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William (Jay) Gerald Austen, MD

  • Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Chief, Division of Burn Surgery


Accepting New Patients



Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Breast augmentation, Breast lift
  • Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Liposuction
  • Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty)
  • Botox and fillers (Juvederm)
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Facelift, Necklift, Rhinoplasty
  • Otoplasty
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
  • Hair restoration
Medical Education
  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital|Fellowship, Royal Children's & Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Existing Patients
Patient Gateway
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric
Provider Gender


William Gerald (Jay) Austen, Jr., MD, is Chief of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division and Chief of Burn Surgery at Mass General; Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School; Director of the Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Fellowship Program; Mass General Trustee Chair of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Under his leadership of the Plastics and Burns Divisions, novel clinical programs have been established including composite tissue transplantation and nerve decompression to treat patients with migraines. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Austen is an authority on device innovation and has led the development of numerous patents and prototypes related to anti-aging, rejuvenation and scar therapy.

Dr. Austen has published extensively in the field of plastic surgery with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and has over 100 patents pending or issued in the U.S. and internationally. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and is an ad-hoc reviewer for Annals of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, JAMA, Surgery, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, and Transplantation.

Dr. Austen received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He completed his residency with the Harvard Plastic Surgery program and his fellowship at Royal Children's and Women's hospitals.

Research & Publications


View my most recent publications at PubMed

News & Events

  • Chefs gather to help Massachusetts General Hospital's mission

    On Monday, October 3, some of Boston's top chefs gathered in Beacon Hill for the third annual "Chefs for Clefts" fundraising event which raised over $60,000 for Massachusetts General Hospital's Cartagena Surgical Mission to help Colombian children born with cleft lips and congenital deformities.

  • Plastic Surgery mission transforms lives of Colombian children

    In February, William (Jay) G. Austen Jr., MD, chief of the MGH Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Division of Burn Surgery, and a plastic surgery team from MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) traveled to Colombia for their annual Cartagena Surgical Mission.

  • Storybook Ball a sweet success

    A bit of Willy Wonka magic inspired more than 500 people to raise $1.8 million for MassGeneral Hospital for Children during the 15th annual Storybook Ball.

  • Austen named chief of Burn Surgery

    William (Jay) G. Austen, Jr., MD, was appointed chief of the MGH Division of Burn Surgery on March 24.


  • Migraine Surgery

    W.G. (Jay) Austen Jr., MD, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses a cutting edge procedure done at Mass General: Plastic Surgery for Migraines.


Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Parkman Street
Wang 435
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-724-9922
Fax: 617-726-8089

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