dryden has developed an international reputation for innovation and teaching. He has risen to the honored rank of Clinical Professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. He currently is the only Mentor for two accredited fellowships, sanctioned by the:

  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc.

These fellowships provide training in general cosmetic surgery and cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery and are eagerly sought by physicians fully trained in a variety of surgical fields. Dr. Dryden is currently teaching his twenty-seventh Fellow. His previous Fellows practice in many cities in the United States as well as in France, Israel and other foreign countries.

Other Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Director, Anatomy, Stanford University School of Medicine Basic Science Course (annually for students from all over the world)
  • Instructor, University of Arizona Anatomy Course for Residents(annually)
  • Consultant, Phoenix and Tucson Veteran's Administration Hospitals (Residents from several medical programs have rotated through these hospitals)
  • Instructor, Board Preparation Course, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Dryden's Curriculum Vitae of Publications and Honors:
You are always welcome to peruse Dr. Dryden's Curriculum Vitae. He has had over 50 papers, articles and interviews published, has contributed to over 20 books, has been a visiting professor at numerous medical schools, has participated in countless United States and International meetings, received many prestigious medical and teaching awards. In addition, he has been President and Board Member of state and national medical organizations and an Examiner for the Oral Boards. He is currently writing questions for another Board Examination. He has been included in several "Best Doctors" and "Who's Who" lists and publications. He has also appeared on television and been interviewed on the radio.

Some of the Professional Affiliations of Dr. Dryden:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic & Restorative Surgery American Society of Liposuction Surgery
  • American Society of Laser Surgery
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • American Board of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Dryden in Surgery Dr. Dryden continues to think innovatively, doing research, contributing to the literature, participating in professional organizations, and speaking nationally and internationally. The teaching and research allow him to provide the most current, state of the art, surgical practices in his large, busy private practice.

Dr. Dryden is Active in His Community:

  • Contributor & supporter of local charities such as Boys' & Girls' Clubs
  • 4H Clubs of Arizona
  • University of Arizona International Foundation

Other Interests and Hobbies of Dr. Dryden:
Dr. Dryden manages to include other passions into his busy schedule. He loves University of Arizona football and basketball. There is always room in his busy schedule to cheer them on, read about their exploits and hope for possible Rose Bowl Games and Final Four Finishes. He always believes they will win and remains a staunch believer--regardless of their wins or losses.

Dr. Dryden and PHP Dazl
Dr. Dryden also loves his Arabian horses. For years he has studied bloodlines and bred more and more beautiful, athletic and structurally sound, prize-winning horses.

The horses, like Dr. Dryden, all love people, are gentle, intelligent and love the challenge of hard work. Early summer mornings just as the sun rises, you might find Dr. Dryden on a tractor, or trimming a foal's hooves, tending injuries, sharing the beauty of his horses with a stranger or out on a steep rocky mountain trail on the edge of Tucson, training another magnificent horse or just enjoying life.

Dr. Dryden savors the competition of a horse show where he pits his and his horse's skills with those of other riders and their lovely, trained horses. He loves Arabians and continues to support the breed, having been a member of the governing body of America, the Arabian Horse Registry, Board Member and President of the Arabian Horse Owners' Foundation, and President and Board member of local Arabian Horse organizations.

We are very proud of Dr. Dryden's many accomplishments and would love to share them with you. We welcome your calls and e-mails.

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