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Dr. Ariel N. Rad, M.D., Ph.D.

Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Washington, DC. USA.

Dr. Ariel Rad received his mechanical engineering degree magna cum laude from Princeton University where he was also co-captain of the Division I NCAA swim team.

He then completed medical school at Duke University. During his medical education, he was awarded two Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowships to conduct research at the National Institutes of Health and Duke University, and then he received an F32 grant from the NIH to continue his research at the University of London where he completed a Ph.D.. While in London, Dr. Rad competed and performed internationally in professional Latin American dance and he was ranked 38th in the world in 2002.

In 2003, Dr. Rad returned to the United States to enter the training program in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 2009, Dr. Rad joined the full-time plastic surgery faculty there as Assistant Professor and Director of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in the Department of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Rad provides state-of-the-art procedures in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Rad has interests in microvascular breast reconstruction and synergistic approaches to aesthetic rejuvenation of the face and body. While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Rad and his colleagues pioneered the most advanced microsurgical techniques such as the landmark publication describing the “LSGAP flap,” or “love handle” technique, a unique approach that harvests tissue from the love-handle region to completely rebuild patients’ breasts following mastectomy for breast cancer. Dr. Rad presented this work at the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery and has been featured on NBC, Washington Fox 5 news, WJLA and WJZ news for his work.

Dr. Rad is also involved in non-profit surgical missions in underserved countries. In 2009 he traveled to the Philippines for a combined mission with the U.S. military, Operation Smile, and The Healing Hands Foundation, and performed surgery on children with disfiguring facial deformities. Dr. Rad is renowned for his skill in microvascular reconstruction and aesthetic surgery, his artistry, and a caring manner.

Contact Information:


Phone 202.600.9977




B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, {Magna Cum Laude}: Princeton University
M.D.: Duke University School of Medicine
Ph.D.: Immunology, The University of London
Residency: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor and Former Director of Aesthetic Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Peer-reviewed original research articles

1. Ohkuma R, Buretta K, Rosson GD, Rad AN. Use of the pedicled thoracodorsal artery perforator (TDAP) flap for salvage of the reconstructed breast. Microsurgery 2012 (pending).
2. Mulvey CL, Cooney CM, Daily FF, Colantuoni E, Ogbuago OU, Cooney DS, Rad AN, Manahan MA, Rosson GD, Sacks JM. Increased flap weight and decreased perforator number predicts fat necrosis in DIEP flap breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg 2012 (pending).
3. Buretta K, Im J, Rosson GD, Manson PN, Rad AN. The Chief Resident Aesthetic Surgery Clinic: A safe alternative for patients. Plast Reconstr Surg 2012 (pending).
4. Venkat R, Lee JC, Rad AN, Manahan MA, Rosson GD. Bilateral autologous breast reconstruction with deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flaps: Review of a single surgeon's early experience. Microsurgery. 2012 Feb 27.
5. Follmar KE, Prucz RB, Manahan MA, Magarakis M, Rad AN, Rosson GD. Internal mammary intercostal perforators instead of the true internal mammary vessels as the recipient vessels for breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Jan;127(1):34-40.PMID: 21200197.
6. Angster K, Shridharani SS, Rad AN, Rosson GD. "Intra-abdominal tissue expanders to prevent radiation enteritis: preliminary report," Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Apr;125(4):177e-179e.
7. Katz RD, Manahan MA, Rad AN, Flores JI, Singh NK, Rosson GD. "Classification Schema for Anatomic Variations of the Inferior Epigastric Vasculature Evaluated by Abdominal CT Angiograms for Breast Reconstruction," Microsurgery. 2010 Nov;30(8):593-602.
8. Rad AN, Flores JI, Prucz RB, Stapleton SM, Rosson GD. "Clinical experience with the lateral septocutaneous superior gluteal artery perforator flap for autologous breast reconstruction". Microsurgery. 2010 Jul;30(5):339-47.
9. Rad AN, Rosson GD, Rodriguez ED, Brazio P, Christy MR. The anterior tibialis artery perforator propeller (ATAP) flap for traumatic knee and patella defects: Clinical Cases and Anatomic Study, Ann Plast Surg 2010 Feb;64(2):210-6.