In 2003 Dr. Austad moved to the San Diego area after 25 years of practice as a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in Ann Arbor, Michigan. he is a past president of the Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons, the Michigan society of board-certified plastic surgeons, and he is a former chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor . Since 1992 he has also been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
Dr. Austad received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan in 1969. he also completed his undergraduate education there. After an internship with Louisiana State University at Charity Hospital of New Orleans, with an emphasis upon trauma surgery and complex medical problems, he completed a total of six years of residency training in General Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. in the early ‘70′s he also served in the Pacific for two years with the U.S. Navy as a Medical Officer aboard a nuclear submarine and, later, with U.S. Marine aircrews.
Throughout his career he has maintained a strong commitment to research and medical education, with many publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and frequent invited presentations at U.S. and international scientific meetings. For six years he was a member of the Editorial Board of the most prominent plastic journal in the world, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , and he has received a number of research awards. in the ‘80′s he pioneered the concept of tissue expansion and published the first laboratory-based study of this technique, which has come to be used in reconstructive surgery worldwide. For the last twenty years, the surgical treatment of migraine and other types of head pain has been a major part of his surgical practice, as he was the primary plastic surgery consultant for the Michigan Headache and Neurological Institute in Ann Arbor . this is one of the most prominent headache treatment centers in the world. he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a staff member of Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and Scripps Hospital , Encinitas, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the San Diego Plastic Surgery Society, and many other scientific and professional groups.