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About Dr. Charles Thorne 


Dr. Charles H. Thorne
Charles H. Thorne, MD

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Dr. Charles Thorne is the Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and President-Elect of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Thorne is an expert in plastic surgery of the face with subspecialty expertise in plastic surgery of the external ear. Dr. Thorne has the largest experience in otoplasty and ear reconstruction of anyone in North America.

Background and Credentials

Dr. Thorne was born in Oakland, California. After graduating from Yale College in 1974, he worked for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. Dr. Thorne then attended UCLA School of Medicine and trained in Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and in Plastic Surgery at NYU. After completing the Plastic Surgery residency he remained at NYU and completed a fellowship in Pediatric and Craniofacial Surgery.

Dr. Thorne joined the NYU Plastic Surgery faculty in 1989 where he directed the NYU Ear Anomalies program for 25 years. He has served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Bellevue Hospital, President of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, and Chair of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Thorne has also served as a Section Editor of the most prestigious plastic surgery journal, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the most commonly used plastic surgery textbook in the world, Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Thorne left NYU in 2014 to become Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He has lectured around the world and performed live-surgical demonstrations in Russia, Brazil and Vietnam. Dr. Thorne has won the award for teacher of the year many times during his tenure at NYU and was given the same award at the Hofstra/Northwell plastic surgery residency program in 2017-2018. 

Academic Credentials

Dr. Thorne resigned his professorship and tenure at NYU and became Associate Professor of Surgery at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in 2018.

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Dr. Charles Thorne has guided me, consulted me on what can be done to correct my concerns, and was so honest with me about everything. He held my hand where [my first] surgeon and his team should have.

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