Rob Travieso

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

Surgical Director, Gender Affirmation Program LAC+USC and Keck

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Dr. Travieso received his MD from Duke University School of Medicine, extending his studies for a year to complete a clinical research fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine. He returned to Yale after medical school to complete an integrated residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Dr. Travieso became interested in gender-affirming care early in his medical studies. With that in mind, he designed a specialized surgical training plan that would allow him to offer his patients a full spectrum of expert, compassionate care. Dr. Travieso came to Keck Medicine of USC to undertake a fellowship in microsurgery, then went to Johns Hopkins University for an intensive fellowship in complex gender affirmation surgery. This fellowship included face, chest, and genital procedures, enabling Dr. Travieso to offer his patients continuity of care.

Dr. Travieso is now the Surgical Director of Keck Medicine’s Gender-Affirming Care Program. His multifaceted surgical training allows him to offer a continuity of care for his patients. He believes in working closely with each patient to design a unique, personal plan of care.

Dr. Travieso is a native speaker of both English and Spanish.


  • A systematic review of surgical simulation in gender affirmation surgery J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2024 Mar; 90:11-18. . View in PubMed
  • Narrative review of facial gender surgery: approaches and techniques for the frontal sinus and upper third of the face Ann Transl Med. 2021 Apr; 9(7):606. . View in PubMed
  • Preferences of Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Persons in Gender-Confirming Surgical Care: A Cross-Sectional Study Ann Plast Surg. 2021 01; 86(1):82-88. . View in PubMed
  • Long-Term Neurocognitive Outcomes in Sagittal Synostosis: The Impact of Reoperation J Craniofac Surg. 2021 Jan-Feb 01; 32(1):58-61. . View in PubMed
  • Racial Disparities in Cleft Palate Repair Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 06; 143(6):1738-1745. . View in PubMed
  • Normalization of Speech Processing After Whole-Vault Cranioplasty in Sagittal Synostosis J Craniofac Surg. 2018 Jul; 29(5):1132-1136. . View in PubMed
  • Does Cleft Palate Width Correlate With Veau Classification and Outcome? J Craniofac Surg. 2017 Jul; 28(5):1369-1374.. View in PubMed
  • Fibrin Tissue Sealant as an Adjunct to Cleft Palate Repair J Craniofac Surg. 2017 Jul; 28(5):1164-1166. . View in PubMed
  • The Severity of Deformity in Metopic Craniosynostosis Is Correlated with the Degree of Neurologic Dysfunction Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Feb; 139(2):442-447. . View in PubMed
  • Direct brain recordings reveal impaired neural function in infants with single-suture craniosynostosis: a future modality for guiding management? J Craniofac Surg. 2015 Jan; 26(1):60-3.. View in PubMed
  • The impact of age at surgery on long-term neuropsychological outcomes in sagittal craniosynostosis Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Oct; 134(4):608e-617e. . View in PubMed
  • The effects of whole-vault cranioplasty versus strip craniectomy on long-term neuropsychological outcomes in sagittal craniosynostosis Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Sep; 134(3):491-501. . View in PubMed
  • Brain electrophysiology reveals intact processing of speech sounds in deformational plagiocephaly Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Jun; 133(6):835e-841e. . View in PubMed
  • Evaluation of cranial bone transport distraction with and without adipose grafting J Craniofac Surg. 2014 May; 25(3):766-71. . View in PubMed
  • A range of condylar hypoplasia exists in Treacher Collins syndrome J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2013 Feb; 71(2):393-7. . View in PubMed
  • A range of malar and masseteric hypoplasia exists in Treacher Collins syndrome J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2013 Jan; 66(1):43-6. . View in PubMed
  • An analysis of mandibular volume in treacher collins syndrome Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Apr; 129(4):751e-753e. . View in PubMed
  • On Bernard Sarnat’s 100th birthday: pathology and management of craniosynostosis J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Jan; 23(1):105-12. . View in PubMed
  • Combined metopic and sagittal craniosynostosis: is it worse than sagittal synostosis alone? Neurosurg Focus. 2011 Aug; 31(2):E2.. View in PubMed