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Dr. Joshua Goldman is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in full-scope aesthetic and advanced reconstruction in Las Vegas, NV. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Goldman received his undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University where he was also a varsity NCAA gymnast and All-American Scholar-Athlete, before receiving his MD from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.  He completed his plastic surgery training at the UNLV School of Medicine and went on to obtain subspecialty training in Craniofacial and Microsurgery in Royal Oak, Michigan, allowing him to confidently care for the most complex reconstructive cases moving forward in his career.

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Dr. Goldman has been in practice since 2019.  He returned to Las Vegas as an Assistant Professor of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, and Head of Extremity Salvage at UNLV School of Medicine. There his practice encompassed the entire spectrum of plastic surgery, both reconstructive and cosmetic. Since co-founding Vegas Plastic Surgery Institute in 2022, his focus remains on advanced breast cancer reconstruction, limb salvage and amputee care, microsurgery, and trauma reconstruction. Dr. Goldman is the highest volume plastic and reconstructive microsurgeon in the state, is actively involved in local, state and national medical societies, and regularly presents and publishes to international audiences on a litany of subjects within plastic surgery. He has been named by Vegas Inc’s Las Vegas Weekly as “Las Vegas 40 Under 40” and a “2021 Top Doctor” for his dedication to evidence-based medicine, surgical innovation, and patient-centered care.

In his personal life, he enjoys spending time with his wife (an orthopedic trauma surgeon) and two kids, reading, writing, and immersing himself in art, film, and the outdoors.


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Qualifications & Education

  • Integrated Craniomaxillofacial and Microsurgery Fellowship at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI
  • Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • M.D., Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
  • Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Biological Sciences, Stanford University

Membership & Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery & Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs at UNLV
  • Joint Faculty Appointment – Department of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Faculty Appointment – Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
  • UNLV School of Medicine School of Medicine, Department of Plastic Surgery, Head of Division of Extremity Salvage
  • UNLV School of Medicine Plastic Surgery Medical Student Clerkship Director

Inside Look

Day in the Life of a Plastic Surgeon [Ep. 22]

Recognitions & Awards

  • Vegas Inc’s “Las Vegas 40 Under 40”
  • Vegas Inc’s 2021 Top Doctor – Plastic Surgery
  • Nevada Cancer Coalition – 2021 Healthcare Partner of the Year

  • Vegas Inc’s HealthCare Quarterly HealthCare Headliners – Education Runner-Up
  • Clark County Medical Society Poster Competition – 1st Place (Aradhana Mehta, MD – Research Mentee)
  • 2020 UNLV Sports Research & Innovation Catalyst Grant ($50,000) – Principal Investigator
  • 2020 Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Grant  ($5,000) – Principal Investigator
  • 2019 Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) Clinical Research Leaders Scholarship Award ($5,000)
  • 2019 ACS International Exchange Scholar (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; November 2019) 
  • 2018 ACGME David C. Leach Award – For demonstrated excellence in graduate medical education innovation in a multidisciplinary setting, advancement of humanism, and improvement in educational and patient care outcomes 
  • 2018 American College of Surgeons Communications Essay Contest – 1st Place
  • 2018 AMA-RFS Nominee to the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)
  • 2018 AMA-RFS Nominee to the ACGME Board of Trustees
  • 2018 ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit Scholarship Awardee
  • 4th Annual Oncologic Reconstruction and Microsurgery Course (Formerly, Duke-Hopkins Oncologic Flap Course) Resident Case Competition – 2017 Best Case Presentation
  • 2017 University of Nevada SOM Resident Research Day – 1st Place Research 
  • 2017 University of Nevada SOM Resident Research Day – 1st Place Quality Improvement 
  • Clark County Medical Society Resident-Fellow Research Competition – 1st Place
  • Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) Resident Travel Scholarship Recipient (2017) – $2,000
  • AMA Nomination to the ACGME Institutional Review Board
  • Phase 2 of InNEVenture Medical Innovation Seed Funding Competition 
  • Nevada State Medical Association Health Policy Competition – 2nd Place Poster Presentation
  • 2016 Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Annual Meeting President’s Award for Best Overall Trainee Poster Presentation
  • 2016 University of Nevada SOM Resident Research Day – 1st Place Research Presentation 
  • 2016 Nevada Oncology Research Award – Nevada Oncology Society
  • 2015 Office of Medical Education Resident Research Grant – $2,200


Levels of Evidence in Gender-affirming Plastic Surgery: A Systematic Review | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | Jan 2022

Vascularized Pedicled Fibula Flap with Split Periosteal Overlay for Ankle Arthrodesis: Modifications of Technique and Case Report | Manuscript in Preparation

Submental Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia following Cryolipolysis: A Report and Management Recommendations | Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine | Sep 2021

The Scope of Plastic Surgery is Distorted Through the Lens of Social Media | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | Jul 2022

Vulvar-Vaginal Reconstruction | StatPearls | Mar 2021

Ethical Considerations in Clinical Photography: An Updated Perspective | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | Feb 2021

Can the A.W.A.E. (Augmented Web-based Applicant Experience) Replace an Audition Rotation? | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | Nov 2020

Axial Flaps | StatPearls | Oct 2020.

Cleft Palate | StatPearls | Oct 2020

Reducing Complications and Expanding Utilization of Robotic Rectus Abdominis Muscle (RRAM) Harvest for Pelvic Reconstruction | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | Sep 2020

Pectoral Implants | StatPearls | Aug 2020

Use of Pericranial Flaps with Dermal Substitute for Scalp Reconstruction | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | Aug 2020

Cervical Spine and Craniocervical Junction Reconstruction with a Vascularized Fibula Free Flap | World Neurosurgery | Aug 2020

Bipedicled TRAM Breast Reconstruction | StatPearls | Aug 2020

Gracilis Tissue Transfer | StatPearls | Jul 2020

A Prospective Approach to Inform and Treat 1340 Patients at Risk for BIA-ALCL | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | Sep 2019 

Spotlight in Plastic Surgery – July 2019 | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | Jul 2019 

Spotlight in Plastic Surgery – January 2019 | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | Jan 2019

Achieving Optimal Compression Pressure for the Treatment of Chronic Extremity Disease | Submitted for Publication

Enhancing Viable Adipose-Derived Stem Cells in Lipoaspirate by Buffering Tumescent with Sodium Bicarbonate | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | Mar 2019 

Nurse Monitoring of Microsurgical Free Flaps | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | Jul 2018 

Ahead of the Curve – Tracking Progress in Novice Microsurgeons | Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery | Sep 2018

Tumescent Liposuction Without Lidocaine | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open | Aug 2016

Evaluation of the Optimal Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Protocol for Compromised Flaps: Continued Benefit in the Face of Treatment Delay | Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society | 2016

Recombinant interferon alpha (rIFNα-2b) may retard progression of early primary myelofibrosis (PMF): a preliminary report | Blood: Journal of the American Society of Hematology | Jun 2011

Difficult Decisions in Rural Medicine – Where Bioethics Meets Practicality | Virtual Mentor: AMA Journal of Ethics | May 2011

The Limitations of Evidence-Based Medicine—Applying Population-Based Recommendations to Individual Patients | Virtual Mentor: AMA Journal of Ethics | Jan 2011

Normal Serum-Erythropoietin (S-epo) Level at Diagnosis of Polycythemia Vera (PV) Correlates with Low JAK2V617F Mutant Allele Burden and Indicates Mild Phenotype | Blood: Journal of the American Society of Hematology | Nov 2009

Tissue-specific homing and expansion of donor NK cells in allogeneic bone marrow transplantation | Journal of Immunology | Sep 2009

40 Under 40: Joshua Goldman, M.D., Plastic & Reconstructive Microsurgeon and Assistant Professor, UNLV School of Medicine

April 1, 2021
Featured in VEGAS INC

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Book Chapters

Robotic Rectus Muscle Flaps for Reconstruction in the Pelvis: Second Edition | Advanced Techniques in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Colorectal Surgery | Chapter 14; 123-130 | 2019

Extra-Medical Publications And Presentations

Understanding the Evolution of Silicone Implant Safety | VEGAS INC: Healthcare Quarterly | Las Vegas Weekly | Vol. 33; 12 | August 2021 

Body Positivity in a Modern Perfectionist World | VEGAS INC: Healthcare Quarterly | Las Vegas Weekly | Vol. 32; 20-24 | May 2021

More education key to understanding breast reconstruction options | VEGAS INC: Healthcare Quarterly | Las Vegas Weekly | Vol. 31; 13 | February 2021 

Poland Syndrome, Unicoronal Craniosynostosis, Condylar Hyperplasia, Medial Orbital Wall Fracture, Binder Syndrome | Doximity Clinical Cases | 2019  

Pipetting with Purpose: Research Advice for Medical Students | Doximity: Op-Med | May 2019

The Fluidity of a Physician’s Perspective: A Cancer Journey from the Cell to Society and Back Again | Doximity: Op-Med | Sep 2018

Residentured Servitude Part III – The Emperor Has No Scrubs: The Rise of Millennials, the Fall of Hierarchy | Doximity: Op-Med | Jun 2018

It’s Not, ‘Just Another Physician-Suicide,’ It’s Suicide | Doximity: Op-Med | May 2018

Residentured Servitude Part II – Debt Hostages | Doximity: Op-Med | Mar 2018

Residentured Servitude: Stacking Up Against Pilots and Fast Food Workers | Doximity: Op-Med | Mar 2018

Balance, On a Very Thin Wire (AKA: The First Time I Worried About My Own Wellness; AKA: Reading About Resident Wellness and Physician Bunout Failed Me) | Doximity: Op-Med | Mar 2018

The First Time I Hated a Patient: A Case Study in the Resilience of Empathy During Residency | Doximity: Op-Med | Nov 29, 2017

Compression Stockings and Standards of Use Thereof | PCT Patent | Filed via EFS Jan 2017 

Case Report: Latissimus Dorsi Flap Breast Reconstruction for Salvage After Infection | Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN) 

Literature Review: The Impact of Two Operating Surgeons on Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction | Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN) 

Photography Gallery Exhibit: “Bench Love” and “Business from the Perspective of Pleasure” | Art Saves Lives | Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts | May 7-28, 2010 

Success-Driven Philosophy: Finding Clarity of Purpose and Achieving Arête Through Philosophical Examination | | No. 48.05 | July 2008. 

Synthesis of 2,3,4-Trisubstituted Thiochromanes using an Organocatalytic Enantioselective Tandem Michael-Henry Reaction | Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis | Feb 2008