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Linda Waters, MD

Job Title

Plastic Surgeon

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

About Me

I am a board-certified plastic surgeon who has practiced plastic surgery since 1988. Born in Canada, I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Manitoba, and graduated from medical school at McGill University in 1981. My surgical internship took place at the Montreal General Hospital and my general surgery and plastic surgery training was undertaken at Stanford University.

After graduation, I completed my Royal College exams and then worked at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital, where I was Chief of Plastic Surgery and Chief of the PeriOrbital Eye Clinic-one of the designated centers for Operation Desert Storm. I became particularly interested in breast reconstruction, as well as eyelid surgery. In 1994, I joined Kaiser Permanente San Jose and worked here for three years and then set up a private practice closer to home in Palo Alto. I have worked in my private practice these past 15 years at Stanford Hospital, Sequoia Hospital and El Camino Hospital.

I have a particular interest in eyelid surgery, breast surgery, cosmetic surgery, hand surgery and skin cancer reconstruction. I am an adjunct clinical assistant professor of surgery at Stanford Hospital and Stanford University. I am very excited to be back at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center!

Roles and Responsibilities

I work with the excellent plastic surgeons of Kaiser Permanente San Jose in providing compassionate and high quality care for the patients of Kaiser Permanente San Jose. Keeping you comfortable after surgery is very important to us. Your physicians, nurses and other care givers will work together to ensure that your pain is addressed and treated as effectively and as safely as possible.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Member, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Member, Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Member, Stanford Zedplast Alumni Society

Family and Friends

I am married with 3 children.

Hobbies and interests

My interests include mentoring and teaching Stanford plastic surgery residents and pre-med students at Stanford University, and doing volunteer medical/surgical work in Guatemala and in East Africa (Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda).

I enjoy digital photography and color design. I am a former long distance race walker, marathoner and swimmer. Also a former collegiate and Masters hockey player, I am now a big fan of the San Jose Sharks and the Los Gigantes.

Recent Adventures

In January 2012, I was fortunate to trek and observe mountain gorillas in Rwanda- an incredible experience. In the summer of 2011, I traveled to Berlin, Prague and Vienna to visit our daughter, who was studying there for her summer semester abroad.

What I’m Reading and Browsing

Recent reads include “How the Scots Invented the Modern World” by Arthur Herman, “The End of Poverty” by Jeffrey Sachs, and “The Pig Did It” by Joseph Caldwel.

Medical Education

McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Montreal, Canada


Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Board Certification

Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery

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