Where Are They Now?
Dr. Steven J. Rottman
Written By Carly Schleider Photos Provided
Most boys grow up wanting to be superheroes, wizards, and dragon slayers, but Dr. Steven J. Rottman, Calvert Hall class of 1994, always knew he’d work his magic at the operating table. Without even
wavering for a second, the Pikesville native realized his childhood dream of administrating surgery with his own highly successful aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery practice. The practice serves a broad range of patients in the Baltimore and D.C. area, specializing in everything from burn surgery to cleft lip and palate repair to breast reconstruction. Outside of work, Rottman finds himself helping to inspire the dreams of his own children, Madison, 4, and Landon, 2, whom he, along with wife Brooke, are raising in Pikesville.
iNSIDER: How did you become interested in medicine?
Steven: I was always interested in medicine. From middle school through high school I volunteered in shock trauma, just because I was interested in it, and it kind of led me to the field of surgery — more specifically, plastic surgery. I always wanted to be a surgeon.
What do you find most gratifying about your job?
The most satisfaction is during breast reconstruction, after women have breast cancer, to rebuild their sense of self along with their body ... make them feel whole again and restore what the cancer’s taken away. That’s certainly rewarding.
What types of trauma have you witnessed throughout your practice?
I’ve seen everything from kids just falling off their beds and receiving lacerations to their faces to serious car accidents requiring major reconstructive surgery with plates and screws. I help rebuild childrens’ faces to how they were before.
How would you like to see your practice grow in the next five to ten years?
I’d like to be able to bring the training that I’ve acquired from a lot of leaders in the field of plastic surgery to the population of Baltimore. It would be nice to be able to give back.
Are you involved in any charities?
I work with a charity that helps support plastic surgery in third-world countries. It collects resources and sponsors so (doctors) can start going on mission trips.
Can you see a passion in your kids?
My 4-year-old is very interested in it. She wants to see all the pictures of all the little kids I work with, so it’s definitely rubbing off on her. No flinching or anything, she always asks to see them.