Joseph P. Hunstad, MD, FACS
“In the field of plastic surgery you learn something new every day. You must keep an open mind and be able to address difficult issues that may arise. If the solution is not in literature, identify ways to improve it and deliver outstanding results.” –Dr. Joseph P. Hunstad
Joseph P. Hunstad always knew he’d be a surgeon. After completing his internship and residency in his home state of Michigan, his studies led him to Houston, Texas where he attained a highly sought after fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at the MECOM Microsurgery Institute. Believing he discovered his specialty –burn repair surgery—he developed his gift while enjoying the intricacy and strenuous pace intensive care trauma presented. However, a rare invitation to perform a cleft lip operation and complex hand surgery from the Chief of the Burn Unit, a plastic surgeon, would introduce him to a new career in the innovative field of reconstructive plastic surgery.
Dr. Hunstad began his practice and watched it evolve rapidly as he welcomed more cosmetic plastic surgery patients. His determination, concern for patients and pursuit of excellence shaped him into an exceptional surgeon. It was his passion for finding solutions to challenging surgeries that led him to develop and publish several procedures while practicing. He began to lecture and demonstrate his new techniques to national audiences. In 1993, while presenting on the topic of Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss, he was approached by the President of the Belgium Society of Surgery to be the key note speaker which was his first invitation as an international lecturer.
World-renown physician, Joseph P. Hunstad, MD, FACS was named Best Plastic Surgeon in America by Castle Connolly. He has published over 40 plastic surgeries articles and most recently completed his first full textbook, the Atlas of Abdominoplasty. He has accepted invitations to speak and perform surgeries in 22 countries and trains other medical doctors through fellowship and direct observation programs. Most notably this brilliant physician is credited with inventing “The Hunstad System,” a popular and widely used technique for tumescent anesthesia.
Dr. Hunstad is highly regarded in his field. Best known for his expert precision with surgical tools, it is not surprising to learn that he is committed to perfection and treating his patients with exceptional care. He currently serves as the Section Head of Plastic Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center-University and is affiliated with the following professional organizations:
- Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
- The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
- The International Consortium of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
- The North Carolina Medical Society
- The North Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons – Past President
- The Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation
- The Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
- The Greater Charlotte Plastic Surgery Society
- Advance Cardiac Life Support Certification
Of all his accomplishments, Dr. Hunstad is most proud of his children. He resides with his lovely wife and two daughters in Charlotte, NC where he has practiced cosmetic plastic surgery for the last 22 years. He recently opened a new, 10,000 square foot state-of-the art ambulatory surgical center and Medi-Spa in Huntersville, NC. Motivated by his patients, he continues to devote his practice to delivering state-of-the-art surgery in a warm and caring environment.