Meet the Team
Dr. Shankar Lakshman
Dr. Lakshman is a board certified plastic surgeon and is also board certified in surgery of the hand. He began his training in one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation working for three years in pre-requisite general surgery residency. Afterward, Dr. Lakshman worked for a year and half with a burn and wound care fellowship at the same institution. During this time, he learned to resuscitate burn victims and treat the terrible, painful and disfiguring scars caused by burns. He spent countless days and nights in the Burn ICU with patients suffering from post-burn infections and inhalational injury. Burn surgery is a challenging and rewarding field but it is 24 hour, 7 days a week commitment requiring ‘round the clock patient care. This intense experience in the surgical and ICU management of the most challenging and life threatening conditions experienced by surgical patients gave Dr. Lakshman a level of confidence and surgical skill that he now brings to every client in his plastic surgery practice.
Following his general surgery fellowship, Dr. Lakshman held a year-long hand and microvascular fellowship. Dr. Lakshman spent countless hours in the microvascular lab as well as, under the operating microscope at the hand trauma center performing vascular anastomoses on blood vessels and nerves less than 1 mm in diameter (with suture materials finer then a human hair!) He was also trained to restore the intricate bones, ligaments, and critical structures of the human hand and wrist when devastated by industrial injuries.
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Dr. Lakshman has contributed to numerous articles in peer reviewed scientific and plastic surgery journals and has volunteered his time teaching and training surgical residents and students. He has participated in over 20 clinical research trials designed to develop newer, safer medical devices, drugs and products. Many of these are now FDA approved and have helped improve the quality of life for many people.
Today, Dr. Lakshman has dedicated his practice to the perfection of the Mommy Make Over, a procedure combining full abdominoplasty, breast lift or augmentation, and liposuction. He brings his wealth of surgical, microvascular, hand, plastic, reconstructive and burn ICU experience to the service he provides his patients and thus, assuring the safest and most beautiful results possible.
Dr. Lakshman’s practice is in Pasadena, where he lives with his wife (who is an internal medicine doctor devoted to treating homeless veterans in Los Angeles!) and his two sons. Dr. Lakshman is an avid tennis player and plays acoustic and electric guitar. He is a big proponent of the whole food, plant-based, vegan lifestyle and encourages diet, exercise, and nutrition before, during, and after any surgical intervention.
certified Physician Assistant
Susann Jones is a board certified Physician Assistant new to our practice specializing in plastic surgery, aesthetics and surgery of the hand. She received her undergraduate degree at USC and her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Western University of Health Sciences. She is passionate about her career as a PA, as evidenced by the fact that after many years in the field of entertainment, she ventured back to school to pursue a lifelong dream in medicine.
Susann assists Dr. Lakshman in the operating room and provides post-operative care and education for their patients. She is passionate about helping her patients see their true beauty and utilizes the latest treatments to create the most natural and long lasting results.
She is board certified by the NCCPA (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants) and a member of both CAPA (California Academy of PAs) and AAPA (American Academy of PAs).
Patient Care Coordinator
Alba Guerriero is our patient care coordinator at Pasadena Surgeons. Alba greets every patient with a warm welcome and answers the telephone with a pleasant and kind voice.
Born and raised in Southern California, Alba is happy to answer your questions about our procedures and products every day! Alba will guide you through the series of steps for cosmetic and hand surgeries and will make it a smooth process from start to finish.