Medical advancements in plastic surgery help your body look and function the way you need it to, and Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s top-notch Plastic Surgery Department has the expertise in these advancements to help patients recover from traumatic health issues, such as breast cancer or cleft lip. Our goal is to help you live the best and most fulfilling life possible.


Breast reconstructions per year.


Patients treated for cleft lip or head and face conditions.

What we do

The plastic surgery team performs a wide range of reconstructive surgeries to help people be their healthiest. We specialize in:

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Plastic surgery for eye, head, and facial conditions, as well as those related to skin cancer
  • Transgender surgery (upper body)

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Who we are

Our team consists of doctors who specialize in many types of plastic surgery. Our craniofacial clinic was started by Dr. Brad McDowell in 1992. Today, Kaiser Permanente Colorado and our partner, Children’s Hospital Colorado, are among only three facilities that offer treatment for cleft lip and palate. Our multidisciplinary team typically has 150-200 active patients who are anywhere from a few months old to 18 years old.

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Connected care

As a group, one of the most important things to us is supporting other surgical services, so we get involved when our colleagues have a complex case and seek our expertise. Also, our electronic health record system makes it easy to communicate with other providers.

The way we practice medicine at Kaiser Permanente gives us the freedom to focus on care, rather than running a business. We are free to practice medicine the way it is supposed to be practiced — with a focus on providing expert, compassionate care to you.

Every member of your care team is here to support you through your journey. When you have excellent doctors, truly connected care teams, advanced technology, and the right partners, you can expect great results.

Each year, Kaiser Permanente doctors are recognized as top doctors by their peers and publications such as 5280 magazine. Some have joined us from top-ranked academic training programs and successful private practices. Others have been honored for their invaluable contributions to medical advancements and new surgical techniques that help patients heal quickly and with less pain.

Our hospital partners have a track record of success and are often recognized as regional or national centers of excellence for their specialties. We also partner with national organizations, contributing to large, cutting-edge, research projects.