Debra J. Johnson MD is a well-respected plastic surgeon in Sacramento for over 25 years and is a “Top Doc”. Dr. Johnson joined The Plastic Surgery Center in 1989 as the first female plastic surgeon in our area. Dr. Johnson received both her medical degree and her plastic surgery training at Stanford University, and 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. For information on the American Board of Plastic Surgery, see


Debra J. Johnson, MD

Dr. Johnson has previously served as 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 access their website:

Dr. Johnson currently serves as Immediate Past-President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world! Dr. Johnson is just the second woman to have been elected President of the ASPS. For more information on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, please access their website:

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. 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 enjoys providing care for the wide variety of problems plastic surgeons are asked to treat. She is a trusted cosmetic surgeon in all aspects of face, breast, and body. She also enjoys working with breast cancer patients, helping them to achieve wholeness after lumpectomy or mastectomy through breast reconstruction. She also very much enjoys pediatric plastic surgery.

Every year Dr. Johnson volunteers for surgical missions overseas and has completed over 50 mission trips. On these trips, she provides free surgery to patients who otherwise would never have access to reconstructive surgery. She corrects problems such as cleft lip and palate, burn reconstruction, and hand deformities. She also teaches local doctors how to perform these surgeries, so that after she leaves more patients will have access to care.

Dr. Johnson divides her time between Sacramento and Napa, where she has a small vineyard. She is an avid gardener and grows lots of fruits and vegetables. She loves to make jams and can tomatoes! This year she became a beekeeper as well. Her little farm produces olive oil and pinot noir wine grapes.

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