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Does Plastic Surgeon's "Jewcan Sam" Video Go Too Far?

Self-proclaimed "Dr. Schnoz" courts controversy with rhinoplasty rock video.

Published: March 16, 2012

A plastic surgeon's "Jewcan Sam (Nose Job Love Song)" music video may be a YouTube hit, but the tune has struck a sour note with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The group is investigating whether Miami plastic surgeon and ASPS member Michael Salzhauer - who commissioned the song to promote his Bal Harbour plastic surgery practice - violated the ASPS code of ethics. ASPS has deemed the clip, which features a young, large-nosed and yarmulke-wearing man seeking rhinoplasty in order to win over an attractive female classmate, as "offensive and inappropriate."

ASPS President Malcolm Roth told ABC News that a physician member can be put on probation, have benefits put on hold, lose membership and face board decertification if found guilty of breaching the group's code of ethics.

The song, performed by a self-described "Jewish pop-punk band with a comic twist" called The Groggers, is intended to be "tongue-in-cheek," says Dr. Salzhauer, who's also known as "Dr. Schnoz" and "The Nose Job King of Miami."

"It's self-deprecating humor," he says, adding that he, all 4 members of the band and the video's director are Orthodox Jews. Dr. Salzhauer says he paid the Queens, N.Y.-based band $2,000 to write the song and flew them to Miami to film the video. As part of the deal, Dr. Salzhauer also gave Groggers singer L.E. Doug Staiman - who doubled as Doug, the video's lovestruck protagonist - a free nose job. The first half of the video was shot before the surgery, and the second half was filmed 6 days after the procedure, says Dr. Salzhauer.

"It's meant in jest, and it's largely been received in jest," he says, noting that he sent an e-mail with the video to his patients, and of the 1,000 who viewed it, not a single one sent a negative response. The YouTube video has been viewed nearly 100,000 times. "But I apologize if I offended anyone," says Dr. Salzhauer. "That certainly wasn't the intention."

An ASPS spokesperson declined to comment on specifics of its inquiry into Dr. Salzhauer, but did say that the organization "takes this matter very seriously, and has initiated an investigation under its Code of Ethics, which clearly requires ASPS members to uphold the dignity and honor of the medical profession."

Mark McGraw

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