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Learn more about surgical treatments for microtia and other conditions from Dr. Thorne's chapters on ear reconstruction and otoplasty in Grabb And Smith's Plastic Surgery, 7th Edition. The premier textbook in plastic surgery.


Welcome to Dr. Thorne's Practice


Having 30 years of experience in the surgical correction of microtia and other ear deformities, Dr. Charles Thorne is an expert in ear reconstruction in New York City. Among the conditions he frequently treats are: Congenital anomalies such as microtia, anotia, Stahl’s ear, cryptotia or constricted ear; prominent or excessively large ears; earring complications, ears affected by age; ear deformities from burns, dog bites, trauma, or cancer; and ears that have been distorted by previous facelift procedures. Depending on the needs of the patient, Dr. Thorne may use the patient’s own tissue or artificial, biocompatible materials.

Dr. Thorne’s patients come from around the country and around the world to seek first-class care. See their results in our gallery. For further information on the different types of treatments available, visit Dr. Thorne’s companion site, otoplasty.org.

Ear surgery.

Dr. Thorne sculpting rib cartilage in order to construct a framework
for auricular reconstruction in a patient with microtia. Photo taken
by Mary Spano.

My real interest and expertise is performing surgery and taking care of patients. Making people happy never gets old. My goal in otoplasty is to create an absolutely normal ear, with no evidence of surgery, minimal recovery time, and minimal risk of complications. My goal in reconstruction of an ear in a patient with microtia is an ear that looks totally normal from conversational distance.

Dr. Charles Thorne


Meet Dr. Thorne


With an international reputation in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Charles Thorne is an expert in the surgical treatment of microtia and facial deformities. A graduate of Yale University and the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Thorne served in the Peace Corps teaching science in Ghana, West Africa. He completed his surgical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and his Plastic Surgery training and craniofacial fellowship at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at NYU.

After beginning his private practice in New York in 1989, Dr. Thorne spent the following three decades performing, teaching, and writing about plastic surgery including his subspecialty interest in ear deformities and their surgical treatments. Dr. Thorne has held a number of positions within national and international professional societies, including Chair of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He will assume the presidency of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2019 and is currently the Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City.

Dr. Charles Thorne

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Patient Case


Example of a patient with microtia, before and after reconstruction using his (her) own cartilage

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Grabb and Smith's Plastic Surgery


Considered an expert in his field, Dr. Thorne has contributed numerous articles to the surgical literature on various aspects of plastic surgery and the surgical treatment of microtia and other conditions. He is the editor-in-chief of Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery, the oldest and most important textbook in the plastic surgery field. Two of Dr. Thorne’s chapters on aspects of plastic surgery for the external ear are included on this site.

To learn more about these surgical techniques, read excerpts from the chapters on ear reconstruction and otoplasty.

Grabb and Smith's Plastic Surgery medical textbook.

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Thank You Letters from Past Patients


Treatment for microtia has life-long benefit. The thank you letters pictured to the left have been written to Dr. Thorne by his patients.
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"These are just a few of the adjectives to describe my experience and visit with Dr. Thorne. His professionalism, expertise, and manner was reassuring and comforting to me... I have referred family, friends, and co-workers."

From a Review on Vitals.com

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