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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. Stallworth JY, Hoffman WY, Vagefi MR, Indaram M. Superior oblique palsy after facial feminization surgery. J AAPOS. 2023 Apr 07. View in PubMed
  2. Braun M, Pomerantz JH, Hoffman WY, Mathes EF. Long-pulsed neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet for hair reduction in pediatric microtia repair. Pediatr Dermatol. 2023 Feb 19. View in PubMed
  3. Zebolsky AL, Gulati A, Badiee RK, Pardo ST, Deutsch MB, Knott PD, Park AM, Pomerantz JH, Hoffman WY, Seth R. Patient-Reported Outcomes in Gender-Affirming Facial Surgery: Recommendations from a Multidisciplinary Gender Health Panel. Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2023 Feb 16. View in PubMed
  4. Watanaskul S, Schwab ME, Colley A, Chern H, Varma MG, Hoffman WY, Sarin A. Robotic repair of perineal hernias: a video vignette and review of the literature. Surg Endosc. 2023 03; 37(3):2290-2294. View in PubMed
  5. Park KM, Rosli YY, Simms A, Lentz R, Bharadia DR, Breyer B, Hoffman WY. Preventing Rectourethral Fistula Recurrence With Gracilis Flap. Ann Plast Surg. 2022 Feb 17. View in PubMed
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