Dr. Kara Criswell
As the daughter of a surgeon, Dr. Kara Kane Criswell understood the demands of a career in medicine from a very early age. She developed a deep respect for the life-altering results achieved by the surgical specialties. This admiration and understanding led her to pursue a career in surgery. Dr. Criswell’s love of her profession fosters a positive and pleasant environment. As one of the few female plastic surgeons in the country, Dr. Criswell offers her patients a uniquely feminine perspective. Her sensitivity and warmth promote the development of an open and relaxed relationship with her patients.
Since she was a child, Dr. Criswell has been an artist, concentrating specifically on portraiture. This focus sharpened her observational and problem-solving skills, and instilled a fine attention to detail. Dr. Criswell applies her artistic talent and meticulous method to her surgical technique and patient care. Schedule a consultation today with one of the best plastic surgeons in North Carolina
The Field of plastic surgery provides the perfect combination of my two passions, surgery and art.- Dr. Kara Criswell
Dr. Criswell received her college degree with a major in both studio art and biology with a pre-medical emphasis. She then attended medical school, followed by five years of general surgery training. Dr. Criswell then completed a plastic surgery fellowship dedicated to both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. In her practice, Dr. Criswell offers a comprehensive range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures. She performs state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical procedures, personalizing every treatment to the individual. She understands that each of her patients has different needs, desires and goals and she tailors her practice to cater to every patient.
Dr. Criswell has served as the Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC for over 8 years. She is active in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery and is a leader in the community, through her community volunteering with Charlotte Breast Friends and her position as Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Criswell is a strong advocate for breast cancer patients and survivors.
Dr. Criswell and her husband, Dr. Bryan Criswell, live in the SouthPark area of Charlotte, North Carolina with their sons, Jack and Wyatt. The four of them like to take walks together with their three dogs an English Mastiff Ozzy, and two English Bulldogs Otis and Tallulah. They also love to enjoy the many great Charlotte restaurants. Her other hobbies include rock climbing, scuba diving, and sculpting.
Top Doctors 2022
Dr. Kara Criswell has been named by Charlotte Magazineas Top Doctor 2022Read More >
Top Doctors 2021
Dr. Kara Criswell has been named by Charlotte Magazineas Top Doctor 2021Read More >
Top Doctors 2020
Dr. Kara Criswell has been nominated by Charlotte Magazineas Top Doctor 2020Read More >
Top Doctors 2018
Dr. Kara Criswell has been nominated by Charlotte Magazineas Top Doctor 2018Read More >
Board Certifications & Licenses
Dr. Criswell is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a licensed physician by the North Carolina Medical Board.
Hospital Appointments & Affiliations
- Carolinas Medical Center, Associate, Department of Surgical Specialties, Section of Plastic Surgery
- Carolinas Medical Center Mercy, Associate, Department of Surgical Specialties, Section of Plastic Surgery
- Presbyterian Novant Matthews, Division of Plastic Surgery
- Ballantyne Surgery Center, Presbyterian Novant, Division of Plastic Surgery
- Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery, Presbyterian Novant Charlotte