A native of New York City, Dr. Alvin Reiter is a cum laude graduate of Columbia University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He attended the Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and graduated with an M.D. degree in 1970. Dr. Reiter’s post-graduate training was extensive, with a surgical internship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, general surgical residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, and a four-year surgical training residency in head and neck and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of California Davis—Sacramento Medical Center.
He has held several academic appointments in surgery, including time as a clinical instructor at the University of California Davis and the University of California Los Angeles. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Head and Neck and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also a member of numerous medical societies including the academies of Head and Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, and Environmental Medicine as well as the American Medical Association, California Medical Association, Los Angeles Medical Association, and the American Society of Breast Disease. Dr. Reiter has been an instructor and participant in numerous continuing medical education seminars and has received multiple achievement and recognition awards, including The Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association.
He has practiced in his field of head and neck and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery for over twenty-five years in Beverly Hills, California. In addition to his widely acclaimed work as lead surgeon on the team that reconstructed the face of Rodney King after his notorious encounter with police brutality, his pioneering work includes a total jaw transplant in the reconstruction of the face of a gunshot victim.
For ten years Dr.Reiter helped run the leukemia and lymphoma support group at UCLA and is a member of the National Coalition of Cancer Survivors.