Dr. Tara Lynn Teshima
Plastic Surgeon


Dr. Tara Lynn Teshima is a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons board certified plastic, reconstructive, and craniofacial surgeon. She has advanced fellowship training in craniofacial surgery and as a result has a specialized expertise in cosmetic surgery of the face including facelift, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, and facial rejuvenation.

Dr. Teshima has a Masters Degree in Virology and attended medical school and underwent plastic surgery residency training at the University of Alberta. She subsequently moved to Toronto to complete advanced fellowship training in adult craniofacial surgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Odette Cancer Centre. She is currently a staff plastic surgeon and Markham Stouffville Hospital and a part-time clinical lecturer with the University of Toronto.

Her research interests focus on the improvement of craniofacial trauma and she was awarded the Prix F.M. Wollhouse award for the best clinical study presented at the 2012 Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting. She has authored or co-authored 18 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

When Dr. Teshima isn’t performing cosmetic surgery she is focused on medical education and was an invited faculty for Medskl, which is a collaboration of nearly 200 of the best medical school professors from around the world. The goal of https://medskl.com/ is to make medical education more effective and more accessible whether you are studying for exams or earning CME credits.

Dr. Teshima is also dedicated to mission work and is one of the volunteer surgeons that has attended a series of medical missions to Kyiv, Ukraine to treat the wounded in the fierce conflict in eastern Ukraine. As a member of the Canadian team, she provides complex treatments to severely wounded soldiers. To learn more you can watch “Healing Hands” on W5.


Dr. Teshima remains committed to resident education and training and is currently leading a collaborative effort with the plastic surgeons at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Odette Cancer Centre to publish a textbook and comprehensive web-based educational reference for facial surgery.  Dr. Teshima’s excellent training, technical skills and aesthetic sense enable her to provide exemplary care for her patients and is attentive to the individual needs and concerns of her patients.

  • CUSAP Ukraine Mission 2022

  • CUSAP Ukraine Mission 2022

  • Helping a melanoma patient

  • With mentor Dr. Oleh Antonyshyn - Odessa 2018

  • Surgical Aid to Wounded Ukrainian Soilder

  • Ukraine Mission - Kyiv 2014

Awards & Certificates

Utilitas et forma sunt maximi – Membership Certificate, Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons

csps membership certificate

Fellowship Certificate – The Royal College of Physicians


rcpsc fellow certificate

Certificate of Appreciation – Invited Speaker, Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

csaps invited speaker

Craniofacial Fellowoship Certificate – University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

uoft craniofacial fellowship

Clinic Fellowship Certificate – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

sunnybrook clinical fellow

Prix F.M. Woolhouse Award – Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons

woolhouse award

R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Centre – University of Maryland

shock trauma certificate

Harvard Medical School – Surgical Leadership Program

Canadian Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Shock Trauma Certificate – R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

Peer Review Publications

Justin Haas and Tara Lynn Teshima. Utilization of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) to Reconstruct Bilateral Mandibular Defects. FACE 2021; Vol.2(3) 295-299.

Felicia Tai, Vitor Mendes Pereira, Sam Babak, Ian Radovanovic, Shachar Sade, and Tara Lynn Teshima. Malignant Melanoma within a cellular blue nevi presenting as a vascular malformation and the connection to sporatic K-Ras mutations. Case Rep Dermatol. 2021; 13(2):310-316.

Kathryn V. Isaac, Tara L. Teshima, Richard I. Aviv, Oleh Antonyshyn. Intraosseious Vascular Anomalies of the Craniofacial Skeleton: A Review. J. Craniofacial Surg.2018;29(3)622-627

Tara L. Teshima, Homan Chang, Amir Pakdel, Harry Easton, Shachar Sade, Jeffrey Fialkov. Transverse Slicing of the Sixth-Seventh Costal Cartilaginous Junction: A Novel Technique To Prevent Warping in Nasal Surgery. J. Craniofacial Surg. 2016; 27(1):50-5.

Tara L. Teshima, Vaibhav Patel, James G. Mainprize, Glenn Edwards, Oleh M. Antonyshyn. A 3D statistical average skull: Application of biometric morphing in generating missing anatomy. J. Cranofacial Surg. 2014; 26(5):1634-8.

Ryan E. Austin, Tara L. Stewart, Oleh M. Antonyshyn. Intracranial pseduoaneurysm associated with Orbitozygomatic complex fractures. J. Cranofacial Surg. 2014; 25(4) 1410-1412.

Tara L. Stewart, Brandon Ball, Paul J. Schembri, Keijro Hori, Jie Ding, Heather A. Shankowsky, Edward E. Tredget. The use of laser Doppler imaging is an important diagnostic tool for assessing burn depth and a predictor of Hypertrophic scar in the management of burn patients. J Burn Care Res. 2012; 33(6):764-71.

Harshdeep Singh Mangat, Tara L. Stewart, Lionel Dibdon, Edward E. Tredget. Complications of Chlorine Inhalation in a Pediatric Chemical Burn Patient: A Case Report. J Burn Care Res. 2012;33(4):e216-21.

Tara L. Stewart and Amir H. Dorafshar. Supplementing Technique Training for the Learner Microsurgeon. J Reconstr Micorsurg. 2012; 28(6):431-432.

Tara L. Stewart, David M. Fisher, Jaret L. Olson. Modified Von Langenbeck repair using an anterior triangular flap: decreased incidence of oronasal fistulas. Cleft Palate Craniofac. J. 2009;46(3):299-304.

JianFei Wang, Haiyan Jiao, Tara L. Stewart, Heather S. Shankowsky, Paul G. Scott, Edward E. Tredget. Increased severity of bleomycin-induced skin fibrosis in mice with leukocyte specific protein 1 deficiency. J. Invest Dermatol. 2008;128(12):2767-76.

Logan Banadyga, Jenna Gerig, Tara L. Stewart, Michele Barry. Fowlpox virus encodes a Bcl-2 homologue that protects cells from apoptotic death through interaction with the pro-apoptotic protein Bak. J. Virology. 2007;81(20):11032-11045.

JianFei Wang, Haiyan Jiao, Tara L. Stewart, Heather A. Shankowsky, Paul G. Scott, Edward E. Tredget. Accelerated wound healing in leukocyte specific protein 1 deficient mouse is associated with increased infiltration of leukocytes and fibrocytes. J. Leukoc Biol. 2007;82:1-10.

JianFei Wang, Haiyan Jiao, Tara L. Stewart, Heather A. Shankowsky, Paul G. Scott, Edward E. Tredget. Improvements in hypertrophic scar after burn injury with interferon alpha 2b treatment is associated with decreased fibrocytes. J. Interferon Cytokine Res. 2007;27(11);921-30.

JianFei Wang, Haiyan Jiao, Tara L. Stewart, Heather A. Shankowsky, David Wu, Paul G. Scott, Edward E. Tredget. Increased TGF-beta producing CD4+ T lymphocytes in postburn patients and their potential interaction with dermal fibroblasts in hypertrophic scarring. Wound Repair Regen. 2007;15:530-539.

JianFei Wang, Haiyan Jiao, Tara L. Stewart, Heather A. Shankowsky, Paul G. Scott, Edward E. Tredget. Fibrocytes from burn patients regulate the activities of fibroblasts. Wound Repair Regen. 2007;15:113-121.

Tara L. Stewart, Shawn T. Wasilenko and Michele Barry. The Vaccinia Virus F1L protein is a tail-anchored protein that functions at the mitochondria to inhibit apoptosis. J. Virology. 2005;79(2):1084-1098.

Shawn T. Wasilenko, Tara L. Stewart, John M. Taylor, and Michele M. Barry. Apoptosis regulator genes encoded by poxviruses.  Prog Mol Subcell Biol. 2004;36:19-37. Review.

Shawn T. Wasilenko, Tara L. Stewart, Adrienne F.A. Meyers, and Michele Barry. Vaccinia Virus encodes a previously uncharacterized mitochondrial-associated inhibitor of apoptosis.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.2003;100(24):14345-50.