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William Austen – Biography, Age, Medical Education & Career

William Austen (born January 1967) is a board-certified American plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Boston, Massachusetts. He serves as the Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Chief of Burn Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

He is a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Fellowship Program and  Mass General Trustee Chair of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

William Austen

William Austen Facts

  • Full Name: William Gerald Austen
  • Age: 56 years old
  • Date of Birth: January 1967
  • Occupation: Plastic Surgeon
  • Nationality: American

William Austen Medical School & Residency

  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School – Fellowship, Plastic Surgery, 1999-2002
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Residency, Surgery, 1994-1999
  • Harvard Medical School – Medical School

William Austen Career

He has pioneered cutting-edge clinical programs, such as composite tissue transplantation and nerve decompression to treat migraine sufferers, while also leading the Plastics and Burns Divisions. Dr. Austen has extensive clinical experience, but he is also an expert in the development of new devices. He has been a driving force behind the creation of numerous scar therapy, anti-aging, and rejuvenation patents and prototypes.

With more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and more than 100 patents pending or already issued in the United States and elsewhere, Dr. Austen has published a significant amount in the field of plastic surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, as well as an occasional reviewer for the Annals of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, JAMA, Surgery, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, and Transplantation.

A board-certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Austen earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Along with finishing his fellowship at the Royal Children’s and Women’s hospitals, he also completed his residency with the Harvard Plastic Surgery program.

Certifications & Licensure

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery – Certified in Plastic Surgery
  • MA State Medical License – Active through 2024
  • FL State Medical License – Active through 2016

Hospital Affiliations

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Specialty Expertise

Dr. William G Austen has the following 30 areas of expertise

  • Muscle Pain (Intermittent Claudication)
    Skin Cancer
  • Edema
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Acute Renal Failure (Acute Kidney Failure)
  • Ventricular Septal Defects
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Dermabrasion
  • Coronary Artery Bypass (Heart Bypass)
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Blood Clot (Thrombosis)
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Recurrence
  • Heart Aneurysm
  • Hemorrhage
  • Aortic Valve Insufficiency
  • Hair Restoration
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis
  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass (CPB)
  • Heart Failure
  • Vascular Disease
  • Bacterial Endocarditis
  • Heart Valve Diseases
  • Aortic Diseases
  • Heart Disease (Myocardial Ischemia)

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna Elect Choice EPO Open Access
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna Select
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS MA Blue Care Elect PPO
  • BCBS MA HMO Blue with Managed Care Behavioral Health
  • BCBS MA Preferred Blue PPO
  • CIGNA LocalPlus
  • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • First Health PPO
  • Harvard Pilgrim ChoiceNet HMO
  • Harvard Pilgrim HMO
  • Harvard Pilgrim Maines Choice HMO
  • Harvard Pilgrim Maines Choice HMO – Standard
  • Harvard Pilgrim PPO
  • Humana / ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Humana Choice POS
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Humana/ChoiceCare+ Network PPO
  • Medica Choice With UHC
  • Multiplan PPO
  • MVP Health Plan EPO/PPO
  • MVP Liberty EPO/PPO
  • Tufts Granite Advantage EPO, PPO and Saver
  • Tufts Granite Premier Choice EPO and PPO
  • Tufts PPO
  • UHC Choice Plus POS
  • UHC Navigate HMO
  • UHC Navigate POS
  • UHC Nexus Open Access
  • UHC Options PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Navigate EPO

Location & Contact Information

Mgh Division Of Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery
15 Parkman St Ste 435
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 726-1915

Expert Publications

Data provided by the National Library of Medicine

  • Presidential Address. Surgery is a great career.
  • The College’s role in reimbursement issues: a look at the work of the Physician Reimbursement Committee.
  • Proposals to modify Medicare’s physician payment system.
  • Intestinal ischemia-reperfusion injury is mediated by the membrane attack complex.
  • Neutrophil mediated remote organ injury after lower torso ischemia and reperfusion is selectin and complement dependent.
  • Surgical intervention for preinfarction angina.
  • Refractory angina pectoris: follow-up after intraaortic balloon pumping and surgery.
  • Soluble P-selectin moderates complement-dependent reperfusion injury of ischemic skeletal muscle.
  • Surgical measures for coronary heart disease (first of three parts).
  • Surgical measures for coronary heart disease (third of three parts).
  • Valve replacement for aortic regurgitation: long-term follow-up with factors influencing the results.
  • Valve replacement for aortic regurgitation: long-term follow-up with factors influencing the results.
  • Soluble P-selectin moderates complement dependent injury.
  • Moderation of skeletal muscle reperfusion injury by a sLe(x)-glycosylated complement inhibitory protein.
  • Recombinant soluble P-selectin glycoprotein ligand 1 moderates local and remote injuries following experimental lower-torso ischaemia.


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