Dr. Sumner A. Slavin, MD

Award-Winning Plastic Surgeon

Dr Sumner Slavin

Dr. Sumner Slavin is an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Dr. Slavin specializes in aesthetic surgery of the breasts, body contouring and facial rejuvenation. There are many factors that have contributed to the excellence of Dr. Slavin’s practice, including his individualized style and commitment to knowledgeable and compassionate care; his overriding concern for and safety of his patients; and his extremely high level of competency. He has been recognized by his peers as one of “The Best Doctors in America” and has received the “Patient’s Recognition Award” for outstanding service. Boston magazine has also named Dr. Slavin one of the city’s “Top Doctors” for the past 30 years.

An Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Slavin’s career is a unique blend of academic achievement and technical expertise. He is an international figure in both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, having served as a visiting professor at numerous institutions including the Royal College of Surgeons in England and the Royal Australian Plastic Surgical Society. Recently he was awarded the “Jubilee Medal” of the Swedish Plastic Surgical Society for a lifetime of accomplishment, specifically in the area of breast reconstruction. He has been an Associate Editor for the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a leading publication in his specialty.

Dr. Slavin believes plastic surgery is a constantly evolving, often trendy field in which the experience and judgment of the plastic surgeon can both assure the right result and help avoid choices that could be harmful to the patient. Currently, his practice emphasizes rejuvenation of the facebreasts and body. He uses the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques for face and neck lifting, and cosmetic enhancement of the eyelids and nose. In addition, his extensive experience and skill in the reconstruction of breasts following breast cancer treatment has put him in the forefront of successfully enhancing the area via lifting, reducing and augmentation. Dr. Slavin’s tummy tuck technique has earned him a reputation for the “Mommy Makeover” with the goal being a completely flat and firm abdomen. For ten years, Dr. Slavin served as the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and has also been the Chairman of the Harvard Plastic Surgical Residency Executive Committee.

“I’ve made a commitment to caring for patients and teaching the next generation. When I am asked by my students and trainees what is the appeal of a career in plastic surgery, I tell them, ‘You can change a person’s life for the better in one day.’ It is an extraordinary opportunity to be an activist for good.”

Those seeking the services of Dr. Slavin should expect the best possible outcome, but remember that a plastic surgeon needs to be guided by what is reasonable, realistic and safe. Whatever the challenge that you pose to Dr. Slavin, you will get the best treatment by an undisputed leader in the field. He believes in a balanced and natural approach to beauty that utilizes the most up-to-date surgical and non-surgical techniques. Dr Slavin gives his patients the time and quality of care they deserve along with the maximum results possible for their unique concerns.

Awards & Honors






















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Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors, in  plastic surgery

Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors 14th Edition,  in plastic surgery

Talk of the town, Excellence in Patients Satisfaction, 5 Consecutive Years, Sapphire Award

Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors, annual winner since 1992, in plastic surgery

Best of Boston, annual winner since 1984, in plastic surgery

“Most Compassionate Doctors”

“Boston Top Doctor”

‘Talk of the Town – Excellence in Patient Satisfaction”

“Patients’ Choice Award”

“Best Doctors in America 2007-2008” database

Best Paper Award, Annual Meeting, New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Newcastle, NH, June, 2006.

“Best Doctors in America 2005-2006” database

Awarded the Jubilee Medal of the Swedish Medical Society-Annual Meeting of the Swedish Medical Society and the Swedish Association of Plastic Surgeons, Gothenburg, Sweden, November 26, 2014

“Best Doctors in America 2003-2004” database

Best Paper Award, Resident Competition, Annual Meeting, New England Society of Plastic Surgeons, “Transaxillary Endoscopic Subpectoral Breast Augmentation: Indications, Pitfalls, and Technical Refinements,” Philadelphia, PA

Best paper award, resident competition, annual meeting Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, “Endoscopic Transaxillary Subpectoral Breast Augmentation,” Philadelphia, PA

The 2001 Best Panelist Award, Annual Scientific Meeting (Breast Category), American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “Immediate Breast Reconstruction: Should We Be Doing It,” Orlando, FL

Best Paper Award, Annual Meeting, New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Newport, RI

Selected for “The Best Doctors in America,” Fourth Edition, Woodward/White, Inc., Publisher

Best Paper Award, Annual Meeting, New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Chatham, MA

Selected for “The Best Doctors In America,” Northeastern Section Third Edition, Woodward /White, Inc. Publisher

Selected for “The Best Doctors in America,” Second Edition, Woodward/White, Inc., Publisher

Who’s Who in Health and Medical Services

Man Of The Year Award, Beth Israel Hospital

Fellow Of The American College of Surgeons

Third Prize, Annual Plastic Surgery Residents Night Competition for New Jersey, Connecticut and New York Medical Society, New York, NY

Medal of Commendation, Police Department, New York, NY

Woodbury Prize in Surgery, University of Vermont College Medicine, Burlington, VT

Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

A.B. Cum Laude, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA