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Dr. Dzifa S. Kpodzo

Dzifa S. Kpodzo, MD, MPH, FACS

A native of Ghana, West Africa, Dr. Kpodzo also grew up in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Canada, and moved to the United States during high school. After graduating with honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Integrative Biology, she completed a dual medical doctorate and master in public health at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kpodzo has received unparalleled education by world-renowned surgeons. She trained in plastic surgery at the Harvard Plastic Surgery Combined Residency Program where she also served as a chief resident and became the first African-American woman to graduate from her program. She then completed her fellowship in oculoplastic (eyelid surgery) and aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery at Paces Plastic Surgery in Atlanta. She is a board certified iPlastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and is a fellow of the prestigious American College of Surgeons. As an Assistant Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Kpodzo is proud to be the first full time plastic surgeon on faculty. She is dedicated to teaching, academics and service. She has received numerous academic awards, published book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, served on editorial boards and presented to national professional medical organizations. She has been featured on Fox 5 Atlanta and She had the honor of participating in 3 full face transplants during her residency training, and received recognition through the Partners in Excellence Award for Teamwork. She has shared her skills internationally providing care in Ethiopia with Operation Smile, as well as spending time in her homeland Ghana. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and remains involved and active in the community in various ways. Dr. Kpodzo’s warmth, compassion, and attentiveness allow her to appreciate the unique needs of each patient. Her easy bedside manner, skillful artistry, and commitment to safety allow her to truly care for the “whole” patient.


  • Plastic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Plastic Surgery


  • Paces Plastic Surgery Specialty: Oculoplastic


  • Morehouse

Education & Training

  • Medical School: Harvard Medical School
  • Residency: Harvard Plastic & Reconstructive-Brigham & Women Hospital

Honors & Awards

Excellence In Diversity, Golf Women Mean Business: 2015

Aesthetic Society Board of Directors and the Aesthetic Surgery Education & Research Foundation’s Best Journal Article by a Domestic Author 2014 in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal: 2015 ​

Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Program, Academic Award for the Highest In-Service Score: 2012

Member of plastic surgery team for a combined full face and bilateral hand composite tissue allotransplant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: 2011

Member of plastic surgery team for two full face composite tissue allotransplant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: 2011

Partners in Excellence Award for Teamwork, Face Transplant Team, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: 2011

American Medical Association Women Physicians Congress Mentor Recognition Award: 2007

Hollis L. Albright, MD '31 Award, Harvard Medical School: 2006 Harvard Medical School Multiculturalism Award: 2006

Office of Enrichment Programs Award for International Study, Harvard Medical School: 2006

​National Association of Minority Medical Educators National Scholarship: 2004

Harvard Medical School Community Service Grant: 2002-2003

American Pediatric Society and Society for Pediatric Research Student Research Grant: 2002

Ritter Prize, Prytanean Women’s Honor Society: 2000 ​Louise T. Patterson Award for Academic Excellence, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.: 1998-2000

Scholastic Excellence Scholarship, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.: 1999

University of California, Berkeley Chancellor’s Scholarship: 1999-1995 ​

University of California, Berkeley Alumni Scholarship: 1999-1995 ​

University of California Berkeley, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biology Fellows Grant: 1997


Kpodzo DS, Williams M, McAllister P, Chase A, Clark C, Turner T. Rectus Flap Reconstruction After Chemoradiation and Abdominoperineal Resection. Submitted 2017 ​ Kpodzo DS, Nahai F. McCord CD. Malar mounds and festoons: review of current management. ​Aesthet Surg J. 2014 Feb1:34(2):235-48. Epub 2014 Jan 15.

​Kpodzo DS, Calderwood MS, Ruchelsman DE, Abramson JS, Piris A, Winograd JM, Kotton CN. “Primary subcutaneous Alternaria alternata infection of the hand in an immunocompromised host.” Medical Mycology. 2011; 49 (5): 543-547

Colwell AS, Kpodzo D, Gallico GG 3rd. “Low Scar Abdominoplasty with Inferior Positioning of the Umbilicus.” Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2010; 64 (5): 639-644

Hayes TB, Stuart AA, Mendoza M, Collins A, Noriega N, Vonk A, Johnston G, Lui R, Kpodzo D. “Characterization of Atrazine-Induced Gonadal Malformations in African Clawed Frogs (Xenopus laevis) and Comparisons with Effects of an Androgen Antagonist (Cyproterone Acetate) and Exogenous Estrogen (17β-Estradiol): Support for the Demasculinization/Feminization Hypothesis.” Environmental Health Perspective. 2006; 114 (1): 134-41.

​Slavotinek AM, Dutra A, Kpodzo D, Turner J, Whiteford M, Biesecker LG., Stratton P.

“A female with complete lack of Mullerian fusion, postaxial polydactyly and Tetralogy of Fallot: Genetic heterogeneity of McKusick-Kaufman or a unique syndrome?” American Journal of Medical Genetics. 2004; 129 (1): 69-72

Taghinia AH, Macias ES, Kpodzo DS, Pomahac B. “Chapter 33. Lip Reconstruction”, Practical Plastic Surgery. 1st Edition. Z.B. Kryger Editor, M. Sisco Editor. Austin, TX: Landes Bioscience, Inc., 2007.