Dr. Michelle Sieffert is a board-eligible plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast, and body. Her refined skills complement those of Dr. Donaldson so that together, the practice provides a comprehensive approach to every aesthetic and reconstructive surgical patient. Dr. Sieffert combines the latest concepts in the field of plastic surgery with a wonderful bedside manner and a compassionate approach to each of her patients.
Dr. Sieffert understands that aging, pregnancy, breast-feeding, weight gain, and weight loss affect each individual’s body in a unique way. As such, each person’s cosmetic and reconstructive plan should be individualized and tailored to their specific concerns and desires. Dr. Sieffert wants to walk with you through your journey as a team, educating you about the changes occurring in your body and the options you have for your care. She wants you to make informed and well-educated decisions. Dr. Sieffert will work to design a plan that is just right for you, consisting of surgical and non-surgical interventions to help enhance your natural beauty.
Education and Training
Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Dr. Sieffert graduated from Reno High School and attended the University of Arizona where she studied Biology, Chemistry, and Business and graduated top of her class with honors. She knew she would become a surgeon from a very young age, a decision inspired by her father who first introduced her to the operating room at 11 years of age where she fell in love with surgery.
Dr. Sieffert matriculated at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and received dual Medical and Masters of Business Administration degrees in order to better understand the changing and complex landscape of Medicine. In her spare time Dr. Sieffert worked at the local hospital as an operating room staff member and a patient care technician, and trained as an EMT.
Dr. Sieffert received her Plastic Surgery training at Wright State University’s Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Dayton, OH. She conducted research on the rising costs of healthcare, targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) surgery, head and neck reconstruction, and breast cancer. During the last 10 years Dr. Sieffert has primary authored multiple publications in major surgical journals, presented at prestigious national meetings, and helped to educate the next generation of plastic surgeons.
Practicing in Ohio
Dr. Sieffert offers her services at multiple locations throughout Columbus, operating at Riverside Methodist, Dublin Methodist, Grady Memorial, St. Ann’s, and Mount Carmel East hospitals. When a surgery is more appropriately performed in an outpatient setting, Dr. Sieffert operates at Knightsbridge Surgery Center, the Central Ohio Surgical Institute, and the Dublin Surgery Center. She also performs smaller, less invasive procedures in the safety of a certified procedure room at the Donaldson Plastic Surgery office.
Areas of Focus
Dr. Sieffert provides comprehensive cosmetic and reconstructive surgical care from head to toe, focusing specifically on the following areas:
Face and Neck Lift
Facial Fat Grafting
Botox and Filler
Cosmetic Breast Surgery
Body Contouring after Weight Loss
Skin Cancer Removal
Facial Trauma Reconstruction
Chest and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
Dr. Sieffert has completed her undergraduate training, medical school, and plastic surgery residency and is currently preparing to take the ABPS boards certification written and oral exams in 2019 and 2020. She is also a candidate member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, honors which can only be obtained after completing boards certification.
The Importance of Board Certification
Selecting a surgeon for your cosmetic or reconstructive journey is an important and very personal choice. How can you verify your surgeon’s training? How do you know you will be safe in surgery? How do you know a complication will be properly managed? How do you know your surgeon’s credentials are real? Just like you wouldn’t want your plumber fixing the engine on your car, you wouldn’t want an untrained practitioner performing your surgery.
To become a plastic surgeon (someone formally trained in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery), a physician must undergo four years of undergraduate training, four years of medical school, and a minimum of 6 years in surgical residency. Upon completion of residency, a plastic surgeon will undertake a year and a half of extensive written and oral entrance exams to become board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ABPS holds surgeons to rigorous training and testing standards to ensure competency of its members, and fewer than 200 surgeons a year will take and pass the ABPS boards examinations.
Any surgeon not certified or eligible for board certification by the ABPS is not a plastic surgeon. There are many boards who will certify physicians to perform procedures, sometimes after just a weekend of training or an online course. Certification by the cosmetic surgery, aesthetic surgery, facial surgery, oculoplastic surgery, laser surgery, dermatologic surgery, and aesthetic surgery boards is not true plastic surgical board certification. Physicians certified by boards other than the ABPS may offer plastic surgical procedures, but their training and education in these procedures cannot be verified as safe or comprehensive.
Publications and Presentations
Sieffert MR, Anderson SR, Wimalawansa SM, Horne B, Valerio IL. Targeted Muscle Reinnervation for Trans-Radial Amputations: An Anatomic-Based Study. Hand (New York, NY). Pending.
Harrison L, Sieffert MR, Kadakia S, Kadakia S, Johnson RM, Ducic Y. Reconstruction of a subtotal septorhinectomy defect with a chimeric paramedian-pericranial forehead flap. Am J Otolaryngol. February 2019. doi:10.1016/j.amjoto.2019.02.014
Anderson SR, Sieffert MR, Talarczyk CMR, Johnson RM, Fox MJP. Geographic Variation in Breast Reconstruction Modality Use Among Women Undergoing Mastectomy. Ann Plast Surg. January 2019. doi:10.1097/SAP.0000000000001746
ASJOnline. Article Highlight Dr. Michelle Sieffert.
Sieffert MR, Johnson RM, Fox JP. Response to “Comments on ‘Added Healthcare Charges Conferred by Smoking in Outpatient Plastic Surgery.’” Aesthet Surg J. 2018;38(7). doi:10.1093/asj/sjy090. PMID: 29800088.
Sieffert MR, Johnson RM, Fox JP. Added Healthcare Charges Conferred by Smoking in Outpatient Plastic Surgery. Aesthet Surg J. 2018;38(8):892-899. doi:10.1093/asj/sjx231. PMID: 29394312.
Sieffert MR, Ouellette J, Johnson M, Hicks T, Hellan M. Novel technique of robotic extralevator abdominoperineal resection with gracilis flap closure. Int J Med Robot. July 2016. doi:10.1002/rcs.1764.
Sieffert MR, Fox JP, Abbott LE, Johnson RM. Obesity is associated with increased health care charges in patients undergoing outpatient plastic surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015;135(5):1396-1404. doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000001155.
Wecsler JS, Tereffe W, Pedersen RC, Sieffert MR.Lymph node status in inflammatory breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2015;151(1):113-120. doi:10.1007/s10549-015-3367-6.