Erik Wolfswinkel, M.D. (he/him)

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, School of Medicine


Dr. Erik Wolfswinkel specializes in pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery. He is originally from New Mexico, attended UCLA graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. At Baylor College of Medicine he received his Doctorate in Medicine with a special emphasis on healthcare management and policy on the Medical Management Track. Dr. Wolfswinkel completed his plastic surgery residency at USC where he was recruited to stay and perform his fellowship.

In addition to his work on congenital pediatric plastic surgery, Dr. Wolfswinkel has published and presented papers extensively in multiple other areas of plastic surgery including gender affirming surgery, resident education, adult facial reconstruction, and microsurgery. He brings specialized pediatric surgical expertise to the division of plastic surgery as well as a commitment to education and research mentorship.

Education and training

    • B.A., 2009, University of California, Los Angeles
    • M.D., 2014, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Residency

    • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 2020
  • Fellowship

    • Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery, University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2021

Memberships and associations:

  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
  • American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Craniofacial Surgery
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Areas of interest

  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Microtia
  • Craniofacial Anomalies

Honors and awards

  • The American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Resident Scholar, 2019
  • The Warren Louis Garner Resident Research Award, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, 2020



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