John A Persing, MD

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

Departments & Organizations

Surgery: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: Cosmetic Surgery Center; Craniofacial Program

Faculty Research

Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Pediatric Specialty Center

Updates and Innovations in Craniofacial Surgery

Yale Cancer Center

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research

Biography

Dr. John A. Persing is a doubly Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Neurological Surgeon. He is passionate about improving the quality of life of children born with craniofacial defects and individuals affected by cancer, trauma, deformities, and aesthetic concerns. 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 past President of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and received the Clinician of the Year Award in 2010, as well as the James Barrett Brown award for the best journal article published in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in 2015.

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 2016 edition, along with America's Best Doctors (Castle-Connolly) and Who's Who in Medicine.

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

Education & Training

MD University of Vermont (1974)
Resident Hospital of the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Resident Hospital of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Registrar Freedom Fields Hospital, Plymouth, England
Resident Hospital of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Research Fellow University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Board Certification AB of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery (1985, recertified: 2016)
Board Certification AB of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery (1986)

Honors & Recognition

  • Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2016Connecticut Magazine (2016)

  • Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2015Connecticut Magazine (2015)

  • Distinguished Academic Achievement AwardUniversity of Vermont, College of Medicine (2014)

  • PresidentPlastic Surgery Educational Foundation (2010)

  • Clinician of the YearAmerican Association of Plastic Surgery (2010)

  • Bern Spiesel AwardASMS American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (2010)

  • Best DoctorBest Doctors List of America (2010)

  • Best DoctorBest Doctors in New York Region (2010)

  • ChairAmerican Board of Plastic Surgery (2005)

  • PresidentAssociation Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery (2004)

  • PresidentASMS American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (2003)

  • PresidentAmerican Association Pediatric Plastic Surgery (1995)

Professional Service

  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons President

  • American Association of Chairmen of Plastic Surgery President

  • Plastic Surgery Foundation President

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery Chair

  • New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgery Chair

  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons President

Activities

  • Pro Bono Surgical Work Brazil (1986)

    Dr Persing performs pro bono surgical work, which makes up some 35 to 40 percent of his practice at the Yale Craniofacial Program. His passion to help has brought him to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, India, Jordan, Panama, Peru, South Africa, among other countries to provide treatment for children...

Edit this profile

Contact Info

John A Persing, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Plastic SurgeryYale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Ste 4th Floor

New Haven, CT 06519
View on map...
Yale Pediatric Specialty Center/Craniofacial Clinic1 Long Wharf Drive, Ste Suite 210
New Haven, CT 06511
View on map...
Mailing Address
PO Box 208062
New Haven, CT 06520-8062

Curriculum Vitae