Tom Crais, M.D. F.A.C.S., specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery. Dr. Crais completed a five-year General Surgery residency at Boston University Medical Center, as well as a two-year additional residency in Plastic Surgery and a six-month Microsurgery fellowship at New York University under Dr. William Shaw.
During his Plastic Surgery residency and Microsurgery fellowship, Dr. Crais served as a Clinical Instructor in Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at New York University. He has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons since 1982, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Crais also served as President of the Louisiana Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, was a faculty member at Louisiana State University Medical Center, and founder and Medical Director of the Microsurgical Research and Training Laboratory at Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans.
Dr. Crais is honored to have received the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association on several occasions. You can find Dr. Crais in the Marquis Who’s Who of the South and Southwest, as well as Who’s Who of the World. He is honored to have been listed as one of America’s Top Surgeons by the Consumer’s Research Council, and received the first ever Ronald McDonald Spirit of Love Award in New Orleans.
During his military service, Dr. Crais was stationed at William Beaumont and Walter Reed Hospitals. He completed a fellowship in aerospace medicine at Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida, and subsequently underwent further training at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas and Fort Rucker in Alabama. Dr. Crais finished his military service at the 279th Station Hospital Berlin Germany as Berlin area flight surgeon, caring for U.S. Army and Air Force personnel as well as civilian pilots and families. He was honorably discharged after six years of service, having attained the rank of Major.
Dr. Crais attended the international fat grafting forum in New Orleans where an international faculty of experts lectured on advanced topics such as fat and stem cells, along with the most up to date academic status of fat grafting (lipofilling) for facial rejuvenation with and without facelift, primary fat grafting to breast for enhancement or reconstruction with or without implants, and revision of breast implant problems with fat.
Dr. C also traveled to Miami to participate in a small intra-operative educational program hosted by his long term NYU IRPS fellow alum and friend Dr. Roger Khoury. This condensed program was specifically geared to lipofilling for breast enhancement, breast reconstruction, and conversion from prior breast implants to breast lipofilling.
This was a most intense, condensed and incredibly complete exposure to the current state of the art of lipofilling and the female breast. During these two days of intra-operative education, up to date techniques were reviewed and clarified, and new technical instrumentation was introduced.
Both the New Orleans and the Miami meetings emphasized the predictability and effectiveness and safety of the technique of lipofilling for breast and facial aesthetic and reconstructive procedures. Although Dr. Crais began implementing fat grafting in his practice in 1986, he continues to keep current with the rapidly expanding technique of lipofilling.
Dr. Crais is the founder and past president of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Chapter of Operation Smile International, a voluntary organization which provides medical and surgical care to children in developing countries and the United States.
He has traveled with Operation Smile to Colombia, Vietnam, Romania, India and Nicaragua to perform and supervise much needed surgical care to children in need.
Dr. Crais has been licensed to practice medicine in Louisiana, Massachusetts, and New York, and is currently licensed in Idaho. He served as Chief of Surgery at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center in Ketchum, Idaho, and enjoys being actively involved with Operation Smile.