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

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

Specialities: Microvascular Plastic Surgery, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, 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

  • Face Lift
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acquired Absence Of Breast
  • Acquired Deformity Of Reconstructed Breast
  • Breast And Chest Wall Disorders
  • Breast Asymmetry
  • Breast Deformities
  • Breast Implant Illness
  • Breast Implant Rupture
  • Capsular Contracture
  • Congenital Breast Deformities
  • Deformity Of Reconstructed Breast
  • Disproportion Of Reconstructed Breast
  • Excess Skin
  • Facial Nerve Injury
  • Facial Nerve Palsy
  • History Of Breast Cancer
  • Lymphedema
  • Nerve Injury
  • Peroneal Nerve Injury
  • Postmastectomy Lymphedema Syndrome
  • Ptosis Of Breasts
  • Radiation Induced Breast Deformity
  • Ruptured Implant
  • Skin Cancer
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Anterolateral Thigh Flap
  • Autologous Breast Tissue Reconstruction
  • Body Contouring Surgery
  • Breast Asymmetry Correction
  • Breast Implant Deformity Correction
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reconstruction With Flap Surgery
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Reinnervation
  • Breast Surgery
  • Breast Surgery Revision
  • Chest Reconstruction Surgery
  • Components Separation
  • Cross Face Nerve Graft
  • Cubital Tunnel Surgery
  • Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap
  • Direct To Implant Reconstruction
  • Dynamic Muscle Transfer Face
  • Excess Skin Removal
  • Face Lift
  • Facial Nerve Graft
  • Facial Paralysis Reconstruction
  • Facial Reanimation Surgery
  • Free Tissue Transfer Flap
  • Free Tram
  • Goldilocks Mastectomy
  • Hybrid Breast Reconstruction
  • Implant Based Breast Reconstruction
  • Latissimus Dorsi Flap
  • Limb Salvage
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction
  • Lumpectomy Revision
  • Lymph Node Transfer
  • Male Breast Reduction
  • Mammoplasty
  • Mastopexy
  • Micro Neurovascular Free Muscle Transplant
  • Microsurgery
  • Microvascular Flap Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Muscle Sparing Tram
  • Muscle Transplant
  • Musculocutaneous Flap
  • Nerve Transfer
  • Nipple Reinnervation
  • Nipple Sparing Mastectomy
  • Oncologic Reconstruction
  • Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
  • Panniculectomy
  • Pelvic Reconstruction
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Post Traumatic Reconstruction
  • Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction
  • Profunda Artery Perforator Flap
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interface (RPNI) Lower Extremity
  • Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interface (RPNI) Upper Extremity
  • Sensory Reinnervation
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Skin Graft
  • Skin Sparing Mastectomy
  • Soft Tissue Reconstruction Of The Spine
  • Sternal Wound Flap
  • Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery Flap
  • Surgery For Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) Lower Extremity
  • Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) Upper Extremity
  • Thoracodorsal Artery Perforator Flap
  • Tissue Expansion Surgery
  • Transverse Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous Flap
  • Transverse Upper Gracilis Flap
  • Tug Flap
  • Vascularized Bone Graft
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106 Irving Street Northwest
POB Ste 3400 North Tower
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-3303

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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
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    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
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    • 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


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)


  • Clinical Research Leaders Scholarship, Inaugural Recipient: The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (T32), National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute)
  • Most Outstanding Presentation, James Barrett Brown Research Day, Washington University School of Medicine)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AΩA)

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