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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Gordon Lee

Gordon Lee, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Microsurgery at Stanford University, completed his undergraduate degree in biology at University of California-Los Angeles, graduating magna cum laude. He attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and completed a residency in general surgery/plastic and reconstructive surgery at University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center. Inspired by Dr. William Shaw, a pioneer in microsurgery and breast reconstruction, to pursue a career in academic plastic surgery, Dr. Lee completed an advanced microsurgery and reconstructive plastic surgery fellowship in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He served as Chief of the Section of Microsurgery at Texas A&M, the Scott & White Clinic, before returning to Stanford.

Dr. Lee's main clinical interests are in complex reconstructive surgery of the head and neck, breast, extremity, genitalia, and abdominal wall. He works closely with other physicians in the Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center to provide reconstructive plastic surgery services to a large patient base in northern California and has expertise in microsurgical reconstruction utilizing the latest techniques in perforator flaps.

Passionate about teaching the residents, fellows, and medical students the principles and practice of plastic surgery, Dr. Lee is the Residency Program Director and oversees the educational curriculum for residents in a fully accredited and highly competitive integrated plastic surgery program. Residents have twice reocgnized Dr. Lee as Teacher of the Year; he also directs a fellowship program to provide advanced clinical experience and training in microvascular surgery.

Dr. Lee's research interests are in outcomes after breast reconstruction and head and neck reconstruction. He also enjoys strong collaborations with the basic science departments investigating muscle stem cells, adipocyte stem cells, and skin signaling receptors and physiology. An Associate Editor for the Hand & Microsurgery Section, Annals of Plastic Surgery Journal, Dr. Lee also is on the editorial board for Microsurgery Journal. In addition, he is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc., and is an active member of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Association of Academic Chairman of Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). He serves on several national committees for ASPS.