Plastic Surgery

An Integrated Approach

Stanford University School of Medicine is one of the world's leading medical centers. The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is strongly committed to excellence in patient care and cross-disciplinary research that brings current medical developments into clinical practice.

  • » Patient Care
    Evaluation and treatment in all areas of Plastic Surgery for children and adults
  • » Research
    Innovation and discovery, from laboratory research to clinical trials
  • » Education
    Commitment to the highest quality of education for future surgeons and researchers


The field of Plastic Surgery ranges from breast reconstruction and wound healing to the treatment of scars and wrinkles. Plastic Surgery researchers study the effects of aging and disease on human tissue, new kinds of bandages to improve the treatment of battlefield and other injuries, certain cells in our bodies that can help wounds heal without scars, and a wide range of other topics.

Reconstructive Surgery, which involves the restoration of form and function in any area of the body. This might include repairing a hole left when a bone tumor is removed, reconstructing a breast following a mastectomy, reforming connections of a reattached limb, or even separating conjoined twins.

Microsurgery, in which surgeons reattach tiny pieces of tissue taken from a donor or from another part of a patient's body, as with a skin graft. Microsurgeons specialize in the reconnection of nerves, muscles, and blood vessels.

Hand surgery, including treatment of acute and chronic hand and upper limb problems, such as carpal tunnel surgery and brachial plexus repair.

Cosmetic (or Aesthetic) surgery, such as breast reduction or augmentation, liposuction, facelifts, and skin treatments.

Craniofacial surgery, a major component of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, for children born with abnormalities of the face or head, from craniosynostosis (improper development of the skull bones) to cleft palate to jaw reconstruction.

Oral and Maxiollofacial Surgery, which relates to the mouth and jaw. It can help patients who suffer from jaw pain or injuries, and even sleep disorders.


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Dr. James Chang, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Chief, in the operating room

Dr. Gordon K. Lee, MD, Associate Professor and Residency Program Director, performs a surgery.

Dr. Rohit Khosla, Assistant Professor, performs a surgery as resident Dr. Joseph Baylan and fellow Dr. Dana Johns assist. Dr. Harleen Sethi, Dr. Paul Mittermiller, Dr. Jang Hyun Lee (Korea), and Dr. Mohammed Khurram (India) observe. 

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Arash Momeni

Dr. Arash Momeni is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University. He graduated with magna cum laude honors from the Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany). After completing his Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery training at the University of Freiburg (Germany), Dr. Momeni completed a second residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University. This was followed by a fellowship in Advanced Reconstructive Microsurgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Momeni’s clinical interests include reconstruction after cancer and trauma with the goal of helping patients get back to normal both from a functional and aesthetic standpoint. His clinical practice focuses on complex reconstructive surgery of the breast, head and neck, trunk, and extremities. He uses state-of-the-art surgical techniques, including perforator flaps and vascularized lymph node transfer. Additionally, Dr. Momeni has a clinical interest in vascularized composite allotransplantation. He was part of the surgical team that performed the world’s first case of bilateral hand transplantation in a pediatric patient.

Dr. Momeni is recognized nationally and internationally for his research in clinical outcomes after microsurgical reconstruction and Evidence-based medicine (EBM). In addition to having authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications he is the author of numerous chapters in major plastic surgery textbooks. He speaks regularly at national and international meetings and is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous scientific journals, including Surgery, Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (JPRAS), Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and European Journal of Plastic Surgery. Additionally, he serves on the Editorial Board of leading plastic surgery journals, including Annals of Plastic Surgery and Microsurgery.