Local surgeon recognized for photography and artwork

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal has been a practicing plastic surgeon for more than 30 years, but recently it was his artwork that had him hanging out with British royalty and the president of South Africa.

Prince Edward and Countess Sophie at a ceremony captured by Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal.

Prince Edward and Countess Sophie at a ceremony captured by Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal.

The Fairfield resident traveled to South Africa as part of the Duke of Edinburgh awards program, which gives out awards to individuals in 140 countries, between the ages of 14 and 24, to encourage them to get out and improve the world.

The awards recognize achievement in various areas including volunteering, physical skills and expedition.
While in South Africa, Rosenthal kept a photographic journal capturing Prince Edward, the youngest son of Prince Philip, who is the Duke of Edinburgh, and Queen Elizabeth II, presenting awards to individuals at public and private schools, and even to prisoners.

After documenting other aspects of the trip, such as wildlife he saw while on a safari, Rosenthal decided he wanted to present his photographic journals to the Queen of England.

“I contacted the Queen’s private secretary, and with their help, it brought my books to her attention,” said Rosenthal.

Rosenthal also met with Prince Edward after he sent the prince and his wife, Countess Sophie, a copy of his photographic journal. Not only did he receive a letter from the royal couple, but from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip as well.

Rosenthal found Prince Edward and Countess Sophie to be warm and pleasant.

“I enjoyed them immensely. Prince Edward in public is proper, but he is warm and Countess Sophie is also very warm. There is nothing about them that I did not enjoy,” said Rosenthal.

Prince Philip is trying to bring his program to the tri-state area, including Connecticut, with the goal of incorporating the program into Connecticut school systems so students will work harder to better themselves, and help others in the process.

Rosenthal has received numerous awards for his medical work. In 2012, his practice received the Best of Fairfield Award in the Cosmetic Surgeons category.

His patients seem to think highly of his medical skills as well.

“Rosenthal is a remarkably talented and highly respected reconstructive plastic surgeon. He possesses an uncanny artistic ability, not only in his knowledge and skill toward his profession and personal care of his patients, but also in the way he envisions, relates to and enjoys the world that surrounds him! I would highly recommend him,” said Renee DiIorio.

Besides working as a plastic surgeon, Rosenthal likes to paint, sculpt, and write poetry and children’s books. He believes that these skills help him in the operating room.

“I have used my artistry to enhance all that I touch. My objective is to bring a smile to each patient’s face. It is important to listen to their personal desires so that I can release both their inner sparkle and outer beauty,” said Rosenthal.

His artwork has even been displayed at several art galleries, including Fairfield University’s Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, the Gallerie Je Reviens in Westport and a gallery in Fanjeaux, France, with French artist Mogart.
Occasionally, Rosenthal shows his artwork during wine and cheese nights at his practice in Fairfield, the Rosenthal Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care Center on Sherman Street.

Rosenthal received his medical training at Nassau County Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital and Yale School of Medicine, and served as chief of plastic surgery at Bridgeport Hospital.

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