During her training, one of Dr. Zeidler’s plastic surgery mentors compared learning to be a plastic surgeon with learning how to become a chef; essentially, you learn a special set of principles-fundamentals that must be respected-but you must also exercise creativity, to adapt and be inspired to make something beautiful with what you’re given. It’s a particularly beautiful philosophy, one that inspires Dr. Zeidler to deliver a style of plastic surgery that is special and unique to each patient, while being grounded to the natural rules and foundations of the human body. The result? Beautiful, long-lasting, and naturally balanced aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
It’s that underlying philosophy along with her personal experiences with breast cancer that gives Dr. Zeidler her unique vision and understanding of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, her background in reconstruction gives her more than a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of the human body; it allows her to fully understand exactly how significantly aesthetic surgery can change someone’s life for the better.
As a young child growing up in a working-class home caring for her siblings, Dr. Zeidler cherished the ability to care for others. As her interest in medicine grew, so did her passion for helping others in a way that inspired her creativity and sense of artistry. As she progressed through her medical career, the specter of breast cancer began to affect the people Dr. Zeidler loved the most. Dr. Zeidler personally witnessed how many of the women in her family, from aunts to cousins, even her sisters struggled with the effects of the BRCA gene mutation and breast cancer. Motivated by her desire to help those with breast cancer, Dr. Zeidler personally sought out additional training for breast aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, eventually excelling in sophisticated procedures like revision cosmetic breast surgery. Today, Dr. Zeidler’s exquisite plastic surgery outcomes have earned her renown not only in the heart of Silicon Valley, but around the world.
Dr. Zeidler received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She earned her Doctor of Medicine Degree at University of California, San Francisco, one of the top five medical schools in the country. Dr. Zeidler graduated at the top 5% of her class, earning her a membership into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. She continued her career at UCSF by completing her residencies in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery. She also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in UCSF and studied stem cells and their effects on wound healing, a study which earned a grant from the National Institute for Health (NIH). During her time there, Dr. Zeidler was awarded with UCSF’s Julius R. Krevan’s award for her outstanding clinical care of her patients. She later underwent further training for breast reconstruction techniques with an additional advanced microsurgical clinical instructorship and fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center. In 2012, she was honored with the California Patients’ Choice Award.
Honors and Awards
Pioneer in the World of Research
Along with her stellar reputation in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, Dr. Zeidler is considered to be a leading authority on the newest technologies involving breast surgery. Many companies have used Dr. Zeidler’s expertise as a key opinion leader, and her background as an aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery expert has led to her being a trusted source and reference for bringing new technologies and products from research to the market. Dr. Zeidler serves as a clinical investigator for companies like Allergan and Sientra, and state-of-the-art technologies like the new remote controlled breast tissue expander from AirXpanders. As a clinical investigator, she was instrumental towards studying many of the most advanced implants and breast surgery technology in the market. Most recently, she was appointed Sientra’s Medical Director of Clinical Trials and a member of their Medical Advisory Board. With AirXpanders, Dr. Zeilder acted as the lead investigator in their national trial to obtain FDA clearance. Today, she has used AirXpanders more than any physician in the country.
She has also written several publications and lectured nationwide to educate other plastic surgeons on these technologies, as well as her own techniques in aesthetic breast surgery. Dr. Zeidler not only has a unique insight on advanced cosmetic technology, but she has personally had a hand in shaping the world of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery for the breast.
More About Dr. Zeidler
Dr. Zeidler is a member of multiple renowned professional societies, like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, the California Medical Society, the Santa Clara County Medical Association and the South Bay Chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association. She is also very active when it comes to charitable work—Dr. Zeidler serves on the board of directors the Cancer Care Point.