Laura K Tom, MD| Plastic Surgery | MedStar Health

Laura K Tom, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (159 reviews)

Specialities: Plastic Surgery

Languages: English

202-877-3303

About me

Laura Tom, MD, is an attending physician in MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department, whose work is all about uplifting patients. As a general plastic surgeon, Dr. Tom uses inpatient and outpatient cosmetic and reconstructive surgical treatments to improve and/or restore the patient’s quality of life that has been affected by a wide range of conditions, including skin cancer, acute and chronic wounds, lymphedema, and hernias.

More specifically, Dr. Tom specializes in microsurgical complex reconstruction techniques, including microvascular reconstruction and super-microsurgery for lymphedema. Surgical treatment for lymphedema—the swelling in limbs that occurs after the damage or removal of lymph nodes—is a relatively new field of surgery because microscope, instrument, and suture technology have all improved to make the necessary techniques feasible. Most providers and patients are more familiar with the non-surgical means of treating lymphedema, such as massage and compression. But promising surgical approaches are now on the horizon: Using microsurgical techniques, it is sometimes possible to move tissue or attempt reconstruction to bypass lymph nodes that are not working.
 
Dr. Tom completed her surgical training at the University of Washington in Seattle ,where she helped treat a high volume of patients from all around the Pacific Northwest. She joined Medstar Washington Hospital Center after completing a specialized fellowship in microsurgery and lymphatic surgery at Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain. During her fellowship, she visited hospitals across Europe and Asia, learning from and networking with experts in complex reconstruction from around the world.
 
Dr. Tom’s practice at MedStar Washington Hospital Center includes pressure wound surgery, breast surgery, body contouring, complex reconstruction for trauma, cancer and limb salvage, and the surgical treatment of lymphedema. She looks forward to expanding the hospital’s practice, focusing on educating patients about new or developing procedures with the potential to save limbs that would otherwise require amputation, as well as prevent advanced lymphedema from occurring through early interventions.

Philosophy of Care
 
“My passion is trying to help patients reclaim some of what they feel they’ve lost. I credit my philosophy of care to one of the pioneers in plastic surgery from the 1500's, Gaspare Tagliacozzie, who wrote: ‘We restore, rebuild, and make whole those parts which nature hath given, but which fortune has taken away. Not so much that it may delight the eye, but that it might buoy up the spirit, and help the mind of the afflicted.’

“Whatever misfortune, whether it be trauma or cancer, has happened to the patient, our job is about trying to get them back to what and where they were before, or as close to that as possible - back to work, back to fishing, back to being themselves.

“I completed my fellowship training abroad because I wanted to work with some of the world’s leading experts in specialized lymphatic procedures, so that I could bring their wisdom and experience back to my practice here in Washington, DC. I hope to offer patients solutions they didn’t even know existed.

“The patients here at Washington Hospital Center are phenomenal, and our staff is rock solid. It is a pleasure to come to work every day.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Body Contouring Surgery
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Gynecomastia Surgery
  • Lymphedema
  • Mammoplasty
  • Panniculectomy
  • Scar Revision
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Scars
  • Acquired Absence Of Breast
  • Acquired Deformity Of Reconstructed Breast
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Basosquamous Carcinoma
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Skin
  • Breast Asymmetry
  • Breast Deformities
  • Breast Implant Leak
  • Breast Implant Rupture
  • Brow Droop
  • Burn Scars
  • Capsular Contracture
  • Cold Extremities
  • Compromised Skin Grafts
  • Compromised Tissue Flaps
  • Congenital Nevi
  • Cyst
  • Deformity Of Reconstructed Breast
  • Disorder Of Earlobe
  • Disproportion Of Reconstructed Breast
  • Eyelid Trauma
  • Facial Lesions
  • Facial Nerve Injury
  • Facial Nerve Palsy
  • Forehead Nodule
  • Frostbite
  • Frostbite Of Ear
  • Frostbite Of Face
  • Frostbite Of Nose
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hemangiomas
  • History Of Breast Cancer
  • Lipedema
  • Lipomas
  • Lymphedema
  • Macrostomia
  • Nerve Injury
  • Non Healing Wound
  • Occipital Mass
  • Prominent Ears
  • Ptosis Of Breasts
  • Radiation Induced Breast Deformity
  • Ruptured Implant
  • Scar Hypertrophy
  • Scar On Neck
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma Of Skin Of Lip
  • Vasculitic Ulcers
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Aesthetic Surgery
  • Anterolateral Thigh Flap
  • Arm Lift
  • Augmentation Mastopexy
  • Back Lift
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Body Contouring Surgery
  • Body Lift
  • Breast Asymmetry Correction
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Implant Deformity Correction
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Reinnervation
  • Breast Revision
  • Brow Lift
  • Burn Reconstruction
  • Circumferential Liposuction Of Calves And Ankles
  • Cleft Lip Repair
  • Complex Wound Management
  • Components Separation
  • Coronal Brow Lift
  • Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Direct To Implant Reconstruction
  • Ear Plastic Surgery
  • Earlobe Reduction
  • Excisional Biopsy
  • Eyelid Repair
  • Fat Grafting
  • Fingertip Repair
  • Flap Surgery
  • Free Tram
  • Ganglion Cyst Removal
  • Gender Affirmation Surgery
  • Gluteal Artery Perforator Flap
  • Gynecomastia Surgery
  • Implant Based Breast Reconstruction
  • Inferior Gluteal Artery Perforator Flap
  • Latissimus Flap
  • Limb Salvage
  • Lip Surgery
  • Lipectomy
  • Liposuction
  • Liposuction Of The Abdomen
  • Liposuction Of The Arms
  • Liposuction Of The Buttocks
  • Liposuction Of The Cheeks
  • Liposuction Of The Chin
  • Liposuction Of The Face
  • Liposuction Of The Hips
  • Liposuction Of The Knees
  • Liposuction Of The Legs
  • Liposuction Of The Love Handles
  • Liposuction Of The Neck
  • Liposuction Of The Thighs
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction
  • Lymph Node Transfer
  • Male Breast Reduction
  • Mammoplasty
  • Mastopexy
  • Mastoplasty
  • Micro Neurovascular Free Muscle Transplant
  • Microsurgery
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Mini Abdominoplasty
  • Muscle Sparing Tram
  • Muscle Transplant
  • Neck Lift
  • Nerve Transfer
  • Nipple Repair
  • Nipple Sparing Mastectomy
  • Oncologic Reconstruction
  • Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
  • Panniculectomy
  • Pedicle Tram
  • Pelvic Reconstruction
  • Percutaneous Pinning
  • Post Child Birth Body Reshaping
  • Post Pregnancy Body Restoration
  • Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction
  • Profunda Artery Perforator Flap
  • Radial Forearm Flap
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Release Scar Contracture
  • Scalp Reconstruction
  • Scar Revision
  • Scrotoplasty
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Skin Graft
  • Skin Resurfacing And Rejuvenation
  • Skin Sparing Mastectomy
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Sternal Wound Flap
  • Superior Gluteal Artery Perforator Flap
  • Surgery For Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Thigh Lift Surgery
  • Thoracodorsal Artery Perforator Flap
  • Tissue Expansion Surgery
  • Top Surgery
  • Total Contact Casting
  • Transverse Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous Flap
  • Transverse Upper Gracilis Flap
  • Tug Flap
  • Turbinate Surgery
  • Upper Extremity Reconstruction
  • Vacuum Assisted Closure Therapy
  • Vacuum Assisted Wound Closure
  • Vaginal Rejuvenation
  • Vascularized Bone Graft
  • Vertical Rectus Abdominis Muscle Flap
  • Wound Care
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Practice locations

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106 Irving Street Northwest
POB Ste 3400 North Tower
Washington, DC, 20010

202-877-3300

Fax 202-877-3303

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Insurance

MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery

Fellowship Program: Santa Creu and Sant Pau Hospital (2018)

Residency Program: University of Washington Medical Center (2017)

Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine (2011)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.8
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.7
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.8
  • Provider showed respect

    4.8
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.8
  • Mar 23, 2022

    Good

  • Feb 16, 2022

    They listen as explain the pain I was have

  • Feb 9, 2022

    Dr. Tom and the other Dr. Working under her supervision did great job. They were very friendly, caring, and supportive.