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About Dr. Timothy Rankin

Dr. Timothy Rankin - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

As a surgeon, educator, and innovator, Dr. Timothy Rankin, MD MS comes from one of the leading plastic surgery training programs in the country, Vanderbilt University. Dr. Rankin spent a decade with some of the most prominent names in surgical training in order to be able to offer the safest, cutting edge techniques to the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Rankin is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Rankin


Dr. Rankin’s clinical expertise and interest in surgical technology enabled him to provide consultancy for surgical device manufacturing companies (Xeridiem, and various medical startups).


Dr. Rankin has authored multiple peer reviewed publications and book chapters on safety in surgery, technology in surgery, as well as three dimensional printing in surgical applications. Dr. Rankin’s research has always stemmed from an interest in the human mind and how we experience life. His early work at the University of California – San Francisco was with the department of Dynamic Neuroimaging and focused on ultra short-term memory and how this might expand our understanding of cognitive dysfunction (schizophrenia).



As an educator he developed algorithms to better understand the haptics of the clinical examination and how to better educate the medical students at Northwestern University. With a focus on quality of life, Dr. Rankin continued his work while contributing as a reviewer for the Journal of Palliative Medicine, the British Journal of Radiology, and the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.


Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Dr. Rankin’s interest in the human body started early as an artist and student of martial arts. Dr. Rankin attended Sir Francis Drake high school, but it was not until college that he discovered a passion for medicine. Acknowledged by the Spirit of Chapman nomination, Dr. Rankin obtained a degree in Biology from Chapman University. Following his bachelor’s degree, Dr. Rankin worked on a critical care ambulance as an EMT and it was there that he confirmed his passion for healing. Dr. Rankin went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Ross University School of medicine. Dr. Rankin completed a full General Surgery residency at the University of Arizona where he was awarded the Charles L. Witte Award for surgical excellence and discovered the power of plastic and reconstructive surgery and its ability to improve patients’ quality of life. During his general surgery training, Dr. Rankin also completed a master’s degree in surgical research and performed a dedicated research fellowship with Dr. David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD. Dr. Rankin published extensively on the application of technology in surgery and limb salvage. After serving as Chief Resident at the University of Arizona, Dr. Rankin obtained a highly coveted position in the plastic surgery training program at Vanderbilt University under the tutelage of Dr. R. Bruce Shack. While training under nationally and internationally recognized plastic surgeons, including G. Patrick Maxwell, Dr. Rankin honed his skills in breast surgery, body contouring and facial aesthetic surgery. Just as in his research career, Dr. Rankin sought further training with masters of facial aesthetic surgery including Dr. Timothy J. Marten, Dr. Dino Elyassnia, Dr. Lorne Rosenfield, and Dr. Ronald P. Gruber. Dr. Rankin was also awarded the Highest In-service Examination Award on the Plastic Surgery In-service training exam

Professional Societies

Dr. Rankin is a Board Certified Plastic Surgery and participates in continuous certification with the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Rankin is a member of multiple professional organizations including: 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Plastic Surgery Research Council

Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons

American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

American College of Surgeons

Additionally, he is certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Dr. Rankin has medical licenses in California, Tennessee, and Arizona. He performs all of his surgeries at accredited surgery centers (AAAASF and Medicare), where he works with Board Certified Anesthesiologists.


Dr. Rankin’s earliest clinical philanthropy was with the Salybia Mission Project in the West Indies, supplying basic medical care to the indigenous population of Dominica. Dr. Rankin has worked closely with the cleft team at Vanderbilt University and has authored multiple papers on management of congenital anomalies including cleft lip/ palate, microtia (ear deformities), and neonatal myelomeningoceles (spinal cord defects).

Having worked with various charitable organizations including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, and Angel Charity, Dr. Rankin embraces the San Francisco bay area as his home.

Aesthetic & Reconstructive

If we are to maximize quality of life, we must address both reconstructive and aesthetic needs

Brazilian Butt Lift
”Dr. Rankin is a highly professional plastic surgeon. My after surgery results are the best ones I have ever seen! Great before and after care and during healing. He is there every step of the way to answer and help with all the questions and concerns.”
Best Breast lift
K.T. Patient
”Dr. Rankin is one of the best young surgeons! He is very caring - listens - just a fantastic personality! Highly Recommended. Dr. Timothy Rankin!!”
Dr. Rankin is Caring
B.L. Patient
”Dr. Rankin transformed my neck from a severe triple chin to one that is well sculpted with appropriate muscles clearly visible. I highly recommend him.”
I had a Triple Chin...
Alan B. Physician/ Patient

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