Sherwood Baxt, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Everyone calls me Woody. I grew up in Brooklyn New York and was the first of my family to go away from home for college. I attended Tufts University where I majored in Biology. I tried out for the lacrosse team but quit after the coach told us to scrimmage without gloves - I knew I needed my hands to become a surgeon.
After graduation, I went to medical school at New York University (NYU) where I famously met my wife Saida and proposed and got engaged on our first date. I lured her out of studying for a physiology exam to go to a party and the rest is history!
I completed my residency in General Surgery at NYU, and then Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai in New York. We decided to move to New Jersey and I started my practice by covering 9 emergency rooms and fixing traumatic injuries of the face and hands. Over time, plastic surgery became more of a cosmetic field and I started doing more cosmetic surgeries.
Saida and I started a combined plastic surgery and dermatology office at the outset as we saw the synergies for our patients with the overlap of our fields. I opened one of the first office-based surgery centers in the state of New Jersey way before they became as popular as they are today. I saw the efficiencies were much better in office based surgery instead of the hospitals which were cumbersome and slow.
In my career, I have been very innovative, piloting the first cases of tissue-glue facelifts, which are now commonplace, as well as Scar-Less Breast Reduction for men and women via the liposuction technique to remove excess fat cells.
When I am not at work, I am usually with my horses and spending time outdoors. I have been an avid supporter of the Columbia Land Conservancy, protecting farmland from development for the future generations. Additionally, I support both Tufts University, where I met some of my best friends, and NYU School of Medicine, where I met my wife. Both institutions have helped me become who I am today, and I am proud to give back to them. I also enjoy spending time with my four grandchildren.