Matthew Kaufman, MD, FACS, Physician

Dr. Matthew R. Kaufman, M.D. is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery & the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of The Rhinoplasty Society. Dr. Kaufman is co-Director of the Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California and an assistant professor in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

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Dr. Kaufman has been consecutively named as a Top Plastic Surgeon, in both the Castle Connolly Guide (New York metro area) and Inside New Jersey magazine. He has also been named as a Top Plastic Surgeon by New Jersey Monthly magazine. Dr. Kaufman’s training was completed at the best surgical programs in both New York City and Los Angeles. He received his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University where he graduated with Honors and was named to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society. He attended medical school at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, graduating in the top 5% of his medical school class. While there, he received numerous honors including acceptance into the AOA medical honor society and an endowment scholarship for outstanding academic performance.

Dr. Kaufman embarked on his surgical training at one of the nation’s top training programs for Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. While there, he trained with world famous surgeons dedicated to complex Head and Neck Reconstruction and Facial Plastic Surgery. Upon completion, he continued his training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the prestigious UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, he learned the most advanced and innovative plastic surgery techniques from leaders and innovators practicing in the epicenter of the cosmetic surgery world.

Dr. Kaufman is highly skilled in all cosmetic surgery procedures of the face and body. These procedures include: facelift, blepharoplasty (eyelid rejuvenation), brow lift, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), ear reshaping (otoplasty), chin/lip surgery, skin resurfacing, liposuction, breast augmentation, breast lift/reduction and abdominoplasty. In addition, he has advanced expertise in complex revision rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty (non-Caucasian rhinoplasty).

Dr. Kaufman has the rather rare distinction of achieving board certification in both Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. This gives him the added expertise necessary to deal with complex cosmetic and reconstructive problems of the head, face and neck.

Dr. Kaufman has pioneered treatments for diaphragm paralysis due to phrenic nerve injury, and ventilator dependency due to spinal cord injury, and has successfully treated over 500 patients with these conditions from throughout the U.S. and from countries as far away as South Africa, Australia and Israel.

Dr. Kaufman is a regional expert in nerve decompression surgery for migraine headaches  and occipital neuralgia. He has been surgically treating this condition since 2006 and is amongst the most experienced in the U.S.

Based on his surgical expertise and the success of these innovative surgical therapies, he is now offering treatments for other complex reconstructive problems, including ETS (endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy) Reversal for compensatory hyperhidrosis, and septal perforation repair using the CBGB (cranial bone graft barrier), a technique he has pioneered.

Dr. Kaufman has been featured in Cosmetic Surgery Times for his tissue engineering research and has been a medical consultant for “Untold Stories of the ER”, a syndicated series on The Learning Channel. Other media appearances include Health Professionals Radio, PBS (NJTV), WCTC (The Voice of Central New Jersey), SIRIUS Doctor Radio, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Discovery Health, CBS News, Radio Pacifica, and Eyewitness News.

Dr. Kaufman has published more than 35 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the surgical literature and has lectured at more than 60 national and international surgical meetings. He is a co-editor of the textbook, “Rehabilitative Surgery: A Comprehensive Text for an Emerging Field”. Dr. Kaufman is a lead author of “Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery for Darker Skin Types”, the first textbook dedicated to cosmetic surgery in darker racial ethnic groups, in which he also has chapters on Ethnic Rhinoplasty and Breast Surgery.

Dr. Kaufman is a member of the Rhinoplasty Society, a non-profit organization that consists of top surgeons throughout the world who specialize in Rhinoplasty. These surgeons undergo a thorough selection process and are considered innovators in their field, deeply committed to aesthetic and reconstructive nasal surgery.

Dr. Kaufman is the founder and co-director of Axon Advance Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization developed in 2013 to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injury through clinical research, access to innovative surgical procedures, and community outreach.


Inspiring Medical Case

Heather Stutzman, a phrenic nerve injury patient, was in despair. The 25-year-old Ohio native suffered several bouts of pneumonia and was forced to wear an oxygen tank 24/7. After being told by doctors there was nothing further they could do for her, she went onto the Internet and found Dr. Kaufman. “I don’t think I can have children,” she told him in tears. But immediately following surgery by Dr. Kaufman to repair her phrenic nerve, Stutzman was able to abandon her oxygen tank, and begin a walking program. The day following her operation, with tears of joy this time, she told Dr. Kaufman, “I think I can be a mom.” Her message: “If you’re told there is nothing that can be done, don’t give up. Dr. Kaufman saved my life.”

Journals & Articles

A diaphragm pacemaker allows Edward Silcox, who is paralyzed from the neck down, to breathe without using a respirator.

Reinnervation of the Paralyzed Diaphragm

NJ Top Doc, Dr. Matthew Kaufman – Changing Lives & Increasing Confidence

Surgical Treatment of Permanent Diaphragm Paralysis after Interscalene Nerve Block for Shoulder Surgery

South African man travels to New Jersey for Phrenic Nerve Surgery by Dr. Matthew Kaufman

Autologous Cartilage Grafts Enhanced by a Novel Transplant Medium Using Fibrin Sealant and Fibroblast Growth Factor

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