Our fearless leader Jennifer L. Walden, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is an active member of the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; she is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Walden currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and is the Commissioner of Communications for ASAPS as well. In the position as Commissioner, she oversees the communications for this professional organization of doctors who specialize in aesthetic surgery and medicine. She also holds the distinction of serving as the first woman member of the executive committee for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, putting her in queue to become the first female president of this globally authoritative organization in the cosmetic industry.
Since 2014, Dr. Walden has been recognized as one of Texas Super Doctors, as seen in Texas Monthly and since 2016 Dr. Walden has been one of Castle Connelly’s Top Doctors nationwide. In 2016, Dr. Walden was honored to be selected for membership into the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, an invitation-only, all-star academic society described as “the highest medium of recognition in the field of plastic surgery as evidenced by contribution of its individual members”.
Dr. Walden fondly calls New York her second home after it was her primary residence for nearly 8 years when she began her practice of plastic surgery in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. While in New York, Dr. Walden was an Attending Surgeon in Plastic Surgery at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH) and Lenox Hill Hospital as well as being the Aesthetic Surgery Program Director at MEETH. She also had the academic appointment of Clinical Instructor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at The Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYU). She now holds an academic appointment with The University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) as Clinical Assistant Professor in Plastic Surgery. The UT Southwestern Department of Plastic Surgery is a world leader in patient care, research, innovations, and plastic surgery education.
In Texas, Dr. Walden owns her own business of Walden Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, and operates in her own fully accredited office operating suite, where she and her team are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of patient safety. As one of a very small number of board-certified female plastic surgeons in the U.S. formally fellowship-trained in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Walden is an advocate for women’s health, empowerment, and autonomy throughout all aspects of life. Dr. Walden was honored to recently have been selected by Harper’s Bazaar magazine as one of the nation’s 24 Best Beauty Surgeons in the United States, as featured in its April 2014 issue.
In addition to her skills in plastic surgery and the medical spa industry, Dr. Walden is also an established author, having published numerous articles and presented multiple award-winning research papers at national meetings. Dr. Walden has presented at national conferences teaching other plastic surgeons on laser techniques with facelifting, HALO Hybrid Laser, noninvasive body contouring and skin tightening, breast implant and fat grafting surgery, SmartGraft hair restoration, ThermiVa and DiVa noninvasive vaginal rejuvenation, and social media in the beauty industry to name a few topics.
A native Texan, Dr. Walden was born and raised in Austin. She graduated from Anderson High School where she was an all-state soccer player and then received her undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with Honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She then went on to receive her Medical Doctorate with Highest Honors and graduating as the Salutatorian at the University of Texas Medical Branch as well as being elected president of the Texas Alpha Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. During this time she did an externship at the prestigious Plastic Surgery Associates in Miami with renowned pioneers and teachers of facelift surgery and anatomy, Drs. Tom Baker and James Stuzin. Several of her past awards include the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Award for the Best Scientific Exhibit by a Candidate (Vancouver, BC, 2004), The Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award and Achievement Citation given by the American Medical Women’s Association (1998), and The Mavis P. Kelsey Excellence in Medicine Award and Scholarship given by the Kelsey-Seybold Foundation of Houston (1998).
After completing her residency training, she moved from Texas to New York to pursue her special interest in aesthetic surgery after being selected for the highly competitive world-renowned fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH). During her fellowship, she benefited from the knowledge and expertise of many internationally known leaders in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery, and acquired cutting edge techniques for cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast, and body. Dr. Walden integrated this innovative technology and clinical knowledge into her successful practice of plastic surgery in Manhattan. Dr. Walden served as the Program Director of the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship until her relocation back to Austin. The Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship was the first organized cosmetic surgery training program in the United States, and remains one of the foremost, highly regarded “hands-on” clinical training programs of tomorrow’s cosmetic plastic surgeons.
After her fellowship, Dr. Walden became the associate of world-famous aesthetic plastic surgeon, Dr. Sherrell J. Aston, and remained so during the entirety of the time she resided and practiced at 71st & Park Avenue in New York for eight years. Dr. Aston is considered internationally to be one of the most authoritative voices in aesthetic surgery education as well as a very technically talented “cosmetic surgeon to the stars.” It was during this time that Dr. Walden honed her skills and learned new techniques, as well as how to run a first class cosmetic surgery practice with professionalism and discretion. In 2007 Aston and his team, including Dr. Walden, were photographed by world-renowned photographer Mark Seliger for the April 2007 cover feature of L’Uomo Vogue (Italian Vogue). At Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Dr. Walden also trained and worked with other internationally-renowned figures in aesthetic plastic surgery including Dr. Daniel Baker, Dr. Gerald Pitman, Dr. Nicholas Tabbal, and Dr. Alan Matarasso.
Dr. Walden has twin sons who are native New Yorkers! Houston and Rex Walden were born at New York Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center in 2010 and are the loves of her life! The boys love visiting New York and consider it their second home as well.