Dr. Karen Vaniver

Plastic Surgery
Seattle, WA
35 years experience female

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Seattle, WA

Address

Seattle, WA
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:30am - 5:00am
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Choice POS II

Aetna

Premera Blue Cross

Regence

First Choice Health

Medicare

United HealthCare Insurance Company

Office

Seattle, WA

About

Bio

I have practiced in the Seattle area since 2006.  I was born and educated in Philadelphia, From 1994-2005, I maintained a private solo practice in Missouri, and served as Medical Director of the Heartland Regional Medical Center Wound Care Program, which received a commendation from the Joint Commission for its inception. My practice, Seattle Plastic Surgery, focuses on breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery of the face and body. I also consult on the management of complex wounds upon physician request. This year (2012), I was delighted to develop my Karen B. Vaniver, MD, Breast and Body Recovery Serum. This all natural product was developed for my breast cancer reconstruction patients. It aids in reducing scarring and capsule formation after breast and body surgery. I've served on numerous national committees, including the Speakers Bureau of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I am a consultant, speaker and researcjer for Lifecell Corporation. I've has presented her work at national meetings, and is the author of several publications. I'm a graduate of the Pathways to Leadership program of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  I am an exhibited photographer and painter. My essays on women in plastic surgery and the role of spiritual practice in plastic surgery have been published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. A dedicated traveler, I've worked internationally with Interplast, a not-for-profit organization, providing free reconstructive surgery for children. I facilitate a support group named "Girltalk", which uses breast cancer as a stimulus for positive life growth, and I write a blog, entitled "Cancer Made Me Nice", on Blogger.com. My new goal is to write a book about my experiences as a surgeon and a patient.

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Plastic Surgery

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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Vaniver
35 years experience Plastic Surgery
Veggy hair loss: Iron can be found in molasses. If your menses are irregular, ovarian function should be checked.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Vaniver
35 years experience Plastic Surgery
Nose lesion: This could a skin tag, pyogenic granuloma, or possibly a basal cell cancer in a fair skinned individual. It should be checked by a physician.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Vaniver
35 years experience Plastic Surgery
Dandruff shampoo: Zinc, selenium, ketaconazole, or coal tar for difficult dandruff.

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Testimonials
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Dr. Laurie Evans
Nov 27, 2012
I endorse this doctor.Dr Vaniver is compassionate, caring and competent. She does beautiful work, gets great results and considers the whole patient and pathology of the problem prior to recommending ...Read More
Dr. Justin Jin
Nov 27, 2012
Dr. Vaniver is a superb physician and really goes the extra mile to make sure her patient's get the best possible care.
Dr. Elizabeth Cotter
Nov 27, 2012
I endorse this doctor. She is compassionate and approachable. I hear only positive comments from her patients.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! My doctor told me that I have a high level of the testosterone hormon I am do afraid of not having a baby.
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thank you. I took a HPT a week after my period (~4 days ago) because it was so light and weird it was negative though. now this weird stuff
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I appreciate your time. I AM symptomatic! I've had pelvic pain for months, a week of sharp lower left pelvic pain, and very frequent urinati

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1986MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital

Awards

Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
America's Top Surgeons, Consumers Research Council of America
America's Top Plastic Surgeons, Consumers Research Council of America

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons
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