Raj S. Ambay, MD, DDS
Board of Directors
Raj S. Ambay, MD, DDS, is a double board certified plastic surgeon, executive business leader and a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. He is the founder of Ambay Plastic Surgery, a boutique cosmetic surgery practice, and the co-founder of the Institute of Advanced Breast Reconstruction focusing on complex breast cancer reconstruction and lymphedema in Florida, Texas, and Dubai, UAE. In October 2014, at the national meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Ambay was presented with the Presidential Award for outstanding contributions to the field of plastic surgery. Dr. Ambay sits on the Commercial Ventures Advisory boards of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland (The Alliance). He is also the Chief Medical Officer for TISTA Science and Technology Corp in Rockville, MD. Past executive positions include being Chief Medical Officer for IDL Solutions which was acquired by CACI International Inc. in 2012. He has served on an advisory board to Optum Corp, the nations largest health data analytics firm. He has been elected as a Trustee of the American Medical Association and served as a member of the Board of Directors, National Board of Medical Examiners®. In 1993, Dr. Ambay was elected as an Alderman (city councilman) of a Chicago suburb becoming the first Indian-American to be elected in the state of Illinois. In 1995, Dr. Ambay recognized the future impact of the Internet, and was credited for running the first internet-based political campaign in the State of Illinois.
As a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve for 18 years, Dr. Ambay has been deployed in support of missions with infantry and special operation forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Ambay has been awarded numerous Army and NATO medals, commendations, including the coveted Combat Action Badge for performing life-saving surgery while being actively engaged by the enemy. In 2014, while in Afghanistan, Dr. Ambay was injured by an enemy rocket that landed in his compound. Dr. Ambay received training in general surgery from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and completed his residency in plastic surgery at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has also completed a National Institute of Health Physician-Scientist research fellowship and a second fellowship in microvascular surgery at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Ambay has also completed executive education at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In addition to being a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ambay is a graduate of Northwestern University Dental School and is also a board-certified dentist. Dr. Ambay is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives and has held numerous positions. His community service and scientific research have been recognized through numerous national awards and city council resolutions. He has won first place research awards at prestigious organizations such as the Plastic Surgery Research Council, The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Midwest Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Medical Association, Pfizer Humanities, and the National Institutes of Health. He has delivered commencement addresses and more than 700 presentations, many as a keynote speaker. Dr. Ambay is married to Aparna Ambay, MD, MBA, MPH a dermatologist in Tampa for 20 years and they have one daughter together.