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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 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...

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Michael Alperovich, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic)

A native of Connecticut, Dr. Michael Alperovich is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, attended the University of Oxford for graduate school receiving Distinction honors, and graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Alperovich completed an integrated plastic surgery residency and a craniofacial fellowship at New York University's Department of Plastic Surgery.

He has authored over thirty peer-reviewed publications and multiple plastic surgery book...

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James Edward Clune, MD, BA

Assistant Professor

Dr. James Clune is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Clune specializes in procedures that treat congenital/pediatric hand anomalies, peripheral nerves, the brachial plexus, hand injuries, soft tissue and skin tumors. Research interests include pediatric toe-to-thumb transfers, peripheral nerve regeneration, myoelectric prosthesis and targeted muscle reinnervation and isolated limb perfusion of the extremities for soft...

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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, 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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James Grant Thomson, MD, FACS, MSc

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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