Meet Plastic Surgeon Tosan Ehanire, MD
Dr. Tosan Ehanire is a plastic and reconstructive microsurgeon specializing in breast reconstruction and aesthetic breast and body surgery. Her passion for the care of breast cancer patients led her to the pursuit of expertise in the full range of breast reconstruction options, including implant-based and DIEP flap (living tissue) reconstruction. She joined the Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery team in September 2021.
Dr. Ehanire’s appreciation for the human form and three-dimensional art was born in her home country of Nigeria, where her family belongs to a centuries-old artisanal guild of bronze casters. They created the renowned Benin Bronzes of the Benin Kingdom in southern Nigeria, now found in museums all over the world. Dr. Ehanire attributes her naturally artistic eye to this heritage, as these bronze figures, busts and masks were an everyday influence during her childhood. Dr. Ehanire’s plastic surgery practice allows her to draw connections between her family’s craft and creating natural-looking results that restore form and function of the breast and body.
Dr. Ehanire’s interest in plastic surgery began with a shadowing experience after completing her undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University. She fell in love with the “magic” of plastic surgery, seeing how the body can be shaped to repair soft tissue defects, thereby improving quality of life. She completed her medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine, during which time she performed research on cell communication in the formation of normal and abnormal scars to gain specialized knowledge of wound healing and scar formation. After receiving her medical degree, she entered the University of Florida’s six-year integrated plastic surgery program. The breadth of her training included microsurgical reconstruction for the breast and extremities, and face and body aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Ehanire feels privileged to be able to help women navigate the journey to feeling whole again after undergoing cancer treatment or experiencing major life changes that affect the body shape, such as pregnancy and weight loss. She is committed to providing her patients the care they need to begin healing, both physically and holistically.
Dr. Ehanire regularly volunteers her time to international and humanitarian plastic surgery service, working primarily with Liberia Medical Relief, a nonprofit organization in her mother’s home country that provides general plastic and reconstructive surgery and resident education. Dr. Ehanire is of a family of artists and healers; her parents and sister are surgeons. There is a strong family calling to serve in the care of others.
When not in the hospital or clinic, Dr. Ehanire enjoys experiencing Austin’s live music scene, traveling, practicing French, playing fetch with her chi-poo, Ollie, and spending time with her parents, six siblings and seven nieces and nephews.