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Bella K Avanessian, MD Email Bella Avanessian

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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    • Position
    • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Surgery, Plastic Surgery
    • Specialty
    • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    • Language
    • English
    • Hospital Affiliations
    • Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West
    • The Mount Sinai Hospital
    • New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
    • Mount Sinai Brooklyn
    • Mount Sinai Queens
    • Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Dr. Bella Avanessian is an Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She joined Mount Sinai in 2017 as the inaugural fellow in the first ever, comprehensive Transgender Surgery Fellowship under Jess Ting, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive), and Marci Bowers, MD, a visiting gynecologist and surgeon. She continues to work alongside Drs. Ting and Bowers to provide surgical care to transgender patients and to victims of female genital mutilation. 

Dr. Avanessian received her medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine in Rhode Island. She completed her residency training in plastic surgery at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital.

During her fellowship, Dr. Avanessian participated in more than 70 primary and 60 revisional vaginoplasty surgeries, including peritoneal vaginoplasty pioneered by Dr. Ting at Mount Sinai. In her training, she was also involved in over 30 female-to-male bottom surgeries, 50 transgender chest surgeries, and 30 facial feminization surgeries.

Dr. Avanessian is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, as well as the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. She has co-authored more than 15 publications and book chapters and has been featured as a national presenter.


In the News:

  • Dr. Avanessian was featured by TODAY for her gender affirmation work.  


American Board of Plastic Surgery

Clinical Focus

  • Facial Feminization Surgery
  • Gender Confirmation Surgery


MD, Brown University School of Medicine

Internship, General Surgery
Brown University School of Medicine

Residency, Plastic Surgery
Brown University School of Medicine

Fellowship, Plastic Surgery
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai