Rahim Nazerali, MD, MHS

Plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Breast reconstructive surgeon, Cosmetic plastic surgeon

Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

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Dr. Nazerali specializes in complex reconstruction, microsurgery, and aesthetic and cosmetic surgery. He excels at breast reconstruction using free autologous tissue and performs advanced techniques such as the minimally invasive superficial inferior epigastric artery (SIEA) flap, as well as the deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap procedure. In addition to autologous reconstruction, Dr. Nazerali utilizes the latest techniques in implant-based breast reconstruction. His techniques and results have made him a leading instructor and lecturer at national and international institutions, societies and conferences.

In addition to breast reconstruction, Dr. Nazerali performs both aesthetic as well as whole body reconstructive procedures. He has a busy aesthetic practice focusing on breast augmentation, face and body rejuvenation as well as body contouring. In his reconstructive practice, he specializes in abdominal wall reconstruction as well as post-trauma tissue transfers. For every patient in his care, his goal is to optimize restoration of both form and function.

To help advance the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Nazerali conducts research into outcomes of breast reconstruction, augmentation, and reduction. Dr. Nazerali has published widely: well over 100 journal articles and conference proceedings. Topics include breast reconstruction after radiation; advances in surgical technique; and, the use of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality systems in plastic surgery practice and education. His work has appeared in Annals of Plastic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Surgery, the European Journal of Plastic Surgery, the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, and elsewhere.

Dr. Nazerali focuses not only on improving his patient’s lives but also our ability to deliver care as an institution. He is on the Medical Executive Council at Stanford Healthcare, serves as a committee member in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as the California Society of Plastic Surgeons. In his spare time, he volunteers his time to provide reconstructive surgical services to adults and children in need worldwide.


Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Plastic Surgery (2015)
  • Medical Education: Warren Alpert Medical School Brown University (2008) RI
  • BScH, Queen's University, Neuroscience (2002)
  • MHS, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes, School of Public Health, International Health, Health Systems Management (2004)
  • Medical Education, Dartmouth College - School of Medicine, Preclinical Medicine (2006)
  • Internship: UC Davis Medical Center (2009) CA
  • Residency: UC Davis Medical Center (2013) CA
  • Fellowship, Stanford Hopsital & Clinics, Microsurgery and Complex Reconstruction (2014)


Practice Locations

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

1000 Welch Road, Suite 100

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-7001

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Breast Cancer Program in San Jose San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA

2589 Samaritan Drive

San Jose , CA 95124

(650) 498-6000

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Cancer Center in South Bay San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA

2589 Samaritan Drive

San Jose , CA 95124

(833) 444-7622

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Advanced Wound Care Center Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 721-8800

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Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

1000 Welch Road, Suite 100

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-9868

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic in San Jose San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA

2589 Samaritan Drive

San Jose , CA 95124

(408) 426-4900

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Dr Nazerali has changed the way I feel about my body. I felt like a part of the team making sure my input was heard. Would not anywhere else or with a different doctor.
Ty, for your care
Very factual, calm, professional
Dr Nazerali you a so kind and caring. He’s amazing at what he does also!
Doctor was very kind and compassionate
Very professional and caring
Very personable. Was very clear and thorough. With good follow-up steps.
I asked a question on the portal and within minutes his office called to ask if I would like an appointment. They were able to get me a appointment very soon & the doctor was very helpful in answering my questions
I wouldn't recommend him he's very rude
The doctor was very pleasant and apologized for keeping me waiting. He was very thorough in telling me what he would be doing during the surgeries and he asked if I had any questions and told me also that if I needed to contact his office with any further questions to feel free to do that. I felt very comfortable talking with him and I look forward to meeting him on my surgery date.
Felt rushed
I feel very well taken care of and cared about! Needed empathy & help and I'm getting it.
Excellent explanation of procedure!
My experiences with Dr. Nazerali been outstanding, he always ask question, you could tell he does care. I sure will recommend him to anyone.
Excellent provider
They were very good in explaining the procedures and the pros & cons of the procedures.
Very professional a to the T with my answers.
Excellent & awesome visit as usual w/Dr. Nazerali He is the best!
I would highly recommend Dr. Nazerali to anyone who needed his services.
Couldn't have been better. He is caring, knowledgeable and skilled. Feel totally comfortable going forward with complicated procedure. Not happy to return to clinic.
Dr. Nazerali ALWAYS makes sure I know what is being done. Spends time with me to make sure I have no question left. You feel part of the team - all making sure I am getting best care possible.
Tavish and Dr. Nazerali are both top rate! I've never had drs. who listen - both Tavish and Dr. Nazerali listen and really care about their patients.
Dr. Nazerali dedication to the field of medicine and his patients is evident in the work he puts forth.
Excellent doctor.
Dr. Nazerali is brilliant mind. He is caring, empathetic, and a great listener. Stanford is blessed to have him on your team.
Very happy with Dr. Nazerali's attentiveness, skill, care & concern.
I believe that Dr. Nazerali genuinely cares about his patients, as it is obvious in his demeanor & empathy and the time he spends listening and explaining and answering all questions. He is an extraordinary doctor.
Dr. was quite unreceptive to my questions/concerns. He had his agenda and that was that. I was so angry when I left there.
My care provider seems to have assumed I was a non compliant patient and dismissed my concerns as such. I felt unheard and dismissed, and unable to discuss further issues with him.
This is my second appt. w/this dr. The first appt. he was very courteous. The second visit he was very arrogant. First visit - lose 10-15 lbs. Second visit, "lose 25-30 lbs. and keep it off for 3 mos. and maybe I can twist his arm & he'll do the surgery." His lack of humility was astounding!
Expert, kind, calm. Truly listens. Very gentle.
The MA, RN, APP & MD were all warm, kind, and very calm; all education well-paced. Excellent, well prepared team.
Very patient in answering questions and explaining options.
Dr. Nazerali is extremely patience and professional. He explained the surgical procedure in a way that I can fully understand including the result that I might have to deal with which makes me fully prepared for the surgery.
Dr. Nazerali is ALWAYS attentive & gives you all info you need.
Could not have been better.
All the experience or very good.
Dr. Nazerali is very good - compassionate.
Apology for being late was not sincere.
I am so happy w/both my surgeons Dr. Nazerall & Dr. A. Wheeler, both of them I would highly recommend.
Refused care because I was uncomfortable with having student in room during initial consultation due to very private health concerns. He made me feel judged, belittled and ashamed at my condition. I am still shocked at how badly I was treated.
Serena is always very accommodating and helpful.
An excellent team considering of Dr. Nazareli, Anthony & Victoria! I cannot ask more.
Staff are very nice and helpful.
Was great!!
Excellent people with a very kind treatment.
Dr. Nazeralli is one of best doctors I've been to. He is compassionate and spends the right amount of time with me. I would highly recommend him.
Dr. Nazerali is awesome! Excellent!
Dr. Nazerali is a amazing dr. He has made me feel so good about myself. His professionalism is out standing. He's very calm easy going, which in turn makes you feel at ease. Especially going under the knife.
He explained everything video was also excellent. Did not feel rushed - excellent visit!
Dr. Nazerali is an excellent surgeon in in word, deed & outcome. He explained my surgery, gave great comfort all through it & after and the results are perfect. I grateful & pleased with the out come.
She explained what needed to be done and gave me a choice of an alternative procedure as well!
Very nice and polite.
Doctor wanted me to exchange my appt. to accommodate another patient w/cancer and I refused because of work constraints since I had set up reconstruction to meet my needs. It confused me.
Even though the news was discouraging, Dr. Nazarli and Heather were reassuring and encouraging.
I am not always so enthusiastic but very impressed by this place & care.
Dr.Nazerali is very easy to talk with, approachable and willing to work on understanding my concerns, even when I am having problems trying to find the right words because I don't have the vocabulary.
The provider was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. He conveyed concern for me.
Dr. Nazerali is kind, compassionate respectful and explained in detail what to expect after surgery. Yes I feel confident in him. Highly recommend him.
I am very happy and grateful with my Doctor Nazerali. I was very satisfied with his cares, thanks.
I am lucky and very fortunate that I have Dr. Nazerali as my care provider. He is the best of the best!
I would definitely recommend my care provider to others. I have had nothing but the best treatment at these facilities.
Dr. Nazerali cares and listens and then helps. He is the best!
Both Dr. Masarweh and Dr. Nazerali were totally focused on my needs restated my concerns, helped me to think through the "next step" and smiled, showing kindness a lot.
Dr. Nazerall is always very attentive, caring about my health. Excellent bedside manners.
Felt dr. was a little dismissive of my discomfort and concern.
Dr. Nazerall treats you as a human. Very compassionate and understanding to your needs as a patient.
They are all good & nice & approachable especially Dr. Nazerali.
i would definitely recommend care provider to others.
Outstanding care - feel very lucky! Very kind - takes time to answer our questions. Dr. Nazerall, and Heather - ... are wonderful!
I'm looking forward to getting another procedure done by Dr. Nazerali !
He was great Nazereli was very honest, and nice. He seems like a great surgeon and I look forward to seeing him again. And he was very easy to talk to, and he answered my questions.
Dr. Nazerali is extremely knowledgeable. I am highly impressed at the standard of care I have received. I am made to feel that my health is the primary focus as a patient. I am made to feel like an important person not a number.
Very good experience.
Unfortunately I have had many surgeries so I have met many good Dr.'s and a few bad. Dr. Shiraz was outstanding!!! He spoke well & explained the complex surgery over & over. Until all questions were answered. He's smart, confident & very...
Dr. Nazarali was fantastic!
Both physician assistant and doctor provided information that was very helpful for my care.
Dr. Nazerall and his PA were great!
I like this provider. Sometimes he is reserved and polite, other times jovial/polite.
The care provider did a wonderful job with answering my questions.
Excellent care.
The care provider was understanding and helpful to me.

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