Las Vegas Plastic Surgery
Frank Ryan, the “Plastic Surgeon to the Stars” who operated on Hollywood celebrities Janice Dickerson, Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed, Shauna Sand, Vince Neil, Adrianne Curry, and most recently Heidi Montag, died at the age of 50 on Monday, August 16th. He and his dog had just hiked the big sand dune in Malibu, CA. Completing this hike was a long-time goal for Dr. Ryan. He was so proud of the accomplishment he decided to share the feat with a photo of his beloved border collie, Jill, enjoying the view on Twitter with this “tweet:”
“After 25 years of driving by, I finally hiked to the top of the giant sand dune on the pch west of malibu. Much harder than it looks! Whew!”
Unfortunately, shortly after the hike Dr. Ryan’s 1995 Jeep Wrangler tipped over the side of the road on the Pacific Coast Highway. The jeep rolled down a rocky embankment, landing on its roof. Dr. Ryan sustained head and neck injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. After sustaining serious injuries, his dog was found in the ocean and taken to a local veterinary hospital.
Dr. Ryan was well known and highly regarded for his celebrity clientele. He used much of his wealth and recognition to fund his philanthropic endeavors, which include The Frank Ryan Foundation and his beloved Boney Pony Ranch, a safe haven in Malibu for impoverished and underprivileged children.
I met Dr. Ryan in a Mandalay Bay dressing room after the Pacquiao/Marquez II fight in Las Vegas.. He was the plastic surgeon who attended to the fighters from Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy promotions, while I was there to provide medical attention and plastic surgery to Bob Arum’s Top Rank fighters. Dr. Ryan was very helpful and loaned me a few surgical instruments I needed. I found him to be very pleasant and accommodating. His passing is a great loss for the plastic surgery community and it is truly a tragedy when someone with his talent is taken so soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends, patients, and the many people he helped along the way.
Jeffrey J. Roth, M.D., F.A.C.S.