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.


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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Geoffrey C. Gurtner

Geoffrey C. Gurtner, MD, Professor and Associate Chairman in the Department of Surgery at Stanford University, is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School program, a plastic surgery residency at the New York University School of Medicine and received advanced training in microsurgery at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is currently double boarded in surgery and plastic surgery.

In addition to maintaining an active surgical practice in aesthetic surgery, wound healing and breast cancer reconstruction, Dr. Gurtner has two current National Institutes of Health R01 awards, three Department of Defense grants and numerous smaller awards from foundations and the private sector. He is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed publications, an editor for the sixth edition of Grabb & Smith’s Plastic Surgery and the Yearbook of Plastic Surgery, received the James Barrett Brown Award from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons in both 2009 and 2010 and is a James IV traveling fellow for 2010.

Dr. Gurtner is also a member of the Stanford Biodesign Program, a joint venture between the Stanford Business and Medical Schools focusing on medical technology innovation. He holds multiple patents and patent applications in vascular medicine, wound healing and aesthetic medicine, is active in the commercialization of new technologies for clinical practice and has founded several venture backed start-up companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.