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William Y. Hoffman, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery
Stephen J. Mathes, MD, Endowed Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Contact Information

Academic Office
505 Parnassus Avenue, Suite M-593
San Francisco, CA 94143-0932
(415) 353-4285 Telephone
(415) 353-4320 Fax
  • 1969-73 Yale University, B.A. Biology
  • 1973-77 University of Rochester School of Medicine, M.D.
  • 1977-80 UCSF Resident General Surgery
  • 1980-81 UCSF Resident Plastic Surgery
  • 1981-83 UCSF Senior Resident General Surgery
  • 1984-85 UCSF Chief Resident Plastic Surgery
  • 1985-86 New York University Medical Institute
  • American Board of Surgery, 1985
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1987
  • UCSF Center for Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Aesthetic Surgery
  • Cleft Lip & Palate Surgery
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Rhinoplasty Arteriovenous Malformations
  • Biology of hemangiomas
  • Clinical outcomes of cleft surgery
  • Fetal surgery for congenital facial deformities

Dr. William Hoffman is the Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCSF. He graduated cum laude from Yale University and obtained his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed training in General Surgery at UCSF in 1983 and in Plastic Surgery at UCSF in 1985.

An additional year of training was spent at the Institute for Reconstructive plastic Surgery at NYU with Dr. Joseph McCarthy studying craniofacial and cleft lip surgery. Subsequently Dr. Hoffman returned to UCSF to join the faculty, serving as the chief of plastic surgery at San Francisco General Hospital from 1988 to 1996, and Director of Education for the division from 1996 to 2005. He became the head of the division in 2005.

Recently, Dr. Hoffman led a successful effort to pass legislation in California greatly expanding insurance coverage for children with disfiguring cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies. Hoffman, a pioneer of cranial re-animation surgery and acknowledged innovator in the field, performs complex and intricate surgeries at the UCSF Center for Craniofacial Anomalies. Working in tandem with orthodontists and other specialists, he and colleagues work to restore children's faces to a normal appearance as well as improving their breathing and ability to chew.

Dr. Hoffman is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.He is the primary craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeon at UCSF, performing 300-400 pediatric operations a year on children with a wide range of deformities, including cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, facial palsy, hemangiomas, birthmarks, and vascular anomalies. His adult practice deals with complex facial reconstruction as well as facial aesthetic surgery, including facelifts, rhinoplasty, and blepharoplasty. He has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles as well as numerous invited chapters. Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Hoffman was named to the list of U.S. News "America's Top Doctors," a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for a given specialty.

He is on the Board of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, the Executive Council of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, is the current President of the American Society of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, and is a senior examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. 

Most recent publications from a total of 43
  1. Wang ED, Conkling N, Xu X, Chern H, Finlayson E, Varma MG, Hansen SL, Foster RD, Hoffman WY, Sbitany H. Perineal Flap Reconstruction following Oncologic Anorectal Extirpation: An Outcomes Assessment. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jan; 135(1):176e-84e. View in PubMed
  2. Wang ED, Conkling N, Xu X, Chern H, Finlayson E, Varma MG, Hansen SL, Foster RD, Hoffman WY, Sbitany H. Perineal reconstruction following anorectal tumor resection: an 18-year single-center experience. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Oct; 134(4 Suppl 1):136-7. View in PubMed
  3. Garland CB, Hansen SL, Hoffman WY, Sbitany H. Treatment of the radial forearm flap donor site with single-stage integra™ artificial dermal matrix and autograft. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Oct; 134(4 Suppl 1):28-9. View in PubMed
  4. Nguyen JT, Koerper MA, Hess CP, Dowd CF, Hoffman WY, Dickman M, Frieden IJ. Aspirin therapy in venous malformation: a retrospective cohort study of benefits, side effects, and patient experiences. Pediatr Dermatol. 2014 Sep; 31(5):556-60. View in PubMed
  5. Sbitany H, Xu X, Hansen SL, Young DM, Hoffman WY. The effects of immunosuppressive medications on outcomes in microvascular free tissue transfer. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Apr; 133(4):552e-8e. View in PubMed
  6. Sanchez Rodriguez R, Pauli ML, Neuhaus IM, Yu SS, Arron ST, Harris HW, Yang SH, Anthony BA, Sverdrup FM, Krow-Lucal E, Mackenzie TC, Johnson DS, Meyer EH, Löhr A, Hsu A, Koo J, Liao W, Gupta R, Debbaneh MG, Butler D, Huynh M, Levin EC, Leon A, Hoffman WY, McGrath MH, Alvarado MD, Ludwig CH, Truong HA, Maurano MM, Gratz IK, Abbas AK, Rosenblum MD. Memory regulatory T cells reside in human skin. J Clin Invest. 2014 Mar 3; 124(3):1027-36. View in PubMed
  7. Vogel SA, Hess CP, Dowd CF, Hoffman WY, Kane AJ, Rajaii R, Frieden IJ. Early versus later presentations of venous malformations: where and why? Pediatr Dermatol. 2013 Sep-Oct; 30(5):534-40. View in PubMed
  8. Oberoi S, Hoffman WY, Chigurupati R, Vargervik K. Frequency of surgical correction for maxillary hypoplasia in cleft lip and palate. J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Nov; 23(6):1665-7. View in PubMed
  9. Ohtani J, Hoffman WY, Vargervik K, Oberoi S. Team management and treatment outcomes for patients with hemifacial microsomia. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2012 Apr; 141(4 Suppl):S74-81. View in PubMed
  10. Oberoi S, Hoffman WY, Vargervik K. Craniofacial team management in Apert syndrome. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2012 Apr; 141(4 Suppl):S82-7. View in PubMed
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