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Meet Dr. Engineer

Dr. Nitin J. Engineer is an accredited, fellowship-trained Plastic Surgeon specializing in Aesthetic, Reconstructive, Hand, and Microvascular Surgery. He is the founder, CEO, and principal surgeon at Engineered Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Institute, which is dedicated to serving the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area. Dr. Engineer developed a very early interest in the surgical specialties when he secured one of only two positions as a high-school student to work as an Anesthesia Technician in the operating room in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. He held this position for three consecutive years, and this rare opportunity would be the foundation of his deeply rooted passion for plastic and reconstructive surgery. 

Dr. Engineer’s earliest experiences in the operating room exposed and allowed him to observe complex reconstructive operations involving the entire human body. His greatest admiration for plastic and reconstructive surgery is the emphasis on not only reconstruction of form but also restoration of function for patients. Furthermore, Dr. Engineer’s extensive experience in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery has prepared him for his successful career in the field of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, which he considers to be the perfect union of art and science.

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Education And Training

In 1992, Dr. Engineer began his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, a city that he holds near and dear to his heart. In order to diversify his background, he elected to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in French, as well as enroll in a rigorous premedical curriculum. Dr. Engineer excelled academically at this prestigious institution and was one of ten individuals to receive early acceptance during his sophomore year into the equally prestigious Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He graduated Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University in 1996 and completed his Doctorate of Medicine at Vanderbilt University in 2000. Dr. Engineer’s postgraduate education is extensive and initially included completion of a General Surgery internship at the University of Washington in Seattle followed by a General Surgery residency at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois. In 2007, he completed a fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery with the Division of Plastic Surgery at Southern Illinois University.  

Immediately following his Hand and Microvascular Surgery fellowship training, Dr. Engineer joined the faculty at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and served as Clinical Instructor with the Department of Surgery, where he taught and directed medical students, residents, and fellows in the field of Hand and Microvascular Surgery.

In 2009, Dr. Engineer subsequently moved his practice to Las Vegas and ultimately built EXTREMICURE® Hand Center, where he had been dedicated to treating patients with any ailment or injury involving the upper extremity. 

In 2016, Dr. Engineer would experience another fortuitous and rare second chance to return to the University of Louisville and study Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with his greatest mentor, Dr. Bradon J. Wilhelmi, who had previously trained him to become a Hand and Microvascular Surgeon. Although Dr. Engineer had developed a successful and busy hand surgery practice in Henderson, Nevada, he always regretted not capitalizing on an earlier opportunity to become a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Having a profound belief in destiny and one’s calling, Dr. Engineer closed his practice and returned to Louisville, Kentucky to continue his educational journey to the surprise of many. He completed his training in October 2019, where he also received the Clinical Excellence Award in 2019 and graduated with the highest number of cases performed in the history of the program. Following graduation, Dr. Engineer immediately returned to Las Vegas, Nevada, the community that he adores and calls home without any intention of ever leaving again.

Skills and Specialties

Dr. Engineer has completed a total of 10 years of postgraduate training in plastic surgery, hand surgery, and general surgery in an effort to refine his surgical skills and provide the most comprehensive and compassionate care to all of his patients. In addition, he has extensive experience as a practicing surgeon, having developed a successful private practice for 10 years. As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Dr. Engineer has achieved board certification in General Surgery and Hand and Microvascular Surgery and is board-eligible in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Upon his return to the Las Vegas Valley, Dr. Engineer founded Engineered AestheticsTM Plastic Surgery Institute in January 2020. The goal of his new practice is to provide a unique and individual experience to each patient in a boutique environment, which allows one to achieve their ultimate plastic surgical goals. Dr. Engineer is known for his kind demeanor and dedication to spending a great amount of time educating his patients, answering all questions regarding their plastic surgical concerns, and setting realistic expectations.

In light of his comprehensive training in aesthetic surgery, Dr. Engineer has developed a passion and surgical expertise in cosmetic procedures of the face, breast, and body. His particular interests include rhinoplasty, facelift, breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, and breast revision surgery. He also specializes in body contouring with liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), mommy makeover procedures, and cosmetic surgery for men, including hair transplantation. Finally, Dr. Engineer also offers an array of nonsurgical aesthetic treatment options including injections with neuromodulators (eg. Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau) and hyaluronic acid fillers (eg. Juvederm and Restylane), Sculptra, chemical peels, laser therapy, and numerous other skin rejuvenation products. Dr. Engineer looks forward to meeting you in consultation to discuss and offer the best treatment options to address your aesthetic goals and achieve the beauty you see in yourself.

Awards, Recognitions, and Memberships

During his residency and fellowship training, as well as professional career as a practicing surgeon, Dr. Engineer has received numerous awards in teaching and in the community. Most recently, he has been recognized by Vitals.com for Compassionate Doctor Certification (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), which is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is based on a physician’s overall bedside manner scores. He has also received the Vitals.com Patients’ Choice Award (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), which reflects the difference a physician has made in the lives of his patients, as voted on by the patients. In addition, Dr. Engineer received the On-Time and Promptness Award in 2018, which recognizes doctors with consistently high ratings for timeliness of appointments. In 2014, he also received the Top Doctor of Southern Nevada Award from Vegas, Inc. HealthCare Quarterly Magazine.

Through the years, Dr. Engineer has become an active member of several academic societies including the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS), the American Society for Peripheral Nerve (ASPN), and the American Association for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM). He is also currently a candidate member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastics Surgeons (ASAPS). Dr. Engineer frequently attends conferences at the national level to remain up to date with cutting edge technology in the field of Plastic, Reconstructive, Hand, and Microvascular Surgery.

Research Experience, Presentations, And Lectures

In his continued quest for educational excellence and professional improvement, Dr. Engineer has participated in numerous research projects and coauthored several research articles in the field of Plastic, Reconstructive, Hand, and Microvascular Surgery that have been presented at conferences and published in peer reviewed medical journals. Furthermore, he continues to lecture on an array of topics in these dynamic subspecialties.

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Research Experience and Presentations

2019: Engineer NJ, Moore E, Mays C, Calobrace MB. A Single Center Review of Early Experience with Poly-4-Hydroxybutyrate (P4HB) Surgical Scaffold in the Treatment of Breast Implant Malposition. (Presented at Kentucky Society of Plastic Surgeons - October 11, 2019). Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine. CaloAesthetics Plastic Surgery Center. 

2019: Thatikunta M, Bumpous J, Little JA, Karia S, Herring NR, Nuru M, Engineer NJ, Mutchnick, I.  Repair of a large primary subtemporal encephalocele in a 3-year-old child: case report. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2018 October. Department of Neurosurgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine.

2018: Engineer NJ, Kachare SD, Little JA. Immediate Earlobe Reconstruction: Skin flap modifications to improve sensation and aesthetic appearance. (Presented at Kentucky Society of Plastic Surgeons - October 11, 2019). Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine.

2012: Hazani R, Engineer NJ, Elston J, Wilhelmi BJ. Anatomic Landmarks for Basal Joint Injections. Journal of Burns and Wounds [available at www.eplasty.com]. 2012 January; 12:14-18. Department of Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine.

2008: Engineer NJ, Hazani R, Wilhelmi BJ.  Variations in the anatomy of the third common digital nerve and landmarks to avoid injury to the third common digital nerve with carpal tunnel release.  Journal Burns and Wounds [available at www.eplasty.com]. 2008 October; 8. Department of Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine.

2008: Hazani R, Engineer NJ, Zeineh LL, Wilhelmi BJ.  Assessment of the distal extent of the A1 pulley elease: a new technique.  Journal of Burns and Wounds [available at www.eplasty.com]. 2008 August; 8: 1-4. Department of Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine.

2008: Hazani R, Engineer NJ, Wilhemi BJ.  Anatomic landmarks of the radial tunnel.  Journal of Burns and Wounds [available at www.eplasty.com]. 2008 June; 8: 377-82. Department of Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine.

2007: Engineer NJ, Neumeister MW.  Endoscopic carpal tunnel release: an anatomic study of complications and revisions of trocar placement.  (Poster presentation at SIU Research Day) Division of Plastic Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

2007: Russell RC, Neumeister MW, Ostric SA, Engineer NJ.  Extremity reconstruction using nonreplantable tissue (“spare parts”).  Clin Plast Surg. 2007 Apr; 34(2):211-22. Division of Plastic Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

2006: Cooney DS, Engineer NJ, Wilhelmi BJ. Removal of a portion of the dorsal lip of the radius during proximal row carpectomy.  Hand. 2006 June; 1(1):20.  Division of Plastic Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

2006: Cooney DS, Engineer NJ, Wilhelmi BJ.  Comparison of  trapeziometacarpal joint reconstruction by alternate methods of tendon arthroplasty.  Hand. 2006 June; 1(1):23. Division of Plastic Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

2005: Cooney DS, Neumeister MW, Wilhelmi BJ, Engineer NJ, Evans S.  Comparison of trapeziometacarpal joint reconstruction by alternate methods of tendon arthroplasty.  PRS. 2005 September; 116(3): 84-85. Division of Plastic Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

2005: Cooney DS, Engineer NJ, Evans S, Neumeister MW, Wilhelmi BJ.  Comparison of trapeziometacarpal joint reconstruction by alternate methods of tendon arthroplasty.  (Presented at American Society of Plastic Surgeons September 27, 2005) Division of Plastic Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

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Lectures

2019: Engineer NJ.  Facelift. (Grand Rounds Lecture)
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine

2019: Engineer NJ.  Extensor Tendons. (Hand Conference Lecture)
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine

2019: Engineer NJ.  Body Contouring for Weight Loss Patients. (Grand Rounds Lecture)
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine

2019: Engineer NJ.  Pelvic Reconstruction and Gender Related Surgeries. (Grand Rounds Lecture)
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine

2019: Engineer NJ.  Basilar Joint Arthritis. (Hand Conference Lecture)
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine

2018: Engineer NJ.  Hand Tumors. (Hand Conference Lecture)
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine

2018: Engineer NJ.  Mandible Fractures. (Grand Rounds Lecture)
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine

2018: Engineer NJ.  Hair Restoration. (Grand Rounds Lecture)
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine

2018: Engineer NJ.  Liposuction. (Grand Rounds Lecture)
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine

2017: Engineer NJ.  Joint Dislocations. (Hand Conference Lecture)
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine

2017: Engineer NJ.  Dupuytren’s Contracture. (Hand Conference Lecture)
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine

2017: Engineer NJ.  Hand Infections. (Hand Conference Lecture)
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine

2017: Engineer NJ.  Tenosynovitis Conditions. (Hand Conference Lecture)
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine

2013: Engineer NJ.  Common problems of the hand and upper extremity.  (Lecture)
Evening with a Doc – Barbara Greenspun Women’s Care Center Lecture Series, 
St. Rose Dominican Hospital Siena Campus, Henderson, Nevada

2012: Engineer NJ.  Pronator syndrome.  (Lecture)
Annual Symposium Lecture Series, Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons, Scottsdale,  Arizona.

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