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John Persing, MD

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Craniofacial Surgery
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Patient type treated
Child, Adult
Accepting new patients
Referral required
From patients or physicians
Board Certified in
Neurological Surgery and Plastic Surgery


John A. Persing MD, is a renowned cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, chief of Yale Medicine’s Plastic Surgery Section, and an expert in craniofacial birth defects. He enjoys his field because it enables him to make meaningful improvements in people’s lives. 

A professor of plastic surgery at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Persing is a leading authority on the treatment of craniosynostosis, a birth defect that distorts skull and face shape, and may affect the way the brain develops. His investigations have helped clarify the appropriate timing and type of surgical treatment in order to provide the best outcomes for the condition. He also performs a wide variety of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries in adults, including body contouring procedures after bariatric surgery, as well as surgeries that address aging, deformity and other issues. 

Dr. Persing is deeply committed to helping his cosmetic surgery patients choose the best treatments for their needs, and believes strongly that all patients deserve a better life regardless of their economic status or where they live. “We continue to strive to optimally enhance the quality of life of each patient who enters our doors,” he says.


  • Irving and Silik Polayes Professor of Surgery (Plastic)
  • Section Chief

Education & Training

  • Resident
    Hospital of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (1982)
  • Registrar
    Freedom Fields Hospital, Plymouth, England (1980)
  • NIDR Sponsored Research Fellow
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (1977)
  • Resident
    Hospital of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (1976)
  • MD
    University of Vermont (1974)
  • Resident
    Hospital of the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (1974)

Additional Information

  • Yale Plastic Surgery
    Yale Physicians Building
    800 Howard Avenue, Ste 4th Floor
    New Haven, CT, 06519
  • Yale Pediatric Specialty Center/Craniofacial Clinic
    1 Long Wharf Drive
    Ste Suite 210
    New Haven, CT, 06511
  • Specialty Physicians
    Park Avenue Medical Center
    5520 Park Avenue, Wing East Pavilion Fl 1st Floor Rm Entrance B
    Trumbull, CT, 06611