Dr. Korman Awarded Stanford University Excellence in Teaching Award

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Teacher of the Year 2021

The Lesley M. Hovey Excellence in Teaching Award is presented to Stanford University faculty members who go above and beyond to impart their skills, knowledge, and mental fortitude to the plastic surgery residents of this prestigious academic institution. Joshua Korman M.D. graciously received this honor in October, marking the latest in a long list of achievements that have accentuated a career devoted to enriching the lives of patients and students alike. 

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Korman has garnered a reputation as a leading plastic surgeon in his field. For over four years, has held the position of Clinical Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford. As a respected surgeon and well-liked professor,  Dr. Korman bears all the hallmarks of a world class medical educator. In addition to his most recent recognition for excellence in teaching, Dr. Korman holds a number of additional certifications and honors:

Castle Connolly Top Doctor

Castle Connolly recognizes annually those physicians who exemplify the highest standards of practice in their individual specialty.

Patients’ Choice Award

Honoring doctors who gain near perfect scores from their patients, the Patients’ Choice Award recognizes dedicated service and professionalism in individual medical professionals, as chosen by the patients themselves.

Compassionate Doctor Recognition

This award acknowledges noteworthy acts of kindness and diligence that go above and beyond standard practice in patient care. Compassionate Doctor Recognition is bestowed on doctors who have only the highest bedside manner ratings.

On-Time Doctor Award

Timeliness and sensitivity to providing prompt, high-quality treatment is the hallmark of the On-Time Doctor Award. This rating-based award is based on the aggregation of promptness scores based on patient-led evaluation.

Korman Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics provides world-class plastic surgery in the heart of Silicon Valley, and beyond. To explore the wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures available to patients in Mountain View, San Jose and Carmel, CA, contact our offices for more information:

Quality Plastic Surgery in San Jose, Palo Alto, and Mountain View, CA

Dr. Korman received both his bachelor’s degree and his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University. Signifying his lasting commitment to professionalism, leadership, scholarship, research and community service, he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha, before embarking on a residency program at Stanford, where he has now taught for over 26 years. With further national and international recognition for his talents, Dr. Korman is also recognized with fellowships awarded by academic institutions in Miami and Scotland.

In addition to his many surgical talents, Dr. Korman is also a prolific writer, having published a comprehensive guide for plastic surgeons, The Business of Plastic Surgery, which is now in its second edition.

In his role as Clinical Professor of Surgery, specializing in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Korman guides his students through a rigorous curriculum. The role of a clinical professor is to engage in the practical instruction of students, emphasizing the importance of practical clinical skills rather than theoretical study. The aim of the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery program at Stanford is to produce well-rounded, expertly trained individuals who will go on to become world-class surgeons with a record of superb patient care. Graduates of the program must also develop outstanding technical proficiency with the use of simulations and intraoperative training, as well as cultivate research backed by rigorous scientific investigation.

The Excellence in Teaching Award is given to those academic instructors who uphold the values of excellence and patient care that Stanford alumni endeavor to achieve in their professional pathways.

Proudly serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose and Carmel, CA, Dr. Korman offers his patients the gold standard of care. Visit our website for an extensive list of surgical procedures, injectables and laser treatments, or schedule a free consultation with Dr. Korman here.

A New Generation of Plastic Surgeons

The University of Stanford’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery program was established in 1965, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. Dr. Korman stands out among a multitude of highly qualified academics who specialize in teaching the art of plastic and reconstructive surgery to the next generation of medical professionals. There are two main routes into the profession in the United States:

Independent Plastic Surgery Programs

  • Formal training in a surgical specialty required (For example, general surgery, ENT, neurosurgery)
  • Subsequent 3 years of training in plastic surgery
  • Admissibility to ABPS exams (1)

Integrated Programs

  • 6 years total duration
  • Dictated by plastic surgery program directors
  • Admissibility to ABPS exams (2)

Ever the institution offering teaching of the highest standards, Stanford University offers a 7 year residency program, providing six years of clinical training, and a further year of dedicated professional development time.(3) Whichever educational pathway is taken, the standard of medical care and importance of patient health and satisfaction are essential. Bringing his sophisticated skills out of the lecture hall and into the operating room, Stanford alumnus Dr. Korman provides expert care to every one of his patients. Click here for our patient testimonials video where you will see Dr. Korman at work, and hear the experiences of real patients at Korman Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics.

Dedication to His Art

As well as establishing himself as a world-class plastic surgeon, writer, and academic, throughout his career, Dr. Korman has volunteered his medical expertise to patients in his local area, and around the world

Cleft Lip and Palate Work Overseas

Cleft lip and/or cleft palates are common birth defects around the world and are associated with speech, hearing, feeding and dental issues, as well as social stigma.(4) Dr. Korman has flown to developing nations across the globe as part of an elite team of doctors to repair cleft lips and palates in children and adults for whom access to these procedures is logistically and monetarily difficult. 

San Jose Clean Slate Program

Receiving special commendations for his work from San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer, and President Bill Clinton, Dr. Korman played a crucial role in the San Jose Clean Slate Program. This initiative provides tattoo removal for former gang-members to give a second chance to individuals who have turned their lives around with their employment and educational goals.

Visit Dr. Korman’s blog for information about initiatives in your area and the latest plastic surgery procedures local to residents of San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

MARZ Medical Inc.

With more exciting developments on the horizon, CEO and founder of MARZ Medical Inc, Dr. Korman is developing a specialized tissue expansion technique for use in breast and burn reconstructive surgeries.

Quality Plastic Surgery in Mountain View, Carmel, and San Jose

The importance of finding the right plastic surgeon cannot be overstated. Medical students and patients alike place enormous trust in qualified professionals to impart their knowledge and skills in a way that optimizes learning and patient satisfaction. We rely on plastic surgeons to perform procedures with precision and an astute sensitivity to their patient’s healthcare needs. Dr. Korman’s recent award for excellence in teaching highlights the importance of choosing a plastic surgeon with outstanding credentials and experience. Such qualifications are in demand, particularly for patients who are looking to modify or rejuvenate areas of their bodies cosmetically. Men and women seeking quality medical services, as well as a host of non-surgical medical spa treatments. To view a photo gallery of the procedures available at Korman Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, and real patient results, click here.


How many years of training does one need to become a plastic surgeon?

It takes a considerable amount of time to train to become a plastic surgeon. After completion of a fouryear bachelor’s degree, and another four years of medical school, plastic surgeon candidates must complete a residency period, which usually lasts six  years in the United States.

What are the benefits of a plastic surgery procedure?

While every patient’s plastic surgery experience is different, there are a number of benefits to a plastic surgery: which may include: increased self-confidence and self-esteem, a rejuvenated appearance and an improvement in physical comfort.

How do I know which plastic surgery procedure is the right choice for me?

Every individual seeking plastic surgery is different. It is therefore essential that you speak to a board certified plastic surgeon to gain insight into which plastic surgery procedures are best suited to your needs. Call a medical professional specialising in plastic surgery to schedule a personal consultation.


  1. Kamali, P., van Paridon, M. W., Ibrahim, A. M. S., Paul, M. A., Winters, H. A., Martinot-Duquennoy, V., … Lin, S. J. (2016). Plastic Surgery Training Worldwide: Part 1. The United States and Europe. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, 4(3), e641. https://doi.org/10.1097/GOX.0000000000000627 
  2. AAPS – Integrated/Combined vs. Independent Plastic Surgery Training Survey. (n.d.). Retrieved November 16, 2021, from meeting.aaps1921.org website: https://meeting.aaps1921.org/abstracts/2012/3.cgi 
  3. Stanford University. (n.d.). Welcome. Retrieved November 16, 2021, from Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery website: https://plasticsurgery.stanford.edu/education/residency/welcome.html 
  4. Kimotho, S. G., & Macharia, F. N. (2020). Social stigma and cultural beliefs associated with cleft lip and/or palate: parental perceptions of their experience in Kenya. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 7(1), 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-020-00677-7 
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