In 1983, Sam Naficy enrolled at the University of Washington. During his four years at the UW he served as the treasurer and president of his fraternity, was captain of the intramural champion soccer team, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, and Academic All American.
In 1987, after graduation, he worked at the Puget Sound Blood Center in Seattle as a phlebotomist and was involved in a number of state-wide blood drives and protocols to improve the efficacy and safety of our community's blood supply.
In 1988, he started medical school at the University of Washington. During the four years of medical education, he served as the chairman of the medical school senate, and graduated in 1992 with the "Highest Honors" achievable at his medical school, and #1 in his class of 175.
In the years 1990 and 1992, he passed part I and part II of the National Board Medical Examination with scores in the 99th percentile.
In 1992, Dr. Naficy began his internship in the Department of General Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. This is considered one of the top General Surgery training programs in the world.
In 1993, Dr. Naficy began specialty surgical training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. This included advanced surgical training in head and neck surgery, facial plastic surgery, craniofacial surgery, and facial trauma surgery. The highly competitive nature of this surgery sub-specialty is illustrated by the fact that there were over 400 applicants for only 4 positions.
In 1998, Dr. Naficy enrolled in an AAFPRS fellowship program in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Center for Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Michigan. The highly competitive nature of this surgery fellowship is illustrated by the fact that there were 42 applicants for only 1 position.
In 1999, Dr. Naficy received his first board certification, by the ABMS, encompassing the subspecialties of head and neck surgery and plastic surgery within the head and neck.
In 1999, Dr. Naficy was invited to join the clinical faculty of the University of Washington in the division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His practice included cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery. Dr. Naficy was also one of the co-founders of the UW Cosmetic Surgery Center.
In 2001, Dr. Naficy received his second board certification, by the ABFPRS, in the subspecialty of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Only a small number of surgeons in the entire world have the distinction of being certified by the ABFPRS.
In 2003, Dr. Naficy became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Admission to the American College of Surgeons is considered a great honor among surgeons and surgical specialists.