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Dr. Mary McGrath is a graduate
of St. Louis University School of Medicine. She received her
plastic surgery training at Yale University Medical Center in New
Haven, CT. She was appointed to the faculty of Columbia
University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and
George Washington University in Washington D.C. prior to accepting
an appointment as a plastic surgeon at the University of California
Dr. McGrath is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
In addition to teaching, lecturing, and writing for various surgery journals, Dr. McGrath is a consultant for the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health and is a professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCSF. She has served on the directing boards of seven plastic surgery organizations including the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and been on the editorial board or a reviewer for 11 scientific journals. Dr. McGrath is listed in Who's Who in America (1996-2008), Who's Who of American Women (1995-2008), Who's Who in Medicine & Healthcare (1997-2008), and Best Doctors in America (2007-2008). Highly respected by her peers, Dr. McGrath was named to the list of U.S. News "Top Doctors," which denotes the top 10% of physicians within a region practicing a given specialty.
Dr. McGrath has special interest in aesthetic surgery for rejuvenating the aging face with eyelid, forehead, face and necks lifts. She performs body contouring surgery using liposculpture to reduce fatty deposits in the abdomen, thighs, legs and buttocks, and abdominoplasty to recontour the abdomen with excessive skin and fat after multiple pregnancies or weight loss. Breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reduction are used to reshape and enhance the breasts. Her work in reconstructive surgery has focused on skin cancer treatment, flaps and grafts for reconstruction of wounds and scars, repair of injuries of the soft tissues and bones of the face, and the treatment of gynecomastia in the male.
Dr. McGrath's surgical philosophy is to provide her patients with a plastic surgical experience that is individualized, well- informed, and achieves the desired outcome. During the initial consultation she talks about health and appearance, reviews surgical and non-surgical options, and gives her patients the time and information to make a good decision, whether about cosmetic surgery to improve appearance or reconstructive surgery to correct defects and improve function.
In its most recent survey, U.S. News in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. listed twenty-five (25) surgeons in the UCSF Department of Surgery, nearly one-third (1/3) of the clinical faculty, on the list of U.S. News "Top Doctors". The list, compiled from the opinion of colleagues, denotes the top 10% of physicians within a region practicing a given specialty. Fifteen of the 25 department surgeons were also named by their peers to the list of America's Top Doctors (ATD), a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for that specialty. The listings are published online at U.S. News. The group rankings are intended to guide patients in selecting a doctor and physicians in making specialty referrals.
"Most of the 325,000 tummy tucks, breast augmentations and lifts done in 2006 were "mommy makeovers," or postpartum moms turning to plastic surgery to erase evidence of pregnancy. Dr. Mary McGrath, a professor of plastic surgery at UCSF, urges postpartum moms to wait at least six months before seeking surgery."