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Meet Dr. Boyd
M.D., F.R.C.S. (C)
Dr. Boyd is a sensational surgeon, decorated with three specialized fellowships in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery and in peripheral nerve and microsurgery on top of her plastic surgery residency training. She enhances the lives of her clients with her expertise in both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery for the breasts, body, and face. Her knowledge and passion for care inform each and every consultation, appointment, and surgical procedure she performs. Dr. Boyd has also authored numerous publications and received funding from several educational and clinical research grants, and she was instrumental in organizing Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day in Ottawa.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING
“Dr. Boyd is outstanding on all fronts. Not only does she have a stellar medical training background, Dr. Boyd is attentive and a genuinely nice person. She addressed all my questions and concerns at my first consultation for a breast lift after having two kids and having nursed for a long time. The surgery was on time and everything went perfectly. Dr. Boyd’s staff is amazing as well, anytime I had any questions, they were promptly addressed…For me, this was the best decision.”
Medical training & experience
- Doctor of Medicine, Queen’s University, 2004
- Residency in Plastic Surgery, Western University, 2009
- Mentor Breast Reconstruction and Microsurgery Fellowship, Ottawa University, 2009
- Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2010
- Peripheral Nerve, Hand, and Microsurgery Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, 2011
Dr. Boyd holds hospital privileges at the Arnprior Hospital and Almonte General Hospital and regularly performs surgical procedures at both institutions, as well as in our private office. She also holds operating privileges at University of Ottawa Hospital, where she also serves as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at University of Ottawa where she is the program director for Plastic Surgery, shaping the next generation of surgeons.
Commitment to advancing research
Dr. Boyd is committed to ongoing research in the field and has held the following positions:
- A member of the Cancer Care Ontario working group, which establishes guidelines for breast reconstruction
- An expert independent assessor to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- President of the Young Plastic Surgeons Committee for the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons from 2015–2017
- Director of the training program in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Ottawa Hospital
Getting to know Dr. Boyd
- Your medical training has taken you all over Ontario. What brought you back to Ottawa?
My time in St. Louis, Missouri, gave me a renewed appreciation for the Canadian healthcare system, and I was certain that I wanted to come back north.
Ottawa had a combination of factors that made it ideal. There was an excellent opportunity to develop both a peripheral nerve trauma program and an immediate breast reconstruction program, which were excellent fits for my fellowship training. The city also had the appeal of a number of outdoor activities, access to good restaurants and music, and proximity to family. I’m lucky to have several good friends who reside here too, and that really sealed the deal. It’s a great city to practice and to raise a family in.
- Why did you decide to become a plastic surgeon? What do you enjoy about it?
I come from a family of physicians and surgeons. I think I made the “decision” to be a doctor at about the age of two! But I never really considered what that meant until I was in medical school and people asked me what kind of physician I wanted to be.
I spent my first summer working with various friends of my parents in a variety of disciplines. The artistry, variety, precision, and creativity of plastic surgery drew me in instantly. Then I saw how much influence a plastic surgeon can have on a patient’s function and self-esteem.
In both the aesthetic and reconstructive parts of my practice, I make people’s lives better. Bar none, this has to be the most rewarding job that exists.
- You have quite a bit of specialized training. Could you explain how working across various surgical disciplines has informed your approach to plastic surgery?
Plastic surgery is so diverse. After 5 years of residency training, I went on to do 2 additional years of fellowship training in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, and in peripheral nerve and microsurgery. This has served to make me comfortable operating on all areas of the body with excellent knowledge of anatomy and a variety of surgical techniques. It also gave me the opportunity to work on patients of all ages and to learn from multiple surgeons. I’ve taken hints and techniques from all these areas and people and incorporated them into the way I operate.
- Why did you decide to join Dr. Silverman’s practice?
I have so much respect for Dr. Silverman. He is an excellent surgeon, an extremely smart and competent physician, and an absolute gentleman. He has also become a good friend. When the opportunity arose for him to expand his practice to include me, I jumped at the chance to learn from and work with the best. He is a wonderful mentor, and I feel truly lucky to have joined him at Ottawa Plastic Surgery.
- What are your primary goals when you work with a patient?
I went into medicine to help people and to improve the lives of my patients. My primary goal is to make my patients happy. I feel that the combination of listening to the goals and concerns of my patients, paired with the knowledge and experience I have gained through my training helps to fit the right procedure with the right patient – and achieve an excellent result.
- Do you have a “favourite” procedure or one that you especially enjoy performing?
Not really. What originally attracted me to plastic surgery was the diversity and variety of the procedures. I feel like I tailor every surgery to the patient who is in front of me, so no 2 surgeries are exactly the same. Some procedures are more fun and some are more challenging, but that is what keeps me coming back for more!
- How do you want to help the practice continue to evolve?
The union of Dr. Silverman and me has been a great one. I bring some experience and training that allows us to offer a full range of aesthetic procedures. I also bring a female perspective and a slightly different personality to the practice.
I see us continuing to expand upon things that we already offer: breast augmentation, mommy makeovers, facelifts, etc. And in the spirit of offering even more for our Ontario patients, I also see us expanding on newer techniques like fat grafting, Brazilian butt lifts, and massive weight loss body contouring. I hope we will continue to grow our practice and to work as a team to provide a full range of aesthetic procedures to our patients.
Read more about the work Dr. Kirsty Boyd does at the University of Ottawa.