About Neil Tanna MD, MBA

Dr. Neil Tanna is a Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast, and body. Beyond his plastic surgery clinical practice, Dr. Neil Tanna is a leader, respected educator, and prolific author. He serves as Associate Professor and Associate Program Director of Plastic Surgery at Northwell Health.

Attention to detail, appreciation of individuality, and respect for the harmony of form and function are reflected in all of Dr. Tanna’s work as a plastic surgeon. He is committed to achieving safe, long lasting, and natural-looking results. With special interest in cosmetic surgery, facelift surgery, rhinoplasty, microsurgery, breast aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Tanna is able to offer patients the full breadth of his surgical and patient care expertise. He offers a collaborative approach to patient care, while providing his patients with the highest level of quality care and an outstanding patient experience.

Dr. Tanna is among a very small group of Plastic Surgeons in the world to have completed formal training in Otolaryngology, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Microvascular Surgery. After completing his medical training in one of the few combined six-year accelerated track medical programs in the country, Dr. Tanna spent an additional eight years training to become a Plastic Surgeon. He completed a full Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery residency at The George Washington University. He then pursued further training and completed a second full residency in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the prestigious University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). This was followed by a fellowship in advanced reconstructive and microvascular surgery at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University (NYU).

Dr. Neil Tanna is passionate about the art and science of Plastic Surgery. His work has been published in over 80 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious medical journals. He has been invited to present at over 100 national and international scientific meetings. He is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons.

As a Leader in the field, Dr. Tanna has been featured in national and international media outlets. He has appeared on television and in award-winning newspapers and magazines. Among several noteworthy honors and awards, Dr. Tanna has also been listed in the Castle Connolly Top Doctors, New York Times Super Doctors, and Newsday Top Doctors lists. This is a prestigious honor that is reserved for the top percentage of practitioners that are true standouts in their field and nominated by their peers. Only the very best doctors in Plastic Surgery are selected for inclusion on these lists.

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Board Certification

Dr. Neil Tanna is among a small group of surgeons in the country who is Double Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and Head & Neck Surgery.

In order to become Board-Certified, Dr. Neil Tanna had to meet the rigorous standards of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ABPS is the only plastic surgery board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties. It is the only board which certifies in the full spectrum of plastic surgery of the entire body, including head and neck, trunk and extremities. This is largely due to the level of training required before permitting certification.


Medical School (M.D.) –
Albany Medical College

Graduate School (M.B.A.) –
The George Washington University


Plastic Surgery Residency –
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Otolaryngology Residency –
The George Washington University

Microsurgery Fellowship –
New York University (NYU)


Dr. Neil Tanna is passionate about the art and science of Plastic Surgery. His work has been published in over 80 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious national and international medical journals. Given his interest in aesthetics and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast and body, Dr. Tanna is an invited journal reviewer for several major publications.


Dr. Neil Tanna takes great pride in his results and work. Dr. Tanna has been invited to present at over 100 national and international meetings. He presents the latest advances in plastic surgery to his colleagues and other surgeons from all around the world.


Surgical Education

PSERT – The Plastic Surgery Education, Research, and Training Foundation

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit
the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
– Maya Angelou –

Dr. Neil Tanna is passionate about the art and science of Plastic Surgery. Beyond his plastic surgery practice, Dr. Neil Tanna is a noted author and highly respected educator. Through the generous support of grateful patients, corporate sponsors, and others, PSERT promotes research by facilitating clinical and basic science studies. Additionally, PSERT fosters the training of plastic surgeons by supporting the medical education. The research and educational initiatives of PSERT make a significant contribution to the high quality care and outcomes of patients.

Surgical Volunteerism

Helping to Heal

“The best way to find yourself is to lose
yourself in the service of others.”

– Mohandas Gandhi –

Dr. Neil Tanna is grateful for his practice and training. In part, he believes that he is indebted to wonderful mentors. He is committed to giving back to society by making significant contributions to surgical care by volunteering. Dr. Tanna experiences a profound sense of meaning by helping the underserved. He travels internationally, offering reconstructive surgical procedures and treatments. To support this ongoing global reconstructive surgery effort, Dr. Neil Tanna established the surgical volunteer organization, Helping to Heal.


Surgical Philosophy

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
– Steve Jobs –


I am a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with a passion for what I do. I stand by my results and have an unwavering commitment to my patients. My determination and desire to become a Plastic Surgeon largely developed from my encounters with a group of inspirational mentors. Having completed my education and training all across the country, in particular Los Angeles and Manhattan, I have had the unique opportunity to work with world’s best surgeons. Taking the best from each, I have developed a unique style and practice of Plastic Surgery. I am humbled by the inherent challenge in improving the aesthetic appearance, while concurrently respecting form and function. I take great pride in my work and even more so in my approach with patients.

My first and foremost priority is the patient and their experience. This begins from the minute someone calls or the moment the patient walks into the office. I want everyone to feel welcomed into my practice with professionalism and compassion. I’ll spend as much time with patients as they need or I’ll see them as many times as they need to feel comfortable. Finally, I’m always available for patients. I’m committed to taking care of the whole person.


“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson –

Signature Aesthetic Approach

I appreciate the beauty of individuality. Each patient is unique with different desires and goals. Respecting this individualization, I aim to ensure that a safe, sound, and reliable treatment plan is tailored to meet your specific needs. I give my personal attention to make certain I understand your objectives and concerns, while I spend the time to clearly explain and define our approach.

Natural. Long lasting. Safe. These are the just some of the words that define my surgical philosophy. I strive to offer the most natural looking results, always trying to avoid obvious signs of surgery. I respect that my patients have busy lives and constantly aim for the shortest recovery times. Finally, I believe in safe Plastic Surgery that offers long lasting results.

Signature Reconstructive Philosophy

I offer reconstructive surgery to women with breast cancer. Every day, I encounter and treat these patients, whose lives, as they know it, are altered when they incur a new diagnosis or injury. Their way of life, as they are used to, changes overnight.

Reconstructive surgery offers hope by restoring form and function. These patients sometimes require different treatments with multiple specialists, exemplifying their resilience and character. In every one of my encounters with these patients, I am humbled by their determination and respect for life. To whatever degree feasible, we work together to help restore and rebuild their lives with reconstructive surgery.

Ultimately I measure success in and out of the operating room. It is not only about the results, but the patient experience. There is nothing more rewarding to me than a happy patient.



Neil Tanna