Following her Plastic Surgery training in Indianapolis, Dr. Brostrom went on to become Board Certified in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery.  Since that time, she has refined her expertise in some of the most innovative techniques available, including aesthetic fat transfer, facial rejuvenation, and breast and body contouring procedures.

A 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Brostrom has provided expert care to countless complex patients, including those suffering from combat injuries, civilian trauma, cancerous defects, and congenital anomalies.  She served as Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery during Operation Enduring Freedom at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in 2009 where she treated traumatic injuries and performed cleft surgery for humanitarian outreach.  Her final military assignment was as the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, the largest healthcare facility in the Department of Defense. While there, she gained expertise in transgender confirmation procedures and continued to refine her techniques over the full spectrum of Plastic Surgery to include aesthetic surgery.  As she retires from military service, she will miss her brothers and sisters in arms, but is excited to offer her artistic eye, attention to detail, and compassionate care to patients presenting to New Image Plastic Surgery.

Photo by gt.usembassy.gov

 

Dr. Brostrom is particularly passionate about helping children afflicted by cleft lip and palate differences.  She chaired the Craniofacial Anomalies Board at Brooke Army Medical Center and led three humanitarian cleft lip and palate missions to Central America in 2017, 2018, and 2019.  In 2019, her efforts earned her recognition from the President and Minister of Defense of Guatemala, as well as from the US Ambassador to Guatemala.

A mother of twins, Dr. Brostrom understands the detrimental effects pregnancy can have on a woman’s body and self-esteem.  This provides her a unique perspective and increased sensitivity to women’s needs.  She is dedicated to helping her patients project their inner beauty and optimize their self-confidence.  Dr. Brostrom is one of only 16% of all Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in the United States who are women.  She dedicates her time to leadership roles in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to include the Women in Plastic Surgery Steering Committee.

Well-known for rapid healing times, natural and aesthetic outcomes, and long-lasting results, Dr. Brostrom ensures an honest and compassionate evaluation of her patients’ needs.  She is committed to seeing each patient through their aesthetic journey while tailoring her approach to each patient’s unique situation and needs.

EDUCATION

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX

MD with Honors May 23, 2000 | 1996 – 2000

University of Texas, Austin TX

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with High Honors, 1992 – 1996

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI

Mechanical Engineering, 1990 – 1991

 

PROFESSIONAL  TRAINING

Air War College USAF Professional Medical Education | 2015 – 2016

Brooke Army Medical Center / Wilford Hall Medical Center

Craniofacial Training (OJT with craniofacially trained senior partner)

San Antonio, TX | 2009 – 2013

Indiana University School of Medicine

Residency:  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery              

Indianapolis, IN | 2005 – 2007

University of Texas Health Science Center/

Wilford Hall Medical Center (USAF Level 1 Trauma Center)

Residency:  General Surgery

San Antonio, TX | 2000 – 2005

                       

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Officer in Charge/Lead Plastic Surgeon – Guatemala Beyond the

Horizons, Joint Service Plastic Surgery Mission, 2019

Officer in Charge/Lead Plastic Surgeon – Dominican Republic

Surgical Readiness Training Exercise, Joint Service Plastic Surgery Mission, 2018

Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Brooke Army Medical Center, 2017 – present

Director of United States Military Transgender Surgery Program

(Facial Feminization and Top Confirmation Surgery), 2017 – present

Officer in Charge/Lead Plastic Surgeon – Dominican Republic

Surgical Readiness Training Exercise, Joint Service Plastic Surgery Mission, 2016

Deputy Officer in Charge – Panama Surgical Readiness Training Exercise, Joint Service Plastic Surgery Mission, 2010

Assistant Professor of Surgery | Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 2014 – present

BAMC Credentials Committee Co-Chair,  2012 – 2018

Readiness Skills Verification Manager,  2012 – 2018

Chair, United States Air Force Craniofacial Anomalies Board,

Brooke Army Medical Center/ Wilford Hall Medical Center, 2008 – present

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

 Assistant Professor of Surgery – Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences,  2014 – present

 

BOARD CERTIFICATION

Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2008, recertified 2018

Diplomate, American Board of Surgery, 2006

 

LICENSURE

Texas State Medical License (active), Number L4266

Indiana State Medical License (Retired)

DEA: Government, TX

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Diplomat, American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2008 – present

Diplomat, American Board of Surgery, 2006 – 2016

Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 2009 – present

American Society of Plastic Surgeons- Member, 2009 – present

Women Plastic Surgeons Steering Committee (ASPS) – Member, 2017 – present

American Society of Plastic Surgeons In-Service Committee – Member, 2018 – present

American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association – Member, 2016- present

Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons – Member, 2007 – present

Association of Women Surgeons – Member, 2008 – present

San Antonio International Society of Plastic and Recon Surgeons Member, 2008 – present

Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons – Member, 2000 – present

American Medical Association – Member, 2000 – present

Tau Beta Pi – National Engineering Honor Society – Member, 1994 – present

 

MILITARY SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP

Officer in Charge/Lead Plastic Surgeon | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Humanitarian Mission

Huehuetenango, Guatemala – cleft lip and palate, congenital hand, burn surgeries, lower extremity salvage procedures, July 2019

Officer in Charge/Lead Plastic Surgeon | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Humanitarian Mission

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – cleft lip and palate, congenital hand, and burn surgeries, June 2018

Officer in Charge/Lead Plastic Surgeon | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Humanitarian Mission

Dominican Republic – cleft lip and palate, congenital hand, and burn surgeries (cancelled 2 days prior secondary to funding), June 2016

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Humanitarian Mission

David, Panama – cleft lip and palate, burn reconstructions, and congenital hand cases, May 2010

Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | Operation Enduring Freedom, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan

Performed 225 reconstructive cases including fibular free flap and latissimus free flap reconstructions, burn and oculoplastic reconstructions, numerous cheiloplasties and palatoplasties for humanitarian outreach, Jan – June 2009

 

DECORATIONS

Air Force Master Clinician in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery/Subject Matter Expert Award – 2017

Meritorious Service Medal – 2016

USAF Clinical Excellence Special Identifier MF SEI  – 2016

Army Commendation Medal – 2009

Army Achievement Medal – 2009

National Defense Service Medal – 2009

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal – 2009

Afghanistan Campaign Medal – 2009

NATO Medal – 2009

 

HONORS

Air Force Master Clinician in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery/Subject Matter Expert Award – June 2017

Selected for Aesthetic and Oculoplastic Fellowship with Drs. Foad Nahai and Rod Hester (to start Jan 2014) (fellowship was discontinued Dec 2013) – March 2012

Outstanding Resident Research Award – Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons – April 2003

Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation presented for Graduation from Baylor College of Medicine with Honors – May 2000

Featured in University of Texas Paper as Engineering Scholar/Athlete – May 1993

University of Texas Dean’s List – 1992-1996

University of Michigan Dean’s List – 1990-1992

Robert C. Byrd Academic Scholarship – 1990

Valedictorian (class of 720) – 1990