Southwest Medical Group Plastic Surgery
Southwest Washington Health System
Allen Gabriel, MD and Brinda Thimmappa, MD
Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery
505 N.E 87th Avenue |(Bldg A), Suite250 | Vancouver, WA 98664 | 360.514.1010

Dr. Allen Gabriel | Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Gabriel new head shotBoard-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Allen Gabriel understands that plastic and reconstructive surgery provides a unique opportunity to deal with a wide variety of needs ranging from addressing congenital anomalies, to breast reconstruction following mastectomy, to aesthetic procedures such as breast and facial cosmetic procedures. A member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, Dr. Gabriel has the extensive training and education that make him an excellent choice for Portland area patients.

Dr. Gabriel is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon's name mean that the surgeon's education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College.

Background and Education

Having been raised in Europe and the Middle East, Dr. Gabriel settled in the western U.S. where he began his higher education. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Honors in 1996. He went on to obtain his M.D. from the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine in 2001. For the past decade, his special interest in research in the areas of wound healing has led him to pursue several research fellowships at renowned academic institutions, including Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland and the University Of Nevada Medical School in Las Vegas.

Medical School and Beyond

Dr. Gabriel's medical school experience was enriched with several leadership activities, including serving as class president, organizing altfundraisers, serving on several committees and creating a student-run homeless clinic, which to date, is still going strong, serving the indigent population of Reno and Sparks, Nevada. Dr. Gabriel is one of the few medical students in the country to have received the prestigious Humanism in Medicine Award. This award lead to the creation of the University of Nevada's Humanism in Medicine Honor Society, of which Dr. Gabriel is still an active member. Dr. Gabriel's interest in research began during his undergraduate studies, where he successfully completed and defended an elective research thesis in organic chemistry, for which he received highest honors. During medical school, he was involved with both clinical and basic science research, earning several research awards and publications prior to graduating. Dr. Gabriel is board certified in plastic surgery and has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on breast and aesthetic surgery.

Training at the Prestigious Loma Linda University

In 2001, Dr. Gabriel was chosen by the prestigious Loma Linda University to join the Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program. While at Loma Linda University, he volunteered on a medical mission to Ethiopia with Operation Good Samaritan. In addition, he served on several leadership committees and was the chief resident prior to completing his residency.

Breast and Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship

In 2007, Dr. Gabriel was selected by world-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. G. Patrick Maxwell to enter a Breast and Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship in conjunction with Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Completion of this program provided him with advanced training in Breast and Aesthetic Surgery.


Since 1995, Dr. Gabriel has authored more than three dozen abstracts and chapters in peer-reviewed publications. Some of these articles are available online and we invite you to browse them. They include articles on liposuction, tummy tuck, breast anatomy and breast embryology. More publications can be viewed on “Our Surgical Team” page.


Dr. Gabriel is a member of the following prestigious organizations:
American Board of Plastic Surgery
American College of Surgeons
American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
California Society of Plastic Surgeons


Dr. Gabriel takes pride in having open, honest conversations with his patients. He understands that listening to patient's needs is just as important as making the right recommendations for the individual. During your personal consultation with Dr. Gabriel at our Vancouver, Washington office, you will never feel rushed or pressured into surgery. Call today to schedule an appointment at 360-514-1010.

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