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About Asheville Plastic Surgery- James M. McDonough, M.D.

In 1976, I arrived in Asheville after a two-year stint as an Air Force Plastic Surgeon at Scott Air Force Base. During Medical School in Illinois at Northwestern, then an Internship and Surgical Residency in New England at the Hartford Hospital, my wife, Judy, and I had a great chance to get acquainted with the Midwest and New England. I had rotations in Durango, Colorado and Miami, Florida and with vacation visits had a chance to visit all 50 states in a serious search for the perfect place to live. We arrived with two little girls and with another to arrive that September and have had a wonderful experience in Western North Carolina.

I joined J. Robert Israel, M.D. in an office sharing arrangement. His practice was Asheville Aesthetic Surgery and so I named mine Asheville Plastic Surgery and went to work. We had office space with Bill Morgan M.D. a pediatric surgeon, in Biltmore Village. In 1982 after considerable searching we built a building near the Memorial Mission Hospital specifically for our combined Plastic Surgery practices with dedicated operating room suites on the lower floor and business space and examining rooms on the upper floors. Bert King was the architect and did a great job. We wanted an office that looked like a home rather than an office, one that fit the sloping, wind-blown site and looked like it belonged in North Carolina. Dr. Rob Israel and I asked for room to grow and built it about twice the size that we needed. It was the first construction project for either of us and we learned a lot.

As we got busier we recruited David Humphreys M.D. to join us and continued with the office-sharing, cooperative model. Don Conway, M.D. joined us in 1994 and within a couple of years Dr. Israel retired. Colette Stern M.D. joined us in 2008, Dr. Humphrey retired in 2015 and Eric Halvorson M.D. joined us in 2017.

The experience of four physicians working out of the building designed for two led us to make some changes in the building itself. Open porches with views of the city were turned into workspaces, and doctors’ offices were subdivided to make room for the fourth physician and staff. Parking became an issue as the staff grew from four to eight to twelve to twenty-three, with an active two-room operating suite, four recovery rooms, and three aestheticians, each with busy practices.

Asheville Plastic Surgery Center has been offering quality services for 40 years: always improving, always in great company. The Plastic Surgery Center at 5 Livingston Street in Asheville with four cooperative physicians continues to grow.

-James M. McDonough, M.D.

Meet The Doctor

<p>James M McDonough, M.D.</p>

James M McDonough, M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr. James M. McDonough was born and raised in rural central Illinois. He received his bachelor’s degree at MacMurray College, and then received his M.D. degree from Northwestern University Medical School.

Following internship and general surgery residency at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, Dr. McDonough became a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. He studied plastic surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, with Dr. Thomas Cronin, one of the pioneers of plastic surgery in the United States. He then returned to the Midwest as a plastic surgeon with the United States Air Force, serving at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

Dr. McDonough has practiced in Asheville since 1976. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and a past president of the North Carolina Society of Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Reconstructive Surgeons.

He has been board certified in plastic surgery since 1975 with expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive breast, facial and body contouring procedures. He takes special pride in cleft lip and palate repair and follows these patients from infancy into adulthood. His surgical skills are enhanced through continuing medical education, as well as his ongoing participation in many aspects of the art field including sketching, painting, sculpting, and ceramics. He also enjoys fishing, and will listen to your fish stories if you will listen to his.

Meet The Team

Keri McKinney

Keri McKinney

CST Certified Surgical Technician

Hello, My name is Keri and I assist Dr. McDonough in the office as well as in the operating room. We look forward to meeting you! Please don't hesitate to give me a call if you have any questions about your procedure.

Megan Bishop

Megan Bishop

Patient Coordinator and Insurance Specialist

Hi, I'm Megan, the insurance coordinator for Dr. McDonough. Thank you for visiting our website today.

I hope our website was helpful in obtaining all the information you needed. We love it when patients are informed about the procedures that we offer.

We are in network with multiple insurance companies and with the proper documentation, some procedures do get covered under insurance when it is medically necessary.



Nurse Practitioner

Hello, and thank you for visiting us. My name is Molly. Keri and I assist Dr. McDonough with the care of our patients. We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you might have. Please call 828-386-9733 and we will be glad to speak with you, or one of our coordinators can arrange a convenient time for an office visit.



Patient Coordinator and Social Media Director

Hi! My name is Susan and I am a Patient Coordinator and Social Media Director for Dr. McDonough here at Asheville Plastic Surgery. We pride ourselves on being informative and compassionate while providing excellent patient care. Whether you need a skin check for cancerous lesions or more information on combo procedures we are happy to help you set up your appointments and surgeries with Dr. McDonough.