Maria Lombardo, DO had always been involved in music, theater and the arts. Her educational background began with a degree in Art from DePaul University in Chicago, IL followed by attending the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, IL. She continued her education at the University of Illinois at Chicago to obtain a minor in Chemistry to fulfill the requirements for attending medical school.
During clinical rotations in medical school, Dr. Lombardo discovered she had a unique opportunity to combine her new interest in medicine with her love for the arts. As a result, she chose to pursue a residency in General Surgery followed by a fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery. The Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship training covered all areas including: facial surgery, body and breast surgery, post-bariatric (weight loss) surgery and non-surgical treatments.
Today Dr. Lombardo is a successful Board Certified General Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon. She has been practicing medicine the Palm Springs area since 2008 but opened her own practice, Lombardo Cosmetic Surgery, in 2009. As of 2017, Dr. Lombardo has become President of the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery to further establish herself as an industry leader.