Transforming Lives

Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center physicians advance plastic surgery to the next level—right here in the Valley.

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    Laura L. Watts
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    Jeffrey Fiterman

If you find yourself in need of reconstructive surgery due to an injury or illness, it’s imperative that you choose the best health care team for the job. You’ll want a board-certified plastic surgeon whose expertise includes the procedure you seek.

Traditionally, patients requiring complicated operations have often had to travel extensively to receive care at large hospitals. Thanks to the surgical team at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center, advanced reconstructive surgeries are now available in the San Fernando Valley—allowing patients to receive compassionate care close to home.

Plastic surgeon Ketan Patel, MD, enjoys the creativity of seeking solutions to complicated health challenges. “This aspect is what initially drew me to the field and continues to excite me about treating patients,” he says.

Dr. Patel trained in plastic surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in advanced reconstructive microsurgery in Taipei, Taiwan. He began his career nine years ago and joined Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in 2022.

The hospital’s specialized services include complex extremity reconstruction, breast reconstruction, lymphedema relief and peripheral nerve surgery.

“We have been very successful in bringing tertiary-level care to the Valley,” says Dr. Patel, who is the regional medical director of plastic and reconstructive surgery for the hospital and also a professor of plastic surgery. “We value modern medical pathways and coordinated care with our physician partners and allied health professionals.”

“Making patients whole again and allowing them to get back to their normal lives is really gratifying.”

Founded in 1973 with the mission of providing care to all in need, Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center has served the San Fernando Valley and surrounding communities for 50 years. Dr. Patel has contributed refinements for breast cancer reconstruction surgeries and created new options for those with limb-threatening wounds that typically lead to a loss of extremities. He also fostered and grew the hospital’s treatment of lymphatic diseases. 

“I find it so rewarding to treat patients in a way that results in lifelong improvement to their quality of life and functionality,” he says. “Making patients whole again and allowing them to get back to their normal lives is really gratifying.”

When he’s not at work, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with his family: wife Ashley, daughter Evie (8) and son Parker (6). “Since moving to California a decade ago, we’ve taken advantage of the wonderful outdoor culture of the region,” he says. “We have really enjoyed raising our family here.”

Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center 

18321 Clark St., Tarzana  |  818-881-0800  |  FB: @providencetarzana   |  IG: @providencecedars 

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