About Dr. John C. Pedersen, M.D.Plastic Surgery Specialist in Akron, Ohio

Meet John C. Pedersen, M.D.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, 1964. Dr. John Pedersen has more than 18 years experience as a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Akron 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 was on the Board of Directors and the Chief of Plastic Surgery at a prominent hospital in Akron, OH for over 5 years. 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).

Akron Plastic Surgeon Dr. John Pedersen


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.


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1983- 1987


Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan


St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown, Ohio

General Surgrey Residency

St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown, Ohio

Plastic Surgery Residency

Akron City Hospital, Akron, Ohio


The Ohio State University Fisher Executive MBA Program
2013 - 2015


Akron plastic surgeon 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

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society logo

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”

naugural Meeting of the International Microsurgery Simulation Society, University of London Mile End Campus. London, England

June 30, 2012

“Robotic Rectus”

1st Annual Multi-specialty Robotic Microsurgery Symposium. Disney's Boardwalk Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida

November 4-6, 2011

“Robotic Rectus harvest”

TMultispecialty Robotic Microsurgery Symposium. "5 year experience". Geneva, Switzerland

October 23-24, 2015

Special Interests:

John is the Founder and CEO of Breastoasis.org. 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.

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