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Evan R. Ransom, MD

Dr. Joseph Rousso (left) and Dr. Sean Alemi (right) performing microtia repair using autologous costal cartilage.
Dr. Joseph Rousso (left) and Dr. Sean Alemi (right) performing microtia repair using autologous costal cartilage.

Dr. Ransom has just returned from Ica, Peru after another successful surgical mission. The Northeast and Northern California divisions of Healing the Children recently completed their third annual cleft lip and palate mission in May. In partnership with the AAFPRS Foundation’s FACE TO FACE Program, the 36-person mission team was led by Dr. Evan Ransom, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon in private practice in San Francisco, and his friend and colleague Dr. Joseph Rousso, a member of the facial plastic surgery faculty at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. On their first day, the team was enthusiastically greeted by a waiting room full of families and their children, some of whom traveled up to 40 hours to reach the Hospital Regional de Ica. With the assistance of pediatricians, speech and language pathologists, anesthesiologists, nursing staff, and several local volunteers, the team screened 111 patients this year. From this group, the surgical team successfully completed 57 operations during the week – highlighted by 16 cleft lip repairs, 22 cleft palate repairs, two cleft rhinoplasties, one maxilla advancement, one mandibular distraction, one first stage microtia repair, and an otoplasty for a constricted ear deformity. In addition, the speech and language pathology group was able to work with a large group of previously-repaired patients, as well as children from the community with other oral and speech issues. The team is already planning for next year, with ongoing efforts to expand patient recruitment and surgical care during the mission. To get involved with charitable programs through FACE TO FACE or Healing the Children, or to make a donation, please visit us online at and

A before and after photo of a young patient who underwent cleft lip repair.
A before and after photo of a young patient who underwent cleft lip repair.
A young patient with a congenital ear deformity reacts after seeing his ear following an otoplasty procedure.
A young patient with a congenital ear deformity reacts after seeing his ear following an otoplasty procedure.
Dr. Evan Ransom (left) and Dr. Sean Alemi (right) performing cleft palate repair.
Dr. Evan Ransom (left) and Dr. Sean Alemi (right) performing cleft palate repair.


Top Doctors for area code 415

Dr. Evan Ransom selected by Marin Magazine in the list of Top Doctors for area code 415 (San Francisco and Marin County)…read more here

Cleft Lip and Palate Repair

This video shows the pre-operative visit, surgical correction, and immediate post-operative result of a rare and difficult cleft surgery. This child has a bilateral cleft palate with a unilateral cleft lip. The combined defect leaves the nose very widely splayed and creates a significant deficiency in the lip soft tissues. The surgery was performed by Dr. Evan Ransom and a colleague, Dr. Joseph Rousso, during the Healing the Children mission to Ica, Peru, in April 2014. Sensitive viewers are advised that the intra-operative footage is graphic. For more information, or to make a charitable donation, please visit


Evan Ransom, MD Wins RealSelf 100 Award

San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon Recognized as Top Influencer in Aesthetic Surgery

San Francisco, CA – March 25, 2015 – Local physician Evan R. Ransom, MD is one of 100 doctors in the nation to receive the prestigious RealSelf 100 Award, out of nearly 8,000 board certified specialists with a presence on RealSelf – the leading online community helping people make confident choices in elective cosmetic procedures.

The medical professionals that made the annual RealSelf 100 list are recognized both for having an outstanding record of positive consumer feedback and for providing unique, valuable insights that can’t typically be found on the social web. The doctors who made the list are dedicated to empowering millions of consumers to gain access to information they need to make smart, confident health and beauty choices.

Dr. Evan Ransom runs the San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery, which is located in Union Square. He specializes in surgery for the aging face, cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty, laser rejuvenation, and a wide variety of non-surgical treatments. The practice has recently added the ThermiRF system, which can be used for neck tightening, jowl reduction, and improvement in loose tissues around the eyes. Dr. Ransom and his staff provide comprehensive, compassionate, and patient-centered care in their beautiful, newly renovated San Francisco office and surgery center.

“In 2014, this group of doctors collectively spent more than 3,300 hours—or 140 days—posting answers and sharing expert insights with the RealSelf community,” said Tom Seery, Founder/CEO of RealSelf. “For all 100 of these doctors, time is extremely valuable, yet they all make a commitment to engaging online consumers in order to build trust and help people make better decisions about potential changes to their body, face and smile.”

Dr. Ransom is an expert contributor to RealSelf, and to date has postedover 800 answers to questions on RealSelf. Each month people from all over world ask important aesthetic-related questions, such as “How can I maximize the results of my eyelid lift?” and “What is the recovery like after nose reshaping surgery?”. Dr. Ransom also maintains a patient star rating of five out of five stars in over 50 RealSelf patient reviews.

About RealSelf

Since its founding in 2006, RealSelf has created the world’s largest community for learning and sharing information about cosmetic surgery, dermatology, dentistry, and other elective treatments. Our extensive collections of reviews, photos, videos and doctor Q&A make RealSelf the most trusted resource for those who are looking for help beyond the beauty counter.

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Dr. Ransom Talks About Skin Carcer in Article for the Marina Times

It’s a new year, and with every January, we make resolutions. In many cases, these resolutions involve our health and physical fitness. And in a beautiful place like the Bay Area, that can mean getting outside more — to walk, run, hike, ride, ski, or climb. As a physician, I strongly encourage this … and I want to remind you not to forget the sunscreen!

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Dr Evan Ransom on BlogTalkRadio

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Dr. Ransom and Colleagues Featured in Facial Plastic Surgery Times

This past fall, Dr. Ransom and some colleagues from the East Coast returned to Santa Marta, Colombia to perform cleft lip and palate surgery as part of a surgical mission team. During this trip, he was able to see some of his patients from previous missions and perform repairs on 20 new patients. This mission is part of the Healing the Children program, which provides free specialty surgery and dental care for children abroad. In addition to the annual fall mission to Colombia, previous missions have served Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, Thailand, and others. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit

Dr. Ransom and Dr. Jacono Publish a New Repair Technique for the Forehead

In the current issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery (a JAMA publication), Dr. Evan Ransom and Dr. Andrew Jacono present a new repair technique for forehead, temple, and anterior scalp soft tissue defects. The technique is designed to reconstruct small, medium, and large defects resulting from Mohs skin cancer surgery or traumatic facial injuries. Using a modification of the plastic surgery concepts of rotation and advancement flaps, this repair is particularly useful in areas where hair bearing and non-hair bearing skin meet – such as the anterior hairline, the temples or sideburn areas, and the eyebrows. By meticulous measurements and carefully planned rearrangement, the flaps are joined in such a way that the hairline contour and eyebrow position remain unchanged. In addition, by avoiding skin grafts, the color and texture of the forehead is maintained. Most importantly, the expressive movement of the upper face is preserved – allowing patients to raise their eyebrows, frown, and squint normally. For a closer look at the article, follow the link here. (Warning: some pictures presented in the article are graphic.)

New Research from Dr. Ransom and Dr. Jacono Presented in Washington, D.C.

This September, the annual Fall Meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) will take place in Washington, D.C. The schedule of presentations will include two papers by Dr. Ransom and Dr. Andrew Jacono. This work represents an intensive effort to examine facial cosmetic surgery in a quantitative way, and to provide the plastic surgery community with rigorous and honest evaluation of the most up to date techniques.

The first study deals with the vector of lift during facelift surgery. Using data from 300 facial halves, Dr. Ransom and Dr. Jacono were able to identify the angle of lift which provides the most rejuvenation while still maintaining a natural-appearing and non-operated look. This presentation highlights the need for a more vertical lift, rather than the classic horizontal lift – which can leave the face looking stretched or pulled. A paper corresponding to this work has just been published in the September issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ), and represents Dr. Ransom’s second article in this prestigious plastic surgery publication. His first article, dealing with the nasal function considerations during cosmetic rhinoplasty, won the Best Clinical Paper Award for the ASJ in 2010.

The second study takes a closer look at the facial anatomy of patients seeking rejuvenation of the midface – the area from the eyes to the upper lip. This part of the face is notoriously difficult to treat, and signs of aging here vary widely between patients. By categorizing 150 patients preoperatively, and then looking at their surgical results 12 months later, Dr. Ransom and Dr. Jacono were able to draw some important conclusions about midface rejuvenation. Among these are the importance of the underlying skeletal structure, as well as changes in the elasticity of the skin that occur with age (and especially after menopause in women). This work has been accepted for publication in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, and will be available in print sometime next year. This will be Dr. Ransom’s third publication in this important international journal.

Cleft Lip and Palate Repair and Burn Surgery Mission to Thailand, February 2012

This past February, Dr. Ransom accompanied a surgical mission team to a rural hospital about two hours from Bangkok, Thailand. During a very busy week of patient visits and surgeries the team from Healing the Children performed over 50 procedures on pediatric and adult patients. Surgeries included repair of cleft lip deformities, cleft palate deformities, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) for patients with cleft lips, removal of other congenital lesions of the face and neck, and treatment of burns and scars. The team was led by Dr. Manoj Abraham and Dr. Andrew Jacono, and included plastic surgery and orthopedic surgery specialists, as well as speech pathologists, pediatricians, and ear, nose, and throat surgeons.

This mission was unique in that the team invited some medical students and residents in training at the local teaching hospital to observe and assist in the operating room. This cross-cultural learning opportunity was truly special. The picture below was taken during an opening ceremony honoring the joint Thai-American effort, which also included an audience with the Princess of Thailand at the Royal Palace in Bangkok. Please visit for more information or to make a charitable contribution to future missions!

Cleft Lip and Palate Surgical Mission to Colombia, October 2011

In October 2011, Dr. Ransom was part of a surgical mission team to a remote seaside town in Colombia, called Santa Marta. During a very busy week of patient visits, surgery, and follow-up, the team from Healing the Children performed over 75 procedures on pediatric and young adult patients. Surgeries included repair of cleft lip deformities, cleft palate deformities, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping and reconstruction) for patients with cleft lips, and removal of other congenital lesions of the face and neck. This work was highlighted in the Academy’s newsletter (; see picture below; Dr. Ransom is second from the left.

The team was led by Dr. Manoj Abraham and Dr. Andrew Jacono. This coming October, Dr. Ransom will return to the same hospital with a new team from Healing the Children. During this trip, he will check on patients from the previous years’ missions and perform surgeries on new patients. This trip will include, for the first time, reconstruction of microtia (congenital deformity of the ears). Please visit for more information or to make a charitable contribution.


Based on 100+ reviews

Christina G.
I had several nasal/sinus issues including a severely deviated septum and a dorsal hump, which I wasn't crazy about. Dr Ransom did both the medical and aesthetic parts of my surgery and he did a wonderful job! While I did have some swelling, I didn't experience much bruising at all. I loved that he left the natural look of my nose just making small corrections. My breathing has GREATLY improved. His office staff was super helpful in scheduling and making sure payment and everything was very clear. I am very, very, very pleased with my results!!
Tk I.
I had a terrible surf accident in Bali and needed to get 50 stitches to repair what the reef did to my face. I had emergency cosmetic surgery in Bali the day of the accident. Immediately when i got back to the states i was introduced to Dr Ransom through some mutual friends. I was searching for the best cosmetic surgeon in San Francisco to help in my recovery. He and his team have been amazing! he helped establish a plan for my post-op wound care/treatment and administered some initial laser treatments. Dr Ransom and his team are extremely knowledgeable and very patient / helpful. I am very grateful for their help and support. I am finally looking normal again!
Joey B.
I had three issues with my nose - which inhibited my breathing: 1- broken nose, 2 - narrow nostrils that collapsed when I inhaled through my nose, 3 - deviated septum. When I was living in New York, I went to see a doctor about my breathing issues, and he said my skin was too thin and there was likely nothing he could do to rectify the problem. Dr. Ransom was recommended by an ENT I saw through One Medical. As soon as he saw him, he said he could easily fix my nose, and remove the bump that had formed from the trauma. His confidence and strong sense of self immediately put me at ease, and I had little doubt that he could accomplish exactly what he promised. He showed me a modified picture of my nose , and really liked what he proposed. The end result very closely matched what he promised. Not only can I now breath much more easily through my nose, it looks much better. He managed to make it look like an improved version of itself, however I still look like me, and unless I tell anyone I had it done, it's not overly noticeable, which I prefer. I'm pretty vain and very critical, and I can say that Dr. Ransom is great, and comes highly recommended.
Edward T.
Doctor Evan Ransom took my surgery on relatively short order and did a wonderful job. He is very talented and has a nice friendly professional support staff. I can not thank him enough, he was calm, caring, professional and interested in the follow results of his work . He seemed to bring a certain artistry to the profession.
Lisa C.
Dr. Ransom is a talented physician. He is knowledgeable, professional and goes the extra mile to make you feel comfortable during your treatments. He has been blessed with an artistic eye which brings wonderful results. I highly recommend Dr. Ransom and would refer all of my friends and family members to choose him as their physician.
Cheryl H.
Dr Ransom is very kind, honest, and conscience doctor. I was referred by my best friend, she is also Doctor Ransom patient. She has so much good things said about Doctor Ransom. So I had a face lift done by Doctor Ransom on July 2015. He did a wonderful job on my face and I have a lot of compliments on my face. So if anyone want to get their face done. I would highly recommended Doctor Ransom to you. I give Doctor Ransom a five stars.
Jill P.
I have currently been getting botox regularly with Dr. Ransom and he does a fantastic job. My previous doctor's office moved to another location where it was no longer convenient. I didn't realize what I was missing until I went to Dr. Ransom. I felt really comfortable, but most important he did a terrific job blowing my previous doctor out of the park. (Sometimes it's good switch it up a bit to make sure you are getting the best treatment.) On top of that, Dee the office manager is an incredible asset to the office. She personalizes your visit and relationship with the office to an extent I have never experienced before. I even get follow up calls to see how I am doing after a treatment. I highly recommend Dr. Ransom for his great work, and his team's impeccable customer service.
Arielle C.
Dr. Ransom and Dee are the BEST! Whether it's aesthetic or reconstructive, I'd trust him over and over again with my face.

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