For Drs. Lieberman and Parikh, giving back to thier commuinty has always been a priority. Growing up in South Florida, Parikh served as a youth football coach in the inner-city; once he decided on a career in medicine, he shifted his volunteer focus to hospitals and healthcare programs. In between college and med school, Lieberman spent six months volunteering in hospitals in South America. [spacer height=”20px”] The Stanford-trained duo joined forces five years ago to establish their Palo Alto practice, For The Face.
The physicians also devote time to organizations like the Hugs Foundation, for which they travel internationally to perform surgeries on children suffering from microtia, cleft lip, cleft palate and facial deformities.
Closer to home, since their office’s inception, they have provided pro bono plastic surgery for victims of domestic violence. [spacer height=”20px”] Entitled “(Mis)Perceptions of Beauty in Art & Aesthetics,” the evening will include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction—all in support of the San Jose nonprofit Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence. Lieberman and Parikh plan to speak about the evolution of society’s notions about art and beauty, and they will be joined on stage by an art expert as well as a survivor of domestic abuse.
“It would be nice if these kind of things serve as a conduit for giving survivors a voice,” says Lieberman, who hopes the gala will become an annual affair. Adds Parikh: “Ultimately, we want to be able to call attention to an endemic issue that has been overlooked traditionally—that crosses all socioeconomic levels.” [spacer height=”20px”] And it’s not just Lieberman and Parikh that are getting involved. Many of the silent auction items, such as tickets for special events and works of art, have been donated from patients. “A lot of our patients—as soon as this event is mentioned—they immediately become supportive and are interested in participating,” says Lieberman. “It’s pretty special to be able to tap into that sense of community. … It should be a good balance of charitable thoughtfulness and fun.” — The full story here. [spacer height=”20px”]