Rajiv P. Parikh, MD,MPHS| Plastic Surgery | MedStar Health

Rajiv P. Parikh, MD,MPHS
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialities: Plastic Surgery

Languages: English

About me

Rajiv Parikh, MD, MPHS, is an attending plastic and reconstructive surgeon affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Assistant Clinical Professor at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. As a plastic and reconstructive specialist, he performs reconstructive surgery, from head to toe, to restore form and function in patients with cancer or traumatic injuries.

Dr. Parikh specializes in breast reconstruction after breast cancer, functional limb salvage for patients with traumatic injuries, chronic wounds, and/or oncological defects, and facial paralysis surgery. He also treats patients with peripheral nerve injuries in the upper and lower extremity as well as performs body contouring procedures, such as breast reductions and breast lifts.

Dedicated to bringing the safest, most novel techniques to his patients, Dr. Parikh performs microsurgical reconstruction and utilizes enhanced recovery after surgery protocols (ERAS) to minimize pain and improve patient outcomes. He is specialty-trained in autologous microvascular breast reconstruction techniques and in restoring sensation to women’s breasts, both after mastectomy and breast reconstruction. He also performs unique treatments with lymphovenous bypass (LVB), or vascularized lymph node transplants, to prevent and treat lymphedema in women with breast cancer undergoing axillary lymph node dissections. He employs novel techniques to treat facial paralysis, such as nerve transfer procedures.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Parikh is invested in the advancement of his field and is an active researcher, having published more than 40 scientific papers and book chapters. Currently, he is investigating health disparities, value-based healthcare delivery, surgical outcomes, and surgical treatment decision-making among the breast cancer and extremity reconstruction populations.

As an early adopter and leading investigator on enhanced recovery after surgery protocols; which aim to reduce pain, minimize the need for narcotics, and get patients back to their normal function earlier; Dr. Parikh is dedicated to improving patient satisfaction after surgery.

Dr. Parikh received his medical degree from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, where he earned membership to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He then joined Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery. During his time at Washington University, he also completed a Master of Population Health Sciences degree and a clinical research fellowship with the university’s Institute of Public Health, which was supported by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award. Finally, he completed specialty fellowship training in microsurgery and oncological reconstruction at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Dr. Parikh was an inaugural recipient of the Plastic Surgery Foundation Clinical Research Leaders Scholarship Award. He is involved, on a national level, with plastic surgery organizations and has served as a resident ambassador to the Editorial Board, and is currently a peer-reviewer, for the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS).

In his free time, Dr. Parikh enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling, playing basketball and soccer, and alpine skiing.

Philosophy of Care

“I am a firm believer in a personalized patient-centered approach to care. My philosophy is to provide care that is respectful of individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and to ensure that patient values guide all clinical decisions. This approach requires a true partnership with patients, one where I really listen to the individual patient’s needs and aspirations.

“I always use a shared-decision making process where patients are actively engaged. I use examples and plain language to explain different treatment options available to patients in an easy-to-understand way. After explaining all of their options, I listen to patients and work with them to help them choose the option that best accomplishes their goals and improves their individual situation.

“My goal, in addition to being an excellent healthcare provider, is to be a trustworthy and reliable colleague. I am always available to help referring physicians in any way. I encourage open and frequent communication and will always work to see referred patients as soon as possible. I will always update referring providers after I evaluate their patient and again if I provide any surgical treatment to the patient.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Aesthetic Surgery
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Blepharoptosis
  • Brow Droop
  • Brow Lift
  • Chin Lift
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Deviated Septum
  • Ear Plastic Surgery
  • Face Lift
  • Facial Asymmetry Surgery
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Neck Lift
  • Reconstruction Of Nose
  • Rejuvenation
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Rhinoplasty Revision
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Skin Rejuvenation
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Scars
  • Acquired Absence Of Breast
  • Acquired Deformity Of Reconstructed Breast
  • Acquired Ear Deformity
  • Arteriovenous Malformation Avm
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Skin
  • Blepharoptosis
  • Brow Droop
  • Cleft Palate
  • Congenital Ear Deformity
  • Deviated Septum
  • Disorder Of Earlobe
  • Eyelid Trauma
  • Facial Deformity
  • Facial Fracture
  • Forehead Nodule
  • Frostbite Of Ear
  • Frostbite Of Face
  • Frostbite Of Nose
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glomangioma
  • Glomus Tumor
  • Hemangiomas
  • Lefort Fracture
  • Lipedema
  • Lipomas
  • Neuroma
  • Nose Fracture
  • Occipital Mass
  • Polysyndactyly
  • Positional Plagiocephaly
  • Prominent Ears
  • Ptosis Of Breasts
  • Ruptured Implant
  • Scar Hypertrophy
  • Scar On Neck
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma Of Skin Of Lip
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Aesthetic Surgery
  • Arm Lift
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Body Contouring Surgery
  • Breast Reduction
  • Brow Lift
  • Burn Reconstruction
  • Chin Lift
  • Circumferential Liposuction Of Calves And Ankles
  • Cleft Lip Repair
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Ear Plastic Surgery
  • Exoderm Non Surgical Face Lift
  • Eyelid Repair
  • Face Lift
  • Facial Asymmetry Surgery
  • Flap Surgery
  • Ganglion Cyst Removal
  • Genioplasty
  • Gynecomastia Surgery
  • Jaw Surgery
  • Limb Salvage
  • Lip Augmentation
  • Lipectomy
  • Lymph Node Transfer
  • Male Breast Reduction
  • Mammoplasty
  • Mastopexy
  • Mastoplasty
  • Migraine Surgery
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Neck Lift
  • Non Surgical Face Lift
  • Oncologic Reconstruction
  • Panniculectomy
  • Reconstruction Of Nose
  • Rejuvenation
  • Release Scar Contracture
  • Removal Of Buccal Fat Pads
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Rhinoplasty Revision
  • Scar Revision
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Skin Graft
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Thigh Lift Surgery
  • Transgender Care
  • Turbinate Surgery
  • 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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Fax 202-877-3303

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

Fellowship Program: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2021)

Residency Program: Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital (2020)

Graduate Education: Washington University School of Medicine (2016)

Medical School: University of South Florida School of Medicine (2012)

Hospital affiliations