Award-winning, fellowship-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon
Maakan Taghizadeh, MD
Meet the man known for his meticulous surgical and non-surgical results as well as charisma, compassion and warmth
Your Local Plastic Surgery Expert
Affectionately known as “Dr. Tag”, Baltimore’s own Dr. Maakan Taghizadeh emerged as one of our community's most respected plastic surgeons. Through a combination of science, training, and artistry, Dr. Tag creates some of the most beautiful—but never overdone—transformations of the body, breasts, and face.
Trained by Renown Experts
Dr. Tag attended Gilman School and graduated Cum Laude from James Madison University. After JMU, he went to work for Eli Lilly and Company, where he was the top sales representative in the USA.
Dr. Tag earned his medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. He then completed his training in general surgery at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, where he was awarded the prestigious Intern of the Year award.
Next, Dr. Tag completed his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the Ohio State University Medical Center. He returned to Baltimore following his residency to complete a fellowship in Breast, Microsurgical, and Aesthetic Surgery at Mercy Medical Center.
Patients Come First
Dr. Tag takes great pride in truly listening to his patients and developing a treatment plan tailored to each individual's goals. He chose the name of his practice because "U" are what he cares about most. Here is that philosophy in his own words:
“Mine is a much more casual approach to partnering with my patients. Formality is just not in my DNA. Warmth and humor go a long way to make patients feel at ease. But in my work, I’m a perfectionist. I educate the patient, provide all their options, and support them every step of the way as though they are family.”
“Time is a secret ingredient. I don’t rush anything. Putting each patient at ease and listening carefully Is essential during consultations. So is executing every procedure carefully and with the patient’s expectations front and center.”
Striving for the Best
“I learned discipline as a Division I college wrestler. There are some similarities between sports and aesthetic medicine. Both take dedication, stamina, singlemindedness, training, and the desire to be the best.”
Awards for Patient Care & Surgical Expertise
- RealSelf Top Doctor
- RealSelf 500
- RealSelf Hall of Fame
- “10 Best Plastic Surgeons in Maryland” by the American Institute of Plastic Surgeons
- Baltimore Magazine’s Top Doctors for Cosmetic Surgery: Body Contouring, Cosmetic Surgery: General, and Reconstructive Surgery (2018)
- Baltimore Magazine’s Top Doctor for Cosmetic: General, Cosmetic surgery: Breast and Body Contouring, Cosmetic surgery: Facial, and Reconstructive surgery (2019, 2020)
- Member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Member of The American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons
Paying It Forward
Dr. Tag gives back by educating our local medical residents and students. He’s an attending plastic surgeon on staff at Saint Agnes Hospital, where he takes part in the education of general surgery residents, plastic surgery residents from Johns Hopkins, and medical students.
Dr. Tag has successfully started a microsurgical program at St. Agnes Hospital, performing DIEP and SGAP flaps for breast reconstruction. He is also on staff at Howard County General Hospital and Mercy Medical Center.
A Full Life Outside The OR.
In his free time, Dr. Tag enjoys playing golf, working out, and spending time with his family. His lovely wife, Dr. Jessica Wertz, was an All-American gymnast at Nebraska and is now a sports medicine physician at INOVA sports medicine. He also adores his two children, Taylor and Teague, and their dogs, Cabo and Maui.