Brian Cripe, M.D.

Brian Cripe, M.D., is an award-winning, board-eligible plastic and reconstructive surgeon proudly working with the Plastic Surgeons of Northern Arizona practice. Dr. Cripe specializes in cosmetic surgery, limb salvage, peripheral nerve microsurgery, hand surgery, and oncologic reconstructive procedures. He has performed over 6,000 surgical cases during his nine-year career as a surgeon.

Dr. Cripe received his medical education at the University of Queensland and Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, before completing Virginia Tech Carilion’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery six-year residency program. He has authored numerous scientific articles and textbook chapters and has presented his research findings at national plastic surgery conferences.

Dr. Cripe grew up in Michigan and attended Michigan State University, where he was a National Merit Scholar and received bachelor’s degrees in both zoology and journalism. He attended medical school at the University of Queensland School of Medicine, completing clinical training at Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans. He graduated with honors in 2014.

He is a multi-sport endurance athlete, who enjoys mountain biking, triathlons, rock climbing, scuba diving, and trail running. Dr. Cripe is also an accomplished photographer, with prior experience working on National Geographic projects and leading expeditions internationally.

The variety of practice afforded at Plastic Surgeons of Northern Arizona drew Dr. Cripe and his family to the Flagstaff area. His prior trauma and reconstructive experience led him to seek a diverse work environment.

“Plastic surgery is unique in that it both addresses functional needs and can help restore patient confidence, which is what drew me to the field.”

Dr. Cripe and his wife love the beautiful setting and abundant outdoor opportunities that Flagstaff has to offer, and they welcomed their first child in 2023. They are delighted to be raising their family in Flagstaff.

Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Brian Cripe, M.D.

The University of Queensland
M.D., Medicine and Surgery
Clinical Rotations Completed at Ochsner Health

University of Miami
M.S., Marine Biology

Michigan State University
B.A., Journalism
B.S., Zoology

Carilion Clinic – Virginia Tech Carilion
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency (2016 – 2022)
General Surgery Intern Year (2015 – 2016)

  • Osteocutaneous Radial Forearm Flap: Harvest Technique and Prophylactic Volar Locked Plating” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Nov. 2023)
  • “Predictors of Mortality and Revision Following Digital Amputation for Infection and Necrosis” Journal of Hand Surgery (March, 2023)
  • “Functional and Surgical Anatomy of the Face” 
  • “Improving Consistency and Completeness in Clinical Photography” Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2020. | Awarded Outstanding Resident Presentation
  • “Predictors of Mortality and Revision Following Digital Amputation” Southeastern Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting, 2020 | Runner-up, Glancy for Outstanding Resident Presentation
  • “Long-Term Effects of a Diabetes Boot Camp on Measures of Diabetic Care” The Ochsner Journal, 2015
  • “Joint Replacement Outcomes after Abdominal Organ Transplantation” Louisiana Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, 2015
  • “A Study Comparing 3 Unique Injection Protocols Used During Knee Arthroscopy on Patient Outcomes in the Immediate Post-Operative Period” Southern Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, 2014
  • “A Comparision of Perioperative Injections on Postoperative Pain Control in Knee Arthroscopy” Ochsner Research Day, 2014
  • “Impact of Intra-Operative Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection During Knee Arthroscopy on Post-Operative Pain” Ochsner Research Day, 2014
  • “Long-Term Effects of a Diabetes Boot Camp on Measures of Diabetic Care” Ochsner Research Day, 2014
  • “A Comparision of Perioperative Injections on Postoperative Pain Control in Knee Arthroscopy” Louisiana Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, 2014

Testimonials for Dr. Cripe

“I got a tummy tuck and breast augmentation from Dr. Cripe. He is by far the nicest surgeon I’ve ever met. He changed my life by fixing by body after having 3 children. I never thought my body was going to look better and now I am extremely happy with the way I look. Thank you Dr. Cripe and staff for taking care of me.”

“Three weeks out from my mommy makeover with Dr. Cripe and I feel and look incredible. I got a breast lift and aug, submental sculpting lipo and chin implant, and flank/low back and inner and outer thigh liposuction. Total transformation. My recovery was so smooth – off pain meds on day 1. My incisions are healing great, and I know the results will keep getting better. Can’t wait for my post-op pics in 2 months!”

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