Dr. Karen Horton, MD

Dr. Karen Horton, MD

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Dr. Karen Horton, MD is a plastic surgery doctor who practices in San Francisco, CA. She has been practicing for 17 years.

2100 Webster St Ste 506

San Francisco, CA 94115

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Brown & Toland Physicians
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Health Net
  • MultiPlan
  • 2 More

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Nipple Reconstruction
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more than 98% of peers
very high
more than 97% of peers
Breast Reduction
very high
more than 97% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Horton "Dr. Karen Horton is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon practicing in the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco and in the East Bay. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree with First Class Honors in Life Sciences at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, Dr Horton pursued two years of basic science molecular research, earning a Master of Science in Cancer Research (M.Sc.). She graduated from Medical School with Honors at the University of Toronto (M.D.) and then completed a five-year Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. Dr. Horton settled in the Bay Area after completing a final year of training in Reconstructive Microsurgery and Hand Surgery at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Horton's special training and interest includes reconstruction of the breast following breast cancer using microsurgical techniques. She has extensive experience with the D.I.E.P. flap , the S.I.E.A. flap and the T.U.G. flap for immediate and delayed reconstruction following mastectomy. She is a currently designated as a Fellow in Plastic Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (F.R.C.S.C.). Dr. Horton's other areas of expertise include surgery of the breast including breast reduction, breast lift (mastopexy) and breast augmentation using implants and autogenous techniques. Outside of surgery, Dr. Horton pursues physical fitness and is an avid runner. She has been married to her husband for over 10 years. Dr. Horton has published review book chapters on breast reconstruction. She has presented numerous clinical papers at national and international scientific meetings in Plastic Surgery, and has won research awards. Dr. Horton is involved with teaching and keeps current with the medical literature by participating in academic Journal Clubs. In addition to participating as an active member of many professional associations she also serves as a mentor to young female surgeons and medical students in training. Dr. Horton has been featured in prestigious registries for outstanding professionals such as Strathmore's Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and America's Who's Who in Medicine. Dr. Horton's strengths include her genuine and caring bedside manner, her meticulous surgical technique, extensive surgical experience and excellent rapport with patients and their families."


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  • Plastic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Plastic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acne
  • Age Spots
  • Benign Tumor
  • Birth Defects
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Hypoplasia
  • Breast Ptosis
  • Cancer
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Congenital Anomalies of Breast
  • Congenital Diseases
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Eyelid Growth
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gigantomastia
  • Gynecomastia
  • Hyperthrophic Scar
  • Keloid Scar
  • Laceration
  • Localized Fat Deposits
  • Lump
  • Mass
  • Melanoma
  • Mole
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Laxity
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Trigger Finger
  • Weight Loss
  • Wounds
  • Wrinkles


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  • Abdominoplasty
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Body Contouring (After Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Botox® Injection
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Captique™ Injection
  • Collagen Injection
  • Complex Revision Rhinoplasty
  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery
  • Cosmetic Laser Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgical Procedure
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Ear Plastic Surgery (Otoplasty)
  • Earlobe Repair
  • Endoscopic Brow Lift
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Eye Surgery
  • Facelift
  • Facial Rejuvenation, Advanced, Laser
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hylaform Injection
  • Lift - Parts of the Body Other than Face
  • Liposuction
  • Microneurovascular Surgery
  • Mini Tummy Tuck
  • Mole Removal
  • Neck Liposuction
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nipple Reconstruction
  • Non-Ablative Laser Skin Rejuvenation
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Primary Cosmetic Rhinoplasty
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Restylane® Injections
  • Scar Revision Surgery
  • Skin Cancer Removal
  • Skin and Tissue Reduction
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Tattoo Removal
  • Tendon Surgery
  • Wound Repair


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Queens University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1994
  • University Of Toronto Faculty Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • University Of Manitoba / Faculty Of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2001
  • University Of Manitoba / Faculty Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
  • The Buncke Clinic-Reconstructive Microsurgery
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • NBC Bay Areas Top Doctors Plastic Surgeon, 2010
  • Woman of the Year in Medicine and Healthcare 2010 Award Recipient by The American Biographical Institute, 2010
  • Best Plastic Surgeon San Francisco Country Best of the Bay Television, 2008
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Horton's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Horton to family and friends
based on 22 total reviews (3 with comments)
Dr. Horton's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (3)
in San Francisco, CA |
I watch the show "Botched" (Where screwed up plastic surgery is fixed) like crazy, so when I was looking for my own surgeon, I had a list of qualifications. Dr. Horton hit all of them and MORE. She is kind, caring, compassionate. She is HONEST about what to expect, what you need to deal with, what results you will get. She does not push you to book right away, she gives you time to think it over. I spoke to her other aitents and they all had nothing but nice things to say about her and he
in Fairfield, CA |
She destroyed my body & lied to me Her & Dr Bontic are evil monsters who care nothing but making money from the expense of their victims She promised after many visits that 1 surgery as well as a tummy tuck would fix my breasts after having stage 3 breast cancer She admitted she did a bad job & said I need to do a 2nd which the results were the same & then said a 3rd I was angry with what was happening & wanted my records at that point she refused to serve me even though i still need treatment.
San Francisco, CA |
Good surgeon, though poor on wound care advice, which unfortunately greatly matters for the final outcome.
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Dr. Horton accepts 11 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
    CaliforniaCare HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
    Select Plus HMO
    Select PPO
  • Blue Shield of California
    Access Plus Savenet
    Basic Exclusive PPO for Small Business
    Basic PPO
  • Brown & Toland Physicians
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Health Net
    Employer Group HMO
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • MultiPlan
    Kaiser PHCS Network PPO
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Premera Blue Cross
    Heritage Signature
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    PacifiCare HMO
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Horton has admitting privileges

California Pacific Medical Center - Pacific Campus
2333 Buchanan St
San Francisco, CA 94115
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