Our Plastic Surgeon
About Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS
Dr. Neil J. Zemmel is a board-certified plastic surgeon and was selected as a “Top Doc” by Richmond Magazine in 2014. Dr. Zemmel graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where he focused his studies on both science and fine arts. He then attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he concentrated his studies in surgery and participated in medical research, resulting in the publication of several papers in peer-reviewed medical journals. Afterward, he continued to advance his education in Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery program. During Dr. Zemmel’s last year of training, he served as Chief Resident of Plastic Surgery, and ultimately joined the academic faculty. Dr. Zemmel’s training included a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive techniques, such as:
- Head and neck reconstruction
- Hand and upper extremity surgery
- Microvascular surgery
- Breast reconstruction
- Burn reconstruction
- Cosmetic surgery
Dr. Zemmel has published scientific research papers, delivered lectures, and made media appearances covering topics including liposuction techniques, artificial skin technology, breast reconstruction, and facial rejuvenation. He is also committed to giving back to the community and frequently travels to Guatemala for mission trips where he performs cleft lip, cleft palate, and burn reconstructions.
Dr. Zemmel takes pride in helping patients in need, which is apparent as he takes on pro bono cases when possible. Two of his patients were featured in television segments for their particularly inspiring transformations. On the daytime talk show The Doctors, Dr. Zemmel was interviewed for a complex body contouring case that he performed following a young man’s major weight loss. In another media story, which aired on NBC 12, Dr. Zemmel was featured as part of a woman’s story about the domestic violence attack that left her with a ruptured implant, which is being replaced by Dr. Zemmel.
Dr. Zemmel is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Medical Society of Virginia. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Zemmel currently serves as the Medical Director of Plastic Surgery Services at St. Francis Hospital.
About Megan J. Goff, PA-C
Megan J. Goff, PA-C is a board-certified surgical physician assistant to Dr. Zemmel. She aids in all areas of the procedural process, including the consultation, assisting during the surgery, and offering follow-up care post-operatively.
Megan studied biology at James Madison University, conducting research in such areas as genetics. While here she acted as a volunteer in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. In 2007 she graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree. Following her undergraduate education, Megan attended Shenandoah University, which offers one of the most prestigious physician assistant programs in the country. She acted as a student council fundraising chair and even participated in the international medical mission trip. Megan graduated in 2012, earning her master’s degree.
In addition to being an asset to the procedural process, Megan is known for the compassionate care she offers to our patients at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery. She is especially proud to work with such individuals as those going through breast cancer. With an admiration for these strong women, Megan is devoted to supporting and empowering these patients as they go through their journey. When not at work, Megan educates the public as part of the Susan G. Komen organization, where she actively works to raise awareness on breast health topics.
Megan strives to help her patients feel at ease by practicing compassion and providing the highest level of care. As a testament to her quality care in 2016 she was recognized by both the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants for her partnership with Dr. Zemmel and by OurHealth Richmond for Best Bedside Manner of Physician Assistants
Megan is a member of the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and HYPE, which is an organization for young professionals through the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. When not at work or raising breast cancer awareness, Megan lives in Midlothian with her husband Matt, and they enjoy boating and traveling abroad.