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  • John Persing

    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 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.

  • Michael Alperovich

    Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic)

    A native of Connecticut, Dr. Michael Alperovich is a Board Certified plastic surgeon, full-time faculty member, and Co-Director of Craniofacial Surgery at Yale University. He 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 and microsurgical reconstructive fellowship at New York University's Department of Plastic Surgery. He also has clinical expertise in facial, breast and body aesthetic surgery. Watch a video with Dr. Michael Alperovich>>

    He has authored over eighty peer-reviewed publications and multiple plastic surgery book chapters. A two-time recipient of the Blair Rogers research award during training, he has presented nationally and internationally in the areas of craniofacial surgery, microvascular surgery, and breast reconstruction. He serves on the Editorial Board of three plastic surgery journals as well as contributes as an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals.

  • Stephan Ariyan

    Frank F. Kanthak Professor Emeritus of Surgery

    Dr. Stephan Ariyan is the Frank F. Kanthak Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Otolaryngology at Yale School of Medicine. 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 for the origination and development of several myocutaneous flaps for reconstructions of the head and neck - most notably the pectoralis major flap, which has become the most commonly used flap for head and neck reconstruction worldwide. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College. He interned at UCLA, then completed training in General Surgery as well as Plastic Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine, becoming certified by the American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He was then asked to join the faculty at Yale in 1976, was appointed the Chairman of Plastic Surgery in 3 years, and rose to the rank of tenured full Professor of Surgery in another 2 years. He was subsequently appointed Associate Chief of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Ariyan has been recognized for this work by his professional colleagues, as published in several national publications for the public. Dr. Ariyan has served as an officer of a number of national and regional professional organizations and has been the recipient of several national and international awards. Dr. Ariyan has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific papers, four surgical books (one of them, The Handbook, has been published in three editions in English, Spanish, and Japanese). He has served on the editorial boards of two surgical journals, and as a reviewer of five additional surgical journals. Dr. Ariyan has made major contributions to the field of surgery through his research and publications.

  • Tomer Avraham

    Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic); Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    Tomer Avraham, MD is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast reconstruction.  He believes in a personalized approach to the patient, with the goal of a natural and restorative outcome.  Dr. Avraham utilizes all techniques of breast reconstruction, and has specific interest and training in the use of autologous reconstruction, such as the DIEP flap. Watch a video with Dr. Tomer Avraham>>

    Dr. Avraham obtained his MD from Tufts University in Boston.  Following this, he completed his plastic surgery residency, as well as specialized microsurgery fellowship training, at the NYU Department of Plastic Surgery.  Additionally, Dr. Avraham completed a research fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York where he was appointed Chief Fellow and was awarded the Chairman's Award for Excellence in Research.  Dr. Avraham is well published both in the basic science and clinical literature, and currently has a research interest in outcomes following breast reconstruction.  

  • James Clune

    Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic)

    Dr. James Clune is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Clune specializes in reconstruction of melanoma and sarcoma defects of the face/scalp, and procedures that treat tumors of the upper extremity, brachial plexus tumors, brachial plexus reconstruction, pediatric hand anomalies, peripheral nerves. Research interests include  targeted muscle reinnervation after tumor extirpation or amputation and isolated limb perfusion of the extremities for soft tissue tumors

    Dr. Clune graduated from Wesleyan University and attained his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He then completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston in craniofacial reconstruction. His specialty training in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery was completed at Yale with a special research focus in melanoma, followed by a fellowship in upper extremity surgery at the University of California and Shriners Hospital for Children Los Angeles with Dr. Neil Ford Jones where he focused on reconstruction of the upper extremity, soft tissue tumors of the extremities and peripheral nerve and brachial plexus reconstruction.

    After completion of fellowship in California additional training was completed in Madrid, Spain in adult and pediatric brachial plexus reconstruction at the Hospital Universitario La Paz with Dr. Aleksandar Lovic and reconstructive microsurgery in Santander, Spain with Dr. Francisco Pinal.


  • Assistant Professor

    Dr. David Colen is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine who specializes in upper and lower extremity reconstruction. Dr. Colen is fellowship-trained in Hand Surgery and Microsurgery, and has a passion for treating a variety of congenital and acquired disorders of the hand and wrist as well as traumatic and oncologic defects of the extremities.

    Dr. Colen attended the University of Virginia where he obtained undergraduate degrees in Neuroscience and Spanish linguistics, as well as his Doctor of Medicine, before matriculating into the integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania, a program renowned for Reconstructive Microsurgery and Orthoplastic Surgery. At Penn, Dr. Colen was an active member of the Hand Transplantation Program who took part in three bilateral hand transplants, including the world's first and only bilateral pediatric hand transplant, during his tenure. Following residency, Dr. Colen completed a one-year fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospitals at Harvard Medical School, where he focused on adult orthopedic and congenital pediatric hand surgery as well as reconstructive microsurgery of the extremities.

    Dr. Colen strives to obtain the best functional outcomes for his patients, and is committed to both patient care and the furthering of the field of reconstructive surgery through academic and clinical research. The author of various textbook chapters and research articles regarding hand and extremity reconstruction, Dr. Colen's research interests include optimizing outcomes following traumatic and congenital hand reconstruction and improving hand function after tendon injury or infection. 

  • Henry C. Hsia

    Associate 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 Fellowship. He then went on to complete his surgical residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital before receiving his certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery and admission as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

    Dr. Hsia's clinical training at Yale provided a strong foundation to understand how the body responds to injury from illness and trauma as well as firsthand knowledge of the limitations of current therapies for treating difficult wounds and the great challenges in developing novel treatments that can be widely adopted by practitioners. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental biological processes underlying wound healing, Dr. Hsia upon completing his surgical training became a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University where he was funded by the National Institutes of Health. He subsequently became a member of the surgical faculty at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ, where he practiced for several years performing plastic and reconstructive surgery, in addition to teaching and training surgical residents and medical students as well as running a funded research laboratory that focused on issues related to wound healing and regenerative healing.

    Dr. Hsia is credentialed at Yale-New Haven Hospital and the West Haven campus of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and is leading ongoing collaborative efforts by the Yale-New Haven Health System and Yale School of Medicine in conjunction with the VA Connecticut Healthcare System to develop an expanded program in wound care and regenerative healing.

  • Melissa Mastroianni

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Melissa Mastroianni is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She has completed two residencies, general and plastic surgery, and is board certified in general surgery. She specializes in breast reconstruction and breast aesthetics. Her other interests include body contouring, complex closures after skin cancer resection, complex abdominal wall reconstruction and free tissue transfer.

    Dr. Mastroianni attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergraduate and earned a Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry with Honors in Research. She stayed at UW-Madison for medical school as well. Dr. Mastroianni began her general surgery residency in Rochester, New York. She pursued a research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital performing cutting edge research in hand and face transplantation working to develop a protocol for immune tolerance to reduce the need for systemic immunosuppression after transplantation. Following her fellowship, she transferred to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to complete her general surgery training.

    She completed Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Combined Program in Baltimore. There she gained extensive experience in microsurgery for breast reconstruction, limb salvage and complex wound management as well as craniofacial trauma management at Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland. It was during her training that she developed a passion for microsurgery and personalized treatment of breast cancer patients to optimize aesthetics of reconstruction. She also developed an interest in emerging technologies to make reconstruction easier on patients from all backgrounds. 

  • Adnan Prsic

    Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic)

    Dr. Adnan Prsic is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a fellowship-trained hand surgeon who specializes in disorders of the hand, wrist, and forearm caused by congenital differences or trauma. Dr. Prsic has a unique training background with both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as advanced training in the care of the upper extremity at an Orthopaedic Hand Surgery Fellowship.

    He attended Bowdoin College and Harvard Medical School. His love of New England led him to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Training at New England’s oldest residency at Brown University. In search of complete training of the hand and upper extremity Dr. Prsic joined the University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine as a hand and microsurgery fellow. There he trained with leaders in hand surgery and focused on traumatic injuries as well as acquired and congenital complex hand and wrist problems. His training was completed at Harborview Medical Center, one of the busiest trauma hospitals in the United States. 

    At Harborview Medical Center he also became a research fellow in the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC) and studied brachial plexus injuries. He has authored several book chapters and research studies on traumatic injuries of the hand.  Dr. Prsic’s research interests are in hand trauma, 3D printed medical devices and medical education. He is a dedicated and passionate medical educator and was recognized with prestigious awards like the Alpha Omega Alpha and The Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

  • Derek Steinbacher

    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 School and his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania, both with honors. He received fellowship training in craniofacial surgery from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, completed the plastic and reconstructive surgery program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and trained in oral/maxillofacial and general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Learn more about one of Yale Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery's Craniofacial and Maxillofacial surgeons.

  • J. Grant Thomson

    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 treatment, Dupuytren’s contracture, arthritic hand reconstruction, brachial plexus reconstruction, peripheral nerve surgery, occupational disorders of the upper extremity, and trauma-related pain. His clinical practice also includes reconstructive microsurgery. He uses his expertise to reach across borders to children and adults in developing countries.

    Since 1998, Dr. Thomson has been leading groups of professionals on volunteer surgical expeditions, and these teams have affected the lives of over 800 individuals. His research interests include flap physiology, microsurgery, tendon repair, and breast reconstruction.

    Patient Care

    Please call 203.785.2571 to contact Dr. Thomson.