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.