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James M. Ridgway, MD, FACS


James M. Ridgway, MD, FACS


An award-winning physician with a career invested in humanitarian efforts, Dr. James M. Ridgway graduated with honors with undergraduate degrees in both fine art and biologic science. After earning his medical doctorate from the University of Arizona he entered the highly competitive academic residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, Irvine. During this time, Dr. Ridgway trained with several world-renowned authorities in facial plastic surgery, completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the nationally acclaimed Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, and received multiple national awards including honors from The Triologic Society, American Head and Neck Society, American Broncho-Esophagological Association, and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery.

These foundational experiences led Dr. Ridgway to pursue the prestigious fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Washington. During his tenure Dr. Ridgway served as faculty in the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Larrabee Center for Plastic Surgery. Dr. Ridgway remained on staff at the Larrabee Center for Plastic surgery for four years with his entire practice dedicated to the art and science of facial plastic surgery.

Dr. Ridgway is actively involved in a number of national and scholastic efforts including his roles on both humanitarian and research committees for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the authorship of numerous original manuscripts, as well as his ongoing humanitarian efforts through FACE TO FACE, Seattle Anesthesia Outreach, and Global Surgical Outreach. He is one of the founding members of the Swedish Medical Center’s Facial Reconstruction Team, the founding physician of the Larrabee Center’s Latisse Eyelash Program for breast cancer survivors, and volunteers his services to victims of domestic violence through the national FACE TO FACE program.

As a double board certified surgeon, Dr. Ridgway is a fellow and member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery. His practice encompasses the entire spectrum of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, including all facets of facial aesthetic surgery, laser resurfacing, trauma and cancer reconstruction, as well as minimally invasive procedures including autologous fat transfer, Botulinum toxin and dermal facial fillers.

His Honors and Awards include:

  • Shirley Baron Award – The Triologic Society
  • Award for Outstanding Academic Performance: Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, Irvine
  • American Head and Neck Society: Prize manuscript in the field of Head and Neck Surgery
  • Seymour R. Cohen Award – American Broncho-Esophagological Association
  • Triologic Society Resident Research Award
  • University of California Irvine Clinical Research Symposium Award
  • UCI Chao Cancer Center Research Award
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) Award
  • Western Resident Medical Research Forum Award