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Michael J. Nuara, MD
Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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Areas of Expertise
Cosmetic Nose, Eyelid and Facial Procedures
Facial Nerve Reconstruction
Microtia Reconstruction
Facial Cancer Reconstruction
Facial Feminization Surgery
Special Interests
Dr. Nuara has a special interest in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Care.
Personal Information
Photography, Nature, Cooking
Clinical Experience
Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Cosmetic Services, Head & Neck Surgery, Transgender Health, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
Board Certifications

American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS)
American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto)

Education and Professional Achievements

University of Illinois, Rockford, 2003


University of California, San Francisco, 2004


University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 2008


Cleveland Clinic Foundation,Cleveland, 2009

Professional Activities and Awards
  • 2015, 2011 "Top Doc" Albuquerque Magazine
  • 2008-Present Cleft Lip and Microtia Surgeon and 2012-Present Lead Surgeon for Medical Missions for Children(MMFC)
  • 2013 Excellence in Medical Student Education Award UNM Medical School
  • 2013 Surgery Research Investigator Award (SRIA) $5000: “Continuous Local Anesthesia for Costal Cartilage Harvest in Auricular Reconstruction: A Randomized, Placebo Controlled, Double-Blind Trial”
  • 2007 Charles F. Ferguson Clinical Research Award, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO)
  • 2003 James Scholar Research Award: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
Patient Ratings and Comments
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May 2018
Dr. very considerate & helpful. Also has a sense of humor & helps one feel at ease.
February 2018
Dr. Nuara was very caring informative & spent a lot of time helping me sort out my issue.
November 2017
I have had two surgeries with Dr. Nuara and he has been great each time, I trust his ability.
October 2017
He asked me what I hope for from the surgery. He seemed very interested in my welfare.
July 2017
Perfect patient experience - perfect procedurecommunication and eased my fears -... rather than _____.
February 2017
A positive meeting.