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Dr. Jesusito S. Zubiri, M.D., FACS

Dr. Jesusito Zubiri is one of the few plastic surgeons in the Philippines who has the ability to combine technical skill with an artist’s view of beauty. With 35 years of experience, he approaches each patient with the meticulous eye of a craftsman whose hand is agile, but whose heart is in his craft.

Dr. Zubiri, Plastic Surgeon in the Philippines

With his long years in the pursuit of perfection, Dr. Zubiri has been practicing the science and art of plastic & reconstructive surgery and developed an approach that has endured the innovations of others and maintained the classic hallmarks of beauty: namely, harmony, proportion and clarity.

Dr. Zubiri received his medical degree from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 1971. He then went to the United States for surgical training. He finished general surgery residency as chief resident at the Yale University Bridgeport Hospital program in Connecticut.

He then proceeded to do his plastic surgery residency at the New York University Medical Center in New York City. The program is considered one of the top two plastic surgery training programs in that country.

Dr. Zubiri has been practicing the craft of plastic & reconstructive surgery since 1978 in Cebu City and presently chairman of the Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and the University of Cebu Medical Center.

Mentored by Dr. John Marquis Converse (considered the father of Plastic Surgery in America) as well as distinguished plastic surgeons like Dr. Thomas Rees and Dr. Joseph McCarthy, he completed his training in 1978 at New York University Medical Center as well as its affiliated hospitals, namely: Bellevue Hospital Center, Manhattan Eye Ear Throat Hospital, and Veterans Administration Hospital, in New York City.

Dr. Zubiri is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, an international member in good standing of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons; Fellow of the Philippine College of Surgeons, Philippine Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, and of the Philippine Academy of Head & Neck Surgeons.

He is a diplomate of the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery and life member of Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society.

Dr. Zubiri returned to his home country in 1978 and has been practicing the craft of plastic & reconstructive surgery since that time in Cebu City. He is presently chairman of the Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and the University of Cebu Medical Center.

In the Philippines, he is perhaps better known for his innovative technique in the eyelid. He has published articles in international journals; most cited up to the present time is his technique in creating a double fold on the Oriental or Asian eye. This technique was published in the Clinics of Plastic Surgery in Oct 1981. His latest is a modification of his previous technique, “Subdermal Placement of Sutures in Double Eyelid Surgery”, which was published in July 2013 in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the official journal of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Zubiri has served the specialty societies as chairman of the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery from 1984-1990, 2007-2012; as president of the Philippine College of Surgeons (Eastern Visayas chapter) in 1987; as associate editor of the Philippine Journal of Surgical Specialties, 1984-85 & editorial consultant in 1998.

Dr. Zubiri participates in accredited continuing education in the latest medical advances and techniques in order to provide state-of-the-art reconstructive and aesthetic surgical care for his patients and has been invited as speaker in national and international surgical conventions. He has published many articles on innovations and techniques in Plastic Surgery published in the Philippine Journal of Surgical specialties.

Dr. Zubiri performs surgery on indigent patients with cleft lip and cleft palate and others with reconstructive surgical needs.

He was clinical professor of the New York University Medical Center 1976-78, and was associate professor of surgery both in the Cebu Institute of Medicine and Cebu Doctors University for 15 years.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the Society represents 94% of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S., and more than a thousand plastic surgeons worldwide, making ASPS a global institution and leading authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. read more
The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) is the world’s leading professional body for board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeons. Founded in 1970, ISAPS membership includes over 2,400 of the world’s best known and respected reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgeons in 94 countries on every continent reflecting the true international mission of the organization. The ISAPS charter was signed at the United Nations. read more
The American College of Surgeons is an educational association of surgeons created in 1913. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the College provides membership for doctors worldwide specializing in surgery who pass a set of rigorous qualifications. read more

Dr. J Kristoffer T. Zubiri, M.D., FPCS, FPAPRAS

Growing up in a family of doctors, Dr. Kristoffer Zubiri had the privilege and advantage of being exposed to the operating room at an early age. His eye for detail and beauty were honed from years of assisting his father in surgery.

Dr. K. Zubiri received his medical degree from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. A “native” New Yorker by birth, he returned to the East Coast to complete his preliminary General Surgery training at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. The hospital, an affiliate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, also shared the program with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

He returned home to the Philippines, where he completed his Plastic Surgery training at the University of the Philippines, at the countryʼs largest general hospital, the Philippine General Hospital. He served as Chief Resident for Plastic Surgery during his senior year. His training included extensive exposure in reconstruction and burns, as well as aesthetic cases.

His long exposure to acute and chronic burn injuries was at the Alfredo T. Ramirez Burn Center—the Philippinesʼ largest Burn Center, which receives referrals from all over the country and sees over 300 acute burn patients every year. Dr. K. Zubiri also authored a paper on nutrition as a predicter of the outcome of burn injuries. Upon completion of his training, he returned home to Cebu to practice with his father, as well as to carve his own path in opening a practice in Dumaguete City. He holds academic positions in the Cebu Institute of Medicine.

Dr. K. Zubiri has a particular interest in cleft surgery and maxillofacial trauma. In 2018, he was chosen by the AOCMF (AO Craniomaxillofacial Foundation) to complete a Fellowship with exposure in Cleft Surgery, Microsurgery, and Maxillofacial Trauma in the Peking University School of Stomatology.

Dr. K. Zubiri is Board Certified by the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery, and is also involved in training budding Plastic Surgeons, in the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center training program.

He is also a member of Mensa International.

Dr. Kristoffer Zubiri, Plastic Surgeon in the Philippines


This page offers a general overview of cosmetic surgery procedures. For more in-depth information on these procedures, please use the links in the FAQ column. While this section explores cosmetic surgical offerings, many of these procedures may also fulfill true medical needs. You should understand that the circumstances and experience of every individual will be unique.

  • If you’re considering cosmetic plastic surgery, please ask your plastic surgeon for further information about the particular procedure and what you expect.
  • In addition, please note that all surgery carries some uncertainty and risk, including the possibility of infection, bleeding, blood clots, and adverse reactions to the anesthesia. You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon and closely following his or her advice, both before and after surgery.

EYELID SURGERY (Blepharoplasty)

Correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle.

NOSE SURGERY (Rhinoplasty)

Reshape nose by reducing or increasing size, removing hump, changing shape of tip or bridge, narrowing span of nostrils, or changing angle between nose and upper lip. May also relieve some breathing problems.


Improving sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, redraping skin. Most often done on men and women over 40.


Minimize forehead creases, drooping eyebrows, hooding over eyes, furrowed forehead and frown lines by removing excess tissue, altering muscles and tightening the forehead skin. Most often done on people over 40.

LIPOSUCTION (Suction-Assisted Lipectomy)

Improve body shape by removing exercise-resistant fat deposits with a tube and vacuum device. Can be performed using the tumescent technique, in which targeted fat cells are infused with saline containing solution with a local anesthetic before liposuction to reduce post-operative bruising and swelling. Common locations for liposuction include chin, cheeks, neck, upper arms, above breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, ankles.

BREAST ENLARGEMENT (Augmentation Mammaplasty)

Enhance the size of breasts using breast implants

TUMMY TUCK (Abdominoplasty)

Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall.

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You are Amazing!

I want you to know I am so happy with my eyes today, regardless of the allergies, which are going away, with summer coming on.

Caroyln Las Vegas


I am so blessed to have you as my great doctor of remarkable skills and dedication.

Nannete Hong Kong

Thank You!

Doctor, thanks a million! You did an awesome terrific wonderful job! Of course with such a great team of yours... round of applause to you all!!!

Kris New Zealand

Thank You!

Hope you and your staff are well. It's been 6 weeks since the surgery, and I'm very happy with everything. Many friends and family members say I look 10 - 15 years younger, which of course is great!

Allan Sydney


Seventeen years have passed since you did my upper and lower eyelids. Your work has received many compliments.

Diana Los Angeles


I just saw a photo of myself and must say that I look much better without the bags on my eyelids. Thank you for doing a terrific job!!!