Kristen Aliano Messina, MD

Plastic Surgeon

About Dr. Aliano Messina

Kristen Aliano Messina, MD is a plastic surgeon at McGuiness Dermatology and Aesthetics.  She entered medical school knowing that she wanted to be a plastic surgeon. Her interest in plastic surgery dates back to her childhood. When she was ten years old, her paternal grandmother, who battled recurrent oral cancer for close to 50 years, underwent a major tumor resection and complex microsurgical reconstruction.  Dr. Aliano Messina was amazed that plastic surgeons could move tissue from one part of the body to another, and this peaked her fascination with the field.  As she got older, she realized that she loved biology and loved working with working with people; pursuing a career in medicine seemed the perfect amalgam of the two.  After doing an externship with a plastic surgeon in college, she decided that that was the career she wanted to pursue.  She loved the range of ages, patients, and conditions plastic surgeons can treat.

Dr. Aliano Messina is passionate about hair restoration, including platelet-rich plasma injections and hair transplantation, aesthetic surgery of the breast and body, and non-surgical rejuvenation, including injectables, such as fillers and neuromodulators (i.e. Botox or Dysport), chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser treatments.  Dr. Aliano Messina prides herself on her commitment to the welfare of her patients.  She feels that it is a true privilege to be entrusted with the well-being of another individual.  She enjoys making personal connections with her patients and strives to provide concierge-level service.

Dr. Aliano Messina grew up in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. She conducted molecular biology and genetics research during high school at the internationally-renown Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  She was named a Partner for the Future in her senior year.  Dr. Aliano Messina graduated at the top of her class, although Cold Spring Harbor High School does not technically rank students.  She went on to the Ivy League, where she studied biological sciences at Cornell University.  Dr. Aliano Messina was a Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, and with Distinction in All Subjects in 3.5 years.  After her early graduation and before matriculating in medical school that fall, she worked at Pfizer as a Clinical Trials Associate, where she managed international clinical trials.

Dr. Aliano Messina studied medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.  She was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in her third year of medical school.  She graduated number one in her class with an MD with Distinction, and was elected into the Gold Foundation Humanism Honor Society.

She initially began her training as a general surgery resident at Stony Brook University Medical Center.  After her first year, she did a two-year research fellowship at the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group.  During her research fellowship, she helped to found a microsurgical simulation company, developed the research program, and wrote and published numerous papers and presented over 100 oral and poster presentations at local, regional, national, and international meetings. She then returned to Stony Brook University Medical Center for her second clinical year of general surgery.

As someone who was dedicated to plastic surgery from before she began medical school, Dr. Aliano Messina then transferred to the integrated plastic surgery residency program at the University of Texas Medical Branch for her third through sixth clinical years of training.

Dr. Aliano Messina married her native Texan husband in her chief year of residency, and is thrilled to now be a part of the greater Dallas community. She continues to love writing and research, and has co-authored book chapters.  In her free time, she enjoys Pilates and Barre, spending time with her family and friends, visiting museums, trying new restaurants, and mentoring others.

 

Detailed Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Current Professional and Social Memberships:

  • Member of the Texas Medical Association
  • Member of the Dallas County Medical Society
  • Member of the Dallas Cotillion Club

Other Activities:

  • Serves on three different committees for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Aliano Messina is a participant in the candidate for membership program for this organization and is not an active member.
  • Serves on the RADAR Committee for the Aesthetic Society. Aliano Messina is a participant in the Aesthetic Society’s Candidate for Membership Program and is not an active member.
  • Participant in the Candidate for Member Program of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons (not an active member)
  • Invited to speak to the plastic surgery residents at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

Residency/Research Fellowship:

  • Second Place for Best Clinical Presentation, Blocker-Lewis Society Research Day 2019
  • Second Place-Best Clinical Paper (Resident Awards), Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting 2017
  • Top 30 Young Professionals Under 30 Award, Huntington Chamber of Commerce
  • Best Poster Award, South Nassau Communities Hospital Clinic Day
  • Third Place, Clinic Day Poster Competition

 

Other Activities:

  • Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network Volunteer
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Cold Spring Harbor Educational Foundation
  • Earned grants from Allergan and KCI during research fellowship
  • Served on the Legislative Advocacy, Women Plastic Surgeons, and Annual Meeting Committees for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as a resident representative
  • Served on the RADAR Committee for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery as a resident representative

 

Medical School:

  • Graduated First in the Class
  • MD with Distinction
  • Marvin Kuschner Award
  • Merck Book Award
  • Glasgow-Rubin Commendation                                                                                  
  • Glasgow-Rubin Certificate for Academic Achievement
  • Gold Foundation Humanism Honor Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha-Junior Election
  • Participated in exchange program at Ajou School of Medicine in Korea and studied plastic surgery and dermatology while there

 

Leadership Roles:

  • Research Mentor to Medical Student
  • Plastic Surgery Research Mentor to Undergraduate Student
  • Co-Leader of Stony Brook SOM Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Class of 2011 Point Person for Student Survey Committee for LCME Visit
  • Chief Student for Winthrop University Hospital Surgery Clerkship Block 1B                
  • News and Views Section Editor of Anastomoses Student Journal
  • Medical Society of the State of New York

Medical Schools and Graduate Medical Education Committee                                  

  • Vice-Chair of Region 7 of the American Medical Association

Medical Student Section                                                                                             

  • President of the Stony Brook Chapter of the

American Medical Association                                                                                   

  • Medical Society of the State of New York State Education Task Force Chair for the American Medical Association           

                                                               

 

College:

  • Selected to be a Cornell Presidential Research Scholar (one of only ~50 students in the entire class of ~3500 to be chosen) and conducted neurobiology and behavior research
  • Inducted into the National Scholars Honor Society
  • Inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • National Dean’s List
  • James E. Rice Honorable Mention Award for a fictional short story about a female scientist heroine during the French Resistance
  • Made the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List on multiple occasions
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Graduated in 3.5 years with Distinction in All Subjects and in top 10% of class

Leadership Roles

  • Served on the Student Advisory Board of the Cornell Presidential Research Scholars
  • Vice-President of Women in Science at Cornell
  • Peer Mentor in Women in Science at Cornell
  • Vice-president and founding member of Teach to Reach
  • Peer Advisor, Cornell Presidential Research Scholars
  • 1,000 Crane Committee Chair, Help-A-Life Organization                          
  • Secretary of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity
  • Social Committee Chair of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity
  • Committee Chair for Cornell Presidential Research Scholars                                 

 

**Disclaimer: Please note that Dr. Aliano Messina has verified that the phrases describing her current activities with various professional committees/organizations comply with relevant regulations.

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Kristen Aliano Messina, MD is a plastic surgeon at McGuiness Dermatology and Aesthetics.  She entered medical school knowing that she wanted to be a plastic surgeon. Her interest in plastic surgery dates back to her childhood. When she was ten years old, her paternal grandmother, who battled recurrent oral cancer for close to 50 years, underwent a major tumor resection and complex microsurgical reconstruction.  Dr. Aliano Messina was amazed that plastic surgeons could move tissue from one part of the body to another, and this peaked her fascination with the field.  As she got older, she realized that she loved biology and loved working with working with people; pursuing a career in medicine seemed the perfect amalgam of the two.  After doing an externship with a plastic surgeon in college, she decided that that was the career she wanted to pursue.  She loved the range of ages, patients, and conditions plastic surgeons can treat.

Dr. Aliano Messina is passionate about hair restoration, including platelet-rich plasma injections and hair transplantation, aesthetic surgery of the breast and body, and non-surgical rejuvenation, including injectables, such as fillers and neuromodulators (i.e. Botox or Dysport), chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser treatments.  Dr. Aliano Messina prides herself on her commitment to the welfare of her patients.  She feels that it is a true privilege to be entrusted with the well-being of another individual.  She enjoys making personal connections with her patients and strives to provide concierge-level service.

Dr. Aliano Messina grew up in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. She conducted molecular biology and genetics research during high school at the internationally-renown Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  She was named a Partner for the Future in her senior year.  Dr. Aliano Messina graduated at the top of her class, although Cold Spring Harbor High School does not technically rank students.  She went on to the Ivy League, where she studied biological sciences at Cornell University.  Dr. Aliano Messina was a Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, and with Distinction in All Subjects in 3.5 years.  After her early graduation and before matriculating in medical school that fall, she worked at Pfizer as a Clinical Trials Associate, where she managed international clinical trials.

Dr. Aliano Messina studied medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.  She was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in her third year of medical school.  She graduated number one in her class with an MD with Distinction, and was elected into the Gold Foundation Humanism Honor Society.

She initially began her training as a general surgery resident at Stony Brook University Medical Center.  After her first year, she did a two-year research fellowship at the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group.  During her research fellowship, she helped to found a microsurgical simulation company, developed the research program, and wrote and published numerous papers and presented over 100 oral and poster presentations at local, regional, national, and international meetings. She then returned to Stony Brook University Medical Center for her second clinical year of general surgery.

As someone who was dedicated to plastic surgery from before she began medical school, Dr. Aliano Messina then transferred to the integrated plastic surgery residency program at the University of Texas Medical Branch for her third through sixth clinical years of training.

Dr. Aliano Messina married her native Texan husband in her chief year of residency, and is thrilled to now be a part of the greater Dallas community. She continues to love writing and research, and has co-authored book chapters.  In her free time, she enjoys Pilates and Barre, spending time with her family and friends, visiting museums, trying new restaurants, and mentoring others.

 

Detailed Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Current Professional and Social Memberships:

Other Activities:

Residency/Research Fellowship:

 

Other Activities:

 

Medical School:

 

Leadership Roles:

Medical Schools and Graduate Medical Education Committee                                  

Medical Student Section                                                                                             

American Medical Association                                                                                   

                                                               

 

College:

Leadership Roles

 

**Disclaimer: Please note that Dr. Aliano Messina has verified that the phrases describing her current activities with various professional committees/organizations comply with relevant regulations.


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