About Dr. Peterson

Dr. Robert Peterson is an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is known for his artistic surgical skill and natural results he produces. With over 23 years of experience in providing the highest quality advanced cosmetic services for patients, his philosophy is to render honest care through individualized treatment plans for each patient. His practice prides itself on its long lasting relationships with patients. Dr. Peterson is committed not to changing a patient’s own unique look or giving them that “just-had-plastic surgery-look,” instead his professional and personal goal is to help patients renew, enhance, restore and refine their own natural inner beauty resulting in their feeling positive and happy with their post-operative results.


  • Harvard Medical School (M.D.)
  • Williams College, Cal Tech
  • Institute National Polytechnique (France)
  • Rice University (M.S. Electrical Engineering)

Surgery Training:

  • University of Hawaii (General Surgery)
  • Baylor University (Plastic Surgery)
  • Shanghai Ninth People’s Hospital (China) Microsurgery
  • Showa University (Japan) Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Board Certification:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS)

Languages Spoken:

  • English, French, Chinese, Japanese

About Dr. Murariu

Dr. Daniel Murariu, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has recently returned to O’ahu after nine years spent on the mainland training with the top experts in plastic surgery at University of Virginia and MD Anderson. For the past five years he has been honing his skills in Pittsburgh, PA at one of the premier medical centers in the US.

He performs aesthetic surgery procedures with a focus on male aesthetics, mommy makeovers, facial aesthetics, and reconstructive surgery with a particular interest in lymphedema surgery, da Vinci robotic reconstruction, microsurgery focusing on head and neck, and breast reconstruction.

Having published several dozen journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Murariu is a peer reviewer for PRS and PRS GO, the main plastics journals. Since 2006, he has been working internationally to bring new procedures and techniques to developing countries. He has given a TEDx talk about his approach to international medical missions in 2015. Dr. Murariu has received a State of Hawai’i Proclamation and Rotary International District 5000 Peacemaker Award in 2012.

Since 2020 he has been named as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, featured in Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2021 and 2022 editions of Top Doctors and recognized in Newsweek’s Top 100 Plastic Surgeons in the US ranking for 2022.

We are so lucky to have Dr. Murariu here with us!


  • Executive MBA with a healthcare focus at the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business
  • M.P.H. (Master of Public Health) International Health and Development Track at Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  • M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) via the Creative Premedical Scholars Program Early Acceptance at Tulane University School of Medicine – Dean’s Merit Scholarship
  • B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Classical Studies & History at Tulane University, Honors Program, Magna Cum Laude

Surgery Training:

  • Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency at the University of Virginia
  • General Surgery Residency at University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Board Certifications:

American Board of Plastic Surgery
American Board of Surgery

Contact Athena Clinic in Hawaii for cosmetic surgery with care and a personal touch today.