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Brian Gastman, MD

Brian Gastman, MD
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Title Surgical Director, Melanoma & High-Risk Skin Cancer Program
Department Plastic Surgery
Primary Location Beachwood Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Adult Airway Reconstruction
  • Adult ENT/Otolaryngology
  • Adult Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Airway Evaluation
  • Airway Reconstruction
  • Airway Stenosis Treatment
  • Apoptosis
  • Arm Lift
  • Arm Reconstruction
  • Atherosclerosis Surgery
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Body Lift
  • Botulinum Toxin Administration for Hemifacial Spasm
  • Botulinum Toxin Injection for Dystonia
  • Botulinum Toxin Injections
  • Botulinum Toxin Injections for Cervical Dystonia
  • Breast Implant Exchange
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Brow Lift
  • Buttock Lift
  • Cancer Center
  • Cancer Vaccination
  • Cartilage Repair
  • Cheek Lift
  • Chemical Peels
  • Chest Wall Surgery
  • Chin/Cheek Implants
  • Colorectal Cancer Research
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Abdomen
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Breast
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Face
  • Craniofacial Reconstruction
  • Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
  • Diep Flaps
  • Ear Reconstruction
  • Endoscopic Cosmetic Surgery
  • Eyelid Lifts
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Facial Fracture Repair
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Facial Treatments
  • Fat Injections
  • Hair Plugs
  • Hand Surgery
  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Head and Neck Cancer Treatment
  • Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections
  • Immunotherapy
  • Injectables and Fillers for Facial Rejuvenation
  • Jaw Reconstruction
  • Juvederm
  • Labiaplasty
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser Peels
  • Laser Removal of Tattoos
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Laser Treatment of Hemangiomas and Birthmarks
  • Lip Enhancement
  • Malignant Bone Tumor Surgery
  • Malignant Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery
  • Maxillofacial Implants
  • Maxillofacial Prosthetics
  • Maxillofacial Reconstruction
  • Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Microsurgery of the Hand and Arm
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Muscle Biopsy
  • Nasal Airway Surgery
  • Nasal Endoscopy
  • Nasal Reconstruction
  • Nasal Valve Surgery
  • Neck Lift
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nerve Biopsy
  • Nerve Transfer Surgery
  • New Cancer Treatment Technology
  • Noninvasive Face Lift, Brow and Neck
  • Noninvasive Rejuvenation
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Optic Nerve Sheath Decompression Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Parotidectomy
  • Pediatric Cranioplasty
  • Pediatric Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Pediatric Fracture Treatment
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Pediatric Reconstructive Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Decompression/Transfer
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Perlane
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radial Artery and Saphenous Vein Harvesting
  • Radiesse
  • Reoperation Surgery
  • Restylane
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Salivary Gland Surgery
  • Scar Revisions
  • Scar Surgery
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Sculptra
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Procedures
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Septoplasty
  • Seroma Aspirations
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Skin Biopsies
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
  • Skin Care
  • Skin Grafting
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Soft Tissue Biopsy
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Pathology
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery
  • Steroid Injections
  • Surgical Treatment of Hemangiomas and Birthmarks
  • Temporal Artery Biopsy
  • Thigh Lifts
  • Tracheal Resection
  • Tracheostomy
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Tumescent Liposuction
  • Tumor Immunology
  • Wrinkle Fillers
View all 135 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adult and Pediatric Facial Trauma
  • Aging Body
  • Aging Skin or Painful Skin
  • Benign Bone Tumors
  • Benign Maxillofacial Tumors
  • Benign Skull Base Tumors
  • Benign Tumors of the Head
  • Benign Tumors of the Neck
  • Birth Defects
  • Birthmark
  • Blepharospasm
  • Blisters
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Disease
  • Breast Lump
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma of Unknown Primary
  • Carotid Body Tumor
  • Cleft Lip
  • Cleft Palate
  • Congenital Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Congenital Head and Neck Disease
  • Congenital Head and Neck Masses
  • Congenital Malformations
  • Congenital Vascular Lesions
  • Craniofacial Disorders
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Dentofacial Deformities
  • Desmoid Tumor
  • Deviated Septum
  • Eagle Syndrome
  • Ear Tumors
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Problems
  • Ectropion
  • Edema
  • Entropion
  • Epidermal Nevus Syndrome
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Excess Skin after Weight Loss
  • Eyelid Tumors
  • Facial Aging
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Facial Nerve Paralysis
  • Factitious Disorders
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Foot Benign Tumors
  • Fractures of the Hand
  • Goiter Nodule
  • Goiter Tumor
  • Hand Related Sports Injuries
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Masses
  • Head and Neck Paragangliomas
  • Head and Neck Trauma
  • Head and Neck Tumors
  • Hemangiomas
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Hernias
  • Hidradenitis
  • Hoarseness
  • Immobile Vocal Folds
  • Infected Wounds
  • Inflammatory Tissue Injury
  • Jaw Fractures
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngeal Tracheal Reconstruction
  • Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer
  • Lipoma
  • Lymphedema
  • Malignant Tumors of the Head
  • Mastectomy Defects
  • Maxillofacial Deformities
  • McCune-Albright Syndrome
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell
  • Moebius Syndrome
  • Moles
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Sarcomas
  • Musculoskeletal Tumors
  • Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Fractures
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Valve Collapse
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Neck Cancer
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Mass
  • Neck Swelling
  • Nerve Compression of the Hand
  • Nerve Tumors
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuropathy - Diabetic
  • Nevus
  • Nose Deformity
  • Nose or Nasal Problems
  • Ocular Lymphomas
  • Ocular Metastasis
  • Odontogenic Cysts
  • Ophthalmic Tumors
  • Oral Pathology
  • Orbital Diseases
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Paraganglioma
  • Parotid Gland Problems
  • Parotid Tumors
  • Pediatric Birthmark
  • Pediatric Craniofacial Disorders
  • Pediatric Head and Neck Cancer
  • Pediatric Moles
  • Pediatric Salivary Gland Tumors
  • Pediatric Skin Tags
  • Pediatric Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Pediatric Tumors
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Ptosis
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Retinal Hemangioma
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Scars
  • Scleroderma
  • Sebaceous Cysts
  • Septal Perforation
  • Sinonasal Disease
  • Sinonasal Mucoceles
  • Sinonasal Polyposis
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Lesions
  • Skin Tags
  • Skin Tears
  • Skull Base Cancer
  • Skull Base Lesions
  • Small Breast Size
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Masses
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Solid Tumor Disorders
  • Subglottic Stenosis
  • Submandibular Gland Problems
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Eye Disease
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Thyroid Tumor
  • Tongue Tie
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
  • Vasculitis
  • Venous Disorders
  • Wrinkles
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About Brian Gastman, MD

Dr. Brian Gastman was recruited from his practice of almost six years from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Schools of medicine in October 2010. Dr. Gastman completed his medical school education at the University of Michigan and then went on to train at the University of Pittsburgh for two distinct residencies in Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery. While there he was part of a NIH funded T32 training grant, during which he honed his skills in basic research of cancer. In addition, Dr. Gastman completed fellowship training at Washington University in St. Louis, in Head and Neck surgery and microsurgery. Prior to arriving at CCF, Dr. Gastman was awarded a RO1 NIH grant which was a large basis for his laboratory specializing in tumor immunology and treatment resistance.

Currently, Dr Gastman is a double boarded Plastic Surgeon and Otolaryngologist with specific interests in the comprehensive care of soft tissue malignancies, such as melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancers, sarcomas and head and neck cancer. His additional fellowships in head and neck surgery, microsurgery and cancer research allows him to deal with these types of patients from an extirpative and reconstructive standpoint, as well as using his grasp of current non-traditional therapies and research to better council patients through these challenging pathologies. Currently Dr. Gastman has helped to institute a successful melanoma and soft tissue cancer clinic housed at the Taussig Cancer Center. At this clinic patients can be seen by not only him for extirpative and reconstructive consults, but also by medical and radiation oncologists all in the same setting. By creating such programs for patients Dr. Gastman strives to provide state of the art medicine all in the most expeditious and comprehensive fashion.

As a plastic surgeon he also specializes in complex reconstruction of the craniomaxillofacial skeleton, facial plastic surgery and is on the facial transplantation team. As an otolaryngologist, he uses his training to provide advanced treatment of nasal airway diseases as well as nasal reconstruction, e.g. rhinoplasty, and treatment of head and neck and skull base pathologies. Finally, Dr. Gastman also performs general reconstruction and cosmetic surgery of the trunk, abdomen and extremities and is an expert in non-surgical treatment of aging.

Currently, Dr. Gastman is the medical and surgical director for CCF's melanoma and high risk skin cancer program.  He oversees clinical trials, patient access and quality for this program.  On his team includes oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiation oncologists, dermatologists and many more specialized individuals all working in concert to give patients the best possible and most up-to-date care.  Dr. Gastman also is part of the Society of Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC)'s Melanoma Task Force and sits on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)'s:Melanoma, Squamous and Basal Cell skin cancer, Merkel Cell Carcinoma and Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans cancer treatment guideline committees.  He is also part of the Merkel Cell Carcinoma international consortium.   Dr. Gastman is also highly involved with the NCI based Cancer Immunotherapy Trial's network (CITN), ECOG and SWOG, which helps him bring in some of the latest clinical trials to the Cleveland Clinic.


Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Plastic Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA

Residency - UPMC School of Medicine Plastic Surgery Residency
Plastic Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA

Fellowship - Washington University Hospitals
Head & Neck Surgery
St. Louis, MO

Fellowship - Washington University St. Louis Medical Center
Head & Neck Surgery
St. Louis, MO

Residency - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Residency - UPMC Univ. of Pittsburgh-Eye and Ear Institute
Pittsburgh, PA

Internship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
General Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA

Internship - UPMC, Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Medical Education - University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI


  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Melanoma and other high risk skin cancersHead and neck cancerSkull base surgery

Awards & Honors

  • 2011 and 2013 - Cleveland Clinic Innovator AwardLoan Repayment Renewal Award
  • 2009-2010
  • Loan Repayment Renewal Award
  • NIH
  • 2008-2009
  • Top Surgical Activity
  • Maryland General Hospital, Department of Surgery
  • March 30, 2007
  • Rising Star Award
  • Maryland General Hospital
  • March 30, 2007
  • Loan Repayment Award
  • NIH
  • 2006-2008
  • Highest In-Service Score Honor
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • 2005
  • Certificate of Award, Recognition, 46th Annual Meeting
  • Southwestern PA Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
  • March 29, 2000
  • Certificate of Aware, Grant Selection
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology Foundation Resident Research Grant
  • AAO-HNS Annual Meeting
  • September 28, 1999
  • Resident Research Award
  • George C Robert A Schein Memorial Otolaryngology Alumni Day
  • May 14-15, 1999
  • First Prize, Resident Research Award
  • American Head and Neck Society Scientific Program
  • April 25, 1999
  • Travel Grant, Fifth Research Workshop
  • Biology, Prevention and Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer
  • August 26-30, 1998
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow Award
  • 1997-1999
  • National Research Service Award
  • T32-CA60397-04
  • 1997-1999
  • Graduated with Honors for thesis paper:
  • The Effects of CoQ 10 During Endotoxin Shock
  • University of Michigan
  • 1991
  • Graduated with Distinction
  • University of Michigan
  • 1991
  • Liaison Program Scholarly Award (to accelerate medical education to undergraduate students)
  • University of Michigan
  • 1990
  • Class Honor Role
  • University of Michigan
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 12/14/2022, Dr. Gastman has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Gastman receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Quest Imaging, LLC
  • Castle Biosciences Incorporated
  • Olympus Corporation

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

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