About the Practice


Practice Philosophy

The single most important factor in the success of aesthetic surgery is the surgeon you select. An informed decision should be based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to - surgical expertise, the level of quality medical care delivered to each patient, an outstanding reputation in the medical community and impeccable credentials signifying achievement and professional recognition.

Dr. Robert Harvey, is a highly regarded cosmetic plastic surgeon serving the Nob Hill and the San Francisco Bay Area.  A consultation with Dr. Harvey always allows for a two-way conversation regarding your needs. You play an active role in helping Dr. Harvey develop a plan that addresses your specific wishes.  The ultimate goal is to create a natural looking appearance that results in the best possible version of "you".

Dr. Harvey's reputation in San Francisco is built on more than 25 years of excellence in the cosmetic surgery field. He currently serves as Chief of Staff at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital.  Prior to this appointment, he served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery as well as Chief of the Department of Plastic Surgery. His warm manner and ability to work in tandem with his patients forges long standing relationships based on trust.  

Office Building 

Office Building 

Surgical Facility

Dr. Harvey is of the firm belief that patients are best served when cosmetic surgical procedures are performed in the safety of a top notch hospital facility rather than at an ambulatory surgery facility. Accordingly, Dr. Harvey performs all surgical procedures at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital which is conveniently located directly across the street from our office in San Francisco. As noted in 'About the Practice' section above, Dr. Harvey serves as Chief of Staff at Saint Francis. The operating suites are state-of-the-art and the anesthesiologists are board certified. All arrangements are handled for your highly anticipated day of surgery, leaving you worry free. In the event you are coming from a distance and need assistance with local accommodations, we can help with this as well.

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Your Consultation

During your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic goals. Dr. Harvey will take your medical history, take clinical photographs as needed, and recommend and discuss the procedures and options that are appropriate, based on your wishes. Rest assured, we will afford you all the time you need. We never make you feel rushed and you are encouraged to return (or call) if you have follow up questions. We have Before and After Photos available. Lastly, financial information will be discussed including the many payment options available to you.

Reception Area

Reception Area

Consultation Room

Consultation Room

Cosmetic Surgery

Plastic surgery is often considered “elective surgery” which is typically not covered by most insurance plans. There are sometimes exceptions, such as breast reduction surgery.  We may recommend that you contact your insurance company to determine whether coverage is available.

Payment options for surgery include credit card, cash or check and financing is also available, including a no interest payment plan through CareCredit™.

Dr. Harvey's Credentials

Board Certification

Diplomat, Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (important to note that this is the most highly regarded Professional Board Certification for surgeons trained in Plastic Surgery)

Professional Background

  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.  Bachelor of Arts University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, Doctor of Medicine, including study at The London Hospital, University of London, London, England
  • Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI Straight Surgery Internship and Residency in General Surgery
  • The New York Hospital - Cornell University Medical Center, New York, NY, Resident and Chief Resident in Plastic Surgery
  • University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Master of Business Administration

Teaching Appointments

Former appointments:

  • Instructor in Surgery, The Michigan State University of Medicine
  • Instructor in Surgery, Cornell University Medical Center

Offices Held

  • Co-Chair, Local Host Committee, California Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, Lipoplasty Society of North America, Annual Meeting San Francisco, California
  • Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery International Relations Committee, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Chair, Time and Place Committee, California Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Chair, Time and Place Committee, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Nominating Committee, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, The Lipoplasty Society
  • Chair, Awards Committee, The Aesthetic Society Education and Research Foundation
  • Judicial Council, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Publications and Presentations (partial list)

"Post-traumatic Sympathetic Dystrophy", Kleinert. Cole, Wayne, Harvey, Kutz, Atasoy; Orthopedic Clinics of North America
"Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin in Adolescence", Harvey, Chaglassian, Knapper, Goulian; Journal of the American Medical Association
"Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy", Harvey; Body Image, Self Esteem, & Sexuality in Cancer Patients, Frontiers of Radiation Therapy & Oncology
"Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy"; The Karger Gazette
"A Plastic Surgeons Casebook"; Good Housekeeping Magazine
"Dermabrasion: Its Uses and Alternatives"; Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Instructional Courses

Society Memberships

Memberships spanning 25 year period:

  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • California Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Pan Pacific Surgical Association
  • American Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • San Francisco Medical Association

Awards and Honors

  • Certificate of Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Physicians Recognition Awards, American Medical Association
  • Deans Honor list, University of Notre Dame

Hospital Affiliations

  • Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco, CA - Chief of Staff
  • Saint Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco, CA