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Dr. James C. Grotting

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 23 consecutive years in “The Best Doctors in America.” He is the vice chair and senior examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Real self top docDr. 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 and trustee 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 currently 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.

2016-b-metro-top-doctors-pic-for-social-mediaDr. 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

  • Senior Resident’s Conference in Plastic Surgery
    Richmond, Virginia, 1985
  • Certificate of Merit
  • The Robert H. Ivy Society Award
    American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, 1989
  • Best Doctors in America 1992-2018
    Woodward/White, Inc.
  • Best Doctors in America
    Southeast Region, 1996-2018
  • Certificate of Merit, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 2018

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery, 1985-1995
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1987—present

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Clinical Adjunct Professor of Plastic Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Professional Associations

  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, current president
  • 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, past president
  • Birmingham Academy of Medicine
  • 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, 1996
  • 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
  • Breast Volume, Plastic Surgery, Neligan editor. Elsevier, 2014

Editorial Board Memberships

  • Aesthetic Surgery Journal, CME editor
  • The Breast Journal

Guest Editorial Boards

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

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

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“Mastering Beauty: A Rare Glimpse into the Private Lives of Renowned Cosmetic Doctors Who share Insights and Advice on the Complex Quest for Beauty” by Beth Benton Buckley

“Mastering Beauty” features profiles of highly regarded doctors of aesthetic medicine and their unique perspectives. Three of the fifteen contributing doctors have been elected to the office of president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This book features doctor profiles that present their unique backgrounds and philosophies as well as beautiful portraits that capture them doing what they love most—practicing medicine, spending time with their families, and enjoying their free time. Also highlighted are their opinions and recommendations on topics like how to choose a doctor, the benefits of various procedures, and tips for staying youthful. Readers may particularly enjoy sections dedicated to cautionary tales and outrageous requests. Intended for those with varying levels of knowledge on the topic, “Mastering Beauty” contains a wealth of inspiration for navigating the world of cosmetic medicine.

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