Craig A. Hurst, MD

The Institute of Plastic Surgery


Reconstructive Surgery
Plastic Surgery
Hand Surgery

Special Interests

Cosmetic Surgery


Dr. Craig Hurst is a board certified plastic surgeon providing plastic and reconstructive services in Tucson and the Southwest. In his practice Dr. Hurst offers a patient centered approach. He and his staff want the patients to feel comfortable with every step of their process. “Patient satisfaction is my ultimate objective. I want you to be happy with your results. During your initial consultation we discuss treatment options. From there we formulate a plan that meets your goals.”

Dr. Hurst specializes in:
Facial rejuvenation including facelifts, neck lifts, rhinoplasties, and blepharoplasties (eyelids).
Breast surgeries (enlargements, reductions, lifts, and reconstructions)
Body contouring procedures such as abdominoplasties (tummy tucks), liposuction and arm lifts.

Dr. Hurst is also highly renowned for his pediatric facial reconstruction work, primarily in the area of cleft lip and palate and is a member of the interdisciplinary care team at the Children’s Rehabilitative Services program in Tucson.

A native of Canada, Dr. Hurst pursued his early education in the eastern part of the country. He completed his medical school training while simultaneously obtaining a master’s degree in science at Dalhousie University. Dr. Hurst then went to the nation’s capital, Ottawa, where he received full training in general surgery. This led to certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in general surgery. Plastic surgical training followed at the University of Utah which provided great diversity and experience in both reconstructive and aesthetic plastic venues. He then proceeded to Indiana University for the prestigious von Delien-Curtis fellowship in craniofacial plastic surgery. This offered highly specialized experience in all aspects of facial rejuvenation, enhancement, and reconstruction in both adults and children. Dr. Hurst received a second certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons as a plastic surgeon, one of the few to be awarded such a designation. Dr. Hurst returned to his hometown to join the Division of Plastic Surgery at Dalhousie University where he was named an Assistant Professor of Surgery.

After several years of training residents and providing highly specialized care to the people of eastern Canada, Dr. Hurst was recruited to come to the University of Arizona to develop plastic surgery services. The first program he developed was the multidisciplinary breast reconstruction program which was quickly followed by the maxillofacial reconstruction program. He also partnered with his colleagues at the Children’s Rehabilitative Services clinic to develop the cleft palate care team which has been recognized by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. Dr. Hurst practiced at the University of Arizona for six years where he served as the acting chief of plastic surgery and was promoted to the position of associate professor of surgery. He has trained and mentored many residents and students who have since gone on to pursue plastic surgery training. Dr. Hurst performed some of the most complicated and unique plastic surgical procedures in the state while at the University of Arizona. He has attracted patients internationally for his patient-centered approach and skill.

Dr. Hurst actively participates in many local and national professional societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Cleft palate-Craniofacial Association and the Arizona Society of Plastic Surgeons. Hurst is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and obtained certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 2007 which signifies the highest standard in plastic surgery training and continuing education. Dr. Hurst participates in the maintenance of certification program which provides the most advanced knowledge and safety information to plastic surgeons.

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The Best!

5 5 1
Dr Hurst did a breast reduction. The only thing that could have been better was me not waiting so long to have it done! You couldn't ask for a better surgeon or get better results! Dr Hurst literally changed my life in the best way possible.

Couldn't Be More Pleased

5 5 1
Dr. Hurst and his staff were amazing! I came from Gilbert to have surgery done by him and it was well worth it. Tami worked with my schedule and accommodated me in such a professional manner. Dr. Hurst even came in on a Saturday to do my consultation. I love my results! I have recommended him to my fiance. She wants to see him for a breast lift and implants. I have confidence again and I couldn't be more pleased.

Lover Dr. Hurst and His Staff

5 5 1
Love Dr Hurst and his staff! Everyone is so warm and welcoming and they really keep you in the know about everything and explain things in detail. Im from Phoenix and my follow up was supposed to be 5 days later but i didnt think my body could make the drive back down there. His office was so understanding about my situation. I was able to take pictures and send them to Dr. Hurst to make sure there everything looked good and no signs of infection. Then i was able to mke my follow up at a later date. I had my surgery on Aug 3rd and the surgery center nurse called to check on me and Dr. Hurst called to see if i had any questions. I thought that was really great because most doctors do their thing and send you on your way. You can really tell that Dr. Hurst and his team really care about their patients and want to make everyone feel like family. Thank you guys so much!

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