Dr. Ryan Austin joined the team of surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Clinic in 2017, having already worked alongside Drs. Lista and Ahmad at the clinic during the course of his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training. Thanks to his extensive knowledge and experience, Dr. Austin is recognized for the natural looking results he delivers across his various areas of specialty, including breast surgery, abdominoplasty, body contouring after weight loss, labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation, liposuction and fat transfer, and hand rejuvenation.
Dr. Austin was born and raised in Toronto, and received a full-scholarship to Queen’s University in Kingston, ON where he completed his BSc with a subspecialization in Life Sciences. During his time at Queen’s University, Dr. Austin remained on the Dean’s Honour List with Distinction, an award for placement in the top 3% of all undergraduate Arts and Science students. He also found time to play on the varsity golf team and volunteer with the Queen’s Medical Outreach program, a group that he travelled to Kenya with to provide health education to at-risk grade-school and high-school students.
Dr. Austin subsequently attained his MD degree from the University of Toronto, where he was the recipient of numerous awards including the Dr. J.S. Thompson Memorial Award (for the student with the greatest ability in anatomy and embryology), the Dr. C.S. Wainwright Memorial Scholarship (for high academic standing), and the Mary L. Cassidy Award (for outstanding contributions to extra-curricular activities). He then went on to complete his residency training at the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto, one of the largest Plastic Surgery training programs in the world. Dr. Austin completed a year of clinical fellowship training in Philadelphia, PA at The Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center / Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, one of the oldest and most prestigious Orthopaedic Hand Surgery practices in the United States.
As an active contributor to plastic and aesthetic surgery research, Dr. Austin has published textbook chapters as well as numerous scientific articles in some of the most highly regarded peer reviewed plastic surgery journals, including: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (PRS), the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ) and Clinics in Plastic Surgery. He has also presented scientific lectures at both national and international meetings across North America, including: the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting (CSPS), the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting (CSAPS), and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
To date, Dr. Austin’s aesthetic surgery research has focused on breast augmentation, breast mastopexy-augmentation, breast reduction, revision breast reduction, abdominoplasty and massive weight loss, and plastic surgery education. He continues to work alongside Drs. Lista and Ahmad to advance the practice of aesthetic plastic surgery through research. In 2015 Dr. Austin was selected to join the Editorial Board of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal as one of five Next Generation Editors, and in 2020 he became the Lead of the Next Generation Editors, an eminent role that he continues to hold today. Dr. Austin works as a Contributing Editor for the Breast Surgery Section of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum, and serves on numerous committees with The Aesthetic Society, as the Canadian Representative on the Ethics Committee and as Vice Chair of the Young Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Committee.
Throughout his career, Dr. Austin has been the recipient of dozens of awards, honours, and accolades. During his specialty training, he received the Dr. Hugh G. Thompson Humanitarian Award—awarded to the trainee who best emulates the philosophies of humanitarianism—in addition to the Best Clinical Paper Award for his research in 2016. He is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting Scholarship and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting Scholarship.
Dr. Austin is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and holds memberships in numerous medical and scientific organizations, including the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is a candidate for membership with the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Association of Hand Surgery.