Faculty Profile

Heather R. Faulkner, MD, MPH, FACS

Heather R. Faulkner, MD, MPH, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Clinical Research Program, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM

Email

heather.faulkner@emory.edu

Certification

American Board of Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member

2021

Biography

Dr. Faulkner earned her MD from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and her MPH in Quantitative Methods from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed a general surgery residency at the University of Southern California, a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and a reconstructive/aesthetic breast surgery fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

She is board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery. Her primary clinical focus is aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breasts and body, while her research interests include clinical outcomes, quality improvement, and health services research in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

From 2015-2021, prior to joining the Emory faculty, Dr. Faulkner served as Director of Quality and Safety for the Division of Plastic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Mass General Brigham Salem Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Affiliations

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory Decatur Hospital

  • Emory Aesthetic Center

Education

  • MD, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, 2004

  • MPH, Quantitative Methods, Harvard School of Public Health, 2008

  • General Surgery Residency, University of Southern California, 2004-2011

  • Research Fellowship, Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, 2008-2009

  • Plastic Surgery Residency, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2011-2014

  • Reconstructive/Aesthetic Breast Surgery Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, 2014-2015

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • American Medical Women's Association

  • Association of Women Surgeons

  • Association of Academic Surgery

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons

  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

  • American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons

  • Plastic Surgery Research Council

Clinical Interests

  • Aesthetic (cosmetic) and reconstructive surgery of the breasts, chest, and body, including breast reconstruction with implants or expanders, breast augmentation, breast reduction, mastopexy (breast lift), abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), gender-affirming chest and breast surgery, gynecomastia correction, labiaplasty, liposuction, and non-surgical rejuvenation/enhancement of the face (injections of Botox and dermal fillers)

Research Interests

  • Clinical outcomes research in plastic and reconstructive surgery

  • Quality improvement research: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), patient satisfaction, patient safety

  • Biostatistician: Statistical computation and study design