Dr. Jennifer Walden a Rare Breed Among Medical Specialists
Dr. Jennifer Walden is truly a rare breed in the American medical field. Among the approximately 8,000 board-certified plastic surgeons in the nation, only about 10 percent are women. In addition to being in this relatively small pool of medical specialists, she is in the even smaller group of female members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, which is considered to be the leading organization for board-certified cosmetic surgeons. She is thus in the tiny group of 12 women members of the organization who practice in the state of Texas.
Originally from Austin, the capital of Texas, Jennifer Walden attended the University of Texas Medical School before completing an aesthetic surgery fellowship program in New York City, where she began her surgical practice some 15 years ago. Returning to Austin in 2011, she would have no trouble finding patients seeking cosmetic services. A significant portion of her current medical practice is dedicated to breast augmentation and facial improvement procedures. She is also a published author and has appeared several times on television to discuss plastic surgery.
Dr. Walden believes that the role of women in American society is largely responsible for the dearth of female surgeons. She noted that the field of surgery normally requires several additional years of training beyond medical school, time that many women will use to marry and start their families. She has also found that the field has not always been receptive to women.
There is a positive element to a woman practicing cosmetic surgery, made possible by the simple fact that most of the patients are women. Dr. Walden has found that her patients are more comfortable discussing their concerns with someone of the same sex. This seems to help her in her goal of making women feel better about they way they look.