A modern day Renaissance man, Eric Finzi is a researcher, dermatologic surgeon, artist, and author. His fascination with the links between facial expressions, art and mental health has influenced his work in all areas of his life. Dr. Finzi is the author of The Face of Emotion: How Botox Affects Our Mood and Relationships (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and the co-author of “Treatment of depression with onabotulinumtoxinA: A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial” published in Journal of Psychiatric Research, (May 2014). He first described treatment of depression with botulinum toxinA in 2006. He will speak and collaborate with worldwide researchers of botulinum toxin’s therapeutic use for depression at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Madrid, Spain, in September, 2014.
Finzi splits his time each week between a studio in Kensington, Maryland, where he creates contemporary art using epoxy resin – and two medical practices, Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center located in Chevy Chase and Greenbelt, Maryland, where he non-invasively sculpts bodies and faces, and treats skin cancer with Mohs micrographic surgery.
Dr. Finzi graduated summa cum laude with a BA degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a full scholarship to the Medical Scientist Training Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City where he earned his MD, receiving AOA honors, and PhD in biochemistry. Following medical school, he spent two years as a Medical Fellow researching causes and treatments for skin cancer at the National Cancer Institute, a part of the world- renowned National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. After completing his dermatology residency at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, he founded Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Associates in Greenbelt, Maryland in 1992. He opened the Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center in 2005 to meet the growing interest in non-invasive cosmetic dermatology.
Throughout his medical studies and practice, Eric Finzi has held a dual career as an artist. He began painting at age 11. While at work in his studio, Finzi dons a hazmat suit, blow torch and a respirator in order to paint with his medium of choice, the deadly epoxy resin. Due to the fluidity of the medium he paints on flat surfaces and uses syringes and needles instead of brushes to create his unique work. Finzi’s artwork has been exhibited in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, Phoenix, Cologne, Germany, and his hometown, Washington, DC. His next solo exhibition will be with Linda Warren Projects in Chicago in the fall of 2014.
Dr. Finzi has authored over 20 research publications and has been on the faculty of the Dermatology Department at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He is a member of The American Academy of Dermatology, The American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and The Washington Dermatologic Society, participating in annual meetings and lectures with leading dermatologic surgeons worldwide.
Dr. Finzi has been featured in a variety of television programs including ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today in New York, A & E Investigative Reports: Beauty Under the Knife, and regularly on local Washington, DC, newscasts. In print, Dr. Finzi has contributed to articles in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, New Scientist, New Beauty, Self among others.
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