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Stephen R Sullivan, MD

Specialty: Plastic Surgery

Top Doctor2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024


Dr. Sullivan, board certified plastic surgeon and Harvard faculty member, works with Dr. Helena Taylor. Their goal is to provide individualized care, including careful evaluation, thorough discussion of the risks and benefits, and customized treatment. While the title ”Boston’s Best Plastic Surgeon” is claimed by many, they hope to provide an unusually thoughtful and honest approach with a personal feel. Many of their patients will benefit from having them operate together as a team to optimize safety and provide the best possible outcome.

List the treatments and procedures you offer:

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Breast augmentation


Eyelid lift (Blepharoplasty)


Fat grafting (fat transfer)

Facelift and Neck lift

Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Facial fillers (Juvederm, Restylane)

Lipoma removal

Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty)

Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery

Awards or Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery

Boston magazine’s Top Docs™ 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, Inc., 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Most Outstanding Presentation, 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2005

Most Outstanding Presentation, Annual Scientific Meeting, Seattle Surgical Society, 2005

Most Outstanding Presentation, 44th Annual Scientific Meeting Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2006

Most Outstanding Presentation, 46th Annual Scientific Meeting Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons, awarded to co-author, 2008

Award for Public Service, Hospital Association of Rhode Island, 2010

Best Clinical Research Project, 6th Annual Summer Showcase, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, awarded to medical student mentee, 2013

Outstanding Presentation, 22nd Annual Hospital Research Celebration Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University, awarded to medical student mentee, 2014

Outstanding Presentation, 22nd Annual Hospital Research Celebration Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University, awarded to undergraduate student mentee, 2014

Most Outstanding Presentation, Brown University Undergraduate Computer Science Research Symposium, awarded to undergraduate student mentee, 2015

Most Outstanding Abstract, Annual Brown University Global Health Research Day, awarded to medical student mentee, 2016

What's your background, education and training?

Bachelor of Arts, College Carroll College, Maxima cum Laude, Helena, Montana

Medical Doctor, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Master of Public Health, Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts

Residency, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Clinical Fellowship, Craniomaxillofacial, Cleft & Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Clinical Fellowship, Global Surgery, Harvard Medical School and Partners in Health, Cange, Haiti

Research Fellowship, University of Washington & Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington

What do patients have to say about you?

"There are no words to describe what an awesome surgeon Dr. Sullivan is. He is patient, well spoken, extremely informative with explaining the procedure. He takes time to answer every question or concern. Dr. Sullivan does not make you feel rushed. I had a breast lift without implants. He eased my anxiety about the procedure and was very positive. Recovery went well. I am beyond happy with the results. He gave me a renewed confidence about myself. I would highly recommend Dr. Sullivan!"

"Words can’t explain how much I adore Dr. Sullivan and his entire staff. His wife is kind, honest and compassionate. Dr. Sullivan’s staff is the friendliest, most competent and genuine group — especially office manager, Jennifer. She’s the kindest patient advocate I’ve ever met. I’ve gone to Taylor and Sullivan Plastic surgery for several “minor procedures” and a couple bigger ones. The results are perfect. I trust these people like I’d trust my family. They’re artists, perfectionists and also parents. Good parents who glow when they talk of their children. I work in front of a camera, so quality work is paramount for me. Dr. Sullivan’s care, intelligence and interest in his patients proves to me over and over again — that he’s going to do the very best job possible in every procedure — big or small. Thanks to this incredible staff... you’ve truly made me a happier and more confident human being."

"I had a rhinoplasty with Dr. Sullivan earlier this year and he did the most perfect job. I met with another doctor prior and immediately chose him to perform the procedure. He instilled trust easily with his intelligence and friendly demeanor. My nose looks amazing and he had the best bedside manner and follow up care. I would 100% recommend him as a plastic surgeon."

Hours of operation

We are always available for our patients.

Our usual office hours are Monday-Friday 0830-500

Insurances Accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, Workers' Compensation

Special expertise

Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, Breast Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery-Face & Body, Craniofacial Surgery/Reconstruction