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Richard Kline, MD

Richard M. Kline Jr., MD

Dr. Kline, CV

Home:

James Island

Education:

M.D., Medical University of South Carolina; B.S., Furman University

Residencies:

The Cleveland Clinic, Louisiana State University Medical Center at New Orleans

Specialties:

Practice limited to microsurgical breast reconstruction, facial reconstruction, & cosmetic surgery

Certifications & Memberships:   

Board certified in Plastic Surgery and Surgery; member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Cleft Palate Association

Family:

Wife, Dr. Elizabeth Kline (www.charlestonthoracic.com); Daughter, Bellamy


Dr. Richard Kline began his surgical career by developing expertise in two very different areas – reconstructive microsurgery, which requires considerable finesse with soft tissue, and craniofacial surgery, which involves remodeling the bones of the face and skull. “I felt that if I could develop skill with very complex soft tissue and very complex hard tissue operations,” he explains, “that would be a good foundation on which to build my practice.”

Dr. Kline trained in microsurgery with Dr. Robert Allen, who was pioneering the DIEP and SIEA flaps at LSU while Dr. Kline was a plastic surgery resident. “We knew that he (Dr. Allen) was on to something very exciting,” remembers Dr. Kline, “but I doubt anyone back then foresaw just how sought-after those procedures would become.” Dr. Kline then went on to spend a year studying craniofacial surgery under the direction of Dr. Anthony Wolfe in Miami. He recalls “I will never forget my excitement the first time I watched a child’s misshapen face rearranged in surgery until it looked normal.”

Dr. Kline spent several years in full-time academic surgical practice, first at LSU in New Orleans, then at the Medical University of South Carolina, before founding East Cooper Plastic Surgery in 2000. The practice has evolved to become a regional referral center for complex microsurgical breast reconstruction and facial reconstruction, although the surgery schedule also includes a large number of cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Kline says he’s particularly proud of the practice’s outstanding nursing and administrative staff. “I think the patients can sense — from the minute they call — that we are competent, honest and friendly. We are all proud to be here, doing what we love to do. Providing our services to our patients is exciting, challenging, and gratifying.”

Born and raised on James Island, Dr. Kline lives near his childhood home and his parents. His wife, Elizabeth, is a thoracic surgeon, and the two met in the operating room. They have one child, daughter Bellamy.

 
 
American Society of Plastic SurgeonsJoint Commission National Quality Approval