Kunle Elegbede, M.D., Ph.D., is a highly skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeon with expertise in treating a wide range of complex conditions. His areas of focus include complex breast reconstruction, trunk
reconstruction, extremity reconstruction, skin cancer reconstruction, peripheral nerve surgery, lymphedema surgery and aesthetic surgery of the face and body.
Dr. Elegbede has specialized experience and training in microsurgery, which involves working with delicate instruments under a microscope to redirect or reconnect small structures like blood vessels, lymphatics and nerves.
He is experienced in the DIEP flap and PAP flap procedures for breast reconstruction, as well as microsurgery for general reconstruction. He also offers lymph node transfer and lymphovenous bypass surgery for lymphedema.
Dr. Elegbede's approach to care involves working with patients to understand their individual goals and concerns, and then together they establish a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan designed to deliver the best long-term results.
In addition to clinical care, Dr. Elegbede is also devoted to research that focuses on improving outcomes and quality of life for plastic and reconstructive surgery patients.
Originally from Nigeria, Dr. Elegbede earned his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Lagos. His extensive post-graduate training took place in the United States, including earning his doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences at North Dakota State University and his medical degree from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He then completed a craniofacial surgery research fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a fellowship in microvascular reconstructive surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
- Breast cancer-related lymphedema
- Breasts asymmetrical
- Breast reconstruction and restoration
- Aesthetic surgery of the face and body
- Head and neck reconstruction
- Skin cancer reconstruction
- Trunk reconstruction
- Lymphedema surgery
- Peripheral nerve surgery
- Extremity reconstruction
- Targeted muscle reinnervation
- Clinical outcomes research
Mayo Clinic locations
Fellowship - Microvascular Reconstructive SurgeryUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Residency - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (Integrated)Johns Hopkins Hospital/University of Maryland
Fellowship - Craniofacial Surgery ResearchR Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine
MDCleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
PhD - Pharmaceutical SciencesNorth Dakota State University
BA - BPharm, PharmacyUniversity of Lagos
Activities and honors
Awards and honors
Lietman Global Travel AwardJohns Hopkins Center for Global Health
Resident Clinician of the YearDepartment of Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Finalist, Fulbright AwardAfrica Regional Research Program
Alfred Manschke AwardCase Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Dean's ScholarshipCleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Doctoral Dissertation Assistantship AwardEstablished Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), National Science Foundation (NSF)
- 2022 - present
MemberAmerican Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
- 2021 - present
Grant ReviewerSouth African Medical Research Council
- 2021 - present
Peer MentorAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)/Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) SHARE
- 2016 - present
Peer MentorAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons