Dr. Christiansen became interested in plastic and reconstructive surgery early in his medical school years, at the University of Utah, after attending lectures by plastic surgeons, which left him awestruck that one medical specialty touched on so many aspects of surgery. And that diverse skill set placed plastic surgeons in a unique position to help people. Whether it was reconstructing an anatomic defect, surgery to improve hand function, or cosmetic surgery to improve self-image and self-confidence, for him, plastic surgery provided the opportunity to make life easier.
After graduating from medical school, Dr. Christiansen completed his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia. During his years of training, he developed a passion for this specialty as he treated patients who arrived with traumatic injuries, defects from cancer operations, or self-consciousness about their bodies. Dr. Christiansen saw them return to physical health and helped them regain their quality of life and confidence in their appearance.