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William Y. Hoffman, M.D.

William Y. Hoffman, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Stephen J. Mathes, MD, Endowed Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Academic Office
505 Parnassus Avenue, Suite M-593
San Francisco, CA 94143-0932
(415) 353-4285 Telephone
(415) 353-4320 Fax
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  • 1969-73 Yale University, B.A. Biology
  • 1973-77 University of Rochester School of Medicine, M.D.
  • 1977-80 UCSF Resident General Surgery
  • 1980-81 UCSF Resident Plastic Surgery
  • 1981-83 UCSF Senior Resident General Surgery
  • 1984-85 UCSF Chief Resident Plastic Surgery
  • 1985-86 New York University Medical Institute
  • American Board of Surgery, 1985
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1987
  • UCSF Center for Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Aesthetic Surgery
  • Cleft Lip & Palate Surgery
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Rhinoplasty Arteriovenous Malformations
  • Biology of hemangiomas
  • Clinical outcomes of cleft surgery
  • Fetal surgery for congenital facial deformities

Dr. William Hoffman is the Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCSF. He graduated cum laude from Yale University and obtained his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed training in General Surgery at UCSF in 1983 and in Plastic Surgery at UCSF in 1985.

An additional year of training was spent at the Institute for Reconstructive plastic Surgery at NYU with Dr. Joseph McCarthy studying craniofacial and cleft lip surgery. Subsequently Dr. Hoffman returned to UCSF to join the faculty, serving as the chief of plastic surgery at San Francisco General Hospital from 1988 to 1996, and Director of Education for the division from 1996 to 2005. He became the head of the division in 2005.

Recently, Dr. Hoffman led a successful effort to pass legislation in California greatly expanding insurance coverage for children with disfiguring cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies. Hoffman, a pioneer of cranial re-animation surgery and acknowledged innovator in the field, performs complex and intricate surgeries at the UCSF Center for Craniofacial Anomalies. Working in tandem with orthodontists and other specialists, he and colleagues work to restore children's faces to a normal appearance as well as improving their breathing and ability to chew.

Dr. Hoffman is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.He is the primary craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeon at UCSF, performing 300-400 pediatric operations a year on children with a wide range of deformities, including cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, facial palsy, hemangiomas, birthmarks, and vascular anomalies. His adult practice deals with complex facial reconstruction as well as facial aesthetic surgery, including facelifts, rhinoplasty, and blepharoplasty. He has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles as well as numerous invited chapters. Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Hoffman was named to the list of U.S. News "America's Top Doctors," a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for a given specialty.

He is on the Board of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, the Executive Council of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, is the current President of the American Society of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, and is a senior examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. 

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  1. Garcia SM, Tamaki S, Lee S, Wong A, Jose A, Dreux J, Kouklis G, Sbitany H, Seth R, Knott PD, Heaton C, Ryan WR, Kim EA, Hansen SL, Hoffman WY, Pomerantz JH. High-Yield Purification, Preservation, and Serial Transplantation of Human Satellite Cells. Stem Cell Reports. 2018 03 13; 10(3):1160-1174. View in PubMed
  2. Daniels KM, Yang Yu E, Maine RG, Heng Y, Yang L, Shi B, Corlew DS, Hoffman WY, Gregory GA. Palatal Fistula Risk after Primary Palatoplasty: A Retrospective Comparison of a Humanitarian Organization and Tertiary Hospitals. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2018 07; 55(6):807-813. View in PubMed
  3. Cho GJ, Wang F, Garcia SM, Viner J, Hoffman WY, McDermott MW, Pomerantz JH. Recalcitrant Invasive Skin Cancer of the Scalp: Combined Extirpation and Microsurgical Reconstruction Without Cranioplasty. J Craniofac Surg. 2017 Mar; 28(2):325-330. View in PubMed
  4. Piper ML, Delrosario L, Hoffman WY. Distraction Osteogenesis of Multiple Ribs for the Treatment of Acquired Thoracic Dystrophy. Pediatrics. 2016 Mar; 137(3):e20152053. View in PubMed
  5. Theiler M, Hoffman WY, Frieden IJ. Breast Hypoplasia as a Complication of an Untreated Infantile Hemangioma. Pediatr Dermatol. 2016 Mar-Apr; 33(2):e129-30. View in PubMed
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