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Board-Certified Bellevue Plastic Surgeon,
Dr. Kris Day

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Welcome to the Media Page for Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery. Dive into a comprehensive collection of media articles and publications that feature our clinic and Dr. Kristopher M. Day. This page is dedicated to showcasing the significant media attention our work has received, highlighting our contributions to the field of plastic surgery. Explore articles that discuss our cutting-edge techniques, innovative approaches, and the exceptional care we provide. Stay informed about how we’re shaping the future of plastic surgery and enhancing patient outcomes through expert commentary and featured stories in the press.

Professionalism Essay - Won Award and Publication in Magazine

Plastic surgery resident issue 4 fall 2016

National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine Panelist

Nylf leadership forum panelist january 8th 2024

Komo Radio Interview

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Operation Smile, West Bengal, India

Dr. Kristopher Day participated in Operation Smile in West Bengal, India, helping children born with a cleft palate.

“I’ve seen a lot of different procedures and this one is probably the most profoundly impactful for them.”

“Young patients who have done really nothing to deserve the condition they have, show up, they get a procedure that’s a couple of hours and they go home, almost always the next day, a completely different child.”

Community Involvement - Kirkland, WA

An upcoming University of Washington scholarship baseball player who sustained a forehead fracture during a head to head collision with another player during practice for his Kirkland community high school team.

He underwent a fairly complex operation after which he did so well that he was able to attend his high school prom the following week.

He is a youth leader in his community with an auspicious future who was able to remain in his community and is back to doing what he does best in a short amount of time.

Monitor 2021 community annual report
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Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons' Glancy Award for Excellence in Research

American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons

Mission Work Mountains

By Kristopher Day, MD/PGY6
University of Tennessee Plastic Surgery; Chattanooga, TN


George Mallory might have been justified in his terse depiction of his obsession with Mt. Everest: “because it’s there. “The same celebration of brevity is seldom afforded to medical mission work participants, who are often asked, “why do it?”

George Mallory might have been justified in his terse depiction of his obsession with Mt. Everest: "because it's there. "The same celebration of brevity is seldom afforded to medical mission work participants, who are often asked, "why do it?"

This response seems natural enough; it’s expensive, can be uncomfortable or even somewhat dangerous, often burns vacation time and may require time away from family. These considerations don't even include the tough arguments regarding: patient follow-up, hegemonic relationships with host cultures, a patchwork approach to bigger systemic problems, and the old standby refrain of skeptics: "can't the same "good" be done in your own backyard?" Medical mission work tends to quickly escalate into a hot-button topic within medical communities, like childhood education amongst a group of tiger moms or greatest-player-ever debates amongst sports journalists. In fact, it might be simpler to just examine cases in which mission work has made an impact…like mine, for example.

There are many reasons offered for participating in medical missions. Many say the experience reorients doctors' perspective of cost (e.g., the role of expensive imagery), offers a test of one's abilities with limited resources, allows detachment from taxing bureaucratic demands, and allows a profound sense of autonomy and purpose, not to mention the chance to serve those in greatest need. I wish I could say I was imbued with such single-minded determination when as a bright-eyed senior medical student I flew to Guatemala for a cleft palate repair mission. In truth, I had just read Paul Farmer's Mountains Beyond Mountains and maybe was instead excited and thirsty for adventure, perhaps not unlike the eternal Mr. Mallory himself. Yet in answering what at that time seemed like a calling, it also introduced me to a less-considered byproduct of mission work: enrollment.

After travelling to a dozen interviews and finally having reason to anticipate becoming the general surgeon I thought I was destined to be, I packed for a different kind of trip with a prominent and engaging professor on a cleft lip and palate repair mission. One international flight, two medical Spanish review books, and a few treacherous bus routes later I found myself part of a surgical team in Quetzaltenango, a city named for a Mayan expression meaning "under ten mountains." Dr. Jon Canady then demonstrated the first cleft palate repair I had ever seen, and I became witness to the magic of plastic surgery. I'd never seen such immediate physical and emotional transformation. Children that were ostracized became members of society in the span of hours. I was hooked. Just a short surgery residency later, I now enjoy the opportunity to train in plastic surgery. All told, this trail might be described as a mountainous journey. It will still be a few more years before I discover if I will become one of the lucky few that call themselves craniofacial surgeons, but it's a journey I don't regret whose base camp was a medical mission.

Since that experience in the Guatemalan highlands, I have witnessed things in medicine and even in the world of cleft repair that has been less inspiring...turf wars, insurance hurdles, and the like. Interestingly, mission work still seems to be the perfect antidote; the chance to provide care that will change a life in a place where no one else can. Isn't that what really describes the spirit of medical mission work? At their most basic level doctors want to help people, and medical mission work might be one of the purest forms of that possibility. It certainly was the right setting to witness life-changing care in a setting that fostered one-on-one mentorship in a beautiful and stimulating environment free from life’s mundane tasks and daily distractions. And that was plenty to sign me up.

So the next time you hear a passionate denouncement of mission work for its impracticality, needless expense, risk, or other Mallory-esque critiques, remember that the next generation is watching, listening, and learning. Why not inspire the climb...because it's there.

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Day K, Scott J, Lee T, Waldrop J, Sargent L, Kennedy J, Rehm J, Brzezienski M. Progressive Surgical Autonomy in a Plastic Surgery Resident Clinic. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017 May 4;5(5):e1318.
  • Griner D, Steffen C, Day K, Brzezienski M. Barbed Ribbon Device for Progressive Tension Closure Reduces Seroma After Breast Reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2017 Dec;79(6):541-545.
  • Day K, Nair N, Griner D, Sargent L. Extended Release Liposomal Bupivacaine Injection (Exparel®) for Early Postoperative Pain Control Following Pharygoplasty: a Case-Control Study. J Craniofac Surg. 2018 May;29(3):726-730.
  • Steffen C, Day K, Gilson A, Zoog E, Brzezienski M. Vertical Inset of Latissimus Flap Improves Reconstruction Aesthetics by Reducing Scar Burden in the “Social Breast.” Ann Plast Surg. Ann Plast Surg. 2018 Jun;80(6S Suppl 6):S365-S371.
  • Rivet J, Day K, Rau J, Waldrop J, Brzezienski M. Passot-Type Immediate Breast Reconstruction Obviates the Use of Acellular Dermal Matrix in Grades Two and Three Ptosis. Ann Plast Surg. 2019 Jan;82(6S Suppl):S394-S398.
  • Day K, Rohrich R, Spiess A. The Past Informs the Present, Academic New Media Pitfalls: A Primer for Plastic Surgeons. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019 Apr; 7(4): e2178.
  • Teal L, Day K. Virtual Surgical Planning in Craniofacial Surgery: A Systematic Literature Review. J Craniofac Surg. 2019 Nov-Dec;30(8):2459-2463.
  • Moore M, Nguyen T, Day K, Weinfeld, A. Pyriform Costal Cartilage Graft Improves Cleft-Side Alar Asymmetry in Secondary Cleft Rhinoplasty. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2020 May;57(5):537-542.
  • Valente D, Day K, et al. Incision Location Predicts 30-Day Major Adverse Events After Cosmetic Breast Augmentation: An Analysis of the Tracking Outcomes and Operations for Plastic Surgeons (TOPS) Database. 2021 Nov 1;148(5):1014-1019.
  • Day K, Kelley P, Harshbarger R, Dorafshar A, Kumar A, Steinbacher D, Combs P, Levine J. Advanced Three-Dimensional Technologies in Craniofacial Reconstruction. 2021 Jul 1;148(1):94e-108e.
  • National Library of Medicine

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