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Amir H. Dorafshar, M.B.Ch.B.

Amir Hossein Dorafshar, M.B.Ch.B.

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Clinical Co-Director, Face Transplant Program

Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


Languages: English, Farsi

Expertise: Abdominoplasty, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Bell's Palsy, Blepharoplasty, Botox, Brachioplasty, Breast Augmentation, Breast Conservation Surgery, Breast Implants, Breast Lift , Breast Reconstruction, Breast Surgery, Breast Tissue Expander, Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate, Complex Skull Reconstruction, Cranial Nerve Palsies, Craniofacial Injuries, Craniofacial Reconstruction, Craniofacial Surgery, Craniomaxillofacial Surgery , Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction, Cranioplasty, Craniosynostosis, Cutaneous Oncology, Cutaneous Surgery, Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator Flap, Dermal Fillers, Dermatologic Surgery, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Eyelid Reconstruction, Face Transplant, Facelift, Facial Fracture Reconstruction, Facial Implants , Facial Nerve Disorders, Facial Paralysis, Facial Plastic Surgery, Facial Reanimation, Facial Reconstruction, Facial Scar Revision, Facial Surgery, Facial Trauma Reconstructive Surgery, Flaps, General Reconstruction, Injectibles, Jaw Dislocation or Fracture, Liposuction, Mastectomy, Maxillofacial Surgery, Maxillofacial Transplant , Mohs Surgery, Pediatric Craniofacial Disorders, Pediatric Facial Trauma, Pierre Robin Syndrome, Plastic Surgery, Reanimation of the Face and Upper Extremity, Reconstruction After Cancer, Reconstructive Jaw Surgery, Revision Breast Augmentation, Revision Breast Reconstruction, Revision Rhinoplasty, Rhinoplasty, Skin Cancer Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Lesions, Tummy Tuck more

Research Interests: Vascularized composite tissue allotransplantation; Tissue engineering; Regenerating vascularized bone using bio-active scaffolds; Clinical outcomes in facial trauma; Craniofacial Disorders more

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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. more


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



  • MBChB, University of Manchester (2000)


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


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Craniofacial Surgery (2010)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery / Plastic Surgery (2011)

Additional Training

Fellowship, UCLA School of Medicine / Vascular Surgery (Los Angeles CA ) (2003)

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Activities & Honors


  • Best Paper Prize, Aesthetic Facial Reconstruction in Adults and Children Symposium, 2009
  • Best Reconstructive/Burn Award, American Society of Plastic Surgeons Senior Residents Conference, 2009
  • House Resolution 437, Maryland House of Delegates, 2012
  • 2nd Prize for Best Clinical Paper, Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, 2009
  • Senate Resolution 677, Senate of Maryland, 2012
  • Best Clinical Paper Award, Total Face, 2012
  • Nominee for Residents Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Chicago Medical Center, 2004
  • Biomet Resident Scholar Award, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons , 2009
  • Academic Scholarship Award, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, 2014


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

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

A traumatic bike accident left Rebecca Clark with deep scars and low self esteem, until she met Dr. Amir Dorafshar. Read Rebecca's story. (September, 2016)

The Search for Better Bone Replacement: 3-D Printed Bone with Just the Right Mix of Ingredients, May 4, 2016

Faculty Focus: Q&A with Amir Dorafshar, MD, Plastic Surgery Resident, April 2016

Exploring the Vanguard of Transplantation: Hand, Face and Urogenital (February 2016)

Future in 3-D: Johns Hopkins Turns its Aurgeons into Artists with New 3-D technology, “ Baltimore Business Journal, November 21, 2014

Computer Models Help Doctors Bring Boy’s Head Down to Normal Size,” ABC News, June 2012


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