Saida Baxt, M.D., F.A.A.D.
BAXT CosMedical® is proud to announce that Dr. Saida Baxt has been named as one of the top 100 local physicians in "How to find the Best Doctors, New York Metro Area."
I grew up the middle of three sisters in Staten Island, New York. I finished high school in three years and college in three years at Bennington College in Vermont where I majored in Biology, which was not a common major there for women at that time. I entered medical school at New York University one of only 9 women in a class of 150. There was rampant discrimination against us, but we just managed because we wanted to be doctors.
At NYU, I met my husband Woody and got engaged on our first date which sounds crazy but is true. After graduation, I pursued an internship in Pediatrics at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, and then Dermatology residency at Downstate Medical Center also in Brooklyn, NY. Back when I was interviewing for residency, many of the chairmen of the departments told me they were not taking any women for training, and one even said why —because the last one got pregnant. That would not be acceptable today!
We moved to New Jersey, and we started a combined plastic surgery and dermatology practice. We each were able to specialize in our own fields, and share patients, giving them a one stop shop experience and full service for all their needs. Dermatology did not start as a cosmetic field, we started just by treating acne and skin cancer and moles and rashes, which is still the core medical services of our field today.
Over time there have been significant advances in cosmetics, such as the advent of BOTOX® Cosmetic, Hyaluronic Acid Fillers, Lasers and intense pulsed Light treatments, and we embraced the changing technology and have always kept up with the latest and greatest things, while trying to counsel our patients against what is not proven effective.
I enjoy seeing both kids and adults and I have known some of my patients for over thirty years. Our office is a family practice, and we treat whole families of people over many generations. That is the part of work that I love best is talking to my patients.
When I am not at work, I am playing with my dog and other animals at our farm. I enjoy the movies and reading good mystery novels. I am an avid Pilate’s enthusiast. And most of all I love to cook and entertain. I am known as the best chef in the extended family, just ask my kids and grandchildren. One day I might write a cookbook, but I often don’t cook from recipes so it might be tough to do! I also support NYU School of Medicine, where I serve on the Alumni Board.