Education

Fellowship
Plastic Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2006
Residency
Surgery, UCSD Medical Center, 2003
Fellowship
Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2000
Residency
Surgery, New York University Medical Center, 1998
Internship
Surgery, New York University Medical Center, 1997
Degree
MD, SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, 1996

Medical Board Certifications

Plastic Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2008

State License

A66518
  • About Me

    About Me

    Dr. Reza Jarrahy, Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, is one of the most experienced and well-regarded craniofacial surgeons in Southern California. He is recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally as a leader in his field. His professional activities over the past decade have helped advance patient care, research, education, and global health initiatives in plastic surgery locally and around the world.

    Dr. Jarrahy was born and raised in New York City and attended Hunter College High School, one of New York City’s highly competitive city-wide specialized schools. He graduated from high school as valedictorian and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, where he studied Biological Sciences and Italian Studies. After medical school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he completed his general surgery residency at New York University and the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Jarrahy went on to plastic surgery residency at UCLA and, upon graduating, was accepted into the UCLA Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship—one of the most highly regarded programs of its kind in the nation—under the direction of Dr. Henry Kawamoto, the founder of the Fellowship and one of the world’s most eminent craniofacial surgeons. Since joining the UCLA full-time plastic surgery faculty in 2007, Dr. Jarrahy has continued to honor Dr. Kawamoto’s legacy by providing leadership and continuity to the program. He has trained all of UCLA’s craniofacial fellows since that time and continues to mentor fellows who come to train at UCLA from around the country and all over the world.

    During his clinical residency and fellowship years, Dr. Jarrahy also completed three years of dedicated research training. This experience prepared him for his current career in academic medicine and research, resulting today in a robust and productive research program that is characterized by the publication of many peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters, and the delivery of many scientific presentations and invited lectures around the world. Dr. Jarrahy’s research has been recognized by leading scientists in the field of academic plastic surgery, who have bestowed upon him numerous prestigious research awards.

    Since completing his training, Dr. Jarrahy has committed himself in an uninterrupted fashion to promoting the field of craniofacial surgery and to caring for craniofacial patients. He has extensive experience in the treatment of the most complex craniofacial anomalies, as well as complex reconstructive surgery of the head and neck, including cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis repair, jaw surgery, ear reconstruction, soft tissue and bone tumor reconstruction, and many others. He has worked non-stop over the past decade to advance the interests of children born with facial birth defects in the operating room, the laboratory, and through his involvement in philanthropy and community service. As a result of his in-depth knowledge of the craniofacial skeleton and soft tissues, he has also earned a reputation as an excellent aesthetic surgeon of the face and neck, whose attention to detail consistently results in superb natural results and very satisfied patients. Dr. Jarrahy serves these patients and the community at large as Assistant Chief of Plastic Surgery at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Co-Director of the UCLA Craniofacial Clinic, and Co-Director of the UCLA Face Transplant Program.

    Dr. Jarrahy’s extensive experience has earned him numerous positions of leadership in various professional societies, including the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, where he has served as a Board member for the past several years. He also serves as a faculty advisor to the UCLA Blum Center for Poverty and Health in Latin America, the UCLA Latin American Institute, and the UCLA School of Medicine Center for World Health, where he continues to support the development of global health programs for undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students.

    Perhaps more than any other quality, Dr. Jarrahy is best known for his humanism and his humanitarianism. He continues to travel overseas multiple times per year to operate and engage in community service projects in developing nations, serving some of the most vulnerable children on the planet. He is the proud recipient of a 2016 UCLA Health Teaching Humanism Award, in recognition of his contributions as a role model and teacher of patient-centered care.
  • Locations

    UCLA Cosmetic Surgery Center

    (primary location)
    Address
    200 UCLA Medical Plaza
    Suite 465
    Los Angeles, California 90095
    Phone
    310-825-0065
    Address
    117 Pirie Road, Suite E
    Ojai, California 93003
    Phone
    310-825-5510
    Fax
    310-206-4190
    Address
    15200 Sunset Blvd
    Suite 107
    Pacific Palisades, California 90272
    Phone
    310-825-5510
    Fax
    310-206-4190
    Address
    1131 Wilshire Blvd
    Suite 202
    Santa Monica, California 90401
    Phone
    424-259-8570
  • Education

    Medical Board Certifications

    Plastic Surgery
    American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2008

    Education

    Fellowship
    Plastic Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2006
    Residency
    Surgery, UCSD Medical Center, 2003
    Fellowship
    Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2000
    Residency
    Surgery, New York University Medical Center, 1998
    Internship
    Surgery, New York University Medical Center, 1997
    Degree
    MD, SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, 1996
  • Clinical Interests
    • Abdominoplasty
    • Aesthetic Dermatology (BOTOX, Fillers, and Chemical Peels)
    • Blepharoplasty
    • Body Contouring
    • Botox
    • Breast Reconstruction (breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reduction)
    • Burn Care
    • Chemical Peels
    • Cosmetic/Aesthetic Surgery (facelift, necklift, browlift, eyelid surgery)
    • Craniofacial
    • Derma Fillers
    • Dermabrasion/Microdermabrasion
    • Facial Palsy
    • General Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    • Laser
    • Liposuction
    • Lower Extremity Reconstruction
    • Nerve Reconstruction
    • Pediatrics
    • Reconstruction of Facial Skin Cancer Defects
    • Rhinoplasty
    • Scar Revision
    • Silicone Problems
    • Skin Cancer
    • Skin Lesion Ear
    • Skin Lesion Eyelid
    • Skin Lesion Lip
    • Skin Lesion Nose
    • Skin Resurfacing
    • Tattoo Removal
    • Wound Care
  • Research

    Research Interest

    Basic Science:
    • Regenerative Medicine
    • Tissue Engineering
    • Bone Regeneration
    • Biomaterials
    • Nerve Regeneration
    • Stem Cell Therapies
    • Burn Wound Reconstruction
    • Adipose Derived Stem Cells
    • Transplantation

    Clinical:
    • Comparison of Cleft Lip and Palate Techniques
    • Outcomes in Cranioplasty
    • Orthognathic Surgery
    • Radiology in Craniofacial Surgery
    • Psychosocial Development in Children with Facial Deformities
  • News & Awards

    In the News

    Awards

    Professional Honors:
    • Phi Delta Theta Educational Foundation Community Service Award, 1992
    • Asians in Medicine Community Service Award, 1995
    • Association for Academic Surgery Student Research Award, 1996
    • UCSD Department of Surgery Chief Resident Teaching Award, 2003
    • UCSD Department of Surgery Chairman’s Award, 2003
    • Plastic Surgery Research Council Baronio Scholar, 2004
    • UCLA Division of Plastic Surgery Resident Research Award, 2004
    • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Research Award, 2004
    • Invited reviewer, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 2007-present
    • Advisory Board, UCLA Lab School, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, 2009-2014
    • Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Scientific Essay Contest, Second Place Award, 2009
    • UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Research Review Committee, 2009
    • Advisor, College of Applied Anatomy, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 2009-present
    • Co-Chair and Local Host, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Basic Course, UCLA, February 2010
    • Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Scientific Essay Contest, Third Place Award, 2010
    • Founding Member and Co-Chair, Outreach Committee, UCLA Lab School Advisory Board, 2010-2013
    • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons CRANIO Fellowship, 2011
    • Member, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Education Committee, 2011-2015
    • Member, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Website Committee, 2011-2013
    • Chair, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Video Sub-Committee, 2011-2012
    • Co-Chair, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Scientific Program Committee, 2012-2013
    • Chair, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Best Papers Committee, 2012-2014
    • Chair, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Membership Committee, 2012-2015
    • Vice President of Communications, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, 2012-2014
    • Member, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Ad Hoc Committee on Young MF Surgeons, 2012-2014
    • Member, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Maxillofacial News Committee, 2011-2013
    • Delegate, Coalition of California Cleft and Craniofacial Teams, 2011
    • Editor, Pediatrics Module, Plastic Surgery Hyperguide, 2011–2012
    • Member, Buildings and Grounds Committee, UCLA Lab School Advisory Board, 2012-2013
    • Member, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Development Committee, 2012-2013
    • Invited Reviewer, Tissue Engineering Part A, 2012-present
    • Scientific Panel Moderator, Plastic Surgery Research Council Annual Meeting, 2013
    • Co-Director, UCLA Latin American Institute Working Group Symposium Series, 2013
    • Member, Planning Committee, American Society of 82nd Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2013
    • Scientific Panel Moderator, American Society of 82nd Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2013
    • Session Abstract Rater, American Society of 82nd Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2013
    • Member, ASPS Convention Committee, Craniomaxillofacial Subcommittee, 2013
    • Co-Chair and Moderator, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Pre-Conference Symposium, 2013
    • Co-Chair and Local Host, ASMS Basic Maxillofacial Principles and Techniques Winter Course, 2014
    • Chair and Host, 9th Biennial Henry K. Kawamoto Jr. Lectureship in Craniofacial Surgery, 2014
    • Invited Reviewer, Plastic Surgery Review: A Study Guide for In-Service and Board Exams, Thieme, 2014
    • Scientific Program Committee, 59th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Council Meeting, 2014
    • Session Moderator, 59th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Council Meeting, 2014
    • Invited Reviewer, Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, 2013-present
    • Invited Faculty, ASCFS/ASMS Basic Techniques in Craniofacial Surgery Course, 2014
    • Scientific Program Committee, American Society of Plastic Surgeons 83rd Annual Meeting, 2014
    • Invited Reviewer, Biochemical Sciences, 2014-present
    • Scientific Program Committee, 60th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Council Meeting, 2015
    • Member, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Scientific Program Committee, 2015
    • Scientific Program Committee, American Society of Plastic Surgeons 84th Annual Meeting, 2015
    • Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons Craniomaxillofacial/Head and Neck Subcommittee, 2015
    • Session Moderator, 60th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Council Meeting, 2015
    • Instructor, ASMS International Basic Course, Romanian Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, Iasi, Romania, 2015
    • Session Moderator, American Society of Plastic Surgeons 84th Annual Meeting, 2015
    • Course Instructor, American Society of Plastic Surgeons 84th Annual Meeting, 2015
    • Member, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Task Force on Diversity, 2015
    • Invited Faculty, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Pre-Conference Symposium, 2015
    • Invited Faculty, Global Pediatric Facial Surgery Summit. Austin Texas, 2015
    • Invited Faculty, ASMS Basic Maxillofacial Techniques Course, 2016
    • UCLA Health Teaching Humanism Award, 2016

    Research Awards:
    • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Research Award: The Impact of Three-Dimensional Culture upon the Contracts Differentiation of Primary
    • Osteoprogenitor Cell Lines. Principal Investigator. 2004.
    • Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Research Fellowship Grant Award: Osteogenic Potential of Oxysterols in Tissue Engineering. Principal Investigator. 2009.
    • Annenberg Foundation Award for Craniofacial Surgery and Research: The use of a novel cholesterol-based osteogenic growth factor in bone regeneration. Principal Investigator. 2010.
    • Annenberg Foundation Award for Craniofacial Surgery and Research: Healing of mandibular osteoradionecrosis defects using bone tissue engineering approaches. Principal Investigator. 2011.
    • UCLA Transdisciplinary Seed Grant: Empowerment through art: improving self-esteem in children with congenital facial malformations through self-Produced multimedia storytelling. Co-Principal Investigator. 2011.
    • Plastic Surgery Foundation Pilot Research Grant: Fabrication of a chemotactic smart scaffold for bone regeneration. Principal Investigator. 2011.
    • UCLA Faculty Research Grant: Developing a “smart scaffold” for use in bone tissue engineering. Principal Investigator. 2011.
    • ASMS/MSF Research Grant Award: Development of a “Smart Scaffold" to maintain chemotactic effects for mesenchymal stem cells. Principal Investigator. 2011
    • UCLA Latin American Institute Working Group Grant: Surgery and Culture in Latin America. Co-principal Investigator, 2012.
    • Annenberg Foundation Award for Craniofacial Surgery and Research, unrestricted educational grant. 2013.
    • UCLA Faculty Research Grant: Bone regeneration by a chemotactic "smart scaffold:" in vivo calvarial bone defect model. Principal Investigator. 2013.
    • UCLA Transdisciplinary Seed Grant (UCLA CTSI UL1TR000124): Facing the Future: Changing Paradigms in Global Health Delivery. Co-Principal Investigator. 2013.
    • Cleft Palate Foundation Cleft/Craniofacial Anomalies Research Grant: A novel osteogenic oxysterol for cranial bone regeneration. Principal Investigator. 2013.
    • UCLA Latin American Institute Working Group Grant: Co-principal Investigator, 2013.
    • Komedyplast Craniofacial Research Grant, American Society of Craniofacial Surgery. A novel osteogenic agent, Oxy133, promotes bone regeneration. Principal Investigator. 2013.
    • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons/Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation Research Grant Award. Large- Scale Bone Regeneration Using a Novel Chemotactic Regenerative Scaffold. Principal Investigator. 2013.
    • UCLA Latin American Institute Working Group Grant: Surgery and Culture in Latin America. Co-principal Investigator, 2013.
    • UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Catalyst Grant: Pediatrics, Surgery, and Anthropology in Brazil. Co-Principal Investigator. 2014.
    • Plastic Surgery Foundation National Endowment for Plastic Surgery Award. Novel osteogenic oxysterol for cranial bone regeneration. Principal Investigator. 2014
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