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

John A. Persing, MD - Section Chief, Yale School of Medicine Department of Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; Director, Cosmetic Surgery Center
Stephan Ariyan, MD - - Director, Yale Melanoma and Skin Cancer   
Alex Au, MD - Director, Breast Reconstruction Program
Derek Steinbacher, MD, DMD - Director, Yale Craniofacial Program, Airway and Sleep Disorders Program, Maxillofacial and Orthognathic Surgery Program
J. Grant Thomson, MD, FRCS, FACS - Director, Yale Hand & Microsurgery Program