John Persing, MD

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

Departments & Organizations

Surgery: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: Cosmetic Surgery Program; Craniofacial Fellowship; Craniofacial Surgery Program | Vascular Anomalies & Malformations Program

Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Updates and Innovations in Craniofacial Surgery

Yale Cancer Center

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


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 Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Registrar Freedom Fields Hospital, Plymouth, England
NIDR Sponsored Research Fellow University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Resident Hospital of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Resident Hospital of the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Board Certification AB of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery (1986)

Honors & Recognition

  • James Marquis Converse LecturerAmerican Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (2016)

  • ASMS National Meeting Best Paper Presentation (Carolyn Chuang)American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (2016)

  • Best DoctorBest Doctors List of America (2015, 2016)

  • Connecticut Magazine Top DoctorsConnecticut Magazine (2015, 2016)

  • James Barrett Brown AwardAmerican Association of Plastic Surgery (2015)

  • ASMS National Meeting Best Paper Presentation (Jenny Yang)American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (2015)

  • ASMS National Meeting Best Paper Presentation (AJ Forte)American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (2014)

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

  • PresidentPlastic Surgery Foundation (2010)

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

  • Best DoctorBest Doctors in New York Region (2010)

  • ASMS Distinguished Service AwardAmerican Society of Maxiollfacial Surgeons (2007)

  • 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)

  • Bern Spiesel AwardASMS American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (1991, 2010)

  • Donald D. Matson AwardAmerican Association of Neurologic Surgeons (1981)

Professional Service

  • American Counsel of Academic Plastic Surgeons (2011 - Present)

  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons President

  • Plastic Surgery Foundation President

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery Chairperson

  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons President


  • Operation Smile - Medical Advisory Board & Volunteer Surgeon Marrakesh, Morocco; Chinandega, Nicaragua; Rajkot, India; Amman, Jordan; Shanghai, China; Empangeni, South Africa; David, Panama; Curitiba, Brazil; Parma, Italy; Bogotá, Colombia; Casablanca, Morocco; Fortaleza, Brazil; Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2003)

    A charitable organization that provides craniofacial care worldwide.

  • Virginia Children's Connection Giridih, India (1986 - 1992)

    Volunteer Overseas Program, Founding Director

  • Interplast - Board of Directors & Volunteer Surgeon Iquitos, Peru; Manaus, Brazil; Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia; Yerevan, Armenia (1986 - 2003)

    Interplast, an agency that sends physicians around the world to do charitable work.

  • Pro Bono Surgical Work Virginia Beach, United States (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, Armenia, Bolivia, Brazil, India, Jordan, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, South Africa, among other countries to provide...

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

New Haven, CT 06519
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Yale Pediatric Specialty Center/Craniofacial Clinic1 Long Wharf Drive, Ste Suite 210
New Haven, CT 06511
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Specialty PhysiciansPark Avenue Medical Center
5520 Park Avenue, Wing East Pavilion Fl 1st Floor Rm Entrance B

Trumbull, CT 06611
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Mailing Address
Plastic & Reconstructive SurgeryPO Box 208062
New Haven, CT 06520-8062

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