Neil A. Gordon, M.D.

Neil A. Gordon, M.D.

Dr. Neil A. Gordon is a member of a small, elite group of facial plastic surgeons. That is, he only performs surgery of the face and neck.

Dr. Gordon’s specialty is facial rejuvenation and rhinoplasty. As an international expert in his specialty, his skill is noted in both primary procedures and revision, or secondary procedures. Recently, he has been recognized for advancing the deep-plane rhytidectomy and creating the most advanced facial rejuvenation procedures, the “Vertical Platysma Advancement” and the “Vertical Galea Advancement”.

Dr. Gordon’s credentials are superior. After graduating from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York with highest honors, including Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the Rudin Foundation Scholar Award, he then completed his Internship in General Surgery and Residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, at Yale School of Medicine. At Yale he received awards for his research and was honored for his clinical skills by the Yale Surgical Society. He then earned the prestigious Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine under the instruction of world-renowned facial plastic surgeon, Calvin M. Johnson, M.D. Along with his academic honors and scholarships, Dr. Gordon is one of a select few surgeons to achieve double board certification by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology.

A Yale clinical faculty member since 1996, Dr. Gordon’s expertise has been further recognized by his appointment to Director, Head and Neck, Aesthetic Surgery in the Section of Otolaryngology, in the Department of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine. He adds this to his existing responsibilities at Yale of Coordinator, Residency Education in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and The American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, as well as a member of The Yale Surgical Society, Connecticut State Medical Society and the Fairfield County Medical Society.

Acknowledged by both fellow physicians and the public, Dr. Gordon is honored as a “top physician” in many publications. This year he was named one of America’s Best Doctors by US News and World Report and, for the 9th straight year, one of the Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area by Castle Connelly Ltd. He has been profiled multiple times in Westport, Greenwich and New Canaan (Connecticut) Magazines’ “Top Doctor Issues” and “Top 101 Doctors.” Castle Connelly Medical Ltd. is recognized internationally for identifying the finest doctors for their specialized expertise. Dr. Gordon has also been recognized by Best Doctors, Inc, Best Doctors in America: The Guide to America’s Top Physicians: Consumer Research Council of America. Recently, Dr. Gordon was described by a leading surgeon as “the gold standard” in facial rejuvenation in the publication, Cosmetic Surgery Times.

In 2011, Sony Pictures Television defined Dr. Gordon as one of the most prominent “experts in revision facial plastic surgery,” and he was sought after to be featured for his extraordinary skill in their upcoming television series “The Revisionist.” Since Dr. Gordon avoids the media, he declined Sony Pictures Television’s offer, the show currently appears on TV as “Botched”.

For well over a decade, Dr. Gordon has been invited to present his specialized techniques, outcomes and concepts at numerous national and international academic conferences including the annual conference of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Rejuvenation Of The Aging Face conference, The Multispecialty Aesthetic Conference, The International Symposium of Facial Plastic Surgery, The Annual conference of the Australian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and many others. He has been honored to present the prestigious Master’s Seminar at multiple conferences, on topics such as ‘Revision Rhytidectomy’ (facelifts), “The Forehead Lift, It’s not About Lifting the Eyebrows”, and “Deep Plane Rhytidectomy: Modifications, Nuances and Observations- a 20 year experience.” He has again committed to present at multiple academic conferences in the Spring and Fall of 2017.

After studying under Dr. Gordon, leading surgeons from Australia performed the first “Deep-Plane Rhytidectomy” in Sydney in 2011. In honor and recognition of his teachings and mentorship, Dr. Gordon was invited to be the key-note speaker at the annual Symposium on Facial Rejuvenation and Facelifts by the Australian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery in November, 2016. During this prestigious conference, Dr. Gordon presented his most significant advancement in facial rejuvenation, the “Vertical Platysma Advancement” and “Vertical Galea Advancement” to an international audience of surgeons and media.

In recognition as a thought leader and for his clinical expertise, Dr. Gordon has been invited many times to contribute to the academic literature on current concepts in facial plastic surgery. Specifically, Dr. Gordon wrote the famed contrarian work, “The Illusion of Volume Loss” where he scientifically shows that proclaimed facial volume loss is merely an illusion. As the recognized expert, Dr. Gordon has written the chapter on his variations of the deep-plane rhytidectomy technique in multiple academic textbooks and scientific journals in both the United States and for the European Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He recently wrote the chapter on deep-plane rhytidectomy for the upcoming book series, “Expert Techniques in Facial Plastic Surgery” in the book “An Analytical Approach to Facelifts and Neck Lifts”. Dr. Gordon was also the main contributing author to the consumer book, “Your Complete Guide to Facial Rejuvenation,” which is available nationally.

Being a clinical faculty member at Yale School of Medicine has allowed Dr. Gordon to pursue his various research interests. It was recently announced that he will be publishing his work on facial skeletal aging in a ground breaking paper in JAMA-Facial Plastic Surgery that both defines the patterns of facial skeletal aging and will define a model to test a potential new medicinal approach to the prevention of facial skeletal aging. In his other research area, patient safety, Dr. Gordon will be publishing his follow-up study, 12 years after his initial study, which scientifically defined the methods to perform safe facial plastic surgery. This is the largest prospective study conducted over 18 years on the topic internationally.

Because of the significance of his research on patient safety, in 2005 Dr. Gordon was asked to be the founding Chairman of the critically important Committee on Patient Safety, Quality Assurance and Accreditation for The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and remains Senior Advisor to the current Chairman. In 2012, Dr. Gordon was identified as a respected national leader in facial plastic surgery and was appointed as Co-Chair of the Leadership Committee and has helped spear-head the national campaign for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s Educational and Research Foundation: Many Faces of Generosity. Lastly, Dr. Gordon has participated in numerous “Plastic Surgery Think Tanks”, in both the private and corporate world, to discuss and exchange ideas regarding the future of the field with other recognized thought leaders.

Dr. Gordon was also honored by City of Hope National Medical Center with The Spirit of Life Award for his philanthropic support of the organization. City of Hope is one of the world’s leading research and treatment centers for cancer, diabetes, and other life threatening diseases. Dr. Gordon also contributes his time and energy to Soldiers for the Truth Foundation. This charity is dedicated to inform the public, Congress and the media on issues related to the training, readiness, equipment and leadership of the United States Armed Forces

Ultimately, Dr. Gordon is recognized for his unique abilities to define the issues that motivate people from across the globe who seek him out for his consistent outcomes that match or exceed the expectations of his patients. In his own words, “where rhinoplasty is the art of altering a facial feature to bring out the beauty in a face that may be hidden, facial rejuvenation is the art of returning our look to exactly what it has been in past.” “Reverse my changes don’t change me,” and “If it looks like I had it, I don’t want it,” are the common thoughts expressed by his patients.

The art and science of facial rejuvenation has undergone an evolution.

Patients seeking facial rejuvenation no longer need to sacrifice their identity or “look done” when reversing the signs of aging. Most important of these advances is the revolutionary facelift technique, the” Vertical Platysma Advancement. Dr. Gordon pioneered this technique and his patients reap the benefits and the results of a consistently natural looking, youthful appearance that is remarkably long lasting.

In addition to his formal training and medical accolades, Dr. Gordon takes great pride and care in the human side of his practice. He invests an immense amount of time and energy to ensure that his patients approach facial plastic surgery with healthy attitudes and appropriate expectations. He strongly believes that a patient’s care begins with the educational process during the consultation and continues after a procedure, where his constant presence not only ensures proper healing, but provides the emotional support and comfort necessary to minimize the recovery process. This allows Dr. Gordon’s patients to consistently achieve the very best results.

His belief in the mind, body, and soul’s influence on healing led directly to Dr. Gordon’s creation of the most unique environment for the entire process of plastic surgery, The Retreat at Split Rock. At The Retreat at Split Rock, his commitment to an individual’s total well-being, outer beauty in harmony with inner peace, is fulfilled.

Dr. Gordon receives patients for consults in New York City at his Park Avenue office, as well as his offices in Greenwich and The Retreat at Split Rock in Wilton, Connecticut. The adjacency of Dr. Gordon’s offices to the New York Metro area provides easy access for his patients from all over the world.

Created by Dr. Neil A. Gordon, and located in the hamlet of Wilton, Connecticut, The Retreat at Split Rock offers guests a unique environment and is home to Dr. Gordon’s state licensed, state of the art, fully accredited surgical center, New England Surgical Center, where he serves as Medical Director. The adjoining Inn and Aesthetic Institute all were created to provide the ultimate in aesthetic rejuvenation, safety, luxury, comfort and privacy.

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Appointments and Honors:

Scientific Advisory Board, Global Aesthetic Conference- Annual Multispecialty Aesthetic Surgery Conference, Miami, FL

Scientific Advisory Board, Vegas Cosmetic Surgery- Annual Multispecialty Aesthetic Surgery     Conference, Las Vegas, NV 2019

Editorial Board, Modern Aesthetics Magazine, Bryn Mawr Publications, Wayne, PA; 2018-2020

Honorary membership to the Facialis Academy Colombia; International Academic Society based in Columbia, in recognition of Dr. Gordon’s scientific and clinical contributions to facial plastic surgery.

New York Magazine Best Doctors 2020; one of few Connecticut-based doctors to be honored.

Castle Connelly Top Doctors;  12 years consecutively 

Best Doctors in America

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