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Dr. Kraft earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, magna cum laude, from Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. His interest in plastic and reconstructive surgery began at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he was mentored by Drs. Thomas J. Krizek and Stephan Ariyan, luminaries in academic medicine. His medical school thesis on the effect of preoperative chemotherapy on wound healing was awarded the Gold Prize of the American College of Surgeons for excellence in research. Following graduation from Yale in 1978, Dr. Kraft completed his surgical internship, general surgery residency, a research fellowship and plastic surgery residency at the combined program of Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He served as chief resident in plastic and reconstructive surgery, later becoming a clinical instructor on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Since entering private practice in 1984, Dr. Kraft has performed over 15,000 plastic surgical procedures, covering the entire spectrum of the specialty, from cosmetic to reconstruction. His extensive experience includes special interests in breast augmentation, reduction and lift, abdominoplasty and liposuction as well as the full range of facial aesthetic procedures. He holds lifetime board certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a founding member of the New York State Association of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Kraft’s artistic talent, creativity and elegance are apparent in all of his work, whether in the operating room or in his most recent endeavor, a planned book to be entitled “Why Don’t I Look Like My Mommy?”, a child’s guide to plastic surgery.