Alexander Markarian, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (Clinician-Educator)

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Dr. Alexander Markarian is a board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a board certified head and neck surgeon. He did his medical school training at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, graduating with top honors. He completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the LAC+USC Medical Center. He then went on to complete a prestigious fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills, with Dr. Frank M. Kamer. Dr. Markarian then returned to USC as an assistant professor in the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and is currently the director of its Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery division.

Dr. Markarian has a busy private practice at USC, providing care in all aspects of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in facial aesthetic surgery, rejuvenation of the aging face, revision cosmetic surgery, primary and revision rhinoplasty (nasal reshaping surgery), facial paralysis rehabilitation, and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck. His research focuses on scarless wound healing, stem cell research and new treatments for facial paralysis. He teaches medical students, interns and residents at USC,; as well as givesing lectures at both regional and national meetings.

Dr. Markarian’s philosophy is treating the individual needs of his patients in a caring and understanding manner. He listens to the needs of each patient carefully and offers sound expertise that is tailored to the individual. He upholds to the highest medical standards and offers treatment to his patients in a safe and comfortable environment.



  • Adverse Events Associated with Biodegradable Polymer Nasal Implants: An Institutional and National Perspective Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2023 Nov-Dec; 25(6):539-541. . View in PubMed
  • Age-related histologic and biochemical changes in auricular and septal cartilage Laryngoscope. 2017 11; 127(11):E399-E407. . View in PubMed
  • Successful Isavuconazole therapy in a patient with acute invasive fungal rhinosinusitis and acquired immune deficiency syndrome Am J Otolaryngol. 2016 Mar-Apr; 37(2):152-5. . View in PubMed
  • Vertical Localization of the Malar Prominence Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2015 Jun; 3(6):e411. . View in PubMed
  • Relationship of eosinophils and plasma cells to biofilm in chronic rhinosinusitis Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2013 Jul-Aug; 27(4):e85-90. . View in PubMed
  • Diagnosis and surgical management of traumatic cerebrospinal fluid oculorrhea: case report and systematic review of the literature J Neurol Surg Rep. 2013 Jun; 74(1):57-66. . View in PubMed

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