John A Persing MD

Irving and Silik Polayes Professor of Surgery (Plastic) and Professor of Neurosurgery; Section Chief

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Dr. John A. Persing is a Board Certified Neurological Surgeon and Plastic Surgeon, is passionate about improving the quality of life of children born with craniofacial defects and individuals affected by cancer. He believes that all people deserve a chance at a better life, regardless of economic and world boundaries.

Dr. Persing earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont in 1974. He has been President of the Plastic Surgery Foundation, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery, the American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons, among others, and served as Chair of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is the immediate past President of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and received the Clinician of the Year Award recently from this association.

Dr. Persing has a focus on improving the quality of patients’ lives regardless of whether this is a cosmetic or reconstructive concern. His clinical interests are craniofacial deformities, vascular malformations, and cosmetic surgery of the face and body.

Connecticut Magazine named Dr. Persing among the best in the state in its annual "Top Doctors" issue in the April 2011 edition.

Learn more about the Section Chief of Yale Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.


  • M.D., University of Vermont , 1974

Selected Publication

  • Persing J, Jane J Jr, Jane Sr: Neurosurgical Focus – Craniosynostosis. JNSPG Online Section Of August 2011 issue of Neurosurgial Focus

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Clinician of the Year(2010) , American Association of Plastic Surgery
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