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William G. Austen Jr., M.D.

William G. Austen Jr., M.D.

William G. Austen Jr., M.D., is on the active medial staff in plastic surgery for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Austen completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowships at Brigham and Women’s and Royal Children’s and Women’s hospitals.

Dr. Austen is the chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Division of Burn Surgery and also serves as chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at MGH. Under his leadership, novel clinical programs have been established including composite tissue transplantation and nerve decompression to treat patients with migraines.

In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Austen is an authority on device innovation and has led the development of numerous patents and prototypes related to anti-aging, rejuvenation and scar therapy.


  • Medical Degree, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Royal Children's and Women's Hospital

Board certifications:

  • Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery