Biography: Background

After completing his undergraduate work at Notre Dame, Dr. Ott graduated with honors (2nd in his class) from the University of Florida College of Medicine. He then began 6 years of training in general and plastic surgery at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. During his plastic surgery training, he was awarded first place for research by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and wrote a review book for plastic surgeons studying for their Plastic Surgery Board Exams. After completing his training at Stanford, Dr. Ott and his family returned to their hometown of Ft. Lauderdale where he has practiced since 1979.

Dr. Ott has served as President of the Broward County Medical Association (BCMA), President of the Caducean Society and Chief of Staff at Imperial Point Medical Center. During his tenure as an officer of the BCMA, he started a clinic for the homeless at the Salvation Army in Ft. Lauderdale and while president in 1992, organized the volunteer medical efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Andrew. More than 10,000 patients were given free medical care during this five-month effort. He also founded Interplast South, Inc. to provide free reconstructive plastic surgery to children in developing countries. His picture and accomplishments were added to the Wall of Fame at the University of Florida College of Medicine when he was recognized as an outstanding alumnus.

After graduating from Notre Dame, Dr. Ott married Wanda, a Ft. Lauderdale native. They have two children, now married, who have given their parents two beautiful granddaughters. The Otts spend vacation time in their mountain home in North Carolina and visiting their children and grandchildren in California. For the past 15 years, Dr. Ott has developed a deep interest in the correlation between Jungian psychology and certain insights coming from the “new sciences” such as quantum physics, complexity and systems theory. As a more down to earth hobby, he collects rare deep water seashells. The inherent beauty in nature has reinforced his understanding that in order for anything to be perceived as beautiful, it must retain its natural appearance. This includes the human face and body.