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Reza Jarrahy, MD


Reza Jarrahy, MD

UCLA Physician Reza Jarrahy, MD specializes in Plastic Surgery.
Plastic Surgery
Language Spoken
English, Farsi, French, Italian, Spanish
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
(310) 825-0065 Appointments and Information
Fax Number
(310) 300-1223
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200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 465
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2008
Plastic Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2004 - 2006
Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 1998 - 2000
Surgery, UCSD Medical Center, 2000 - 2003
Surgery, New York University Medical Center, 1997 - 1998
Surgery, New York University Medical Center, 1996 - 1997
MD, SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, 1996
Abdominoplasty, Body Contouring, Breast Reconstruction (breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reduction), Burn Care, Cosmetic/Aesthetic Surgery (facelift, necklift, browlift, eyelid surgery), Craniofacial, Derma Fillers, Facial Palsy, General Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Laser, Liposuction, Lower Extremity Reconstruction, Nerve Reconstruction, Pediatrics, Reconstruction of Facial Skin Cancer Defects, Rhinoplasty, Silicone Problems, Skin Cancer, Skin Lesion Ear, Skin Lesion Eyelid, Skin Lesion Lip, Skin Lesion Nose, Skin Resurfacing, Tattoo Removal, Wound Care
Research Interest
Dr. Jarrahy directs a fully-funded research laboratory that focuses on tissue engineering research. He and his lab team are currently focused on developing innovative ways to create bone and nerve from stem cells and bioengineered scaffolds for use in craniofacial reconstruction and patients with traumatic nerve injuries. The goal of Dr. Jarrahy's research is to develop innovative techniques that will improve surgical outcomes in the patients he serves. Based on his research, Dr. Jarrahy has received numerous awards, including research grants from the Annenberg Foundation, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, Komedyplast, Cleft Palate Foundation, and the UCLA Clinical Translational Science Institute. Dr. Jarrahy's research endeavors have resulted in the publication of over 60 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, 15 book chapters, and nearly 100 abstracts that have been presented at national and international plastic surgery conferences. He is an invited manuscript reviewer for several scientific journals and contributes to the craniofacial surgery research and educational programs of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Additional Information

Reza Jarrahy, MD, FACS, FAAP, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has served on the faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA since he joined the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2007. Dr. Jarrahy earned his B.S. in Biology from Stanford University (1992) and his M.D. from SUNY Stony Brook (1996). He completed his general surgery training at NYU Medical Center and UCSD Medical Center, both renowned for their rigorous surgical training programs. Dr. Jarrahy completed his plastic surgery residency at UCLA, which is considered to be one of the premier training programs in plastic surgery in the nation. Following his residency training, Dr. Jarrahy was selected as the 2006-2007 UCLA Craniofacial Surgery fellow, a highly competitive position which has generated many of the current leaders in craniofacial surgery in the United States. Immediately upon completing that fellowship, he joined the faculty at UCLA, where he has remained ever since. Dr. Jarrahy is Co-Director of the UCLA Craniofacial Clinic, Co-Director of the UCLA Face Transplant Program, and Assistant Chief of Plastic Surgery at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. He holds dual appointments in Plastic Surgery and Pediatrics. He also sits on the Board of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Dr. Jarrahy's clinical specialties include all aspects of advanced craniofacial surgery, including repair of cleft lip and palate, syndromic and non-syndromic craniosynostosis, microtia and other ear deformities, jaw surgery, distraction osteogenesis, nasal reshaping, cancer reconstruction, and trauma reconstruction. He is among the most experienced craniofacial surgeons in Southern California, and takes care of patients with rare and complicated craniofacial disorders who come to UCLA from all over the nation and the world. His vast experience in craniofacial reconstructive surgery greatly informs his cosmetic surgery practice, which is focused on cosmetic surgery of the face and body, including non-invasive techniques (e.g. injectables and botox), fat grafting, rhinoplasty, forehead, brow, and eyelid rejuvenation, facelifting and neck lifting, as well as body contouring of the torso, such as liposuction and abdominoplasty.

Dr. Jarrahy is a true educator, having trained hundreds of medical students, residents, and fellows, both here at UCLA and in his various activities abroad in international medicine. He is a dedicated humanitarian, volunteering his time and efforts numerous times a year to travel abroad and provide free operations to children in developing nations who suffer from craniofacial deformities but who lack access to medical and surgical care. He is a member of the volunteer faculty of the SOBRAPAR Hospital for Craniofacial Surgery in Campinas, Brazil and serves on the faculty of the Center for World Health at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as well as the Blum Center for Poverty and Health in Latin America. He is the recipient of several grants in support of his global health efforts that he conducts in conjunction with colleagues in the UCLA Latin American Studies Program and Latin American Institute. This collaboration has been lauded for its "At the Crossroads" symposium series, which has examined the intersection of culture and medicine in Latin America, and its contribution to global health endeavors at UCLA.

Awards & Recognition
  1. Phi Delta Theta Educational Foundation Community Service Award, 1992
  2. Asians in Medicine Community Service Award, 1995
  3. Association for Academic Surgery Student Research Award, 1996
  4. UCSD Department of Surgery Chief Resident Teaching Award, 2003
  5. UCSD Department of Surgery Chairman’s Award, 2003
  6. Plastic Surgery Research Council Baronio Scholar, 2004
  7. UCLA Division of Plastic Surgery Research Award, 2004
  8. American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Research Award, 2004
  9. UCLA School of Medicine Longmire Surgical Society Fujisawa Research Award, 2005
  10. UCLA School of Medicine Longmire Surgical Society Fujisawa Research Award, 2006
  11. Advisory Board, UCLA Lab School, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, 2009-2014
  12. Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Scientific Essay Contest, Second Place Award, 2009
  13. UCLA School of Medicine Longmire Surgical Society Fujisawa Research Award, 2010
  14. Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Scientific Essay Contest, Third Place Award, 2010
  15. Founding Member and Co-Chair, Outreach Committee, UCLA Lab School Advisory Board, 2010-2013
  16. American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons CRANIO Fellowship, 2011
  17. Co-Chair, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Scientific Program Committee, 2012-2013
  18. Chair, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Best Papers Committee, 2012-2014
  19. Chair, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Membership Committee, 2012-2014
  20. Vice President of Communications, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, 2012-2014
  21. Co-Chair and Moderator, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Pre-Conference Symposium, 2013
  22. Co-Chair and Local Host, ASMS Basic Maxillofacial Principles and Techniques Winter Course, 2014
Selected from over 50 publications:
For a full bibliography link to my PubMed listings here »
  1. Katzen JT, Jarrahy R, Eby JB, Mathiasen RA, Marguiles DR, Shahinian HK. Craniofacial and skull base trauma. J Trauma 2003;54(5)1026-1034.
  2. Jarrahy R, Huang W, Rudkin GH, Lee JM, Ishida K, Berry M, Sukkarieh M, Yamaguchi DT, Miller TA. Osteogenic differentiation is inhibited and angiogenic expression is enhanced in MC3T3-E1 cells cultured on three-dimensional PLGA scaffolds. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 2005;289:C408 - C414.
  3. Kabil MS, Jarrahy R, Shahinian HK. The application of craniofacial techniques and intracranial endoscopy to pituitary surgery. J Craniofac Surg 2005;16(5):812-8.
  4. Roostaeian J, Carlsen B, Simhaee D, Jarrahy R, Huang W, Ishida K, Rudkin GH, Yamaguchi DT, Miller TA. Characterization of Growth and Osteogenic Differentiation of Rabbit Bone Marrow Stromal Cells. J Surg Res 2006;133(2):76-83.
  5. Gabbay JS, Heller JB, Mitchell SA, Zuk PA, Spoon DB, Wasson KL, Jarrahy R, Benhaim P, Bradley JP. Osteogenic potentiation of human adipose-derived stem cells in a 3-dimensional matrix. Ann Plast Surg 2006;57(1):89-93.
  6. Jarrahy R, Kaufman MR, Roostaeian J, Trussler A, Crisera C, Festekjian J. A Rare Case of Delayed Staphylococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome Following Abdominoplasty. Aesth Surg. 2007;27(2):162-166.
  7. Jones NF, Jarrahy R, Song JI, Kaufman MR, Markowitz B. Postoperative medical complications—not microsurgical complications—negatively influence the morbidity, mortality and true costs after microsurgical reconstruction for head and neck cancer. Plast Recon Surg. 2007;119(7):2053-2060.
  8. Huang CK, Huang W, Zuk P, Jarrahy R, Rudkin GH, Ishida K, Yamaguchi DT, Miller TA. Genetic markers of osteogenesis and angiogenesis are altered in processed lipoaspirate cells when cultured on three-dimensional scaffolds. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Feb;121(2):411-23.
  9. Roostaeian J, Jarrahy R, Kaufman MR, Rudkin GH. Power-assisted liposuction treatment of cervicodorsal fat pad in human immunodeficiency virus-associated lipodystrophy. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Mar;121(3):135e-136e.
  10. Jones NF, Kaufman MR, Jarrahy R. Pedicled and free radial forearm flaps for reconstruction of the elbow, wrist and hand. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Mar;121(3):887-98.
  11. Trussler AP, Kawamoto HK, Wasson KL, Dickinson BP, Jackson E, Keagle JN, Jarrahy R, Bradley JP. Upper lip augmentation: palmaris longus tendon as an autologous filler. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Mar;121(3):1024-32.
  12. Kawamoto HK, Desrosiers AE 3rd, Jarrahy R, Sedrak MF, Ashley RK, Bradley JP. "Stuffy nose" rhinoplasty: diced cartilage grafts for correction of cleft nasal tip deformities. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Oct;122(4):1138-43.
  13. Bradley JP, Levitt A, Nguyen J, Raposo CE, Jarrahy R, Katchikian HV, Kawamoto HK. Roman arch, keystone fixation for facial bipartition with monobloc distraction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Nov;122(5):1514-23.
  14. Jarrahy R, Kawamoto HK, Keagle J, Dickinson BP, Katchikian HV, Bradley JP. Three tenets for staged correction of Kleeblattschadel or cloverleaf skull deformity. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Jan;123(1):310-8.
  15. Vyas RM, Jarrahy R, Sisodia M, Jourbachi N, Wasson KL, Bradley JP. Bone-borne palatal distraction to correct the constricted cleft maxilla. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 May;20(3):733-6.
  16. Derosiers AE, Kawamoto HK, Katchikian HV, Jarrahy R, Bradley JP. Microform cleft lip repair with intraoral muscle interdigitation. Ann Plast Surg. 2009 Jun;62(6):640-4.
  17. Pereira CT, Huang W, Jarrahy R, Rudkin G, Yamaguchi DT, Miller TA. Human and mouse osteoprogenitor cells exhibit distinct patterns of osteogenesis in three-dimensional tissue engineering scaffolds. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Dec;124(6):1869-79.
  18. Pereira CT, Huang W, Sayer G, Jarrahy R, Rudkin G, Miller TA. Osteogenic Potential of Polymer-Bound Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 on MC3T3-E1 Two-Dimensional Cell Cultures. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Dec;124(6):2199-200
  19. Kawamoto HK, Kim SS, Jarrahy R, Bradley JP. Differential diagnosis of the idiopathic laterally deviated mandible. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Nov;124(5):1599-609.
  20. Im DD, Kruger EA, Huang WR, Sayer G, Rudkin GH, Yamaguchi DT, Jarrahy R, Miller T. ERK1/2 is responsible for inhibition of osteogenesis in 3D cultured MC3T3-E1 cells. Tissue Eng Part A. 2010 Nov;16(11): 1-10.
  21. Wan DC, Lazareff JA, Jarrahy R, Bradley JP. Correction of large facial encephalocele with bilateral rare craniofacial clefts. J Craniofac Surg. 2011 Jan;22(1):338-42.
  22. Raposo-Amaral CE, Raposo-Amaral CM, Raposo-Amaral CA, Chahal H, Bradley JP, Jarrahy R. Age at surgery significantly impacts the amount of orbital relapse following hypertelorbitism correction: a thirty-year longitudinal study. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Apr;127(4):1620-30.
  23. Jarrahy R, Vo V, Goenjian HA, Tabit CJ, Katchikian HV, Kumar A, Meals C, Bradley JP. Diagnostic accuracy of maxillofacial trauma two-dimensional and three-dimensional computed tomographic scans: comparison of oral surgeons, head and neck surgeons, plastic surgeons, and neuroradiologists. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Jun;127(6):2432-40.
  24. Tanna N, Im DD, Azhar H, Roostaeian J, Lesavoy MA, Bradley JP, Jarrahy R. Inferior turbinoplasty during cosmetic rhinoplasty: Techniques & Trends. Plast Reconstr Surg. Oct;128(4S):63, 2011.
  25. Im D, Paskhover B, Staffenberg D, Jarrahy R. Current management of microtia. Plast Reconstr Surg. Oct;128(4S):99, 2011.
  26. Jarrahy R. Controversies in the management of neonatal micrognathia: to distract or not to distract, that is the question. J Craniofac Surg 2012 Jan;23(1):243-9.
  27. Jarrahy R, Bradley J. Reply: The Role of Three-Dimensional Computed Tomography in Evaluating Facial Trauma. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Feb;129(2):355e-356e.
  28. Lakin G, Jarrahy R. Commentary on “Nonsyndromic Craniosynostosis: Current Treatment Options.” J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Nov;23(7 Suppl 1):2066-7.
  29. Thaller S, Jarrahy R. The Kawamoto epilogue: a prologue for craniofacial surgery. J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Nov;23(7 Suppl 1):1999.
  30. Tanna N, Im DD, Azhar H, Roostaeian J, Lesavoy MA, Bradley JP, Jarrahy R. Inferior Turbinoplasty During Cosmetic Rhinoplasty: Techniques and Trends. Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Dec 13. [Epub ahead of print]
  31. Im DD, Paskhover B, Staffenberg DA, Jarrahy R. Current Management of Microtia: A National Survey. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2013 Apr;37(2):402-8.
  32. Vardanian A, Kusnezov N, Im D, Lee J, Jarrahy R. Social media use and impact on plastic surgery practice. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 May;131(5):1184-93.
  33. Hokugo A, Sorice S, Buck A, Lee J, Li A, Zuk P, Jarrahy R. In vitro study of a novel oxysterol for osteogenic differentiation on rabbit bone marrow stromal cells. Plast Recon Surg. 2013 Jul;132(1):70e-80e.
  34. Raposo-Amaral CE, Tong A, Denadai R, Yalom A, Raposo-Amaral CA, Bertola D, Li A, Jarrahy R. A subcranial LeFort III advancement with distraction osteogenesis as a clinical strategy to approach pycnodysostosis with midface retrusion and exorbitism. J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Jul;24(4):1327-30.
  35. Hokugo A, Sorice S, Parhami F, Yalom A, Li A, Zuk P, Jarrahy R. A novel oxysterol promotes bone regeneration in rabbit cranial bone defects. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2013 Aug 29 [Epub ahead of print]
  36. Li A, Yoon A, Vardanian A, Nguyen P, Gordon C, Jarrahy R. Patient Rankings: Why patient feedback should affect our delivery of care, and influence on pay is still premature. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2013 Nov;98(11):22-3.
  37. Kaufman MR, Elkwood A, Collichio AR, Cece J, Jarrahy R, Willekes LJ, Rose MI, Brown D. Functional restoration of diaphragmatic paralysis: an evaluation of phrenic nerve surgery. Ann Thor Surg. 2014 Jan;97(1):260-6.
  38. Hokugo A; Saito T; Li A; Sato K; Tabata Y; Jarrahy R. Stimulation of bone regeneration following the controlled release of water-insoluble oxysterol from biodegradable hydrogel . (Accepted, Biomaterials, March 2104, in press)
  39. Yalom A, Hokugo A, Zuk P, Jarrahy R. The osteoinductive effects of a novel oxysterol on human adipose derived stem cells. (Accepted, Plast Recon Surg April 2014, in press)
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