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Dr. James C. Grotting

Dr. James Grotting is a uniquely accomplished board-certified plastic surgeon who has risen to the very top of his profession through technical excellence, compassionate care, teaching, and leadership. He has been at the forefront of plastic surgery for over three decades, introducing immediate microsurgical breast reconstruction to the world with a passion and practice devoted exclusively to delivering the best possible aesthetic (cosmetic) procedures.

As a second-generation plastic surgeon, he has devoted his life to the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery and is continually innovating and evolving to improve results for his patients.

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Academic Accomplishments and Training

Education and Medical School


  • Residency in Plastic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, California, 1983-1985
  • Residency in General Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1978-1983
  • The University of Minnesota, Doctor of Medicine (MD), 1978
  • St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree, 1973

Career Experience


  • Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Adjunct Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at The University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Served as a Traveling Professor for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Served as a Traveling Professor for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Served as an International Traveling Professor for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 2014 (ASAPS)

Credentials and Membership


  • Director and Chair Elect, The American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2014–present
  • Diplomat, The American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1987-present
  • Former President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Member, American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Former President of the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Founder of CosmetAssure®

Grotting Plastic Surgery


Dr. Grotting and his highly equipped staff at Grotting Plastic Surgery have served the community of Birmingham, Alabama, for over 30 years. He and his team make it their mission to provide you with the best personalized service and most up-to-date treatments possible. Dr. Grotting specializes in a wide range of plastic and cosmetic procedures, specifically for the face, breast, body, and skin.

Published Works


Dr. Grotting serves on several scientific journal editorial boards and is the author or editor of six primary textbooks on plastic surgery:

  • Reoperative Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Editor, Quality Medical Publishing, 1995, Second Edition 2006
  • 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

He has lectured and operated 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.

Professional Associations


  • Current Chair-elect, The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic
  • Surgery (Past President), Current chair, Nominating Committee
  • Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, (Past President)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons, trustee
  • The Henry N. Harkins Surgical Society
  • The Harry J. Buncke Society
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • Jefferson County Medical Society
  • Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons,
  • Aesthetic Symposium chairman
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
  • Foundation, Birmingham Chapter
  • Alabama Chapter, American College of Surgeons
  • Medical Association of the State of Alabama

Volunteer Work


Dr. Grotting has provided free plastic surgery for children with facial deformities in developing countries through Operation Smile since 1987. Some of the volunteer missions that he has participated in include:

  • 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

Invited Lectureships


  • Annual Ivy Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • Thuss Lecturer Vanderbilt University, 2009
  • Theogaraj Lecturer Medical College of Virginia, 2012
  • Hartrampf Lecturer, SESPRS Atlanta Breast Symposium, 2015
  • Hardy Lecturer, University of Mississippi, 2015
  • The Walter J Peter’s Lecture, Toronto
  • Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Symposium, Toronto, Canada, May 2019
  • James Barrett Brown Lecturer, Washington
  • University in St. Louis, June, 2019
  • Upchurch Lecturer, SESPRS, The Breakers, June, 2019
  • Musgrave Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh, October, 2019
  • Complete list in Curriculum Vitae

Personal Life


In his spare time, Dr. Grotting is a private pilot who also enjoys skiing, ice hockey, and sailing. He and his wife Ann have two boys, Jimmy and Ben and a new grandson who arrived this year.

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