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Todd E. Thurston, MS, MD

“What I love about plastic and reconstructive surgery is the ability to restore both form and function to a patient. In order to do so, one must possess a discerning aesthetic eye and the technical mastery to achieve the desired results. Our group’s dedication is to provide the perfect blend of these skills to produce safe, reliable and reproducible results in a caring and supportive environment for our patients.”

Todd E. Thurston, MS MD is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Thurston is a graduate of the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine.  While there, he was one of the co-founders of the Equal Access Clinic which provides indigent care for the Birmingham area.  He then proceeded to the University of Kansas Medical Center where he completed an integrated plastic and reconstructive plastic surgery residency.  He subsequently completed a craniomaxillofacial fellowship at The University of Michigan.  After completion of his training, Dr. Thurston joined The Plastic Surgery Group.  Dr. Thurston is the Director of Pediatric Plastic Surgery for Erlanger Children’s Hospital and serves as the region’s only craniofacial surgeon.

Dr. Thurston’s practice includes cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body. Additionally, he has a special interest in the care of children with cleft and craniomaxillofacial anomalies as well as interests in research and quality improvement initiatives to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate, affordable and highest quality medical care available.

Dr. Thurston is a member of multiple medical professional societies including The American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is published in multiple peer-reviewed medical journals including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Laryngoscope and the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.

Dr. Thurston lives on Signal Mountain with his wife Ashley and their children. He enjoys time with his family, sailing, mountain biking and photography.


Congratulations to Dr. Thurston and his team at the Erlanger Cleft and Craniofacial Center:

The multidisciplinary Cleft team is an ACPA Approved Team and has met the Standards of Team Care for Cleft and Craniofacial Teams set by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA). The ACPA Commission on the Approval of Teams has determined that the Erlanger Cleft and Craniofacial Center is capable of providing cleft and craniofacial care in a coordinated and consistent manner, that care provided by the Erlanger Cleft and Craniofacial Center follows the proper sequence and takes place within the framework of the patient’s overall developmental, medical and psychological needs. All approved teams in the U.S. and Canada are listed on the ACPA Family Services website