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Dr. Daniel L. Downey, MD

Plastic Surgery

Male, Age 58, Graduated 1983, University Of Washington School Of Medicine

1536 N 115th St Suite 105
Seattle, WA 98133
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Dr. Downey's Care Philosophy

Dr. Downey is an experienced plastic surgeon with the highest specialized training and 26 years of experience in treating patients. He consistently ranks as one the Northwest's Top Doctors by Seattle Magazine, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, & Puget Sound Consumer's Checkbook. His office and certified surgery center, Downey Plastic Surgery, is a state of the art plastic and reconstructive surgery clinic serving patients in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. Our practice is based on a philosophy of individualized, patient involved care throughout each step of the treatment journey. At Downey Plastic Surgery, we deliver medical professionalism with every procedure. We place an emphasis on safety and use an innovative, flexible approach; always striving to achieve highly satisfying results for both cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures. We believe in honest, compassionate medical care for our patients.

Dr. Downey's Specialty

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • General Surgery

What Is a Specialty or Area of Special Expertise?

A specialty is the branch of medicine in which a doctor has completed advanced clinical training and education. Most doctors are board certified in their specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who specializes in your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best treatment methods.

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A specialty is the branch of medicine in which a doctor has completed advanced clinical training and education. Most doctors are board certified in their specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who specializes in your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best methods of treatment. 

Examples of specialists are a pediatrician who focuses on the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth to young adulthood; or a cardiologist who specializes in diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels. 

A doctor may have more than one specialty, along with one or more subspecialties. For instance, a doctor could specialize in internal medicine and have a subspecialty in infectious disease. A subspecialty is a concentration within a specialty. 

Your primary care doctor (who is often a specialist in family medicine or internal medicine) can help you choose the right type of specialist. In fact, some health insurance plans require a referral from your primary care doctor before you visit a specialist.

Dr. Downey's License & Board Certification

  • Board Certified in Plastic Surgery
  • Licensed in Washington

Why Is Board Certification Important?

Board certification requires extensive training and a rigorous review of a doctor’s knowledge, experience and skill in a medical specialty. Board certification also means that a doctor is actively improving his or her practice of medicine through continuing education. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition. 

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Board certification requires extensive training and a rigorous review of a doctor’s knowledge, experience and skill in a medical specialty. Board certification also means that a doctor is actively improving his or her practice of medicine through continuing education. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition. 

A doctor who is board certified has taken an important step beyond getting a required state medical license to practice. Some doctors choose not to apply for board certification. A doctor who is not board certified may be an excellent doctor who is fully licensed to practice medicine in his or her state. 

If you are considering a doctor who is not board certified, consider asking the doctor why he or she is not certified. This information might provide you important background information to help you decide whether or not to see that doctor.

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Body Contouring (After Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Botox® for Migraine Treatment
  • Botox® Injection
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Breast Lift Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
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  • Breast Surgical Procedures
  • Brow Lift
  • Buttock Lift
  • Captique™ Injections
  • Chemodenervation
  • Collagen Injections
  • Correction of Protruding Ears
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery
  • Cosmetic Procedures
  • Cosmetic Surgical Procedures
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Ear Pinning
  • Earlobe Repair
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision of Lipomas
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Eye Surgery
  • Facelift
  • Full Face Lift
  • Hylaform Injections
  • Lifts - Parts of the Body Other than Face
  • Lipomas Sebacious Cyst Removal
  • Liposuction
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mastectomy
  • Mastopexy
  • Mini Tummy Tucks
  • Myocutaneous Flaps
  • Neck Lift
  • Neck Liposuction
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Oculofacial Plastic Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Cosmetic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery, Facial
  • Plastic Surgical Procedures
  • Ptosis (Eyelids) Surgery
  • Radiesse® Injections
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Restylane® Injections
  • Skin Cancer Removal
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  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Recurrence
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Lump/Mass
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
  • Facial Diseases
  • Facial Disorders
  • Facial Irregularities
  • Facial Lesions
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
  • Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
  • Lipomas
  • Locally Advanced Breast Cancer
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Malignant Breast Tumor
  • Melanoma
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Osteosarcoma of the Breast
  • Pre-Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Radiation-Induced Angiosarcoma of the Breast
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Second-Degree Burns
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Surgical Weight Loss
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Wrinkles
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Dr. Downey's Education & Training

  • Medical Schools:

    • University Of Washington School Of Medicine
      Graduated: 1983
  • Internship Hospital:

    • Virginia Mason Hospital
      Graduated: 1984
  • Residency Hospital:

    • University Of Rochester School Of Medicine
      Graduated: 1990
    • Virginia Mason Medical Center
      Graduated: 1988
  • Fellowship Hospital:

    • Head & Neck Cancer Surgery Fellowship, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo Ny
      Graduated: 1990
  • Undergraduate Schools:

    • University Of Washington
      Graduated: 1979

What Is a Residency?

Residency is a medical training program that a doctor completes to gain expertise in a specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who has completed a residency and therefore specializes in the area of your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best treatment methods. Read More

Residency is a medical training program that a doctor completes to gain expertise in a specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who has completed a residency and therefore specializes in the area of your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best treatment methods.

Examples of specialists are a pediatrician who focuses on the physical, emotional and social health of children from birth to young adulthood; or a cardiologist who specializes in diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels.

Residency training takes place in accredited hospitals or other healthcare facilities under the supervision of experienced doctors. Residency training lasts from three to seven years, and the exact duration varies from specialty to specialty. Residency is required for specialty board certification.

Dr. Downey's Background Check

Malpractice

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Washington
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information for the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact you quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.

Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered. 
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state. 

Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor’s board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were. 
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered. 
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states. 

Dr. Downey's Awards & Recognitions

Awards

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