Dr. Andrew Elkwood is skilled in many of the latest plastic surgery techniques. In addition to his expertise in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Elkwood is an international expert in nerve reconstruction surgery for patients who have lost the use of a limb from nerve damage. He is highly skilled in microsurgery, limb replantation and microsurgical reconstruction after cancer.
Dr. Elkwood is a graduate of the prestigious six-year combined B.S./M.D. program at Union College, Schenectady, New York, and the Albany Medical College of Union University, Albany, New York. He completed his general surgery residency at New York University and Bellevue Hospital, and simultaneously received a graduate degree in finance and economics from Columbia University.
Dr. Elkwood continued training at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital/Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, which ran the world’s busiest cosmetic surgery service.
Dr. Elkwood is double board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Elkwood is the founder and director of the Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore Medical Center.
Dr. Elkwood is a 2011 “Top Doc”, New Jersey Magazine; elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2005 to 2006 and 2009 to 2012, and is listed as one of the best surgeons in America in The Consumer Guide to Top Doctors. He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, The Learning Channel, and The Discovery Channel. Dr. Elkwood has been published in over two dozen medical journals and professional publications.
Inspiring Medical Case:
In 1997, Dr. Elkwood took care of a young male pedestrian who was hit by a drunk driver. He was left with one leg at the scene, and Dr. Elkwood operated more than a dozen times to save his other leg. The patient remained in contact with Dr. Elkwood, and eventually asked him to sign off on a note so he could pursue scuba diving certification, using an artificial leg. The patient returned over time to visit, and eventually taught Dr. Elkwood’s two sons to scuba dive, resulting in their earning their diving certification.
“Working in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery makes you a better surgeon. You think about everything more pragmatically. It enables you to put things in perspective. It makes you insightful and gives you maturity of judgment.”