Radbeh Torabi, MD

Radbeh Torabi

While training at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Dr. Torabi focused on transplantation tolerance protocols and their application to vascularized composite allotransplantation, including hand and face transplantation. These research years allowed him to better establish his fundamentals of critical thinking and the progression of translational research to improve clinical problems. This time also helped to further develop his experience with finer detailed procedures, including microsurgery.

Following his research fellowship, Dr. Torabi served as a general surgery resident for the first two years of his training at MGH. This experience was crucial in the establishment of the fundamentals of care that he applies to all of his surgical patients. He then moved to the wonderful city of New Orleans, where he served as an integrated plastic surgery resident at Louisiana State University. To learn more about what Dr. Torabi and his staff can offer you, reach out to Elite Plastic Surgery and set up your consultation today.

Diverse and Original Experience

Dr. Torabi prides himself on his ability to offer a unique brand of care to his patients, thanks in large part to his diverse and original training. His plastic surgery training provided a balanced approach to cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, and his ability to apply cosmetic principles to reconstructive procedures—as well as reconstructive principles to cosmetic procedures—helps optimize patient outcomes and satisfaction across the board. His extensive training also provided him with a strong sense of expertise in autologous breast reconstruction, as well as an in-depth degree of experience with the use of perforator-based free flaps. 

Dedicated to Reliable Results

Dr. Torabi was able to build upon his commitment to continued medical progress through a series of clinical research projects involving autologous reconstruction, migraine surgery, patient satisfaction, decreasing narcotic medication, and cosmetic surgery outcomes and safety.

The summation of these experiences has resulted in the creation of a truly well-rounded practice, able to offer patients cosmetic, aesthetic, and reconstructive procedures in equal measure.

As always, Dr. Torabi’s goal is to provide precise and reliable results while emphasizing compassionate care through communication and optimization of the patient-physician relationship.

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Dr. Torabi’s Education

MD, Cum Laude – American University of Antigua, 2010

Postdoctoral Training

  • Post-Doctoral Surgery Research Fellowship, Transplantation Biology Research Center (Dr. David H. Sachs), Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 2010-2012
  • Residency, General Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2012-2014
  • Residency, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 2014-2020


  • Research Assistant, Transplantation Biology
  • Research Center (Dr. David H. Sachs), Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 2009
  • Research Assistant, Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (Dr. HoSheng Lin), Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2008-2009
  • Scholarly Research Award, Outstanding Plastic Surgery Resident, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center 2016,2017,2018
  • ASPS In-Service Award, Outstanding Integrated Plastic Surgery Resident, Department of Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 2015, 2016
  • The Transplantation Society Travel Grant, 10th Meeting of the International Society of Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation, Oral Presentation, 2011
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institute of Health, Research in Transplantation, 2011

Report of Scholarship

Torabi R., Villani V., Mallard C. A., Cetrulo C.L., JR. The Translational Potential of Perinatal
Stem Cells in Clinical Medicine: Mesenchymal Stem Cells. In Cetrulo K., Cetrulo C.L., Jr. and
Taghizadeh R.R., Jr. (Eds.), Perinatal Stem Cells 2nd Edition, Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated,
Hoboken, Chapter 8: 105-117, 2013.

Leto Barone A.A., Leonard D.A., Torabi R., Mallard C., Glor T., Scalea J.R., Randolph M.A.,
Sachs D.H., Cetrulo C.L. Jr. The gracilis myocutaneous free flap in swine: an advantageous
preclinical model for vascularized composite allograft transplantation research. Microsurgery
2013; 33 (1): 51-55.

Torabi R. and Cetrulo C.L. Jr., Scalea J.R., Shimizu A, Leto Barone A.A., Gillon B.C., Tasaki
M., Leonard D.A., Cormack T.A., Villani V., Randolph M.A., Sachs D.H., Yamada K.
Vascularized Composite Allograft Transplant Survival in Miniature Swine: Is MHC Tolerance
Sufficient for Acceptance of Epidermis. Transplantation 2013; 96 (11): 966-974.

Tasaki M., Shimizu A., Henekamp I., Torabi R., Villani V., Yamada K. Rituximab Treatment
Prevents the Early Development of Proteinuria Following Pig-to-Baboon Xeno-kidney
Transplantation. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 2014; 25 (4): 737-44.

Scalea J.R., Okumi M., Villani V., Shimizu A., Nishimura H., Gillon B.C., Torabi R., Cormack
T., Moran S., Leguern C., Sachs D.H., Yamada K. Abrogation of Renal Allograft Tolerance in
MGH Miniature Swine: The Role of Intra-Graft and Peripheral Factors in Long-Term
Tolerance. American Journal of Transplantation 2014; 14 (9): 2001-2010.

Scalea J.R., Torabi R., Tena A., Tasaki M., Gillon B.C., Moran S., Cormack T., Villani V.,
Shimizu A., Sachs D.H., Yamada K. The Rejuvenating Effects of Leuprolide Acetate on the
Aged Baboon’s Thymus. Transplantation Immunology 2014; 31 (3): 134-139.

Leto Barone A.A., Mastroianni M, Farkash E.A., Mallard C., Albritton A., Torabi R., Leonard
D.A., Kurtz J.M., Sachs D.H., Cetrulo C.L. Jr. Genetically Modified Porcine Split-Thickness
Skin Grafts as an Alternative to Allograft for Provision of Temporary Wound Coverage:
Preliminary Characterization. Burns, 2015; 41 (3): 565-574.

Madariaga M.L., Shanmugarajah K., Michel S.G., Villani V., La Muraglia G.M., Torabi R.,
Leonard D.A., Randolph M.A., Colvin R.B., Yamada K., Madsen J.C., Cetrulo C.L. Jr., Sachs
D.H. Immunomodulatory Strategies Directed Toward Tolerance of Vascularized Composite
Allografts. Transplantation, 2015; 99 (8): 1590-1597.

Leto Barone A.A., Kurtz J.M., Albritton A., Mallard C.A., Shanmugarajah K., Torabi R.,
Leonard D.A., Randolph M.A., Huang C.A., Sachs D.H., Cetrulo C.L. Jr. Effects of transient
donor chimerism on rejection of MHC-mismatched vascularized composite allografts in swine.
Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation, 2015; 2 (1): 1-8.

Mayo J.L., Canizares O., Torabi R., Allen R.J., St. Hilaire H. Expanding the Applications of the
Profunda Artery Perforator Flap. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2016; 137 (2): 663-669.

Torabi R., Strong A.L., Hogan M.E., Dupin C.L., Tessler O., Lau F.H. Bone and Tendon
Coverage via Dehydrated Human Amniotic/Chorionic Membrane and Split-Thickness Skin
Grafting. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery Open, 2016; 1 (1): 59-62

Villani V., Bohnen J.D., Torabi R., Sabbatino F., Chang D.C., Ferrone C.R. “Idealized” vs.
“True” Learning Curves: The Case of Laparoscopic Liver Resection. Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary,
2016; 18 (6): 504-509

Sadeghipour H., Torabi R., Gottschall J., Lujan-Hernandez J., Sachs D.H., Moore F.D. Jr.,
Cetrulo C.L. Jr. Blockade of IgM-Mediated Inflammation Alters Wound Progression in a Swine
Model of Partial-Thickness Burn. Journal of Burn Care and Research, 2017; 38 (3): 148-160

Leonard D.A., Mallard C., Albritton A., Torabi R., Mastroianni M., Sachs D.H., Kurtz J.M.,
Cetrulo C.L. Jr., Skin Grafts from Genetically Modified alpha-1,3-galactosyltransferase
Knockout Miniature Swine: A Functional Equivalent to Allografts. Burns, 2017; 43(8): 1717-1724

Tessler O., Bourn L., Lin S.J., Dupin C., Mundinger G.S., Patterson C., St.Hilaire H., Bartow M.,
Torabi R., Hanemann M., Cosmetic Surgeon Representation: Ensuring Board Certification
Transparency and Patient Awareness. Annals of Plastic Surgery, 2018; 80 (6S): S431-S436

Torabi R., Stalder M.W., Tessler O., Bartow M.J., Lam J., Patterson C.W., Wise M.W., Dupin
C.L., St. Hilaire H., Assessing Age as a Risk Factor for Complications in Autologous Breast
Reconstruction. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2018; 142 (6): 840e-846e

Torabi R., Bourn L., Mundinger G.S., Saeg F., Patterson C., Gimenez A., Wisecarver I., St.
Hilaire H., Stalder M., Tessler O., American Society of Plastic Surgeons Member Post-operative
Opiod Prescribing Patterns. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, 2019; 7 (3): e2125

Bourn L., Torabi R., Stalder M., St. Hilaire H., Allen R., Delatte S., Torabi R.,
Zakhary J., Tessler O., American Society of Plastic Surgeons Member Post-operative Opiod
Prescribing Patterns. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, 2019; 7 (3): e2166

Tessler O., Guste J., Bartow M., Torabi R., Gimenez A., Patel S., Torabi R., St.
Hilaire H., Allen R., Stacked Lateral Thigh Perforator Flap as a Novel Option for Autologous
Breast Reconstruction. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2019; 143 (6): 1601-1604

Tessler O., Torabi R., Reply: Assessing Age as a Risk Factor for Complications in Autologous
Breast Reconstruction. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2019; 144 (4): 703e-704e

Artz J., Tessler O., Clark S., Torabi R., Moses M., Can It Be Safe and Aesthetic? An Eight-year
Retrospective Review of Mastopexy with Concurrent Breast Augmentation. Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, 2019; 7 (6): e2272

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