Dr. Dax Guenther’s CV


9/1991 – 6/1995 Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

A.B. Molecular Biology

  • Senior Thesis: The molecular characterization of a stromal cell line which supports hematopoietic stem cells.
  • Lightweight Crew, Eastern Sprints Champions

9/1996 – 6/2000 The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

M.D., Magna Cum Laude

  • Med I Academic Excellence Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, junior year
  • Zollinger Award in Surgery
  • Hermann Award in Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • J. Hutchinson Williams Award in Cardiology
  • David Slayor Award in Cardiology
  • Landacre Medical Research Society, member
  • Samuel J. Roessler Memorial Research Scholarship Award: NK cell activity in laparoscopic versus open surgical procedures. Presented at SAGES 1999.

Research Experience

7/1995 – 8/1996 National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

Pre-IRTA Fellowship

  • Performed DNA sequencing, PCR, and linkage analysis.

7/2003 – 6/2007 Transplantation Biology Research Center
Charlestown, MA

Claude E. Welch Research Fellowship

  • Cardiac allograft vasculopathy in a miniature swine model.
  • American College of Surgeons Resident Research Scholarship
  • National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award
  • Thoracic Surgery Foundation Research Fellowship (awarded, not accepted)
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons Surgical Scientist Scholarship (awarded, not accepted)
  • Presentations at the 2004 International Congress of the Transplantation Society, 2004 New England Surgical Society, 2004 American Transplant Conference, 2005 International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 2005 ACS Clinic Congress Surgical Forum.

Professional Experience

7/2000 – 6/2007 Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Resident in General Surgery

  • Harvard Medical School Honoree for outstanding teaching

7/2007 – 6/2009 UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

Resident in Plastic Surgery

  • Correction of frontoethmoidal encephaloceles. Presented at Plastic Surgery 2008.

7/2009 – 6/2010 UTSW
Dallas, TX

Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship

  • Focused year devoted to cosmetic surgery under the direction of Dr. Fritz Barton, Dr. Rod Rohrich, Dr. Steve Byrd, Dr. Jack Gunter, Dr. Sam Hamra, and Dr. Andrew Trussler.
  • Lab instructor, 27th Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium

7/2010 – 9/2012 Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Clinical Instructor in Plastic Surgery

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Clinical activity at Brigham and Women’s, Faulkner, and South Shore Hospitals.

10/2012 – present Coastal Plastic Surgery LLC
Hingham, MA

Private Practice

  • Admitting privileges, South Shore Hospital

Board CertificationDax Guenther, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Surgery, 9/2007

Plastic Surgery, 12/2011

Dr. Dax's societiesSociety Memberships

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons


Best of South Shore: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Readers Choice Award: 2014, 2015, 2016

Vitals Patients’ Choice Award & Top 10 Doctor Award: 2013

American Institute of Plastic Surgeons 10 Best: 2018

Top Plastic Surgeon Reviews: 2019

Publications and Abstracts

Moore K, Guenther D, Wang H, Lemischka I. Molecular analysis of fetal liver stromal cell lines by differential display and subtractive hybridization. Acta Haematol 1995;93:129.

Moore K, Guenther D, Wang H, Lemischka I. Molecular analysis of fetal liver stromal cell lines by differential display and subtractive hybridization. Blood 1995;86(10s1):306a.

Goldman D, Urbanek M, Guenther D, Robin R, Long JC. Linkage and association of a functional DRD2 variant [Ser311Cys] and DRD2 markers to alcoholism, substance abuse, and schizophrenia in Southwestern American Indians. Am J Med Genet 1997;74(4):386-94.

Goldman D, Urbanek M, Guenther D, Robin R, Long JC. A functionally deficient DRD2 variant [Ser311Cys] is not linked to alcoholism and substance abuse. Alcohol 1998;16(1):47-52.

Guenther D. Natural killer cell activity is not different following laparoscopy compared to open surgery. Surg Endoscopy 1999;(13):S40.

Hoerbelt R, Johnston DR, Shoji T, Houser SL, Ledgerwood L, Hasse R, Iribarne A, Muniappan A, Guenther DA, Allan JS, Sachs DH, Madsen JC. Pre-transplant donor-specific transfusions combined with cyclosporine induce tolerance to MHC class I-mismatched cardiac allografts in miniature swine. J Heart Lung Transplant 2004;23(2):S48-9.

Guenther DA, Johnston DR, Muniappan A, Shoji T, Hasse R, Bravard M, Houser SL, Sachs DH, Madsen JC. Marked inhibition of cardiac allograft vasculopathy with immunodominant allopeptide-pulsed host dendritic cells. Transplant 2004;78(2s1):625-6.

Muniappan A, Johnston DR, Guenther DA, Shoji T, Boskovic S, Hoerbelt R, Houser SL, Allan JS, Yamada K, Kawai T, Wain JC, Sachs DH, Madsen JC. En-bloc heart and thymus transplantation in cynomolgus monkeys. Transplant 2004;78(2s1):631.

Shoji T, Muniappan A, Guenther DA, Wain JC, Houser SL, Hoerbelt R, Benjamin LC, Hasse RS, Bravard MA, Sachs DH, Madsen JC, Allan JS. Long-term acceptance of porcine pulmonary allografts without chronic rejection. Transplant Proc. 2005;37(1):72-4.

Shoji T, Wain JC, Houser SL, Benjamin LC, Johnston DR, Hoerbelt R, Hasse RS, Lee RS, Muniappan A, Guenther DA, Bravard MA, Legerwood LG, Sachs DH, Sayegh MH, Madsen JC, Allan JS. Indirect allorecognition of MHC class I peptides accelerates lung allograft rejection in miniature swine. Am J Transplant 2005;5(7):1626-34.

Guenther DA, Mezrich JD, Muniappan A, Shoji T, Sahara H, Bravard M, Pujara A, Houser SL, Sachs DH, Madsen JC. Breaking tolerance to solid organ allografts via allorecognition of donor class I major histocompatibility complex peptides. J Heart Lung Transplant 2005;24(2):S50.

Hoerbelt R, Shoji T, Muniappan A, Guenther DA, Houser SL, Allan JS, Bravard M, Sachs DH, Madsen JC. Tolerance to cardiac allografts in miniature swine using donor-specific transfusions combined with cyclosporine but not with rapamycin. J Heart Lung Transplant 2005;24(2):S128.

Hoerbelt R, Benjamin LC, Johnston DR, Shoji T, Muniappan A, Guenther DA, Bravard MA, Allan JS, Houser SL, Sachs DH, Madsen JC. Accelerated rejection of allogeneic and syngeneic cardiac grafts by intracoronary interferon-gamma is prevented by tolerance induction. Am J Transplant 2005;5(S11):269.

Guenther DA, Madsen JC. Advances in strategies for inducing central tolerance in organ allograft recipients. Pediatr Transplant 2005;9(3):277-81.

Johnston DR, Munaippan A, Hoerbelt R, Guenther DA, Shoji T, Houser SL, Sachs DH, Madsen JC. Heart and en-bloc thymus transplantation in miniature swine. J Thor Cardiovasc Surg 2005;130:554-9.

Sahara H, Shoji T, Muniappan A, Guenther DA, Wain JC, Houser SL, Pujara A, Bravard MA, Sachs DH, Madsen JC, Allan JS. The induction of robust tolerance in an MHC-mismatched porcine pulmonary allograft model prevents obliterative bronchiolitis. Chest 2005;128(4):211S.

Guenther D, Mezrich J, Muniappan A, Shoji T, Houser S, Hasse R, Bravard M, Allan J, Madsen J. Mechanisms of tolerance in a large animal model of combined heart/kidney co-transplantation. J Am Coll Surg 2005;201(3):S91.

Shoji T, Sahara H, Muniappan A, Guenther DA, Houser SL, Pujara AC, Bravard MA, Wain JC, Sachs DH, Madsen JC, Allan JS. An MHC class II disparity raises the threshold for tolerance induction in pulmonary allografts in miniature swine. Transplant Proc 2006;38(10):3268-70.

Sahara H, Shoji T, Ng CY, Weiss MJ, Muniappan A, Guenther DA, Houser SL, Pujara AC, Sayre JK, Wain JC, Sachs DH, Madsen JC, Allan JS. The role of indirect recognition of MHC class I and II allopeptides in a fully mismatched miniature swine model of lung transplantation. Transplant Proc 2006;38(10):3256-8.

Hoerbelt R, Benjamin JC, Shoji T, Johnston DR, Muniappan A, Guenther DA, Allan JS, Houser SL, Madsen JC. Effects of tolerance induction on the actions of interferon-gamma on porcine cardiac allografts. Transplant Proc 2006;38(10):3196-8.

Guenther DA, Wain JC, Houser SL, Bravard MA, Pujara AC, Hasse RS, Sachs DH, Madsen JC, Allan JS. Operational tolerance to class I disparate lungs can be induced despite pretransplant immunization with class I allopeptides. Transplantation 2007;84(11);1467-73.

Weiss MJ, Guenther DA, Mezrich JD, Sahara H, Ng CY, Meltzer AJ, Sayre JK, Cochrane ME, Pujara AC, Houser SL, Sachs DH, Rosengard BR, Allan JS, Benichou G, Madsen JC. The indirect alloresponse impairs the induction but not the maintenance of tolerance to MHC class-I disparate allografts. Am J Transplant 2009;9(1):105-13.

Kumar A, Helling E, Guenther D, Crabtree T, Wexler AW, Bradley JP. Correction of frontonasoethmoidal encephalocele: the HULA procedure. Plast Reconstr Surg 2009;123(2):661-9.

Guenther DA, Ha RY, Rohrich, RJ, Kenkel, JM. Treatment of gynecomastia, In: The Art of Aesthetic Surgery: Princicples and Techniques, 2nd Edition, F. Nahai ed., QMP 2010.

Lesavoy MA, Fan K, Guenther DA, Herrera F, Little JW. The Inverted-V Chevron Umbilicoplasty for Breast Reconstruction and Abdominoplasty. Aesthet Surg J 2011;32(1):110-116.

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