William Y. Hoffman


Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Plastic and reconstructive surgeon
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Dr. William Hoffman is a plastic surgeon who specializes in treating children with a wide variety of craniofacial (skull or face) abnormalities, including cleft lip and cleft palate, craniosynostosis, facial palsy, and hemangiomas and other birthmarks or vascular anomalies. An innovator in the field of craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery, he routinely performs complex and intricate surgeries, and works with orthodontists and other specialists to correct abnormalities in children's facial appearances while improving their breathing and ability to eat. He also treats adults, performing complex facial reconstructions as well as aesthetic facial surgeries, including facelifts, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). He is UCSF's chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Hoffman is widely published, and his research interests include the biology of hemangiomas, fetal surgery for facial deformities and improving cleft lip surgery. Working with the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, Hoffman led a successful effort to pass legislation in California that greatly expands insurance coverage for children with cleft lip and palate. Hoffman has been named to U.S. News & World Report's list of America's best doctors for the past 15 years, a distinction reserved for the top 1 percent of physicians in the nation for a given specialty.

Hoffman earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. At UCSF, he completed a residency in general surgery and a residency in plastic surgery, serving as chief resident. He then completed a fellowship in craniofacial and cleft lip surgery at NYU Langone Health.

Hoffman is treasurer of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons. He serves as a senior examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery and on its craniofacial surgery advisory council. He is past president of the American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons and American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.

  • Education

    University of Rochester School of Medicine, 1977

  • Residencies

    UCSF, General Surgery, 1983

    UCSF, Plastic Surgery, 1985

  • Fellowships

    New York University, Craniofacial Surgery, 1986

  • Academic Title


Cleft and craniofacial surgery affords surgeons the opportunity to know patients from birth to adulthood, becoming close to them and their families.

Clinics I work with

Birthmarks & Vascular Anomalies Center

Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building

1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5B
San Francisco, CA 94158

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic

350 Parnassus Ave., Suite 509
San Francisco, CA 94143-0932

My reviews


Overall Experience
331 Reviews
Dr. Hoffman is a very helpful and friendly physician. He was quite thorough in his examination and complete in his instructions for my future heath care.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
328 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
322 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
304 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
321 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
442 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
208 Reviews