About Dr. Vyas

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.

Raj 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, Dr. 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, Raj treated patients at several "Top 10 US News" hospitals: Massachusetts General, Brigham & Women's, and Boston Children's.

After residency, Dr. Vyas pursued additional fellowship training in Craniofacial Surgery at New York University - the nation's first and most comprehensive program.READ MORE

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, Raj affirmed his appreciation and refined his vision for aesthetic facial surgery.

Dr. Vyas has given dozens of national and international research presentations and authored or co-authored over 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.

Having completed seven years of specialty and sub-specialty training on the East Coast, Dr. Vyas was excited to be recruited back to Southern California. As Chief of Plastic Surgery, he joins UC Riverside's new School of Medicine with a clear mission: Provide the highest quality plastic and reconstructive surgical services for all of California's Inland Empire.READ LESS

9/2014 – PresentUC Riverside School of Medicine, Riverside, CA
Chief, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Director of Cleft, Craniofacial, and Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery
Riverside Community Hospital
Riverside County Regional Medical Center
Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
7/2013 – 6/201Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, New York University Medical School, New York, NY
Fellowship, Craniofacial Surgery
Clinical Instructor
NYU Langone Medical Center
Bellevue Hospital
6/2007 – 6/201Harvard Combined Plastic Surgery Residency Program, Boston, MA
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston Children's Hospital
8/2003 – 6/2007David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Medical Center
Westwood Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital
Harbor-UCLA
Olive View-UCLA
Kaiser Southern California
9/1999 – 6/2003Stanford University, Stanford, CA
10/2012Winner Scientific Research Abstract, 33rd Annual Meeting of the Indian Medical Association of Southern California
10/2007Merck Research Scholarship Award, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
6/2007Stafford L. Warren Medal: Most Outstanding Medical Student, UCLA School of Medicine Class of 2007
6/2007The Longmire Medal: Most Outstanding Medical Student in Surgery, UCLA Class of 2007
6/2007Louis Jolyon West Award for Excellence: Most Outstanding Medical Student in Psychiatry, UCLA Class of 2007
2/2006Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society: President, UCLA Class of 2007
11/2004Community Leadership Award, Indian Medical Association of Southern CA
6/2003Distinction with B.S. in Biology (top 15%), Stanford University
3/2003Outstanding Young Investigator Award, 2003 International Union Against Tuberculosis & Lung Disease Conference
1/2003Stanford President's Award for Academic Excellence
10/2014 – PresentAmerican Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
9/2013 – PresentAmerican Society of Craniofacial Surgery
6/2013 – PresentAssociate Fellow, American College of Surgeons
5/2013 – PresentAmerican Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
5/2013 – PresentInternational Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation
6/2007 – PresentAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons, Candidate Member
3/2006 – PresentAlpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
6/2007 – 6/2013Massachusetts Medical Society
9/2012 – 5/2013International Health Studies Grant, Massachusetts Medical Society & Alliance Charitable Foundation
9/2009 – 9/2010Global and Humanitarian Health Travel Scholarship, Partners in Health Center of Expertise
8/2006 – 6/2007UCLA School of Medicine Research Scholarship
6/2004 – 9/2004UCLA Short-Term Training Project Summer Research Grant
6/2002 – 6/2003Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant
9/2001 – 3/2002Stanford Undergraduate Research Opportunities Grant
10/2012 – PresentReviewer (Craniofacial Section), Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
5/2013 – PresentReviewer, Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery

National/International Meetings

  1. Jefferis GSXE,Vyas RM, Marin EC, Komiyama T, Zhu H, Stocker RF, Luo L. Wiring Specificity in the Olfactory System of Drosophila (Oral). Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology Gordon Conference, Hong Kong, China. June, 2002.
  2. Jefferis GSXE,Vyas RM, Marin EC, Stocker RF, Luo L. Wiring Specificity in the Olfactory System of Drosophila (Oral). European Drosophila Neurobiology Conference, Dijon, France. September, 2002.
  3. Vyas RM, DeRiemer K, Small PM. The Private-Public Divide: A Roadblock to Effective Tuberculosis Management in India (Oral, Keynote Presentation and Conference Young Investigator Award). International Union Against Tuberculosis & Lung Disease International Conference, Vancouver, Canada. March, 2003.
  4. Marin EC, Jefferis GSXE,Vyas RM, Komiyama T, Zhu H, Stocker RF, Luo L. From Olfaction to Memory: The Genetics of Wiring Specificity in the Olfactory System of Drosophila (Oral). Genetics Society Spring Meeting, Warwick, United Kingdom. March, 2003.
  5. Jefferis GSXE,Vyas RM, Marin EC, Komiyama T, Zhu H, Stocker RF, Luo L. Wiring Specificity in the Olfactory System of Drosophila (Oral). Gordon Conference on the Chemical Senses, New London, NH. July, 2003.
  6. Jefferis GSXE,Vyas RM, Marin EC, Komiyama T, Zhu H, Stocker RF, Luo L. Wiring Specificity in the Olfactory System of Drosophila (Oral, Prize Lecture). Neurobiology of Drosophila Conference, Cold Spring Harbor, NY. October, 2003.
  7. Cohen O, Odim J,Vyas RM, Ukatu C, Palatnik K, De la Zerda D, Laks H. Twenty Year Experience with Dacron Mesh Wrap Remodeling Technique for Definitive Treatment of the Dilated Ascending Aorta (Oral, Top 5 Abstract). Aortic Surgery Symposium X, New York, NY. April, 2006.
  8. Vyas RM, Dipple K, Head C, Wald S, Wasson KL, Gabbay JS, Bradley JP. Management of Neonatal Upper Airway Obstruction: Decreased Morbidity Utilizing a Decision Tree Model with Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis (Oral). American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association 64th Annual Meeting, Broomfield, CO. April, 2007.
  9. Vyas RM, Wasson KL, Jarrahy R, Dipple K, Gabbay JS, Tahernia A, Bradley JP. Defining Optimal Patient Selection for Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis in Management of Neonatal Upper Airway Obstruction (Poster). American Society of Plastic Surgeons Plastic Surgery 2007 Meeting, Baltimore, MD. October, 2007.
  10. Vyas RM, Kim DP, Mulliken JB. Primary Premaxillary Setback in Repair of Bilateral Complete Cleft Lip: Indications and Outcomes (Oral). 12th International Congress on Cleft Lip/Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies. Orlando, FL. May, 2013.
  11. Vyas RM, Eberlin KR, Hamdan US. Implementation of an Emergency Response Protocol for Overseas Surgical Outreach Initiatives (Oral). 12th International Congress on Cleft Lip/Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies. Orlando, FL. May, 2013.
  12. Fritz M, Weinstock M,Vyas RM, Rickert S. Craniofacial Three-dimensional Airway Analysis of Treacher Collins, Crouzon, and Non-Syndromic Pediatric Patients (Poster). American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO). Las Vegas, NV. May, 2014.
  13. Vyas RM, Alperovich M, Staffenberg DA. Suprabrow approach for neurosurgical access to the anterior cranial fossa and ethmoid sinus: Technique, exposure, and considerations. 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association (ACPA). Palm Springs, CA. April 2015. Submitted 9/14.
  14. Alperovich M,Vyas RM, Staffenberg DA. Is craniosynostosis repair keeping up with the times? Results from the largest national survey of craniofacial surgeons. 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association (ACPA). Palm Springs, CA. April 2015. Submitted 9/14.
  15. Vyas RM, Sinha I, Pribaz JJ. A subunit approach for management of severe rhinophyma. 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association (ACPA). Palm Springs, CA. April 2015. Submitted 9/14.

Local/Regional Meetings

  1. Jefferis GSXE, Vyas RM, Marin EC, Komiyama T, Luo L. Connecting the Fly's Brain to the Fly's Nose (Oral). Stanford Neurosciences Annual Retreat, Hopkins Marine Station, CA. October, 2002.
  2. Vyas RM, Jefferis GSXE, Berdnik D, Ito K, Luo L. Cellular Origins of Wiring Specificity in the Olfactory System of Drosophila (Oral, Awarded Abstract). Stanford Honors Research Symposium, Stanford, CA. May, 2003.
  3. Vyas RM, Jefferis GSXE, Berdnik D, Ito K, Luo L. Wiring Specificity in the Olfactory System of Drosophila (Oral). Western Student Medical Research Forum, Carmel, CA. January, 2004.
  4. Vyas RM, Halevi L, Shamie AN, Wang JC. Spinal Hardware Removal: Causes, Outcomes, ∓ Predictors of Success (Poster). University of California, Los Angeles, Josiah Brown Poster Fair, Los Angeles, CA. August, 2004.
  5. Vyas RM, Shamie AN, Wang JC. Spinal Hardware Removal: Causes, Outcomes, and Predictors of Success (Oral). Western Student Medical Research Forum, Carmel, CA. January, 2005.
  6. SooHoo NF,Vyas RM, Samimi D. Responsiveness of the Foot Function Index, AOFAS Clinical Rating Systems, and SF-36 Following Foot and Ankle Surgery (Poster). American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society 22nd Annual Meeting, La Jolla, CA. July, 2006.
  7. Dickinson BP, Vyas RM, Wasson KL, Roostaein J, Trussler A, Bradley JP. Pediatric Facial Fractures: Current National Prevalence, Demographic Distribution, and Health Care Resource Utilization (Poster). California Society of Plastic Surgeons 57th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. May, 2007.
  8. Vyas RM, Erba P, Ogawa R, Orgill DP. The Reconstructive Matrix: A New Paradigm in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (Oral). Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons 27th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. October, 2010.
  9. Vyas RM, Orgill DP. Transdiaphragmatic Omental Harvest: A Simple, Efficient Method for Sternal Wound Coverage (Oral). 33rd Annual Meeting of the Indian Medical Association of Southern California, Anaheim, CA. October 2012.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Vyas RM, Pomahac B. Use of a Bilobed Gracilis Myocutaneous Flap in Perineal and Genital Reconstruction. Ann Plas Surg. 2010;65(2):225-7.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Vyas RM, Orgill DP. Reply: transdiaphragmatic omental harvest: a simple, efficient, method for sternal wound coverage. Plast Rconstr Surg 2013; 132(6): 1074e.
  22. 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.
  23. Vyas RM, Warren SM. Unilateral Cleft Lip Repair. Clin Plast Surg 2014; 41(2): 165-77.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Sinha I,Vyas RM, Pomahac B. Face transplantation in the burned patient. Oxford Handbook of Burns. In press.

Services

CRANIOFACIAL

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Alveolar cleft (Gum) bone grafting
  • Velopharyngeal insufficiency VPI (Speech surgery)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (Airway surgery)
  • Craniosynostosis (Congenital skull anomaly)
  • Craniofacial (Hemifacial) Microsomia
  • Treacher-Collins Syndrome
  • Hypertelorism
  • Maxilla or Mandible growth disturbance (Distraction Osteogenesis)
  • Facial fractures
  • Ear anomalies: Microtia and Otoplasty reconstruction
  • Infant ear molding (Earwell™)

PEDIATRIC PLASTIC SURGERY

  • Vascular anomalies (Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations)
  • Giant congenital or hairy nevi (moles)
  • Skin lesions and scar revisions
  • Facial trauma: Bones and soft tissue
  • Head & Neck cancer microsurgical reconstruction
  • Reconstruction after Moh’s Dermatologic Surgery
  • Skin lesions and scar revisions
  • Nasal airflow obstruction: Septoplasty
  • Correction of abnormal Maxilla and Mandible skeletal profile
  • Correction of "Under/Over-bite"
  • Correction of Cross-bite or Occlusal Cant
  • Correction of Vertical facial disproportion
  • Single or Double jaw surgery
  • Genioplasty (Chin): Custom implant or Bone
  • Face and Neck lift (Rhytidectomy)
  • Brow lift: Open and Endoscopic
  • Upper and lower eyelid Blepharoplasty
  • Rhinoplasty (Nose)
  • Facial augmentation (Custom implants or Bone
  • Botox
  • Injectable soft tissue fillers (e.g. Juvaderm™, Voluma™)
  • Facial fat grafting
  • Laser skin resurfacing
  • Chemical peel
  • Dermabrasion
  • Eyelash augmentation (Latisse™)
  • Evaluation Trigger site(s)
  • Botox for diagnosis and temporary relief
  • Definitive surgical management
  • Autologous reconstruction (Using your own skin and fat)
  • State-of-the-Art Muscle-sparing Microsurgical Reconstruction (e.g., DIEP, SIEA flaps)
  • Tissue Expander/Implant Reconstruction
  • Fat grafting
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast augmentation (Saline and Silicone)
  • Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
  • Augmentation-Mastopexy (Implant and Lift)
  • Liposuction
  • Abdominoplasty or “Tummy Tuck”: Full, Mini, & Fleur-de-lis
  • Belt Lipectomy
  • Brachioplasty (Arms)
  • Thigh lift
  • Gynecomastia reduction (Male Breast)
  • Fat Grafting (e.g., “Brazilian Butt Lift”)
  • Contouring after Bariatric Surgery and Massive Weight Loss
  • Skin cancer (e.g. Basal cell, Melanoma) excision and reconstruction
  • Wound care (e.g., pressure ulcer, trauma, diabetic limb salvage)
  • Scar revision
  • Keloid scar revision (Chest wall, earlobe, back, etc)
  • Local flap surgery
  • Microsurgical trunk/extremity reconstruction

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