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Dr. Dufresne's expertise and interest in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery includes cosmetic surgery as well as cancer and congenital reconstruction, which has won him critical acclaim and several awards.

Dr. Craig Dufresne - Fairfax Plastic Surgeon

dr-dufresneDr. Dufresne earned his medical degree from Columbia University and completed his general surgery training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medical Institutions. He completed his plastic surgery training at the Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery / New York University Medical Center. He also pursued fellowship training in craniofacial and microvascular surgery at New York University Medical Center.

Dr. Dufresne has delivered over 160 presentations and exhibits, co-authored 36 papers and 40 book chapters, published book and article reviews, and conducted research grants and projects in the past 30 years. He has been appointed to academic and institutional positions and visiting professorships at the National Institutes of Health as well as hospitals, universities and clinics in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on documentaries and other television specials. His work has earned him dozens of academic and non-academic awards.

Dr. Dufresne is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International Craniomaxillofacial Society and is a member of several other prestigious medical societies, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the American Cleft Lip and Palate Society, the John Staige Davis Society and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. He has served as or is currently a committee or board member of many of these societies.

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American Board of Plastic Surgery


  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY (1977)
    • Joseph Garrison Parker Award
  • BA, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (1973)
    • Summa cum laude with departmental honors in Zoology
    • Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
    • President of the Premedical and Predental Society
    • Co-chairman of the New England Regional Premedical Symposium


  • Internship and Surgical Residencies – Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Thoracic Registrar – Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, England
  • Junior and Senior Plastic Surgery Residencies – New York University Medical Center / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • Microvascular Fellowship – New York University Medical Center / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • Craniofacial Fellowship – New York University Medical Center / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Professional Appointments

  • Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery – Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery – Johns Hopkins University and Medical Institution

Dr. Dufresne has been Section Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Director of the Craniofacial Program at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins University and Medical Institutions, Director of the Facial Rehabilitation Center at the Childrens Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and Director of the Ear Deformity Clinic for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has also been the Chief of Plastic Surgery Service at the Loch Raven VA Medical Center and an Attending Consultant at the University of Maryland and Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services (MIEMS – Shock Trauma Center of Baltimore).

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  • “Dr. Dufresne is by far the most caring/professional Dr. I have ever know his work is unsurpassed,his knowledge as well I was so blessed to have found him on 20/20 during an documentary. I will be coming back for a visit soon . Thanks for everything you do.”

  • “I love Dr. Dufresne! He takes his time with his patients, and if he doesnt feel like you will get a great result, he will recommend another option for you. I highly recommend seeing him, you will not be disappointed.”

  • “I absolutely loved my doctor. At first I wanted to have both upper and lower eyelid surgery but he convinced me not to have the upper eyelid surgery just yet. He is not only an excellent plastic surgeon, he’s also an amazing reconstructive surgeon.”

  • “Dr. Dufresne and his staff are so caring and charismatic; I have never felt more comfortable in a doctors office. Dr. Dufresne gives you his undivided attention during the consultation. He answers all of your questions no matter how silly they may be and gives you an honest answer.”

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