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.
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.
2007 Advanced Surgical Suturing Course
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
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.
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
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
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
Crystal Deposition Disease Masquerading as Proliferative Tenosynovitis and its Associated Sequelae
American Association of Hand Surgeons
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
San Antonio, Texas
Postoperative Molding to Improve the Result of Cranial Vault Remodeling
17th Annual International Craniofacial Meeting Bahia, Brazil
Dr Downey has been taking care of my needs from skincare and lasers, cosmetic procedures, etc., for 3 years now! I absolutely love her & her staff
I've been wanting to do botox and get my skin looking great for some time now. I was a little nervous, Dr. Downey had a great staff, and she was s
Dr. Downey did phenomenal work, and her staff is great too.
The staff was wonderful! I highly recommend Dr. Downey. Ask for Veronica and she can help get you setup.
It was very easy for me to make a consultation appointment. There was no pressure to sign up for surgery that day. Dr. Downey was very professional an
Fantastic, caring doctor! One of the best in Houston!