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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H. Peter Lorenz

H. Peter Lorenz, MD, is Professor and Service Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Director of the Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship at Stanford Universiy Medical Center. Dr. Lorenz graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He completed his general surgery residency at University of California-San Francisco Fetal Treatment Center, where he developed an interest in scarless fetal wound healing. He then completed a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at University of California-Los Angeles and, finally a craniofacial surgery fellowship at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the Stanford University Hospital.

Dr. Lorenz's major clinical interests are in cleft and craniofacial surgery. He also has interest in pediatric plastic surgery, facial trauma repair, and vascular anomaly resection.

The recipient of a multi-year National Institutes of Health R01 award, "Skin Regeneration: Cellular & Molecular Mechanisms," Dr. Lorenz's research focuses on skin stem cells and wound regeneration. His group investigates stem cell function in scarless wounds and translation to scarring wound repair.