About Heather Faulkner, MD, MPH

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Dr. Faulkner was born and raised in NYC. She attended University of Southern California for college, medical school and general surgery residency, and is board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. During residency, Dr. Faulkner spent 2 years in Boston, and earned a Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree from Harvard School of Public Health, and was a Harvard Medical School plastic surgery research fellow at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Faulkner attended plastic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, followed by fellowship at Mass General Hospital, specializing in reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery.

Dr. Faulkner is a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School. She is the Director of Quality and Safety for the Division of Plastic Surgery at MGH. She is Chief of Plastic Surgery at North Shore Medical Center. She is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and a candidate member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS),  and member of the Association of Women Surgeons and the Association of Academic Surgery, and other national professional organizations. She has authored publications (under her maiden name Rosen and married name Faulkner) on pediatric and adult plastic surgery. She has given research presentations at national and international plastic surgery meetings. Her clinical areas of interest include breast reconstruction, cosmetic breast surgery (breast augmentation, breast lift), breast reduction, body contouring after weight loss/childbirth/aging (including abdominoplasty ("tummy tuck"), liposuction, brachioplasty ("arm lift")), transgender/gender confirmation surgery ("top surgery"), labiaplasty, and the use of Botox and fillers for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Dr. Faulkner is committed to excellence in patient care and attention to detail.


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MGH Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 978-882-6893
Fax: 978-882-6850

Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA 01923-3623
Phone: 978-882-6893
Fax: 978-882-6850

Medical Education

  • MPH, Harvard T. H Chan School of Public Health
  • MD, USC Keck School of Medicine
  • Residency, LAC-USC Medical Center
  • Residency, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Boston
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery

Accepted Insurance Plans

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  • Nealon KP, Weitzman RE, Sobti N, Gadd M, Specht M, Rachel JB, Ehrlichman R, Faulkner HR, Austen WG, Liao EC. Prepectoral Direct-to-Implant Breast Reconstruction: Safety Outcome Endpoints and Delineation of Risk Factors.  (in press , 2020)

    Faulkner HR, Shikowitz-Behr L, McLeod M, Wright E, Hulsen J, Austen WG Jr. The Use of Absorbable Mesh in Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction: A 7-Year Review. (accepted, 2020)

    Nuzzi LC, Firriolo JM, Pike CM, Cerrato FE, Webb ML, Faulkner HR, DiVasta AD, Labow BI. The effect of reduction mammoplasty on quality of life in adolescents with macromastia

    Faulkner HR, Colwell AS, Liao EC, Winograd JM, Austen WG Jr. Thermal Injury to Reconstructed Breasts from Commonly Used Warming Devices: A Risk for Reconstructive Failure

    Ganske I, Verma K, Rosen H, et al. Minimizing complications with the use of acellular dermal matrix for immediate implant-based breast reconstruction

    Chun YS, Verma K, Sinha I, Rosen H, et al. Impact of prior ipsilateral chest wall radiation on pedicled TRAM flap breast reconstruction

    Rosen H
    , Webb ML, et al. Adolescent gynecomastia: not only an obesity issue

    Rosen H, Saleh F, Lipsitz SR, Rogers SO Jr, Gawande AA. Downwardly mobile: the accidental cost of being uninsured