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Plastic Surgeons of Akron
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John C. Pedersen, M.D.

Dr. John Pedersen has more than 18 years experience as a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. John is widely published in peer-reviewed journals, covering many topics in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

He has extensive experience in post-weight loss body contouring, mommy makeovers and abdominal procedures.  He also specializes in breast revision surgeries, such as release capsular, implant malposition, contracture and exchange of older generation implants. 

Dr. Pedersen is this region’s innovator in direct to implant breast reconstruction using the Mentor memory-shaped implant both above and below the muscle. He is also the first and most experienced surgeon in Akron, Ohio when it comes to performing DIEP flap breast reconstruction.

John is currently on the Board of Directors and is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Akron General Hospital. As such, he is committed to the long-term comprehensive care and complete satisfaction of all of his patients.

Dr. Pedersen is also on staff as a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

Born: Detroit, Michigan, 1964


John’s commitment to excellence began at The University of Michigan where he earned his Bachelor of Science and was placed on the Dean’s List four consecutive years. He went on to study at Wayne State Medical School and earned his MD in 1991.

BS - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1983- 1987

MD - Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1987-1991

Internship: St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown, Ohio, 1991- 1992

General Surgrey Residency: St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown, Ohio, 1992-1996 

Plastic Surgery Residency: Akron City Hospital, Akron, Ohio, 1996-1998

MBA- The Ohio State University Fisher Executive MBA Program 2013 - 2015.


Dr. John Pedersen was board certified in General Surgery in 1998 and became board-certified in Plastic Surgery in 2001 at which time he achieved the Alpha Omega Alpha honor.

In 1998, he completed a Microsurgery Fellowship to the prestigious Kristen M. Kleinert Institute in Louisville, Kentucky where he was a member of the first American hand transplant team.

Board Certifications: Diplomat, 1992 

Diplomat, American Board of Surgery, 1998

Diplomat, Plastic Surgery, 2001

Recent Publications:

  • Robotically assisted harvest of the latissimus dorsi muscle: A cadaver feasibility study and clinical test case, hand surgery and rehabilitation 35 (2016) 81-84.
  • Robotic Harvest of the Rectus Abdominis Muscle: Principles and Clinical Applications
    Semin Plastic Surgery 2014 February 28(1): 26–31. 
  • Robotic, intraperitoneal harvest of the rectus Abdominis muscle.
    Plastic Reconstruction Surgery 2014 November 134(5): 1057-63.

National Presentations:

“Robotic Harvest of the Rectus Abdominis Muscle: A Preclinical Investigation and Case Report”

Presented: Niyant V. Patel, John C. Pedersen
Division of Plastic Surgery, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Akron, Ohio; Reconstructive Microsurgery Sept 14, 2011

“Robotic Harvest of the Rectus Abdominis Muscle” Greenbrier Resort, WV June 2-4, 2011

“Robotic Rectus”, 1st Annual Multi-specialty Robotic Microsurgery Symposium
Disney's Boardwalk Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida November 4-6, 2011

“Robotic Rectus”, The Robert H. Ivy Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons
New "Inside Out" Harvest of Flaps, Minimally Invasive Flap Harvest; Big Flaps, Small Incisions, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Naples, Florida January 15, 2013

International Presentations:

“Robotic Microsurgery”, 11th Congress of the European Federation of Societies of Microsurgery and 2nd International Meeting of Societies of Microsurgery
Paris, France April 6, 2012

“Surgeries for the Plastic Surgeon”, Inaugural Meeting of the International Microsurgery Simulation Society, University of London Mile End Campus, London, England June 30, 2012

“Robotic Rectus harvest” Multispecialty Robotic Microsurgery Symposium. “5 year experience “
Geneva, Switzerland October 23-24, 2015

Special Interests:

John is the Founder and CEO of Founded in Akron, Ohio, it is now a national organization (featured in In Style magazine October, 2011). Breastoasis has partnered with the international brand LeMystere and retailer Bloomingdale's in support of their annual breast cancer awareness initiative.

Dr. Pedersen is the Director of a Post-Bariatric Body Contouring Program and is an industry leader and innovator in this procedure.

He is also an instructor on the use of AlloDerm and SPY in breast reconstruction.

* Disclaimer: Photo representation of procedures and services are models and should not be deemed as expected results.