Dr. Julius Newman, 76, an expert in cosmetic surgery, died Oct. 2 of resroperitoneal hemorrhage at his home in Gladwyne.
Newman was credited with introducing certain liposuction procedures to the United States from France. He was the originator of numerous modern surgical techniques and the inventor of novel surgical equipment.
In 1979 he was the leader and founded the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, whose mission was geared to serving the public by promoting the safe and ethical practice of the specialty of cosmetic surgery.
Early in his career, Newman was the founder and president of the Philadelphia Society of Facial Plastic Surgeons. He also was the president and founder of the American Society of Liposuction Surgery. He taught the first American course on liposuction in Philadelphia in 1982.
After 35 years of practice, he retired in February 2002 because of illness.
Board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology, he was nicknamed "Dr. Nose" in the 1970s, and then "Dr. Lipo" in the 1980s. Newman appeared on ABC's "20/20," as well as other local and national television shows. He also introduced the microdermabrasion technology "the Power Peel," which remains its popular nomenclature today.
Newman served as chairman of the cosmetic-surgery department at the Graduate Hospital, where he trained countless fellows and physicians in aesthetic plastic surgery.
He was on the advisory board of the International Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and actively taught throughout the world on behalf of this organization. He gave clinical workshops and symposiums worldwide.
He was managing editor of the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Contemporary Aesthetic and Restorative Surgery, and introduced the first special issue on Fat Transplant Surgery for the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. He was the editor-in-charge for this publication, and served as managing editor of the International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery – and was credited with writing articles in these publications, as well as in numerous other peer-review journals.
Newman is survived by his wife, Justice Sandra Schultz Newman; daughter Nancy Marcus Newman; sons Jonathan Newman and David Newman; brothers Dr. Louis Newman and Dr. Pershing Newman; four grandchildren; and a niece and nephew.
Memorial donations may be made to: The Drexel University College of Medicine for the "Julius Newman Neurodegenera- tive Research Fund," c/o Robert Schwartzman, M.D., Department of Neurology, Mail Stop 423, 245 N. 15th St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.