John Chi, MD, is a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon with a clinical practice focused only on the aesthetics and function of the face, head and neck. He joined the Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH, where he completed fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and served as clinical instructor.
Dr. Chi offers patients a broad range of treatment options for problems, including facial aging, nasal breathing, facial reconstruction and facial paralysis.
After years of medical training and work as an educator, Dr. Chi says, “Listening to the patients and hearing each individual’s questions and concerns is an invaluable part of choosing the surgery or treatment that will achieve the best possible outcome. You can’t possibly begin to treat the problems of the patient until you hear the concerns of the person.”
Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University, Dr. Chi pursued his love of teaching and became a science teacher in an underserved community in the South Bronx in New York City. While working in the classroom as a teacher, he earned his master’s degree in Secondary Science Education from the City College of New York. He went on to graduate magna cum laude from the State University of New York – Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY and completed residency in otolaryngology – head & neck surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Chi’s humanitarian focus has also taken him to medically underserved rural China to teach local physicians techniques in cleft lip and palate repair.
In his current position as Assistant Professor of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, he continues to teach medical students, residents, and fellows. He also serves on the Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Education and Microvascular committees with the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. His research interests include facial reconstruction, facial paralysis, and quality of life improvement following facial plastic surgery.
Distinctions and Awards
- American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Humanitarian Travel Grant, 2011
- American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Resident Leadership Grant, 2011
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
- Distinction in Research, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, 2007
- Outstanding Research Award, Dept. of Urology, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, 2007
- Excellence & Leadership in Teaching Award, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, 2007
- Jennifer Timbrook Memorial Award, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, 2007
- Service Award, Alumni Association, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, 2007
- Teacher of the Year Award, Bronx High School for Law, Government & Justice, 2002 – 2003
- Dean’s List, Columbia University
Alam D, Chi J. Facial Transplantation. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. In press.
Chi J, Alam D. Facial Trauma:Evaluation and Management. In: Cameron J, Cameron A, eds. Current Surgical Therapy. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Publishing Inc; In press.
Chi J, Feldman M, Palmer J. Sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma: a case report and review of the literature. ENT Journal. Accepted for publication, In press.
Alam D, Haffey T, Vakharia K, Rajasekaran K, Chi J, Prayson R, McBride J, McLennan G. The sternohyoid flap for facial reanimation: a comprehensive preclinical evaluation of this novel technique. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2013 Jul 1;15(4):305-13.
Antunes M, Chi J, Liu Z, Goldstein-Daruech N, Palmer J, Zhu, Cohen N. Molecular basis of tobacco induced bacterial biofilms: An in vitro study. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Nov;147(5):876-84.
Suh J, Ramakrishnan V, Chi J, Palmer J, Chiu A. Outcomes and complications of endoscopic approaches for malignancies of the paranasal sinuses and anterior skull base. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2013 Jan;122(1):54-9.
Chi J, Mandel J, Weinstein G, O’Malley B. Anesthetic considerations for transoral robotic surgery. Anesthesiol Clin. 2010 Sep;28(3):411-22.