Board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, Melissa Doft, MD specializes in a broad range of cosmetic and reconstructive treatments. She seamlessly combines traditional surgical methods with the most state-of-the-art, data-proven new technology. Known for her warm demeanor, genuine kindness, and meticulous attention to detail, Dr. Doft understands the beauty concerns we face and offers conservative, natural-looking solutions.
Voted as a Rising Star by the New York Times, Dr. Doft graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with Rufus Choate Honors, where she studied Biochemistry and Art History. Valedictorian of her class at New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Doft graduated with honors for her research in Cell Biology, was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for overall academic and clinical excellence in medicine, and received the Valentine Mott Medal for academic achievement in Anatomy, Cell Biology, Histology, and Embryology, the Alumnae Golden Key Pin award for academic achievement and commitment to extracurricular activities, and the Kosciuszko Foundation Dr. Marie Zakrzewska Medical Scholarship for academic excellence. She completed her internship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the department of surgery. At the Columbia University campus of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, she trained in general surgery. There she served as chief resident and was recognized by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Circle of Excellence for humanitarianism and excellence in teaching. She completed her plastic surgery training at the combined program of Cornell and Columbia Universities at New York-Presbyterian Hospital where she received the Goulian Award for Academic Excellence in Plastic Surgery. Dr. Doft has also trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.
In her role as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Doft teaches plastic surgery to the New York-Presbyterian residents. She is also on staff at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital where she is actively involved in teaching the aesthetic surgery fellows. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters in the field of plastic surgery, including recent publications in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery. She has won many awards for her research contributions and has been invited to lecture both nationally and internationally. Dr. Doft serves on the advisory board for Charlotte’s Book and is on the editorial review committee of the Aesthetic Journal of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Doft is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Lenox Hill and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, and Greenwich Hospital.
Education and Training
- Department of Plastic Surgery
- Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons , Department of Surgery
- University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine , Department of Surgery
- M.D., New York University School of Medicine 2004
- B.A., Dartmouth College 2000
- NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital