Naveen K. Ahuja, MD, FACS
I believe in a balanced approach to plastic surgery and listen closely to patient concerns.” – Dr. Naveen K. Ahuja

About Naveen K. Ahuja, MD, FACS

In addition to being one of the board certified plastic surgeons of PSANJ, Dr. Naveen Ahuja is the Regional Site Director of the Rutgers-NJMS Plastic Surgery Residency program, the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has been a contributing author for several books. His practice includes a full spectrum of adult cosmetic and reconstructive surgery as well as pediatric reconstructive surgery.

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Prior to establishing his surgical practice, he participated in several “medical missions” by traveling to locations in Mexico, Africa, and Asia to perform surgeries on underserved populations. He was also involved with Fresh Start Surgical Gifts – an organization that brings complex cases to the United States (surgeries that could not be done abroad due to a lack of available technology).

His approach to patient care melds compassion and education along with the latest surgical techniques, cutting-edge technology, an aesthetic eye, and technical skill.

“I believe in a balanced approach to surgical treatment,” says Dr. Ahuja. “First, I listen closely to the patient’s concerns and desires. Second, I educate them on the available procedures and technology. Then together, we come up with an optimal treatment plan.”

Dr. Ahuja received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He was then accepted into a highly competitive five year plastic surgery residency at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now known as Rutgers University), where he served as Chief Resident in his final year.

Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in Microsurgery and Advanced Reconstruction at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He concluded his rigorous medical training with a fellowship in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the University of California-San Diego/Rady Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Ahuja has presented his research at national and international meetings, is actively engaged in a number of professional societies, and has continued to carry out clinical research. Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ahuja is actively engaged in a number of professional societies, and has presented his research at national and international meetings. He has a pending appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Rutgers-NJMS and is closely affiliated with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

Dr. Ahuja is proud to be a New Jersey native, having been born and raised in Hamilton Township, NJ, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C, where he graduated with honors.

Curriculum Vitae

 

Employment

 

Post Graduate Training

July 2012 – June 2013 University of California-San Diego
Rady Children’s Hospital
San Diego, CA
Fellow in Craniofacial & Pediatric Plastic Surgery

July 2011 – June 2012 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA
Fellow in Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

July 2010 - June 2011 University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Newark, NJ
Administrative Chief Resident
Resident Member: OR Committee

July 2006 - June 2011 University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Newark, NJ
Resident in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

 

Education

August 2002 - June 2006 University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI
Doctor of Medicine

August 1998 - June 2002 The George Washington University
Washington, DC
Bachelor of Science: Computer Engineering (cum laude)
Member: University Honors Program
Member: Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society)
Recipient: University Academic Achievement Award (top 2% of school)

September 1994 - June 1998 Hamilton H.S. East
Hamilton, NJ
Member: National Honor Society
Recipient: Edward J Bloustein Distinguished Scholar Award

 

Research/Publications

Ahuja NK, Chung KC. Fritz de Quervain, MD (1868-1940): Stenosing Tendovaginitis at the Radial Styloid Process. J Hand Surg 2004; 29(6)1164-70.

Ahuja NK, Granick MS. Skin Graft Bolstering with Negative-Pressure Devices. Journal of Wound Technology 2011; (11):24-26.

Patel PP, Hoppe IC, Ahuja NK, Ciminello FS. Analysis of Comprehensibility of Patient Information Regarding Complex Craniofacial Conditions J Craniofac Surg 2011; 22:1179-1182.

Hoppe IC, Yueh JH, Wei CH, Ahuja NK, Patel PP, Datiashvili RO. Complications Following Expander/Implant Breast Reconstruction Utilizing Acellular Dermal Matrix: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. ePlasty. 2011; 11:e40.

Ahuja NK, Datiashvili RO. Biologic Dressings in the Management of Complex Microsurgical Wounds. Microsurgery 2012; 32:196-200.

Hoppe IC, Ahuja NK, Granick MS. A Survey of Patient Comprehension of Readily Accessible Online Educational Material Regarding Plastic Surgery Procedures. Aesthetic Surgery Journal 2013;33(3):436-442.

Kling RE, Nayar HS, Harhay MO, Emelife PO, Manders EK, Ahuja NK, Losee JE. The scope of plastic surgery according to 2434 allopathic medical students in the United States. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 2014;133(4): 947-56.

Bourne DA, Ahuja NK, Gimbel ML. Analysis of Vertical Mammoplasty Design in Skin-Sparing Mastectomy and Immediate Autologous Reconstruction. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery 2016;69(1): 23-29.

Ahuja NK, Morin RJ, Granick MS. Lip Reconstruction. in Serletti, J. Current Reconstructive Surgery. 1st ed.

Ahuja NK, Capo JT. Chapter 76: Percutaneous Pinning of Distal Radius Fractures. in Chung KC. Operative Techniques: Hand and Wrist Surgery. 2nd ed.

Ahuja NK, Russavage JM. Timing of Reconstruction. in Granick, MS. Surgical Wound Healing and Management. 2nd ed.

Hoppe IC, Ahuja NK, Datiashvili RO. Chapter 148: Complications Following Expander/Implant Based Breast Reconstruction Utilizing Acellular Dermal Matrix. in Shiffman MA. Breast Reconstruction: Art, Science, and New Clinical Techniques

 

Research/Presentations

Ahuja NK, Trovato MJ, Datiashvili RO. Biologic Dressings in the Management of
Complex Microsurgical Wounds
. New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons
Residents Night. March 2010. (Oral Presentation)

Ahuja NK, Trovato MJ, Datiashvili RO. Biologic Dressings in the Management of
Complex Microsurgical Wounds
. Group for the Advancement of Microsurgery
Annual Clinical Congress, Paris, France. March 2010. (Oral Presentation)

Hoppe IC, Ahuja NK, Granick MS. Assessment of Ease of Readability of Readily Available Online Plastic Surgery Educational Materials. New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Spring Meeting. April 2010. (Poster Presentation)

Ahuja NK, Trovato MJ, Datiashvili RO. Biologic Dressings in the Management of Complex Microsurgical Wounds. European Federation for Societies of Microsurgery Annual Clinical Congress, Genoa, Italy. May 2010 (Oral Presentation)

Ahuja NK, Trovato MJ, Datiashvili RO. Biologic Dressings in the Management of Complex Microsurgical Wounds. Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand Annual Clinical Congress, Bucharest, Romania. June 2010. (Poster Presentation)

Hoppe IC, Ahuja NK. The Effect of the Economic Environment on the Volume of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Procedures Performed in the United States. The Nordic Plastic Surgery Conference. Reykjavik, Iceland. June 2010. (Poster Presentation)

Ahuja NK, Hoppe IC, Granick MS. Patient Education: Are We Getting the Message Across? Plastic Surgery 2010. Toronto, CA. October 2010. (Poster Presentation)

Ahuja NK. Hand Tumors. Grand Rounds Presentation. Victoria Hospital, Mauritius. November 16, 2010.

Ahuja NK, Datiashvili RO. Acellular Dermal Matrix in the Reconstruction of Radial Forearm Flap Donor Sites – A Prospective Study. Plastic Surgery Senior Residents Conference. Nashville, TN. January 2011. (Oral Presentation)

Ahuja NK, Datiashvili RO. Acellular Dermal Matrix in the Reconstruction of Radial Forearm Flap Donor Sites – A Prospective Study. New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgery Resident’s Night. New York, NY. March 2011. (Poster Presentation)

Ahuja NK, Datiashvili RO. Acellular Dermal Matrix in the Reconstruction of Radial Forearm Flap Donor Sites – A Prospective Study. American Association of Plastic Surgeons 90th Annual Meeting. Boca Raton, FL. April 10, 2011. (Poster Presentation)

Ahuja NK, Datiashvili RO. Acellular Dermal Matrix in the Reconstruction of Radial Forearm Flap Donor Sites – A Prospective Study. New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting. Princeton, NJ. April 16, 2011. (Poster Presentation)

Ahuja NK, Hoppe IC, Granick MS. International Assessment of Readily Available Patient Education Materials. International Plastic, Reconstructive, & Aesthetic Society Annual Meeting. Vancouver, CA. May 2011. (Poster Presentation)

Ahuja NK, Datiashvili RO. Acellular Dermal Matrix in the Reconstruction of Radial Forearm Flap Donor Sites – A Prospective Study. International Plastic, Reconstructive, & Aesthetic Society Annual Meeting. Vancouver, CA. May 2011. (Oral Presentation)

Hoppe IC, Ahuja NK, Ingargiola M, Granick MS. A Survey of Patient Comprehension of Readily Accessible Online Educational Material Regarding Plastic Surgery Procedures in an Inner City Population The Aesthetic Meeting 2012. Vancouver, CA May 2012. (Poster Presentation)

Kling RC, Nayar H, Manders EK, Ahuja NK. What Constitutes a Plastic Surgeon? A Survey of Pre-Clinical Medical Students. Plastic Surgery Research Council. Los Angeles, CA May 2013. (Oral Presentation)

Ahuja NK, Smith D, Gimbel ML. Vertical Mammoplasty Approach to Free Flap Breast Reconstruction. Plastic Surgery Research Council. Los Angeles, CA May 2013. (Oral Presentation)

Kling PE, Nayar HS, Harhay MO, Emelife PI, Manders EK, Ahuja NK, Losee JE. Shaping Medical Students Conception of Plastic Surgery as a Discipline. 31st Biennial Hawaii Plastic Surgery Symposium Pan-Pacific Surgical Association. Honolulu, HI. January 2014. (Oral Presentation)

Ahuja NK. Current Concepts in Pediatric Plastic Surgery. Grand Rounds Presentation. Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. May 8, 2014.

Ahuja NK. Craniofacial Surgery: Indications, Interventions, and Outcomes. Grand Rounds Presentation. Department of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery Grand Rounds, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. April 26, 2017

Ahuja NK. Velopharyngeal Insufficiency: Diagnosis and Treatment. Podium Presentation. New Jersey Speech-Language and Hearing Association Annual Meeting (Invited Speaker). April 27, 2017

 

Grants/Scholarships

Recipient of Aesthetic Society Educational Resource Foundation (ASERF) Grant for Patient Education Research

Recipient of Allergan Resident Scholarship

 

Languages

Written/Spoken Fluency: English
Written/Spoken Fluency (conversational): Spanish
Spoken Fluency (conversational): Hindi
Spoken Fluency (conversational): Punjabi

 

Professional Memberships & Qualifications

Medical License – State of NJ 25MA09381000
Member: American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA)
Member: American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS)
Candidate Member: American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM)

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