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  • Crystal Chang, D.D.S.

    Crystal Chang, D.D.S.

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    BioDr. Crystal Chang is a Hospital Dentist and Clinical Assistant Professor in Dental Medicine & Surgery. She focuses on maintaining oral health through the management of infection, trauma and secondary comorbidities to the dentition and its supporting structures. She performs medically necessary dental surgery in the context of cardiac disease, orthopedic surgery, cancer therapy and organ transplants. Dr. Chang is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and provides oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.

  • James Chang, MD

    James Chang, MD

    Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery and Professor, by courtesy, of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy role in research is to apply novel advances in tissue engineering and microsurgery to the clinical problems of hand trauma, peripheral nerve injuries, and congenital hand problems. I am interested in developing new tissues and techniques that will allow optimal reconstruction of form and function to those patients requiring reconstructive surgery.

  • William Choi, D.M.D.

    William Choi, D.M.D.

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    BioClinical focus in Hospital Dentistry serving as needed for hospital inpatients, dental oncology, special needs and emergency room patients who need dental consultation or treatment.

  • HyeRan Choo

    HyeRan Choo

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    BioDr. HyeRan Choo is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is Director of Neonatal and Pediatric Craniofacial Airway Orthodontics and Dental Sleep Medicine in the Department of Surgery and Director of Neonatal and Pediatric Craniofacial Airway Orthodontic Fellowship at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She is also a Faculty Fellow of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign.

    After graduating from Seoul National University with a combined degree in Natural Sciences and Dental Surgery in 2002, Dr. Choo received her Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her orthodontic residency and Masters in Science degree program at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Following her Craniofacial Fellowship at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), Dr. Choo was recruited as a full-time faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Choo joined the faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine in 2016. Dr. Choo is a board-certified craniofacial orthodontist by American Board of Orthodontics since 2008 and became a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine in 2021.

    Dr. Choo’s areas of expertise are non-surgical airway management and facial reconstruction for newborns with cleft and/or Robin Sequence in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Her treatments utilize simple custom-fabricated orthodontic devices to establish a healthy environment to correct neonatal orofacial abnormalities with great respect for natural growth potential of each neonate. She also practices the full scope of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea management as well as orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics for patients with cleft and craniofacial abnormalities in a multi-disciplinary clinical setting.

    Dr. Choo’s treatment philosophy is based on a fundamental understanding of facial growth and oral functions (Biocreative Orthodontic Strategy). Her research focuses on translation of health innovation technology for the advancement of infant orthodontics. She also pioneers the development of skeletal anchorage-based orthodontic and orthopedic treatment strategies for pediatric sleep apnea patients.

  • Kirk Churukian

    Kirk Churukian

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    BioKirk A. Churukian MD, FACS is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Churukian completed training in general surgery, plastic surgery, and hand surgery. He was board certified in general surgery and is currently board certified in plastic surgery.

    Dr. Churukian is a member of several local, state, and national professional societies and has practiced in the Los Gatos/San Jose areas for more than 20 years. He tries to bring a friendly, creative, and patient focused approach to his cosmetic and reconstructive surgery practice.

    In addition to his private cosmetic practice, Dr. Churukian serves the community as a trauma specialist at San Jose Regional Medical Center. At this level II Trauma Center, he specializes in facial and orbital fracture repair and complex reconstructive surgery of the trunk and extremities. He also maintains an ongoing commitment to enhancing self-image with breast reconstruction for cancer survivors.

    Dr. Churukian grew up as a first generation eldest son of Armenian parents in Southern California and attended the University of Southern California, graduating with a degree in Psychobiology. Always interested in athletics, He participated in swimming and water polo throughout high school and played club water polo in college. This interest in aquatics was transferred to his children, all of whom are swimmers, and two of whom are avid water polo players. He currently resides in Menlo Park, California and is currently still married to his first wife ;-). He enjoys supporting Stanford athletics, except when the USC Trojans come to town!

  • Catherine Curtin MD

    Catherine Curtin MD

    Professor of Surgery (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery) and, by courtesy, of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMaintaining and optimizing upper limb function in people with spinal cord injury and other nerve disorders.
    Improving pain and general well being after severe hand injuries.
    Improving treatment and recognition of pain.

  • Paige Fox, MD, PhD, FACS

    Paige Fox, MD, PhD, FACS

    Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

    BioDr. Paige Fox is Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specialized in hand surgery, reconstructive microsurgery, as well as peripheral nerve and brachial plexus surgery. She is an Associate Professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery in the Department of Surgery. She works with adult and pediatric patients. Her research focuses on wound healing, disorders of the upper extremity, and surgical biosensors. Dr. Fox has a passion for sustainability and health care's effect on the environment. She is involved in efforts to green the OR and the clinics at Stanford.

  • Dyani Gaudilliere

    Dyani Gaudilliere

    Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    BioDr. Dyani Gaudilliere specializes in Dental Surgery and Oral Oncology in a hospital setting. As a hospital dentist she performs surgical treatment of infection and trauma to the teeth and supporting alveolar bone. She also performs medically necessary dental clearance and extractions in the context of larger medical conditions, such as cardiac disease, joint replacement, or organ transplantation. As an oral oncologist, she specializes in surgical dental treatment prior to, during, and following radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

  • Geoffrey Gurtner

    Geoffrey Gurtner

    Johnson & Johnson Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsGeoffrey Gurtner's Lab is interested in understanding the mecahnism of new blood vessel growth following injury and how pathways of tissue regeneration and fibrosis interact in wound healing.

  • Jill Helms

    Jill Helms

    Professor of Surgery (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery)

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsDr. Helms' research interests center around regenerative medicine and craniofacial development.

  • Rod Hentz

    Rod Hentz

    Professor of Surgery, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests1. Nerve regeneration and repair, evaluation of repair methods, modalities to enhance peripheral nerve regeneration, development of improved methods to analyze nerve regeneration.

    2. Implementation of functional neuromuscular stimulation to paralytic deformities.

    3. Computer modeling of upper limb function.

  • Franco Hernandez

    Franco Hernandez

    Clinical Instructor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    BioDr. Franco Hernandez was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside and received a Bachelor’s in Economics, graduating with honors. He went on to complete his doctorate in dental surgery at the University of Southern California where he spent dedicated time as a selective student with emphasized training in the areas of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dental Anesthesia, and Public Health. Following graduation, he began his post-graduate training as an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery intern at Parkland Memorial Hospital / UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He continued training after this and most recently completed a Dental Medicine, Oral & Maxillofacial clinical instructorship at Stanford University Medical Center.

    Dr. Hernandez treats a variety of conditions, including odontogenic infection, dentoalveolar trauma, oral lesions, benign cysts/tumor of the maxilla/mandible, osteonecrosis of the maxilla/mandible, and orofacial pain. He routinely performs surgical dental extractions, oral biopsies, dental implant surgeries, removal of 3rd molars (“wisdom teeth”) and other impacted teeth, bone grafting, excision of maxillary/mandibular cysts, as well as orofacial pain treatment. As a hospital dentist, he performs medically necessary dental surgery in the context of extensive cardiac disease, major organ transplants, systemic disease, cancer therapy, and orthopedic surgery. As an oral oncologist, he specializes in dental surgery prior to, during, and following head & neck radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

  • David Kahn, M.D.

    David Kahn, M.D.

    Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsCosmetic surgery and the study of changes associated with the aging appearance of the face.

    1. Analysis and development of new procedures for aesthetic surgery of the face
    2. Analysis of the changes the face undergoes with age in the bone and soft tissues
    3. Analysis of techniques for rhinoplasty
    4. Evaluation of optimal techniques for aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery

  • Nathan Kalinowski, D.M.D.

    Nathan Kalinowski, D.M.D.

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    BioDr. Nathan Kalinowski is a Hospital Dentist and Clinical Assistant Professor in Dental Medicine and Surgery. He performs medically necessary dental clearance and extractions for patients preparing for cardiac surgery, radiation therapy, or organ transplantation. He also performs surgical treatment of infection and trauma to the teeth and supporting alveolar bone including reconstruction using dental implants.

  • Amy Ladd, MD

    Amy Ladd, MD

    Elsbach-Richards Professor of Surgery and Professor, by courtesy, of Medicine (Immunology & Rheumatology) and of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsResearch Interests
    1. The kinematics and forces associated with thumb carpometcarpal (CMC) function and pathology
    2. The anatomy, microstructure, and immunofluorescent characteristics of the thumb CMC joint
    3. Pathomechaniics of CMC arthritis: biomechanical wear, injury, genetic, and environmental causes
    4. Archiving, vitalizing, and innovating medical and surgical knowledge, most recently with innovative iBook monographs

  • Gordon K. Lee, M.D.

    Gordon K. Lee, M.D.

    Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsNovel techniques in microsurgery and complex reconstructive surgery. Plastic Surgery Outcomes Research and Education. Breast reconstruction. Esophagus reconstruction. Head and Neck reconstruction. Perineogenital reconstruction.

  • Stanley Yung Liu, MD, DDS, FACS

    Stanley Yung Liu, MD, DDS, FACS

    Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS) and, by courtesy, of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

    BioDr. Liu is as an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, and by courtesy, of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is director of the Stanford Sleep Surgery Fellowship, and preceptor to the Stanford Oculoplastic Surgery Fellowship. He is a Stanford Biodesign Faculty Fellow Alumnus.

    After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Biology, Dr. Liu received medical and dental degrees from the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). He was a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Research Scholar and spent a year at the NIH. After oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at UCSF, he completed the Stanford sleep surgery fellowship in 2014 with the Department of Otolaryngology and sleep surgery pioneer Dr. Robert Riley.

    Dr. Liu practices the full scope of sleep apnea surgery including nasal, palate, tongue base, hypoglossal nerve stimulation, genioglossus advancement, and maxillomandibular advancement (MMA). He introduced adult maxillary expansion (DOME) for OSA with Professor Christian Guilleminault in 2015, and has continued to update the comprehensive sleep surgery protocol at Stanford.

    He is also routinely referred patients who need complex facial trauma reconstruction and orthognathic surgery.

    Dr. Liu's active areas of research include clinical phenotyping to optimize sleep surgery outcome, virtual surgical planning for facial skeletal surgery, and neuromodulation of the upper airway. He has given keynote talks nationally and internationally at preeminent conferences across specialties. He has published over 90 scientific articles and medical texts, with original scientific work on sleep surgery.

  • Dr. Michael T. Longaker

    Dr. Michael T. Longaker

    Deane P. and Louise Mitchell Professor in the School of Medicine and Professor, by courtesy, of Materials Science and Engineering

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsWe have six main areas of current interest: 1) Cranial Suture Developmental Biology, 2) Distraction Osteogenesis, 3) Fibroblast heterogeneity and fibrosis repair, 4) Scarless Fetal Wound Healing, 5) Skeletal Stem Cells, 6) Novel Gene and Stem Cell Therapeutic Approaches.

  • H. Peter Lorenz, MD

    H. Peter Lorenz, MD

    Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsWe have three areas of current investigation:
    1) Scarless skin wound healing biology
    2) Dot stem cell tissue regeneration biology
    3) Novel stem cell therapy for tissue engineering

  • Arash Momeni, MD, FACS

    Arash Momeni, MD, FACS

    Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsDr. Momeni's research focuses on clinical outcomes after microsurgical reconstruction, with a particular emphasis on VTE prevention.

  • Rahim Nazerali, MD, MHS

    Rahim Nazerali, MD, MHS

    Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    BioDr. Nazerali specializes in complex reconstruction, microsurgery, and aesthetic and cosmetic surgery. He excels at breast reconstruction using free autologous tissue and performs advanced techniques such as the minimally invasive superficial inferior epigastric artery (SIEA) flap, as well as the deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap procedure. In addition to autologous reconstruction, Dr. Nazerali utilizes the latest techniques in implant-based breast reconstruction. His techniques and results have made him a leading instructor and lecturer at national and international institutions, societies and conferences.

    In addition to breast reconstruction, Dr. Nazerali performs both aesthetic as well as whole body reconstructive procedures. He has a busy aesthetic practice focusing on breast augmentation, face and body rejuvenation as well as body contouring. In his reconstructive practice, he specializes in abdominal wall reconstruction as well as post-trauma tissue transfers. For every patient in his care, his goal is to optimize restoration of both form and function.

    To help advance the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Nazerali conducts research into outcomes of breast reconstruction, augmentation, and reduction. Dr. Nazerali has published widely: well over 100 journal articles and conference proceedings. Topics include breast reconstruction after radiation; advances in surgical technique; and, the use of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality systems in plastic surgery practice and education. His work has appeared in Annals of Plastic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Surgery, the European Journal of Plastic Surgery, the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, and elsewhere.

    Dr. Nazerali focuses not only on improving his patient’s lives but also our ability to deliver care as an institution. He is on the Medical Executive Council at Stanford Healthcare, serves as a committee member in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as the California Society of Plastic Surgeons. In his spare time, he volunteers his time to provide reconstructive surgical services to adults and children in need worldwide.


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  • Dung Nguyen

    Dung Nguyen

    Clinical Professor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    BioDr. Dung H Nguyen is currently the Director of Breast Reconstruction at the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center and the Director of Adult Plastics Clinic at Stanford Healthcare. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and highest academic honor and distinction from U.C. Davis. She earned a Pharm.D degree from U.C.S.F. School of Pharmacy and a MD degree from U.C.S.D. She then did a residency in general surgery and a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center. She further completed a fellowship in microsurgery from Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, one of the largest reconstructive surgery centers in the world. She was recruited to Stanford from Cedar Sinai Medical Center in 2012, and is currently a Clinical Professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University.

    Dr. Nguyen specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, surgical treatment of lymphedema including vascularized lymph node transfer and lymphaticovenous anastomosis, and complex tissue reconstruction utilizing microsurgery and supermicrosurgery. She also has interest in cosmetic surgery, including facial rejuvenation and body contouring procedures.

    In addition to her clinical commitment, Dr. Nguyen has basic science and clinical research interests in lymphedema and breast reconstruction. She has published articles in peer review journals, presented at national and international professional meetings and has authored book chapters in various plastic surgery textbooks. She also enjoys volunteering on overseas medical missions and participating in medical charity activities.

  • Yogin Patel

    Yogin Patel

    Clinical Instructor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    BioYogin Patel was born and raised in New Jersey. After attending Rutgers University-New Brunswick for his undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences, he went on to obtain a Master's in Biomedical Science with a Concentration in Oral Biology at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Newark, N.J., in their dental scholars' track. He then completed a research year at New York University College of Dentistry in the NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research within the Cancer Pain Laboratory. Here, Dr. Patel helped conduct studies centered around oral cancer pain and sparked his initial interest and appreciation for oral and maxillofacial surgery, translational research, and working alongside dental specialists and research scientists to achieve better patient outcomes. Dr. Patel attended dental school at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL. More recently, Dr. Patel completed a General Practice Residency program within the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), providing dental care for a range of medically complex patients within the hospital setting within the various clinical training sites at UCSF Health.

    Dr. Patel looks forward to expanding his experience in the topics of maxillofacial trauma and dental trauma, oral pathology and oncology, odontogenic infections, orofacial pain, and dentoalveolar surgery this next year in his role as a Dental Medicine and Surgery Fellow.

  • Gary K. Roberts, D.D.S.

    Gary K. Roberts, D.D.S.

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    BioDr. Roberts has performed hospital dentistry and surgery at Stanford University Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital since 1995. He is also on the faculty at University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. He treats a variety of oral and maxillofacial conditions, including dental trauma and infection, dental implant and restorative reconstruction, surgical tooth extraction, bone and tissue grafting, conventional and surgical endodontic procedures, dental oncology care of cancer patients, as well as orofacial pain treatment.

    He has presented CME lectures and Grand Rounds to numerous Departments at Stanford, as well as teaching Residents and Fellows at Stanford Medical School and the Palo Alto VA. He also lectures in the Physician Assistant Program at Stanford.

    During his nearly a quarter of a century of military service, he was one of the leading researchers on combat trauma and the pathophysiology of projectile wounds. He currently serves as a member of the Council on Peer with the California Dental Association and is an Anesthesia Evaluator for the California State Dental Board.  Dr. Roberts is frequently asked to speak on a variety of topics to organizations both in the US and internationally.

  • Subhro K. Sen, MD

    Subhro K. Sen, MD

    Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    BioSubhro K. Sen, MD, Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in biomedical engineering. He went on to receive his medical degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After medical school, he completed a yearlong peripheral nerve research fellowship under Dr. Susan Mackinnon at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He completed his postgraduate training in general surgery at Indiana University, followed by plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins University. He finished his training with a hand and upper extremity surgery fellowship at Stanford University.

    Dr. Sen’s general clinical interests are in reconstructive surgery, microvascular surgery, and hand and upper extremity surgery. His practice includes: post-traumatic extremity reconstruction; post-oncologic reconstruction of the head and neck, trunk and extremities; perforator flap surgery; and melanoma surgery. He is medical director of the Advanced Wound Care Center at Stanford Health Care. As a hand surgeon in the Robert A. Chase Hand and Upper Limb Center, he has interests in hand trauma, degenerative conditions, peripheral nerve injuries, and complex upper extremity flap reconstruction.

    In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Sen is involved in research, publication, and teaching. His peer-reviewed research includes studies on extremity reconstruction, peripheral nerve regeneration, and he has authored a number of book chapters on a variety of plastic and hand surgery topics. He has a strong interest in medical device innovation and is currently a faculty fellow in the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign.

    Dr. Sen is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.

  • Clifford Charles Sheckter

    Clifford Charles Sheckter

    Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
    Masters Student in Health Policy, admitted Autumn 2022

    BioDr. Cliff Sheckter is a California native, growing up in the Eastern Sierra. He graduated from UCLA with a BS in Anthropology and earned summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He attended USC (Keck) for medical school on an academic scholarship and graduated valedictorian with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He fell in love with plastic surgery and particularly burn care while at LAC+USC and matriculated into the Stanford Plastic Surgery Residency in 2013. While in residency, he pursued a fellowship in Health Systems Design at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center, which ignited his interest in health services research. During residency, Dr. Sheckter investigated health systems outcomes in burn care and reconstructive surgery. He pursued additional training in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Washington with a focus on integrated, complex burn care. There he investigated quality of life outcomes in burn survivors with a particular focus in financial toxicity.

    Dr. Sheckter’s current research involves improving the quality of life for burn survivors and investigating the relationship between healthcare financial structures and the value of healthcare delivery. He currently holds an NIH KL-2 career development award to investigate the effects of private equity investing into ambulatory surgery within the US. In addition, he is the Ryan-Upson Scholar in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery with active investigations in health equity outcomes.

    He is a burn surgeon/intensivist at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and acting Associate Director of the Regional Burn Center.