Ariel N. Rad, M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Rad is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is Assistant Professor of plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins. From microvascular surgery to aesthetic surgery, Dr. Rad is renowned for his surgical ability and artistic vision.  

For facial rejuvenation, Dr. Rad specializes in minimally invasive approaches such as "closed" rhinoplasty and mini-incision necklift, the most sophisticated techniques featuring hidden scars and minimal down time.  For breast aesthetic work, body contouring and mommy makeover procedures, Dr. Rad's eye is toward body proportion, hidden scars and beautiful silhouettes.  He is one of only 30 surgeons worldwide capable of performing the most challenging microvascular surgeries for breast cancer reconstruction such as the DIEP flap and the love handle flap.

In every aspect of his work Dr. Rad has refined his approaches so that patients benefit from exceptional results and exquisite care. 


Dr. Rad received his mechanical engineering degree magna cum laude and minor in computational mathematics from Princeton University where he was also co-captain of the Division I NCAA swim team. He completed medical school at Duke University. During his medical education, Dr. Rad was awarded two Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowships to conduct research at the National Institutes of Health and then at Duke University.

After medical school Dr. Rad was awarded a three-year grant from the NIH to continue his research at the University of London where he completed a Ph.D. in immunology. While in London, Dr. Rad competed and performed internationally in professional Latin American dance.  Amongst tens of thousands of competitors worldwide, he was ranked in the top 38 in the world in 2002. In his aesthetic work, Dr. Rad draws on the principles of artistry that he refined through dance.

In 2003, Dr. Rad returned to the United States to enter the training program in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins. Upon completion of his training in 2009, Dr. Rad joined the full-time plastic surgery faculty at Johns Hopkins as Assistant Professor and Director of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Rad and his colleagues pioneered the LSGAP "Love Handle" Flap, the most advanced microsurgical technique in breast cancer reconstruction (only 30 surgeons worldwide have the ability to perform this operation).  Dr. Rad presented his work in the 2009 World Microsurgery Congress in Helsinki, Finland, and his work has been featured in many international press releases and television news features. 

Dr. Rad has published numerous articles and book chapters and he has been named to Who’s Who in America for 2015. Dr. Rad contributes his expertise to print and television media and he is a featured medical expert for local news stations, covering a breadth of cutting edge topics in plastic surgery. Dr. Rad is an expert consultant to writers and editors at newspapers and magazines, from DC Modern Luxury and Capitol File, to the Washington Post and Vogue.

Following a 2.5 year period of architectural design and construction, Sherber+Rad opened in July 2014.  Together Drs. Sherber and Rad care for many patients individually and together within a practice model that is centered on patients’ privacy and uncompromising collaborative care.  Dr. Rad’s exceptional technical abilities, paired with a nuanced artistic sense, are the tools through which he is able to achieve exceptional surgical results for his patients.  Dr. Rad focuses his work on facial aesthetic work and microvascular breast cancer reconstruction.

Dr. Rad is known for his skill in microsurgery and facial aesthetic surgery, his nuanced and artistic vision, and a caring manner.

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