Dr.Michael L.Brownstein is a Board Certified plastic surgeon, and a member of ASPS, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, specializing in plastic, reconstructive, and gender related surgery. He has performed gender related surgery since the late 1970'swhen, with the advice and support of Paul Walker, co-founder and former President of the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, now WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health), he received the first of his many referrals for bilateral chest reconstruction.

Dr. Brownstein performed female to male chest reconstructive procedures for over 30 years and his practice was exclusively limited to this surgery. He performed approximately 200 of these procedures annually.

"It gave me great pleasure to help my patients achieve their goals through this surgery".



"Everyone should have the opportunity to be who they really are"




Announcement! I retired from active practice, on December 31, 2012, after 35 years of serving the transgender and gender non conforming communities. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to provide quality surgical services to so many individuals over the years and grateful also for the many friendships and contacts I have made over the course of almost 4 decades. I wish to thank my colleagues and, especially my patients for their loyalty, understanding, and for the knowledge I have acquired from them. And a special thanks also to my wife, Denise, and to those others who have served on my office staff over the years for their dedication, advice, and invaluable assistance.

It is my desire to have this practice continue to serve these communities, and in that regard I have asked Dr. Curtis Crane to assume my practice and office under the name, "Brownstein-Crane Surgical Services", beginning 1 January 2013. I have selected Dr. Crane to take over because of his extensive surgical training and expertise, and his dedication to the transgender and gender non conforming communities. He will continue to provide gender related surgical services, in San Francisco, to this population of patients. He will expand the scope of the practice by, in additon to performing top surgery, performing gender confirmation bottom procedures, for which he has been especially trained. Dr. Crane is qualified in both urology and plastic surgery and has trained in the US, Serbia, Belgium, and Thailand. He has over 10 years of training experience in this field. I remained with him throughout January, 2013 working with him in the operating room, teaching him my particular techniques for top surgery, and introducing him to the community. Dr. Crane is accepting patients for general plastic surgery procedures including liposuction, augmentation mammaplasty, reduction mammaplasty, and other cosmetic and reconstructive operations.

I am proud to have Dr. Curtis Crane assume this practice I value so highly.

Access Dr. Crane's web site at brownsteincrane.com

Additional Transgender Surgery Photo Results


Frank Farewell Dear Friend (31 October 2010). And thank you to all patients and friends who have remembered him with fondness and appreciation this past year.






A graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Brownstein received general surgery training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California and the University of New Mexico, followed by an additional two years of specialty training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. He is published in his area of expertise including microsurgical, plastic and reconstructive surgery.mlb

Dr. Brownstein is a member of national plastic surgery organizations and societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of WPATH, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (formerly HBIGDA), has recently served a term on the Board of Directors, and is Chairman of the Ethics Committee.

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