Dr. Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan, M.D.

Facial Plastic Surgeon Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Michael Sullivan is an internationally renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and educator. He is frequently requested as the guest speaker on facial plastic surgery topics to medical groups around the country. He has educated plastic surgeons in other countries and performed surgery in Russia, Finland, and Croatia. In 1996, he co-founded The Sullivan Centre with his wife, Dr. Christine Sullivan. The Sullivan Centre is the first private ambulatory surgery center dedicated to cosmetic surgery in central Ohio. Business First Magazine recognized The Sullivan Centre as the #1 Greater Columbus Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Practice.

For twenty consecutive years,Dr. Sullivan has been selected by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America as published by Woodward and White, Inc. The Best Doctors in America listing is based on a survey of more than 30,000 U.S. doctors who were asked, “If a friend or loved one came to you with a medical problem in your field of expertise and for some reason you could not handle the case, to whom would you send them?” Physicians who earn the consensus support of their peers are included in the publication. Dr. Michael Sullivan has been included in the prestigious publication  every year since 1995, placing him in the ranks of the country’s top doctors. He was also named by Columbus Monthly Magazine as one of Columbus’ Top Doctors.

Certifications & Honors

Dr. Michael Sullivan is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. This dual certification, combined with over 25 years of experience, gives Dr. Sullivan a unique understanding of the complexities of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to the face, head, and neck.

Dr. Sullivan was presented the academy’s William K. Wright Award and the F. Mark Rafaty Memorial Award for his service and dedication to education. He has served on many of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery committees, including a long fellowship as chairman of the Continuing Medical Education Committee. This committee is in charge of all educational programming for the Facial Plastic Surgery Academy and its 2500 members. He has served as program chairman for numerous courses, including The 8th International Symposium on Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Sullivan is also an editorial reviewer for the Archives of Facial Plastic, which is published by the American Medical Association.

As the former director of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Ohio State University, Dr. Sullivan is currently a clinical associate professor in the department and regularly instructs resident doctors in training.

Operating and Hospital Privileges

  • The Sullivan Centre for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital
  • Ohio Surgery Center
  • Upper Arlington Surgery Center
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital


A native of Marion, Ohio, Dr. Michael Sullivan earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Toledo, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and he graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University. Dr. Sullivan completed a two year surgical internship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and a residency in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan, where he was an assistant professor.

Proven Expertise

Dr. Michael Sullivan has an extensive bibliography of published textbook chapters and scientific articles relating to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, including his own textbook on classic head and neck reconstruction. Dr. Sullivan is often quoted in the Columbus Dispatch about cosmetic procedures and facial plastic surgery. He is a frequent medical authority for the Central Ohio television stations and is considered an expert on www.realself.com, where he answers questions about facial plastic surgery. Dr. Sullivan is also a certified national BOTOX® trainer with Allergan.

Dr. Michael Sullivan and The Ohio State University Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Welcome Fellow:

Dr. Michael Sullivan to co-direct a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery beginning July 2013. The fellowship is a joint effort between The Sullivan Centre for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Ohio State University. The program has been officially recognized and accredited through The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Fellowship applicants must complete an accredited residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, or Plastic Surgery.  Dr. Michael Sullivan will join and guide in the one year instruction and training of the fellows. When asked why he is involved in the fellowship program Dr. Sullivan stated “I’ve always found it rewarding to teach young doctors, and pass on my years of knowledge and experience in Facial Plastic Surgery.” Following successful completion of the fellowship the trainees will be fully qualified to practice all aspects of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery including Facial Cosmetic Surgery, Head and Neck Reconstruction, and Facial Trauma Reconstruction.


Be Sociable, Share!

We encourage you to experience the special environment at the Sullivan Centre by calling 614-436-8888 or contact us online.