TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA
Dr Somia's training in Plastic Surgery in Melbourne included Geelong Hospital, Monash Medical Centre, Western Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute and Austin Hospital. Dr Somia completed the final two years of his training in Sydney where he trained at Prince of Wales, Sydney Children's Hospital, Westmead and Royal North Shore Hospital.
ADVANCED TRAINING IN USA
Dr Somia completed a Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship Accredited by American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, working with Dr Foad Nahai and Dr Rod Hester at Paces Plastic Surgery, Atlanta. He also completed an Eyelid Surgery (Oculoplastic) Fellowship under Dr Sonny McCord and Dr Mark Codner in Atlanta.
Dr Somia was awarded a PhD for his 3 year research into Eyelid Reanimation using implantable micro electrodes and the study of Eyelid Movements. This helped Dr Somia develop a passion for Eyelid Surgery .
HONOURS AND AWARDS
Dr Somia has won numerous awards for his research both in Australia and in the US. Amongst them is the 2003 Marshall Prize in Surgical Training at Monash University, Melbourne. Dr Somia’s research earned mention in the Highlights of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, was nominated as a Finalist at the American Society of Biomechanics and won two Best Poster Awards at Research Louisville.