Lecture and Public Appearance Tips from Dr. Andrew Elkwood

Noted New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Elkwood is invited regularly to speaking engagements and lectures throughout the country. In recent years, Dr. Elkwood has appeared on CBS News, Discovery Health Channel, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Dr. Andrew Elkwood has also been a featured speaker at the 1991 Aesthetic Surgery of the Breast Meeting in New York City. With extensive public speaking experience, Dr. Elkwood understands well the necessities of such engagements. The following tips outline helpful information for preparing and executing a successful lecture or informational public appearance. 1. Do your research to identify your audience. If you do not assess to whom you will be speaking, it is likely that your talking points may be misdirected or even counterproductive. While your subject matter is likely concrete, cater your tone, style, and overall presentation to the audience you will be addressing.2. Make sure to stay away from textbook-like speeches. Instead, incorporate imagery, real-world connections or talking points that can be exercised throughout the appearance. This will keep your audience members involved and interested in what you have to say.3. It is a good idea to assert no more than three to four major talking points. This will allow for maximum impact and absorption of key information.4. Make the audience think. Creative measures such as problem solving exercises, situational examples, or reflective questions can aid in achieving this goal.5. Always rehearse or go over your presentation beforehand. Regardless of what format you may be utilizing, your message will be better received if your presentation is smooth, prepared, and error-free.


Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Andrew Elkwood holds numerous professional appointments. He is Chairman Emeritus for the Monmouth Medical Center Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Medical Director at The Institute of Advanced Reconstruction, Medical Director with the Center for Treatment of Paralysis & Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and a Medical Professor at the Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Elkwood is also an attending surgeon at a dozen hospitals in New York and New Jersey. Dr. Andrew Elkwood graduated cum laude from Union College in New York with a Bachelor of Science, triple-majoring in Biology, Organic Polymer Chemistry, and Economics. He went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine at Albany Medical College. Dr. Elkwood completed a five-year general surgery residency at the New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center and concurrently studied Finance at the Columbia University School of Business, receiving his M.B.A. He followed his residency with two years of specialty training in plastic and reconstructive surgery, also at NYU. At The Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Andrew Elkwood performs cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He enjoys an international reputation as an expert in nerve reconstruction, helping patients whose nerve damage has caused the loss of a limb. Many prominent newspapers and periodicals have featured Dr. Elkwood, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Atlantic Review. Published in numerous medical journals and studies, Dr. Andrew Elkwood is a frequent lecturer on plastic and reconstructive surgery. He enjoys outdoor recreation, including skiing, sailing, and scuba diving. A lover of music, he plays the piano, banjo, and guitar.

Work History

Work History
Aug 1996 - Present

Dr. Andrew Elkwood

The Plastic Surgery Center, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery