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Dr. Raj Vyas

Plastic, Reconstructive, And Craniofacial Surgery
Health Science Clinical Associate Professor - Surgery

Dr. Raj Vyas

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Education and Training

  • Fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery, Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, New York University Medical School
  • Harvard Combined Plastic Surgery Residency Program
  • M.D., David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
  • B.A., Stanford University
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Dr. Raj Vyas is a native of Southern California. He studied biology and economics at Stanford University, where he earned the President's Award for Academic Excellence and graduated with honors & distinction.

Vyas completed his medical education at UCLA, receiving numerous honors including the Longmire Medal (top medical student in surgery) and the Stafford L. Warren Medal (top overall medical student). He was one of two students invited to join the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society during his third year, and served as UCLA chapter president.

Following medical school, Vyas joined the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency. There, he was mentored by a broad range of world leaders in everything from delicate cleft repairs and state-of-the-art breast reconstruction to cutting-edge facial transplantation. In Boston, he treated patients at several "Top 10 U.S. News" hospitals: Massachusetts General, Brigham & Women's, and Boston Children's.

After residency, he pursued additional fellowship training in craniofacial surgery at New York University - the nation's first and most comprehensive program.

There, he collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to treat children with complex congenital anomalies of the face and skull. He gained expertise in difficult adult facial reconstruction after trauma and cancer, employing tools such as microvascular surgery and virtual surgical planning. While immersed in facial reconstruction, he affirmed his appreciation and refined his vision for aesthetic facial surgery.

Research Interests

Vyas has given dozens of national and international research presentations and authored or co-authored more than 30 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in leading specialty journals. Since 2008, he has also been an active surgeon-scientist with Global Smile Foundation, a not-for-profit international cleft outreach organization.


  • Winner Scientific Research Abstract, 33rd Annual Meeting of the Indian Medical Association of Southern California
  • Merck Research Scholarship Award, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Stafford L. Warren Medal: Most Outstanding Medical Student, UCLA School of Medicine Class of 2007
  • The Longmire Medal: Most Outstanding Medical Student in Surgery, UCLA Class of 2007
  • Louis Jolyon West Award for Excellence: Most Outstanding Medical Student in Psychiatry, UCLA Class of 2007
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society: President, UCLA Class of 2007
  • Community Leadership Award, Indian Medical Association of Southern CA
  • Distinction with B.S. in Biology (top 15%), Stanford University
  • Outstanding Young Investigator Award, 2003 International Union Against Tuberculosis & Lung Disease Conference
  • Stanford President's Award for Academic Excellence

Selected Publications

  • Vyas RM, Small PM, DeRiemer K. The Private-Public divide: Impact of Conflicting Perceptions Between the Private and Public Health Care Sectors in India. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2003;7(6):543-9.
  • Jefferis GSXE,Vyas RM, Berdnik D, Stocker RF, Tanaka NK, Ito K, Luo L. Developmental Origin of Wiring Specificity in the Olfactory System of Drosophila. Development. 2004;131(1):117-30.
  • Odim J,Vyas RM, Laks H, Alikhani A, Mehta U, Hughes K. Redo Submammary Incision for Median Sternotomy and Cardiac Repair. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005;79(1):163-7.
  • SooHoo NF, Samimi DB,Vyas RM, Botzler T. Evaluation of the validity of the Foot Function Index in measuring outcomes in patients with foot and ankle disorders. Foot Ankle Int. 2006;27(1):38-42.
  • SooHoo NF,Vyas RM, Samimi D. Responsiveness of the Foot Function Index, AOFAS Clinical Rating Systems, and SF-36 after foot and ankle surgery. Foot Ankle Int. 2006;27(11):930-4.
  • Cohen O, Odim J, De la Zerda D,Vyas RM, Vyas N, Ukatu C, Palatnik K, Laks H. Long-Term Experience of Girdling the Ascending Aorta with Dacron Mesh as Definitive Treatment for Aneuysmal Dilation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007;83:S780-4.
  • Alanay A,Vyas RM, Shamie AN, Scioscia T, Randolph G, Wang JC. Safety and Efficacy of Implant Removal for Patients with Recurrent Back Pain after a Failed Degenerative Lumbar Spine Surgery. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2007;20(4):271-7.
  • Soohoo NF,Vyas RM, Samimi DB, Molina R, Lieberman JR. Comparison of the responsiveness of the SF-36 and WOMAC in patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2007;22(8):1168-73.
  • Vyas RM, Keagle JN, Wexler A, Cahan L, Kawamoto HK, Lazareff J, Wasson KL, Bradley JP. Unilateral vision impairment from a carotid-cavernous fistula after a monobloc osteotomy in a patient with Apert Syndrome. J Craniofac Surg. 2007;18(4):960-5.
  • Vyas RM, Dipple KM, Head C, Wald SH, Wasson KL, Gabbay JS, Tahernia A, Bradley JP. Management of neonatal upper airway obstruction: Decreased morbidity by utilizing a decision tree model with mandibular distraction osteogenesis. J Neonatal Perinatal Med. 2008(1);1:21-29.
  • Vyas RM, Dickinson BP, Wasson KL, Roostaeian J, Bradley JP. Pediatric facial fractures: current national incidence, distribution, and health care resource use. J Craniofac Surg. 2008;19(2):339-49.
  • Vyas RM, Dickinson BP, Fastekjian JH, Watson JP, Dalio AL, Crisera CA. Risk factors for abdominal donor-site morbidity in free flap breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008;121(5):1519-26.
  • Vyas RM, Jarrahy R, Sisodia M, Jourabchi N, Wasson KL, Bradley JP. Bone-borne palatal distraction to correct the constricted cleft maxilla. J Craniofac Surg. 2009;20(3):733-6.
  • Vyas RM*, Erba P*, Ogawa R*, Orgill DP. The Reconstructive Matrix: A New Paradigm in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010;126(2):492-8.*co-first authors. With discussion.
  • Vyas RM, Pomahac B. Use of a Bilobed Gracilis Myocutaneous Flap in Perineal and Genital Reconstruction. Ann Plas Surg. 2010;65(2):225-7.
  • Kohan E, Hazany S, Roostaeian J, Allam K, Head C, Wald S, Vyas R, Bradley JP. Economic advantages to a distraction decision tree model for management of neonatal upper airway obstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010;126(5):1652-64.
  • Vyas RM, Ready JE, Guo L. Use of a retrograde pedicled double-barreled osteocutaneous fibula flap for reconstruction of distal tibia and soft-tissue defects. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011;127(6):173-5e.
  • Vyas RM*, Eberlin KR*, Abi-Haidar Y, Sethna N, Hamdan UH. Adult Cleft Lip Repair Under Local Anesthesia: An Effective Technique in Resource-Poor Settings. Cleft Palate-Craniofac J. 2013;50(1):59-63. *co-first authors
  • Vyas RM, Prsic A, Orgill DP. Transdiaphragmatic Omental Harvest: A Simple, Efficient Method for Sternal Wound Coverage. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013;131(3):544-52. With discussion.
  • Vyas RM, Eberlin KR, Hamdan US. Implementation of an Emergency Response Protocol for Overseas Surgical Outreach Initiatives. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013;131(4).631-6e.
  • Vyas RM, Orgill DP. Reply: transdiaphragmatic omental harvest: a simple, efficient, method for sternal wound coverage. Plast Rconstr Surg 2013; 132(6): 1074e.
  • Patel KG, Eberlin KR,Vyas RM, Hamdan US. Use of Safety Measures, Including the Modified World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist, During International Outreach Cleft Missions. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial J. 2014; 51(5): 597-604.
  • Vyas RM, Warren SM. Unilateral Cleft Lip Repair. Clin Plast Surg 2014; 41(2): 165-77.
  • Vyas RM, Alperovich M, Spano M, Staffenberg DA. The Adorability of the Ipsilateral Oblique View in Unicoronal Craniosynostosis: A Silver Lining for Families. Plastic Reconstr Surg 2014; 134(2): 339-41e.
  • Alperovich M,Vyas RM, Staffenberg DA. Is craniosynostosis repair keeping up with the times? Results from the largest national survey of craniofacial surgeons. J Craniofacial Surg. In press.
  • Vyas RM, Alperovich M, Grayson BH, McCarthy JG, Rodriguez ED. From Multi to Inter to Trans-Disciplinary Care: An Evolution in Craniofacial Surgery. Plastic Reconstr Surg. In press.
  • Vyas RM, Kim DP, Padwa BL, Mulliken JB. Primary Premaxillary Setback and Repair of Bilateral Complete Cleft Lip: Indications, Technique, and Outcomes. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial J. Revision under Review.

Book Chapters

  • Vyas RM. Drosophila Antennal Lobe Development: Origin of Highly Specific Dendritic and Axonal Innervation Patterns in the Olfactory System. Honors Thesis. Dept. of Biologic Sciences, Stanford University Biological Sciences Library. 2003: 1-44.
  • Pomahac B, Nowinski D, Diaz-Siso JR, Bueno EM, Talbot SG, Sinha I, Westvik TS,Vyas RM, Singhal D. Face Transplantation. Curr Probl Surg. 2011;48(5): 293-357.
  • Eberlin KR,Vyas RM, Patel KB, Hamdan US. “Chapter 1: Anatomy and Embryology of Cleft Lip and Palate.” Video Atlas of Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery. Ed: Rogers, Hartnick, & Hamdan. San Diego: Plural Publishing Inc., 2013: 3-7. Print.
  • Vyas RM, Eberlin KR, Patel KB, Hamdan US. “Chapter 3: International Surgical Outreach Initiatives: Planning, Execution, and Safety.” Video Atlas of Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery. Ed: Rogers, Hartnick, & Hamdan. San Diego: Plural Publishing Inc., 2013: 17-38. Print.
  • Patel KB, Eberlin KR,Vyas RM, Hamdan US. “Chapter 5: Anthropometry: Evaluation and Planning.” Video Atlas of Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery. Ed: Rogers, Hartnick, & Hamdan. San Diego: Plural Publishing Inc., 2013: 53-55. Print.
  • Sinha I,Vyas RM, Pomahac B. Face transplantation in the burned patient. Oxford Handbook of Burns. In press.

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