Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
1101 15th St., Ste. 100 (street level)
Washington, District of Columbia 20005 US
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"Dr. Rad was my plastic surgeon when I had breast cancer and he did a fabulous job with my DIEP flap reconstruction." "Two years ago, before I met Dr R, I had a mastectomy with the amazing team at Johns Hopkins." "The cosmetic results were the stuff of dreams -- MUCH better breasts than I had before!"

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5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift

Fantastic Results - Baltimore, MD

Dr R takes the time to explain all aspects of your surgery from start to finish. Excellent surgical/artistic skills. I highly recommend

5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift

His Work is Superior to Any I Have Seen - Baltimore, MD

Dr. R is not only a top notch plastic surgeon, he is an artist. He one of the most compassionate physicians I have ever known. He is also passionate about his work.

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Fantastic Surgeon with Great People Skills - Baltimore, MD

Two years ago, before I met Dr R, I had a mastectomy with the amazing team at Johns Hopkins. The cosmetic results were the stuff of dreams -- MUCH better breasts than I had before! The overall experience was so fantastic that I asked my plastic surgeon to give me a face lift. He told me the best person to help me freshen up my looks was Dr R. Dr R listened to me really carefully at every step of the process, and gave me exactly what I wanted. He was attentive and really supportive, answering endless questions and giving me as much (or as little) explanation as I wanted. Like the other doctors I've known at Hopkins, he's not just a great doctor but also a real person, with good people-skills and a commitment to his patients. He made me feel beautiful. My breast cancer days are behind me. I have a whole new lease on life, and a whole new healthy and fresh look as I head into my future. I can't recommend him highly enough.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

S-GAP Breast Reconstruction - Baltimore, MD

Dr. R, Johns Hopkins Hospital, was exceptional in every way. Surgically – I have been nothing but thrilled with all aspects of my process. Beginning with my initial consult, the bilateral mastectomies, the optimal care of my expanders, and now my reconstruction surgery, I have been so emotionally strong and well through the entire experience. But more than that, Dr. R has been the utmost in professional, courteous and kind to every one of my family and friends. My two teenage sons and my husband, and my “Team of Advocates” who marched through this process at my side, were always welcome to voice their concerns or anxieties. Dr. R was ALWAYS accessible and responsive to my “teams” needs. It doesn’t get much better than that.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

Skillful and Sensitive - Baltimore, MD

I found Dr. R to be extraordinarily responsive, replying to emails promptly with thorough explanations, and in office visits, spending as much time with me as my frequently long lists of questions required. I rarely felt hurried.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Fat Transfer

Breast Cancer Survivor

Recently I underwent reconstitution surgery after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Rad and his staff could not have been any kinder or compassionate than they were. He always took the time to talk to both myself and my husband, never rushed. His caring manner always put me at ease even on the day of my major surgery. I would highly recommend him for any kind of plastic surgery you...

43 Year-old, 1 Kid in Need of Some Reshaping- Washington DC

I have been contemplating lipo for about 4 years now. Considering that I had never had any type of surgery before, I was a little afraid to do it. However, i have reached to the point that I can't stand my belly anymore. No diet, no exercise can't seem to work. I can't even find my waist anymore!! I have been researching for a while now and found this new procedure called slim lipo, which can...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

Dr. Rad and Team - Two Thumbs (I Mean Breasts) Up! - Washington, DC

I am so grateful I chose Dr. Rad to perform my surgery. From the moment I walked in, I felt at ease & comfortable. The office is very clean & creative. He took time to answer all my questions, I didn't feel rushed as I did w/ other surgeons I met. His staff was prompt to respond & very friendly. Post surgery I called over a holiday weekend w/ a question & he called me back...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift

Priceless Service

Dr. Rad is an extraordinary doctor. He is amicable, knowledgeable and skill level astounding. He knew what I wanted and needed and provided the best service possible. He was very accommodating with my schedule and my recovery was very easy. I will no doubt be using him in the future and have already recommended him to friends and family. Thank you, Dr. Rad, for a wonderful experience.

33, 1 Beautiful Daughter, Lipo and Removal of 12yr Old Implants - Washington, DC

Hi Awesome People, I made this post in the Implant removal section as well because I want to try and help people going through either of these procedures. The site has been a huge help to me. I am scheduled to have my 12 year old 350cc implants removed, with a small amount of fat grafting to the chest wall to address my concern of being completely flat above the breast tissue. I figured...

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Personal Statement

Dr. Ariel N. Rad is a Princeton and Duke educated, Johns Hopkins trained plastic surgeon, and Assistant Professor of plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins. Based in DC, Dr. Rad has membership with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and he is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Consultation Fee

$100. Consultation fee is applied to surgical fees.

Awards & Recognition

Marquis Who's Who, 2015
Professional Recognition:
Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2009 - present
NIH NRSA F32 Research Grant, 2000 – 2003
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Rad has hospital affiliations at Medstar Surgery Center (Washington, DC); George Washington University Hospital (Washington, DC); Inova Fairfax Hospital (Falls Church, VA).


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BSE, Mechanical Engineering, Princeton University, 1994
    Medical: MD, The Duke University School of Medicine, 2000
    Graduate: PhD, Immunology, The University of London, 2003
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: Integrated Program in General / Plastic Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Fellowship: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins

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Hello,I understand your concerns. By your photos you don't have tuberous breasts because the base of your breasts is normal in width (tuberous breasts... READ MORE

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Nipple Reconstruction: An Overview

Dr. Ariel N. Rad explains how he uses refined nipple reconstruction techniques to add the finishing touches on a beautiful result. Reconstructed nipples are then tattooed to give the lifelike appearance of areolar color and glandular structures. WATCH VIDEO

Lumpectomy Reconstruction With TDAP Flap — The Doctor Explains the Procedure

The TDAP Flap is a unique operation in which Dr. Ariel N. Rad borrows skin and fat from the back and transfers it to a woman’s breast in order to reconstruct medium to large lumpectomy defects. Dr. Rad explains his technique. WATCH VIDEO

Lumpectomy Reconstruction: Learn About an Oncoplasty

Oncoplasty breast lift is a technique that involves reshaping the remaining breast tissue after lumpectomy surgery. The ideal candidate has at least a C cup breast size and has breast ptosis or asymmetry. Dr. Ariel N. Rad explains his approach. WATCH VIDEO

Lumpectomy: An Overview

Lumpectomy, also known as ‘partial mastectomy, without reconstruction can result in distortion, indentation and asymmetry. Dr. Ariel N. Rad explains his about his approach. WATCH VIDEO

Breast Reconstruction: Unilateral LSGAP Flap

Dr. Ariel N. Rad utilizes the LSGAP to reconstruct an entire breast for those who do not have enough abdominal tissue for the DIEP Flap. Dr. Rad explains his approach. WATCH VIDEO

LSGAP Breast Reconstruction: Love Handle Flap Overview

Dr. Ariel Rad is a co-inventor of the LSGAP flap. Dr. Rad utilizes the love handle flap to reconstruct an entire breast. Dr. Rad explains his approach. WATCH VIDEO

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