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.


Why I Went Into Medicine - Rahim Nazerali, MD

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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David Kahn 

David Kahn, MD, is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He attended Tufts University graduating with honors both overall and for his thesis, and then graduated from Albany Medical College. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, and his plastic surgery fellowship at the University of California-San Francisco. Dr. Kahn followed this with sub-specialty fellowship training at the Institute for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery located at New York University Medical Center before concluding his training at Stanford University with a fellowship in craniofacial surgery. An attending surgeon at Stanford Hospital and Co-Director of the Cosmetic Surgery Program, Dr. Kahn's main surgical interests are in aesthetic surgery of the face, including cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty, cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, and body contouring surgery. As an attending physician at the Lucille Salter Packard Children's Hospital, Dr. Kahn continues to pursue his interest in craniofacial surgery.

Dr. Kahn's research interests include evaluating how the face ages and rejuvenation techniques, functional rhinoplasty, and cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery. He is a member of the in-service examination committee for the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, an associate edditor of e-Plasty, and an invited reviewer for several peer review journals. A member of several societies including The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kahn was recently elected into the prestigious American Association of Plastic Surgeons.