Newport Beach’s best kept secret! Dr. Zelken was recently honored as a 2017 and 2018 Super Doctors™ Rising Star.
— Los Angeles Magazine


Dr. Zelken was raised in New England and is the first physician in his family. His mother is an artist and has cultivated his creativity and appreciation for art at an early age. Dr. Zelken designed his own practice logo, creates his own medical illustrations, and he contributed significantly to his office layout and design. Dr. Zelken embraces the artistry in his craft and that is what drew him to a career in Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Zelken obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology from Cornell University. He was an NCAA Division I Varsity rower at Cornell and competed on the national level with Cornell and the New York Athletic Club. Dr. Zelken went on to pursue a degree in Medicine at Tufts University and spent two years conducting soft tissue research in New York City. The first two scientific articles he authored have been cited 140 times.

After graduating at the top of his medical school class, Dr. Zelken was one of two people selected for an integrated plastic surgery residency position at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, ranked America’s #1 Hospital for 21 years in a row.

Dr. Zelken served as Chief Resident during his final year at Hopkins and was one of only 6 fellows chosen from a pool of over 80 applicants from around the world to pursue additional fellowship training at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. This is a highly coveted position and widely considered the world’s premier microsurgery training program. In Taiwan, he was exposed to all aspects of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, as well as different aesthetic standards and needs of different cultures. During his fellowship year, Dr. Zelken published 23 articles and 4 textbook chapters.

Dr. Zelken joined a group practice based in Orange and Laguna Hills after completing his fellowship. During his first year of practice, he performed over 160 operations with rave reviews, including twenty free flap surgeries at two hospitals. Dr. Zelken developed a protocol for lymphedema diagnosis and management. He educated nursing and operating room staff how to care for microsurgery patients and was the first surgeon ever to perform microsurgery at one of the hospitals. He formed important and lasting friendships with breast surgeons who have grown to trust him.

Dr. Zelken is known for his attention to detail, empathy, and approachability. Driven by the same forces that fueled prior accomplishments, Dr. Zelken has chosen to open the doors to his own private practice, one that embraces positive energy, patient empowerment, and concierge attention. During your consultation, Dr. Zelken will encourage you to open up about your true goals and influences to ensure that you get the result that is right for you.

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