Dr. Gregory Max Dowbak, MD

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Dr. Gregory Max Dowbak, board certified plastic surgeon with over 35 years of experience.

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Dr. Gregory Max Dowbak,Gregory Max Dowbak, MD is a plastic and reconstructive upper extremity surgeon with over 35 years of experience. He received his undergraduate education with highest honors at Indiana University and subsequently attended the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical College in Brooklyn, New York. In his final year at Downstate Dr. GM Dowbak received specialized training in orthopaedic surgery at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and gender confirmation surgery at the Gender Identity Clinic at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, the first of its kind in the United States. After completing a rotating internship at the University of Oregon (which included specialized training by Dr. Ira Pauley a leader in the field of transgender issues), he returned to Downstate where he completed his general surgery, vascular surgery and plastic surgery training. After 11 years of solo practice in plastic and reconstructive surgery in Central California, he completed a one year hand and micro-vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas and advanced training in microsurgery at the University of Louisville. Dr. Dowbak has also received advanced training in transgender surgery by some of the world’s leading surgeons in the United States and Thailand.

He has been involved in performing and teaching plastic surgery in several third world countries, specifically reconstructions of congenital hand anomalies in children in adjunctive surgeries such as breast augmentation, liposuction and the increasingly popular Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) which more and more of his cis-gender and transgender patients are asking for.

Dr. GM Dowbak is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and an Active Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Additionally, in 1994 he was granted the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery (CAQHS) and has successfully performed numerous orthopaedic and plastic surgical operations with high degree of difficulty. In 1995 Dr. GM Dowbak became a Qualified Medical Evaluator in California. He speaks 2 languages: English and Russia and served in the US Navy for 11 years and was honorably discharged July 1, 2005 with rank of Commander (O-5).

Dr. Dowbak provides advanced and highly skilled medical and surgical treatments for the male to female transgender patient and recently under the guidance of Dr. Maurice Garcia has performed male to female genital surgery at the University of California Irvine and has received further training in Thailand.

After 11 years of training and 35 years of practice of hand/plastic surgery, Dr. GM Dowbak has a perfect safety record with no lawsuits or accusations, etc. ever.

Board Certified in:

-Transgender Plastic Surgery
-Hand Surgery
-Accrediting Board: American Board of Medical Specialties *

-Plastic Surgery
-Accrediting Board: American Board of Plastic Surgery *


-Orthopedic Hand Surgery
-Plastic Surgery


-Medical School
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Graduated in 1972

-Internship Hospital
University Oreg/Hlth Scis Center
Completed in 1973

-Residency Hospital
Akron City Hospital
Completed in 1979

-SUNY Downstate Hospital
Completed in 1977

-SUNY Downstate Medical Center College Of Medicine
Completed in 1981

-Fellowship Hospital
University Tex Sw
Completed in 1993

Professional Organizations

-American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)-Member
-American Association of Hand Surgeons
-Past Vice President Central California Association of Plastic Surgeons (1984)
-USA Track and Field Association
-American Medical Athletic Association
-American Medical Association (AMA)

Transgender Training

Dr. Dowbak has operated on hundreds of transgender patients in private practice from 1981 to the present. On the basis of his experience he is currently writing a book entitled “Transgender Surgery, From Christine Jorgenson to the Present”

  • Johns Hopkins Gender Identity Clinic 1971
  • Transgender Care-Dr. Ira Pauley, University of Oregon Medical Center
  • Clinical Care of the Transgender Patient-NetCE 2016
  • Operative Techniques in the Male to Female Patient, A Cadaver Course-WPATH, February 1, 2017, Dr. Maurice Garcia (Cedars Sinai Hospital, LA)
  • Thailand Transgender Clinic-2017