Born and raised in California, Elizabeth Hopkins, M.D., (formerly Elizabeth Zielins) is a board-certified plastic surgeon inspired to pursue craniofacial surgery by her experiences as a cleft lip and cleft palate patient. She attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before applying for plastic surgery residency, Dr. Hopkins completed a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the Hagey Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University. There, she participated in cutting-edge research, investigating the science behind wound healing, congenital craniofacial conditions and autologous fat grafting.

Dr. Hopkins completed her residency in integrated plastic surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, gaining strong experience in general reconstruction of the breast, body and face, including microsurgical and gender-confirming procedures. She then continued her surgical training in Baltimore, learning from world experts in congenital and post-traumatic facial reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Hopkins performs complex reconstructive procedures throughout the body, ranging from reconstruction after trauma and prior surgeries to treatment of children born with congenital conditions. Given her extensive experiences as a plastic surgery patient, she understands the deeply personal effects of surgery on a patient’s life.

“As a former craniofacial patient, I know just how important and life-changing it is to have a good surgical outcome. Surgery affects patients’ mental and emotional health just as much as their physical health. For this reason, achieving the best results possible for patients is my No. 1 priority.”


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