Our Team

Our team of surgeons, clinical specialists, researchers and faculty at Yale Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is internationally recognized for providing the most advanced diagnostic and medical technologies. Our expert team strives to provide the most comprehensive and the highest-level surgical, clinical and ancillary care for craniofacial surgeryhand and microsurgery, maxillofacial and orthognathic surgeryairway and sleep disorderscancer removal and reconstruction for melanoma and breast cancer, and cosmetic surgery


Each team member brings passion and commitment to their work, whether they are advancing medicine, treatment, and diagnostic technologies through research, or helping children and adults with complex congenital or acquired issues here in the United States or abroad. 


As faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine Department of surgery, our surgeons are leaders in their field; many have received countless awards and recognitions.  But the greatest reward comes in improving the quality of life for a child with complex or simple birth defects,  helping a cancer patient feel whole again after surgical treatment, giving someone enhanced self-confidence through cosmetic surgery, helping a patient with a traumatic injury use their hands again, or improving the ability of a child or adult to breathe better.



Our Core Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Team


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John A Persing, MD

Section Chief

Irving and Silik Polayes Professor of Surgery (Plastic)

Section Chief

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...

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Michael Alperovich, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery

A native of Connecticut, Dr. Michael Alperovich attended Harvard University for his undergraduate studies, the University of Oxford for graduate school, and graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed an integrated plastic surgery residency and a craniofacial fellowship at New York University's Department of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Alperovich has authored over thirty peer-reviewed publications and twice received his department's annual Blair Rogers research...

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Stephan Ariyan, MD, MBA

Frank F. Kanthak Professor of Surgery (Plastic) and Professor of Dermatology

Clinical Program Leader, Melanoma Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Dr. Stephan Ariyan is a Professor of Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Otolaryngology at Yale School of Medicine and Clinical Program Leader for the Melanoma Program. He was Professor and Chairman of Plastic Surgery at Yale from 1979 to 1991. At that time, he returned to the Graduate School of Business at the University of New Haven and earned an MBA in 1993.

An internationally known surgeon, Dr. Ariyan specializes in the surgery of the head and neck, and malignant melanoma. He has been recognized...

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Henry C. Hsia, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic)

Founding Director, Yale Regenerative Wound Healing Center

Dr. Henry Hsia is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Yale School of Medicine who has dedicated his professional life to finding innovative wound treatments for patients through basic and clinical research. Graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University, Dr. Hsia received a scholarship to study at Cambridge University (Trinity College) in England before returning to the US to pursue his medical degree at Yale University, where he also completed an American Heart Association Research...

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Deepak Narayan, MD, MBBS, FRCS

Professor of Surgery (Plastic)

Chief, Plastic Surgery West Haven VA

Dr. Deepak Narayan specializes in the treatment of melanomas and skin cancers. He graduated from the University of Madras and received his training in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale University. While at Yale, he completed a research fellowship in Surgical Oncology and is Board Certified in Surgery and Plastic Surgery. As a melanoma surgeon with extensive experience, Dr. Narayan provides the patients with a unique resource of treating melanomas as...

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Derek Matthew Steinbacher, DMD, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic)

Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Chief of Dentistry, Director of Craniofacial Surgery

Dr. Steinbacher is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon who specializes in cleft, craniofacial, and maxillofacial surgery. His clinical interests also include cosmetic surgery of the face and body, rhinoplasty, facial reanimation for palsy, and facial reconstruction. His research encompasses tissue engineering and regeneration, fat grafting, distraction osteogenesis, stress shielding, and 3-dimensional analysis and planning.

Dr. Steinbacher obtained his MD from Harvard Medical...

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J Grant Thomson, MD, FRCS, FACS

Professor of Surgery (Plastic)

Director, Yale Hand & Microsurgery Program

Dr. J. Grant Thomson, a Board-Certified Hand Surgeon and a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, is deeply interested in helping children and adults with congenital and acquired hand and upper extremity issues, and individuals whose bodies have been changed by cancer treatment. Dr. Thomson earned his medical degree from McGill University in 1983. He specializes in hand, wrist, and upper extremity surgery.

Dr. Thomson's special interests include endoscopic carpal tunnel release, trigger finger...

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