Debra J. Johnson, M.D. has been a well-respected plastic surgeon in Sacramento for over 25 years. She has been selected as a “Top Doc”. Dr. Johnson joined The Plastic Surgery Center in 1989 as the first female plastic surgeon in our area. Dr. Johnson received her M.D. degree and her plastic surgery training at Stanford University. She took additional training at Clinica Planas in Barcelona, and the Institut Francais de la Main in Paris.

Dr. Johnson is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and participates in the Maintenance of Certification program to assure ongoing excellence in plastic surgery. She has been elected to serve as a Director for the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a high honor.

Dr. Johnson is a past-president of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons. She remains co-chair of the CSPS Legislative Committee, advocating on behalf of patient safety and other plastic surgery issues at the Capital. She received the Presidential Award for “Exemplary Service to the California Society of Plastic Surgeons”. Dr. Johnson also serves as Vice President of the CSPS Education and Research Foundation, which provides free reconstructive surgery to children in California. For more information on the activities of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, please success their website:

Dr. Johnson currently serves as President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world! Dr. Johnson is the second woman to hold this prestigious position. Dr. Johnson is focused on making ASPS the most valuable asset for the practicing plastic surgeon, providing excellent continuing education, offering products for practice solutions, and forcefully advocating on behalf of its members. ASPS remains a respected resource for patient information and education regarding safe plastic surgery and helping patients choose wisely.

Dr. Johnson is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and has served as Chief of Surgery for the Sutter Community Hospitals. Currently, she is Co-Director of the Sutter Cleft Lip, Palate, and Craniofacial Anomalies Panel. Dr. Johnson is a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the UC Davis Medical Center, teaching residents in training. Dr. Johnson is also a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, which represents those plastic surgeons felt to have the greatest positive impact on the specialty. Dr. Johnson is the only private practice surgeon in the Sacramento area to be so honored.

Dr. Johnson considers herself a general plastic surgeon, enjoying the wide variety of problems and procedures the field offers. She is an excellent cosmetic surgeon in all aspects of face, breast, and body. She also enjoys working with breast cancer patients, helping them to achieve wholeness again after lumpectomy or mastectomy through breast reconstruction. She also very much enjoys pediatric plastic surgery.

Throughout her career, Dr. Johnson has volunteered for surgical missions overseas. She travels to underdeveloped parts of the world, providing her surgical skills to patients who otherwise would never have access to reconstructive surgery. She also teaches local doctors how to perform these procedures, so that patients may have more access to care.

Dr. Johnson and her husband, Mario Gutierrez, divide their time between Sacramento and Napa, where they have a small vineyard. There they grow fruits and vegetables, and make olive oil and pinot noir, in anticipation of a sustainable retirement.

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