Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in Houston

Cara R. Downey MD, board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston, Texas.Dr. Cara Downey is a native of Houston. She received her undergraduate degree with Honors at the University of Texas at Austin. She then went on to complete her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. She matched in one of the top plastic surgery residency programs at Baylor College of Medicine.

During her six years of rigorous training, she specialized in breast reconstruction after mastectomy, breast surgery and cosmetic surgery. She is particularly focused on the areas of “DIEP” reconstruction for breast cancer and restoring the female figure after childbearing. She and her husband, also a Houston plastic surgeon, are the proud parents of twin girls and a baby boy, and enjoy outdoor family activities and the arts.

About - Cara Downey, M.D. - Plastic Surgeon

Doctor’s Credentials

  • Current Positions

    • Sept. 2013 -Present
      Clinical Assistant Professor
      Department of Surgery (Plastic Surgery Division)
      Baylor College of Medicine


    • Baylor College of Medicine Michael E. Debakey Department of Surgery Division of Plastic Surgery 
      Houston, TX Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency 2007-2013
    • University of Texas at Austin, College of Natural Sciences Austin, TX
      Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, concentrations in Spanish, Immunology and Pathogenicity, 2003
      Graduated with High Honors
      Phi Beta Kappa

    Professional Organizations and Societies

    • 2002 – Present Phi Beta Kappa
    • 2013 – Present Texas Medical Association
    • 2013 – Present Harris County Medical Society


    • Bullocks J, Downey C, Gibler PD, Netscher D. Crystal Deposition Disease Masquerading as Proliferative Tenosynovitis and its Associated Sequelae. Ann PlastSurg. 2009 Feb;62(2):128-33.
    • McCord S, Naik B, Murphy K, McLane K, Gay A, Basu B, Downey C, Hollier L,Olutoye O. Negative Pressure Therapy is Effective to manage a Variety of Wounds in Infants and Children. Wound Repair and Regeneration. 2007 May; 15(3): 296-301.
    • Stevens P, Downey C, Boyd V, Cole P, Stal S, Edmond J, Hollier L. Deformational Plagiocephaly Associated with Ocular Torticollis: a Clinical Study and Literature Review. J Craniofac Surg. 2007 Mar;18(2): 399-405.
    • Brown R, Downey C, Izaddoost S. Systemic Capillary Leak Syndrome: A Rare Etiology of Compartment Syndrome. In press.
    • Kelly B, Downey C, Stal S. Evaluation and Reduction of Nasal Trauma. Seminars of Plastic Surgery 2010.
    • Downey C, Oluseyi A, Namir S, Naik B, Hatef D, Bullocks J, Friedman J. An Algorithmic Approach to the Management of Limb Ischemia in Infants and Young Children. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 131(3):573-581, March 2013.

    Instructional Courses

    • 2007
      Advanced Surgical Suturing Course
      Course Director 

      Michael E. Debakey Department of Surgery Houston, Texas
  • Scholarships, Awards and Recognitions

    • 2007 – Plastic Surgery Medical Student of the Year
    • 1999-2002 – University Honors, University of Texas at Austin
    • 1999 – Sandi Hanson Memorial Scholarship Recipient

    Research Projects

    • Botulinum Toxin A for the Prevention of Static Rhytids in Young Women.
    • Modifications of the Lejour Mastopexy for the Treatment of a Variety of Breast Deformities.

    Research Positions

    • Summer 2002 Research Student; Summer Research Program
      Southwestern Medical School Department of Neuroradiology: Fredrick J. Bonte, MD
      Projects: Nanoparticles as a drug delivery across the blood brain barrier
      Gulf War Syndrome and effects on brain SPECT images
      Effects of cocaine abuse to brain SPECT images

    Scientific Presentations

    • 2010
      An Anatomical Basis for the Management of Peripheral Vascular Injuries inInfants: The Role of Color Flow Doppler 
      Texas Children’s Hospital Surgical Research Day Houston, TX
    • Modifications of the Lejour Mastopexy for the Treatment of a Variety of Breast Deformities Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
      Annual Meeting
      Austin, Texas
    • 2008
      Eight Years of Experience Using Microvascular Surgery for the Treatmentof Peripheral Vascular Injuries: An Adjunct to Vascular Surgery 
      American College of Surgeons
      Southwest Clinical Congress
      Houston, Texas
    • Crystal Deposition Disease Masquerading as Proliferative Tenosynovitis and its Associated Sequelae 
      American Association of Hand Surgeons
      Annual Meeting
      Beverly Hills, California
    • Quantitative Strength Analysis of Traditional Suture Closure Techniques Compared to Absorbable Subcuticular Skin Staples and Topical Skin Adhesive
      Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
      Annual Meeting
      San Antonio, Texas
    • Postoperative Molding to Improve the Result of Cranial Vault Remodeling
      17th Annual International Craniofacial Meeting Bahia, Brazil

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2500 West Loop South Freeway, Suite 150,
Houston, Texas 77027

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Downey Plastic Surgery
+1 713-496-2427
2500 W Loop South Freeway, Suite 150 Houston Texas 77027 USA
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+1 713-496-2427
2500 West Loop South Freeway, Suite 150 Houston Texas 77027 USA
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