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To provide the best results possible, one must be focused. Dr. Alexander is focused on the face. As a Manhattan-trained Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Alexander has devoted his entire career to the specialized treatment of the face, through his passions for hair restoration, facelift and aging-face surgery, non-surgical facial rejuvenation and rhinoplasty in Toronto.

Toronto Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr. Ashlin Alexander has developed his professional practice as an extension of who he is as a person. Born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, the eldest of three boys, Dr. Alexander has a deep appreciation for the importance of personal connections. This has engendered an honesty and humility that guides all of his patient interactions. Rising above the flashy salesmanship that often plagues cosmetic surgery, Dr. Alexander delivers thoughtful, expert, comprehensive clinical analyses, which are centered on the patient’s needs and nothing else.

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Education & Training

Following an undergraduate engineering degree (Applied Math & Engineering) and medical school at Queen’s University, Dr. Alexander was accepted into the highly competitive Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery residency program at the University of Toronto. During his residency, Dr. Alexander enjoyed many successes, including the highest score on the Facial Plastic Surgery component of the National In-Training Exam and the top research award in the country for the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology. For his exceptional performance as a clinician, surgeon, teacher and leader, Dr. Alexander was elected as Chief Resident of his training program at U of T.

Following residency, Dr. Alexander was chosen to join what is arguably the top Facial Plastic Surgery fellowship in North America at New York University (Manhattan). There he trained in all aspects of facial cosmetic surgery, with a focus on rhinoplasty and facelift (aging-face) surgery. He operated on New York City actors and models under the mentorship of some of the most prominent facial cosmetic surgeons in the world.

While training in Manhattan, he again achieved academic success by scoring in the 97th percentile of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Oral Examination. Dr. Alexander chose to pursue yet another year of fellowship following his training in New York City. He was selected to join the world-famous Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute (Australia), where he performed the most complex facial reconstruction surgeries available today, often delicately reattaching blood vessels and nerves under a microscope with sutures finer than a strand of hair.

As a board-certified, dual-fellowship trained Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Ashlin Alexander has devoted his entire career to the specialized treatment of the hair, nose and face, and now brings the renown of New York City and the expertise of Australia back home to Toronto. Few surgeons in Canada have a comparable academic pedigree. Needless to say, Dr. Alexander is focused on the face.

Certification & Membership

Dr. Alexander is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is a member of the American and Canadian Academies of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is an active member of the Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto.

Toronto Cosmetic Surgeon

Clinical Lecturer

  • University of Toronto, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Staff Surgeon, Scarborough and Rouge Hospital
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Consulting Surgeon

  • Consultant Surgeon to MD Direct
  • Consultant Surgeon to Toronto Head & Neck Clinic
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Teacher & Course Director

  • Course Co-director, University of Toronto Cosmetic Injectables Course
  • Course Co-director, University of Toronto Soft Tissue Dissection Workshop
  • Invited Speaker, University of Toronto Skin Cancer and Facial Aesthetics Day
  • Faculty Instructor, Toronto Rhinoplasty Course
  • Medical Consultant, Merz Pharma

"It takes a tremendous amount of courage to decide to have a procedure on your face. I consider this to be a huge responsibility that I take very seriously. Whether in the clinic or the operating room, I am very focused on minute details, on making sure that my patients have exceptional and personalized results. I am always my own harshest critic, which drives me even harder towards excellence in all that I do. The best advice I got when I started medical school was:

Treat every patient like she is your own mother."

Curriculum Vitae

Education & Training

HEAD & NECK ONCOLOGY/MICROVASCULAR RECONSTRUCTION Jul 2012-Jul 2013

  • Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute

FACIAL PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY Jul 2011- Jul 2012

  • New York University

OTOLARYNGOLOGY—HEAD & NECK SURGERY University of Toronto
2006-2011

  • Chief Resident

DOCTOR OF MEDICINE Queen’s University
2002-2006

  • Honours standing

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING Queen’s University
1998-2002

  • Mathematics & Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Graduated as a “Dean’s Scholar”

Honors & Awards

POLIQUIN NATIONAL RESIDENTS’ RESEARCH COMPETITION Canadian Society of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
May 2009

  • 1st prize for best research project across Canada

PERCY IRELAND DAY RESEARCH COMPETITION Dept. of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, University of Toronto
May 2009

  • 1st prize among all Resident and Fellow research projects

SHILEY E.O. PELAUSA AWARD Dept. of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, University of Toronto 
May 2009

  • Top 3rd-year Resident

NATIONAL IN-TRAINING EXAM Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
2008-09

  • Highest mark in Canada in “Head & Neck Surgery”, “Pediatrics” and “Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery” among third-year Residents

CHANCELLOR’S SCHOLARSHIP Queen’s University
1998-2002

  • 1 of 40 entrance awards granted across Canada, for overall achievement
  • First applicant in the history of the scholarship to receive a perfect score

Lectures and Publications

  • Ashlin J. Alexander, Anil R. Shah, Minas S. Constantinides.  “Alar Retraction: Etiology, Treatment and Prevention”.  JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery 2013 Apr; 25: 1-6.
  • Ashlin J. Alexander, John R. de Almeida, Mark G. Shrime, David P. Goldstein, Ralph W. Gilbert.  “A Novel Outpatient Approach to Lower Lip Reanimation Using Palmaris Longus Tendon Sling”.  Journal of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery 2011; 40(6): 481-488.
  • Ali Sepehr, Ashlin J. Alexander, Nitin Chauhan, Andres Gantous.  “Detailed Analysis of Graft Techniques for Nasal Reconstruction Following Wegener Granulomatosis”.  Journal of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery 2011; 40(6): 473-480.
  • Ashlin J. Alexander, Lee Bartel, Lendra Friesen, David Shipp, Joseph Chen.  “From Fragments to the Whole: A Comparison Between Cochlear Implant Users and Normal Hearing Listeners in Music Perception and Enjoyment”. Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 2011; Feb 40 (1): 1-7.
  • Ashlin J. Alexander, Daniel S. Alam, Patrick J. Gullane, Benoît G. Lengelé, Peter A. Adamson.  “Arguing the Ethics of Facial Transplantation”.  Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery 2010; 12(1): 60-63.
  • Lee J, Ashlin J. Alexander, Higgins KH.  “The Sunnybrook Experience: A Review of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism in Otolaryngology.”  Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery 2008; 37(4): 547-551.
  • Ashlin J. Alexander, Glen Bandiera, Laurie Mazurik.  “A Multiphase Disaster Training Exercise for Emergency Medicine Residents: Opportunity Knocks”.  Academic Emergency Medicine 2005; 12(5); Career and Technical Education: 404-409.
  • Ashlin J. Alexander, Andre K.W. Tan, Gerald A. Evans, Janet Allen.“Infection Control for the Otolaryngologist in the Era of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome”.  Journal of Otolaryngology 2003; 32(5): 281-287.
  • Ashlin J. Alexander. “Health, Environment, Healthcare: Evaluating the Relationship between Global Health, Climate Change, and the Delivery of Medicine”.  Presented at the Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery Grand Rounds, University of Toronto; December 4, 2009; Toronto, Canada.
  • Ashlin J. Alexander, John R. de Almeida, Mark G. Shrime, David P. Goldstein, Ralph W. Gilbert.  “A Novel Outpatient Approach to Lower Lip Reanimation Using Palmaris Longus Tendon Sling”.  Presented at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting; October 2, 2009; San Diego, CA.
  • Ashlin J. Alexander.  “Facial Transplantation: Framing the Debate”.  Presented at the Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery Grand Rounds, University of Toronto; February 6, 2009; Toronto, Canada.
  • MW ten Hove, M Melanson, Ashlin J. Alexander.  “A Novel Method of Measuring Orbicularis Oculi Strength”.  Presented at the European Neuro-ophthalmology Society Annual Meeting;May 26, 2007; Istanbul, Turkey.

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