“I truly enjoy being able to help patients know as much as possible about their specific concerns before surgery so they can make a well informed decision.”Justin Zelones, MD
Dr. Zelones graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine and then completed his medical degree at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery internship at the University of California, Los Angeles and then finished his general surgery residency at the University of California, San Diego. His plastic, reconstructive, and hand surgery residency was at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, which prepared him well for an additional year of microsurgery fellowship at Stanford University involving free autologous breast reconstruction and lymphedema surgery. Additionally, he received training in facial cosmetic surgery in Miami, Florida and in reconstructive burn surgery at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Zelones is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is on the teaching faculty of the Lahey Clinic and serves as Clinical Instructor at Maine Medical Center for Tufts University School of Medicine.
Why Plastic Surgery in Portland, Maine?
Dr. Zelones joined Plastic + Hand Surgical Associates in 2019. As a resident in plastic, reconstructive, and hand surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center he had the opportunity to work with the Plastic + Hand surgeons. He enjoyed working with the group as everyone was extremely talented but also very easy to get along with. The lifestyle in Maine is second to none and the Portland area also reminds him of his hometown of San Diego.
Philosophy of Care
Dr. Zelones believes that plastic surgery is not another surgical specialty but a way of thinking about surgical problems. Techniques learned from training allow us to operate on skin/muscles/tendons/vessels/nerves/bones from head to toe on all patients regardless of their age. It is important to have a plan “A” for a surgical problem but more importantly to have a plan “B” and plan “C” in case your initial plan does not work.