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Amir H. Dorafshar, MBChB

Amir Hossein Dorafshar, MBChB
Clinical Co-Director, Face Transplant Program
Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Titles

  • Clinical Co-Director, Face Transplant Program
  • Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Centers & Institutes

  • Children's Center
  • Cleft and Craniofacial Center
  • Facial Paralysis and Pain Treatment Center

Expertise

Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate, Cosmetic Surgery of the Face, Craniofacial Reconstruction, Craniofacial Surgery, Craniosynostosis, Dentofacial Deformities, Facial Plastic Surgery, Facial Reanimation, Facial Trauma, Jaw Surgery, Microsurgery, Microvascular Reconstruction, Microvascular Surgery, Mohs Surgery, Orthognathic Surgery, Pediatric Craniofacial Disorders, Plastic Surgery, Reconstruction After Cancer

Research Interests

Clinical outcomes in facial trauma; Tissue engineering; Vascularized composite tissue allotransplantation; Regenerating vascularized bone using bio-active scaffolds

Biography

Dr. Amir Dorafshar is an associate professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery and neurological surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Dorafshar specializes in microvascular reconstruction, adult and pediatric craniofacial surgery, and microsurgery for congenital, oncological, or traumatic conditions. In addition, his areas of expertise include facial reanimation, orthognathic surgery and aesthetic facial surgery.

Dr. Dorafshar joined the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2009 and currently serves as Clinical Co-Director of the Face Transplant Program.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, and completed a research fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine in Vascular Surgery. He trained in general surgery and plastic surgery through consecutive residency programs at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. In 2010, Dr. Dorafshar completed a clinical fellowship in craniofacial surgery and microsurgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center/R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

In 2012, Dr. Dorafshar was recognized by the House of Delegates and Senate of Maryland for helping lead a team of surgeons in the most extensive transplant completed to date, including total face, double jaw and tongue. In addition, the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery and the American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation awarded Dr. Dorafshar the “Best Normal” and Clinical Case Award for his work in facial transplantation.

Dr. Dorafshar has received the Academic Scholar Award from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons as one of the most promising young academic surgeons in the U.S. Dr. Dorafshar has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles in basic and clinical sciences, and authored a number of book chapters in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

He is a member of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, Association of Academic Chairs of Plastic Surgery, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, and a Specialty Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons.

Languages

  • English
  • Farsi

Memberships

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Specialty Fellow, 2012-present
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, Associate Member, 2011-present
  • Association of Academic Chairs of Plastic Surgery, Associate Member, 2010-present
  • American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons, Active Member, 2008-present
  • American Society of Reconstructive Transplant Surgeons, Candidate Member, 2008-present 
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, Active Member, 2008-present

Additional Resources

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  • Education +

    Training

    • University of Manchester (Manchester) (2000)

    Residencies

    • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine / Plastic Surgery (Chicago IL ) (2009)
    • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine / General Surgery (Chicago IL ) (2006)

    Fellowships

    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Plastic Surgery (Baltimore MD ) (2010)
    • UCLA School of Medicine / Vascular Surgery (Los Angeles CA ) (2003)

    Certifications

    • Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery (2011)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Dorafashar’s research is related to facial reconstructive surgery, including tissue engineering, vascularized composite tissue allotransplantation and regenerating vascularized bone using bio-active scaffolds.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Broyles JM, Abt NB, Shridharani SM, Bojovic B, Rodriguez ED, Dorafshar AH. “The fusion of craniofacial reconstruction and microsurgery: a functional and aesthetic approach.” Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Oct;134(4):760-9.
    2. Dorafshar AH, Mundinger GS, Mohan R, Brown EN, Kelamis JA, Bojovic B, Christy M, Rodriguez ED. “Comparison of free fibular flaps with reamer-irrigator-aspirator bone grafts for the reconstruction of critical-sized mandibular defects.”J Craniofac Surg. 2014 Nov;25(6):1953-8.
    3. Follmar KE, Yuan N, Pendleton CS, Dorafshar AH, Kolk CV, Redett RJ 3rd. “Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Rates After Delayed Cleft Palate Repair: Lessons Learned From Internationally Adopted Patients.” Ann Plast Surg. 2014 Jul 18.
    4. Ashvetiya T, Mundinger GS, Kukuruga D, Bojovic B, Christy MR, Dorafshar AH, Rodriguez ED. “Donor-recipient human leukocyte antigen matching practices in vascularized composite tissue allotransplantation: a survey of major transplantation centers.” Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Jul;134(1):121-9.
    5. Schultz BD, Mohan R, Dorafshar AH, Gottlieb LJ. “Chest wall, thymus, and heart vascularized composite allograft proof of concept cadaveric model for heart transplantation.” Ann Plast Surg. 2014 Jul;73(1):102-4.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +

    Honors

    • Academic Scholarship Award, American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS), 2014
    • Best Clinical Paper Award, “Total Face, Double Jaw and Tongue Transplantation: An Evolutionary Concept,” American Society of Reconstructive Surgery, Chicago, Illinois, 11/2012
    • Senate Resolution 677, Senate of Maryland, awarded for leading the multidisciplinary team of surgeons completing the most extensive full-face transplant to date, 03/20/2012
    • House Resolution 437, Maryland House of Delegates, awarded for leading the multidisciplinary team of surgeons completing the most extensive full-face transplant to date, 03/20/2012
    • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Biomet Resident Scholar Award, 06/2009
    • Prize for Best Clinical Paper, “Prospective randomized study comparing gauze suction negative would pressure therapy with standard vacuum assisted closure device,” Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois, 04/02/2009
    • Best Paper Prize, “Lateral iliac crest chimera flap: utility of the ascending branch of the lateral femoral circumflex vessels,” Aesthetic Facial Reconstruction in Adults and Children Symposium, San Diego, California, 02/2009
    • Best Reconstructive/Burn Award, “Prospective randomized study comparing gauze suction negative pressure wound therapy with standard vacuum assisted closure device,” American Society of Plastic Surgeons Senior Residents Conference, Austin, Texas, 01/2009
    • Nominee for Residents Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, 2004
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    Dr. Amir H. Dorafshar

    Amir Dorafshar is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and the clinical co-director of the Face Transplant Program at Johns Hopkins. Dorafshar specializes in microvascular reconstruction, adult and pediatric craniofacial surgery, aesthetic facial surgery, and microsurgery for congenital, oncological or traumatic conditions.

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    Locations

    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    8th Floor Plastic Surgery Clinic
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 443-287-6012
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-9466
    Fax: 410-502-3092
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    Department/Division

    • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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