Partners and Affiliated Institutions

Partners (Adjunct & Affiliated)

In addition to our own regular faculty members, the Division benefits from collaborations with physicians in the community and at our affiliated institutions. Our Adjunct and Affiliated Clinical Faculty and Clinical Educators are based at institutions outside of Stanford or in private practice, and among their numbers are several of our most distinguished alumni with national and international reputations. They play a key role in teaching and mentoring residents and students doing rotations under their supervision. Our Adjunct and Affiliated faculty are active participants in Division activities, from Grand Rounds and student evaluations, to annual dinners, educational retreats, and social events. They are truly valued educators who enhance the quality of instruction and community found in Stanford Plastic Surgery.

Affiliated Institutions

Our affiliated institutions include the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, the Buncke Microsurgery Clinic in San Francisco, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, and Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara Medical Center in Santa Clara.


Kaiser Santa Clara


A referral center for plastic surgery within the Kaiser Healthcare System in the Northern California area. Residents are exposed to a broad range of plastic surgical problems from the straightforward to the complex. This includes exposure to craniofacial surgery, breast surgery (reconstruction, reduction, lift), microsurgery, breast reconstruction, head & neck surgery, chest wall reconstruction, abdominal wall reconstruction, hand surgery, and more.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center


A tertiary medical center, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is one of four adult level one trauma centers and one of three pediatric level one trauma centers in Northern California (in addition to Stanford Hospital). It operates the only federally designated spinal cord injury center in Northern California, along with the only traumatic brain injury center for the treatment and rehabilitation of patients. It operates one of four burn centers in Northern California. It is the only trauma center in California to co-locate all five of these services on one campus. Residents receive a large experience in trauma management, ICU, burn management (both acute as well as burn reconstruction), hand surgery, maxillofacial trauma, general reconstruction, and more.

Palo Alto Veterans Affairs

VA Hospital Palo Alto is located 3.5 miles from Stanford Hospital. It serves a large population of America’s veterans, and provides comprehensive patient care. Residents in plastic surgery are exposed to management of skin cancers, melanoma, wounds, hand problems, and chronic illnesses. Various reconstructive procedures are performed, including grafting, nasal reconstruction, pedicled and free flaps, local flaps of the face, etc.

California Pacific Medical Center

California Pacific Medical Center is one of the largest private, not-for-profit, academic medical centers in California and is a Sutter Health affiliate. As a tertiary referral center, the Medical Center provides a wide variety of services, including acute, post-acute and outpatient hospital care; home care and hospice services; preventive and complementary care and health education.

Buncke Microsurgery Clinic

The Buncke Clinic was the home to one of the founding fathers and pioneers in microsurgery, Harry J. Buncke.  Today, it is a world-class microsurgical center that provides comprehensive, complex reconstruction throughout the entire body, with particular prominence for ground-breaking work in the hand and upper extremity.

Dr. Yvonne Karanas, Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated) and Director of the Regional Burn Unit at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.