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Meet Dr. Ness

The short story is that John Allan Ness, MD spent 17 years, after high school, to obtain the world-class education and training that it takes to be a modern plastic surgeon. He spent 3 years in academics, training the next generation of surgeons, and he has been in private practice for the past 12 years building his practice and developing his reputation for quality. He has already been elected and served a two year term as President of the Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has found the practice of plastic surgery to be the perfect fit for combining his loves of art and science.

Although his unique background gave him extensive training in facial plastic surgery, he also enjoys the process of breast and body reshaping. He is a people person and finds beauty in restoring the whole person. Dr. Ness is an active listener and his consultations tend to be more of a dialogue. In addition to volunteering as the Medical Director for a local program, he has volunteered his surgical talents on numerous overseas, medical missions to repair the broken smiles of children with cleft lips and palates. Both he and his wife like to travel and have found unexpected joy in this journey to becoming a well-respected plastic surgeon and leader.

Training and Experience
  • High School: Dassel-Cokato High School, 1977
  • College: Bethel College, Undergraduate degree in Psychology, 1981
  • Medical School: University of Minnesota, 1986
  • Internship and Residency: Loyola University of Chicago, 1991
  • Plastic Surgery Residency: University of California, Davis, Medical Center, 1998
  • Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship: University of California, Davis, Medical Center, 1993
  • Cleft & Craniofacial Fellowship: Australian Craniofacial Institute, South Australia, 1996
  • Private Practice: Northway Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeons St. Cloud, Minnesota 1998- 2001
  • Midsota Plastic Surgeons, St. Cloud, MN, 2001-2009
  • Wayzata Plastic Surgery, Wayzata, MN 2009-2011
  • Omni Cosmetic (formerly Ness Plastic Surgery, LLC) Wayzata, MN 2011 – to present!
Magazine Covers


  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons (Past-President – 2006-2008)
  • Vice-President: Midsota Plastic Surgeons (2003-2009)
  • Medical Director: St. Cloud Hospital’s Cleft and Craniofacial Center (1999-2009)
  • Assistant Clinical Professor: University of Minnesota (1998-2009)
  • Patients’ Choice Award: 2008–2014
  • America’s Top Doctor Award – Castle-Connolly: 2009-2017
  • Most Compassionate Doctor: 2010-2013
  • Minnesota Monthly Best Doctors for Women: 2014
  • Minneapolis / St. Paul Magazine Top Doctor 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Top Breast Surgeon – 2016 and 2017 (one of the top 5% in the country!)
  • Super Doctor: 2012 – 2016
  • ABMS – Board Certified Plastic Surgery, 1999 – Recertification 2007
  • ABFPRS – Board Certified – Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 1996
  • ABMS – Board Certified – Otolaryngology, 1992
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