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Interview with Dr. Frederick N. Lukash, author of ‘The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery’

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Dr. Frederick N. Lukash, M.D.,FACS, FAAP, has consistently been voted one of “America’s Top Doctors,” by the Castle Connolly guide, and by the Consumer Research Council of America (www.bestdoctors.com). A board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon in practice in Manhattan and Long Island since 1981, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Lukash achieved board certification by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A strong sense of service to the community here and worldwide has motivated Dr. Lukash to volunteer his expertise to organizations such as Surgical Aid to Children of the World and Operation Smile.  He has been honored by the Chief Executive of Nassau County for his service in reconstructing children from war torn Afghanistan. His giving also includes surgical service to local adoption agencies where correction of physical deformities has enabled unplaceable children to find homes.  The United States Olympic Committee has recognized Dr. Lukash for his volunteer service at the summer Olympic Games.

In addition to writing and speaking, Dr. Lukash has an exhibit called “Operation Art” that has been featured at many Children’s Museums around the country. This exhibit depicts emotions through non verbal medium of art in children before and after undergoing plastic surgery.

Dr. Lukash holds staff appointments at Long Island Jewish Medical Center / Schneider Children’s Hospital, North Shore University Hospital, Winthrop University Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital. He has also served as a plastic surgical consultant to the New York Islanders hockey team and the New York Jets football team.

His latest book is The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery.

You can visit his websites at www.drlukash.com and www.teenageplasticsurgery.com.

Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Frederick.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

First time general audience book author. Many published articles and chapters in books.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

Mainstream. I wanted the legitimacy of critical review processes.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

1 year

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

Felt very good! Gave copies to family and friends.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

Hired PR firms

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

Lack of interest in promotion.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

Personal achievement

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Do not expect too much

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