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Dr. James C. Grotting is a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and The University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the founder of his private practice in Birmingham, Alabama. He has been listed for 25 consecutive years in “The Best Doctors in America.” He is a director and senior examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Grotting is the past president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) which is the world’s largest organization of board certified plastic surgeons devoted to the teaching of aesthetic (cosmetic) plastic surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the prestigious American Association of Plastic Surgeons. He is past president of the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Dr. Grotting has been a traveling Professor for both the Plastic Surgery Foundation and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In 2014, he served as the International Traveling Professor for ASAPS. He is the founder of CosmetAssure, an insurance program that covers unexpected financial exposure for patients from complications in cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Grotting serves on numerous editorial boards and is the author or editor of six major textbooks in plastic surgery. He has lectured around the world and published numerous chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles in the fields of cosmetic surgery, aesthetic breast surgery, patient safety, and breast reconstruction. He has provided free plastic surgery for children with facial deformities in developing countries, through Operation Smile, since 1987. Dr. Grotting is a private pilot who enjoys skiing, ice hockey, and sailing. He and his wife Ann, have two boys, Jimmy and Ben.


  • University of Minnesota, M.D. Degree, 1978
  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D. Candidate, 1976-1977
  • St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, B.A. Degree 1973

Medical School and Achievements

  • University of Minnesota
  • Doctor of Medicine, 1978
  • Medical School Achievement Award, 1978
  • Outstanding Young Investigator Award, 1978


  • Plastic Surgery: University of California, San Francisco, 1983-1985
  • Surgery: University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, 1978-1983

Academic Achievements

  • Certificate of Merit
  • Senior Resident’s Conference in Plastic Surgery
  • Richmond, Virginia, 1985
  • The Robert H. Ivy Society Award
  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, 1989
  • Best Doctors in America
  • 1992-93, 1st Edition
  • 1993-94, 2nd Edition
  • 1994-95, 3rd Edition
  • 1995-96, 4th Edition
  • 1996-97, 5th Edition
  • 1997-98, 6th Edition
  • 1998-99, 7th Edition
  • 1999-2000, 8th Edition
  • 2000-01, 9th Edition
  • 2001-02, 10th Edition
  • 2002-03, 11th Edition
  • 2003-04, 12th Edition
  • 2004-05, 13th Edition
  • 2005-06, 14th Edition
  • 2006-07, 15th Edition
  • 2007-08, 16th Edition
  • 2008-09, 17th Edition
  • Woodward/White, Inc.
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Southeast Region, 1996-97

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery, 1985-1995
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1987
  • Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

Professional Associations

  • The Henry N. Harkins Surgical Society
  • Alabama Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • The Harry J. Buncke Society
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Birmingham Academy of Medicine
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Jefferson County Medical Society
  • Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Birmingham Chapter
  • Alabama Chapter, American College of Surgeons
  • Medical Association of the State of Alabama

Books Published

  • Reoperative Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Editor, Quality Medical Publishing, 1995
  • Diagnosis and Management of Breast Disease
  • Coeditor, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 199
  • Secondary Rhinoplasty and Nasal Reconstruction
  • Editor, Quality Medical Publishing, 1996
  • Perspective in Plastic Surgery
  • Editor, Quality Medical Publishing, 1996
  • FLAPS: Decision Making in Clinical Practice
  • Coeditor, Quality Medical Publishing, 1997

Editorial Board Memberships

  • Perspectives in Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery Outlook
  • The Journal of Plastic Surgery Techniques
  • The Breast Journal
  • Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery

Guest Editorial Boards

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Annals of Plastic Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • The Breast Journal
  • Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery

Volunteer Overseas Experience


  • Surgical and Medical Assistant – San Blas Island, Panama, 1974
  • Operation Smile – Naga City, Philippines, 1989
  • Operation Smile – Negros, Philippines, 1990
  • Operation Smile, Team Leader Flap Dissection Workshop – Manila, Philippines, 1991 and 1992
  • Operation Smile, Team Leader – Lucena, Philippines, 1993
  • Operation Smile, Team Leader Microsurgery Flap Workshop – Moscow, Russia, 1993
  • Operation Smile – Nairobi, Kenya, 1996
  • Operation Smile – Bangkok, Thailand, 1997
  • Operation Smile – World Journey of Hope – Brazil – Morocco – Romania, 1999