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Brian D. Rinker, MD, FACS

Director of Hand Service
Plastic Surgery Residency Program Director
Brian Rinker, MD, FACS

Practice Area

  • Breast Cancer Team
  • Cosmetic Surgery Associates
  • Hand & Upper Extremity
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
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  • About

    Dr. Brian D. Rinker is a graduate of the Yale University College of Medicine and completed both his residency and a hand surgery fellowship at New York University Medical Center. He received training in adult and pediatric plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery under Joseph McCarthy, MD, at the world-renowned Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in New York City. Rinker’s clinical interests include aesthetic surgery, hand and microsurgery, correction of congenital hand anomalies, and cleft lip and palate surgery. A recognized leader in his specialty, Rinker has over sixty published articles and is a regular presenter at national and international plastic surgery meetings.

    Personal Statement

    My job is different than other kinds of surgeons because, in general, I'm not saving lives. What I'm doing is restoring lives. I'm restoring people back to the way they were, restoring their function, their appearance and their body image after an injury or after a loss due to cancer surgery. It’s very inspiring to see the type of impact you can have in people's lives. We're operating on people's body image, their self-image and, in a way, we're operating on the soul. My goal is a happy patient. I’m trying to make that patient feel better and happier about themselves, and I don't stop until we have that.

    Faculty Rank

    Professor of Surgery


    Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.


    General Surgery, New York University Medical Center

    Plastic Surgery, New York University Medical Center


    Hand Surgery, New York University Medical Center

    Certifications and Special Training

    American Board of Plastic Surgery

    Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

    Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand

    American Society of Plastic Surgeons

    American Association of Plastic Surgeons

  • Clinical Interests

    • Aesthetic Surgery
    • Breast Reconstruction
    • Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery
    • Hand Surgery
    • Microsurgery
  • Awards

    "Best Paper" designation, 2014, American Society of Plastic Surgeons