About Dr. Taras

Dr. Taras is a General Surgeon certified by the American Board of Surgery and a formally fellowship trained Cosmetic Surgeon who moved her busy aesthetic surgery practice from Chicago to Melbourne. Born and raised in the Midwestern United States, she completed her undergraduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Dr. Taras went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Following graduation from medical school, she gained acceptance into the highly competitive General Surgery training program at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in New York City then continued on to Swedish Medical Center in Seattle where she completed her General Surgery training.

Dr. Taras stayed on in Seattle to pursue additional specialised training in an American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) certified cosmetic surgery fellowship program. Only board certified surgeons qualify for selection into the highly sought after AACS certified fellowship positions and she performed over 600 aesthetic surgical procedures throughout her year of training alone.

Following training, Dr. Taras journeyed to Chicago where she started a comprehensive cosmetic surgery practice and developed a passion for breast and body rejuvenation. She has extensive experience in performing a wide range of procedures including breast augmentation with both implants and fat transfer, mastopexy (breast lift), breast reduction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), brachioplasty (arm lift), body lift, liposuction, and female-to-male transgender chest reconstruction. She has since relocated to Melbourne and is excited to implement the latest cutting edge techniques to deliver beautifully natural results to her patients here in Australia.

Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
September 2001-May 2005
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
September 1995-May 1999
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology

Box Hill Hospital
Box Hill VIC
February 2017-February 2018
Acute General Surgical Fellow

Austin Hospital
Heidelberg VIC
February 2016-February 2017
Endocrine Surgical Fellow

Austin Hospital
Heidelberg VIC
June 2015-January 2016
Bariatric/Upper GI Surgical Fellow

La Belle Vie Cosmetic Surgery Centers
Seattle, Washington
August 2011-August 2012
Cosmetic Surgery Fellow

Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, Washington
July 2006-June 2011
General Surgery Resident

New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
Brooklyn, New York
July 2005-June 2006
General Surgery Resident

Calisoma Cosmetic Surgery Institute
Chicago, Illinois
June 2013-April 2015
Owner/General and Aesthetic Surgeon

Franciscan Hammond Clinic
Munster, Indiana
September 2012-May 2013
General Surgeon

    • Taras AR, Thorpe JD, Morris AD, Atwood M, Lowe KA, Beatty JD. Irradiation effect following mastectomy on breast cancer recurrence in patients presenting with locally advanced disease. Am J Surg. May 2011, 201:603-607.
    • Taras AR, Kaufman JA. Laparoscopic retrieval of intrauterine device perforating the sigmoid colon. JSLS. Jul.-Sep. 2010, 14(3):453-455.
    • Taras AR, Hendrickson NA, Lowe KA, Atwood M, Beatty JD. Recurrence rates in breast cancer patients with false negative intraoperative evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes. Am J Surg. May 2010, 199(5):625-28.
    • Taras AR, Martinez RJ. Intramesosigmoid hernia. Archives of Surgery. Dec. 2009, 144(12):1187-1188.
    • Taras AR, Hendrickson NA, Pugliese MS, Lowe KA, Atwood M, Beatty JD. Intraoperative evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes in invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast. Am J Surg. May 2009, 197(5):643-6.
    • Rafiee P, Ogawa H, Fisher PJ, Taras AR, Otterson MF, Binion DG. Antiangiogenic effect of radiation on human intestinal microvascular endothelial cells (HIMEC) involves inhibition of VEGF induced signal transduction. Gastroenterology. Apr. 2002, 122(4 Suppl): T1234.
    • Stein DJ, Rafiee P, Taras AR, Lamirand TH, Fisher PJ, Ogawa H, Telford GL, Otterson MF, Johnson CP, Binion DG. Thalidomide inhibits inflammatory and angiogenic activation of human intestinal microvascular endothelial cells (HIMEC). Gastroenterology. Apr. 2001, 120(5 Suppl 1):1441.
    • Li MS, Rafiee P, Fisher PJ, Lamirand TH, Taras AR, Shidham VB, Johnson CP, Binion DG. Vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) expression in human intestinal microvascular endothelial cells (HIMEC) is mediated by JNK, intracellular oxyradicals, and NFkB activation. Gastroenterology. Apr. 2000, 118(4 Suppl 2): 3153.
    • Taras AR. Fluid management and Principles of Blood Transfusion. Eastern Health Surgical Lecture Series. Apr. 2017.
    • Taras AR. Thyroid cancer. Austin Hospital Saturday Surgical Seminar. Sep. 2016.
    • Taras AR. Austin Hospital Endocrine Surgical Unit Audit. Aug. 2016.
    • Taras AR, Aly, A. Obesity and Surgical Intervention. Mercy Hospital for Women Grand Rounds, May 2016.
    • Taras AR, Thorpe JD, Morris AD, Atwood M, Lowe KA, Beatty JD. Effect of irradiation following mastectomy on breast cancer recurrence rates in patients presenting with locally advanced disease. North Pacific Surgical Association, Nov. 2010.
    • Taras AR, Morris AD, Atwood M, Lowe KA, Beatty JD. Effect of irradiation following mastectomy on breast cancer recurrence rates in patients presenting with locally advanced disease. Washington/Oregon State Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Jun. 2010.
    • Taras AR. Massive abdominal cyst. Seattle Surgical Society, Jan. 2010.
    • Taras AR, Hendrickson NA, Lowe KA, Atwood M, Beatty JD. Recurrence rates in breast cancer patients with false negative intraoperative evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes. North Pacific Surgical Association, Nov. 2009.
    • Taras AR, Hendrickson NA, Lowe KA, Atwood M, Beatty JD. Recurrence rates in breast cancer patients with false negative intraoperative evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes. Washington/Oregon State Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Jun. 2009.
    • Taras AR, Hendrickson NA, Lowe KA, Atwood M, Beatty JD. Recurrence rates in breast cancer patients with false negative intraoperative evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes. Miami Breast Cancer Conference, Mar. 2009.
    • Taras AR, Hendrickson NA, Pugliese MS, Lowe KA, Atwood M, Beatty JD. Intraoperative evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes in invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast. North Pacific Surgical Association, Nov. 2008.
    • Taras, AR. Treating breast cancer. Swedish Medical Center, Apr. 2007.
    • Taras, AR. Metastatic mucinous adenocarcinoma of the gallbladder. New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Oct. 2005.
    • Taras, AR. Outcome for Stage 3 intermediate risk neuroblastoma based on residual mass at the end of therapy. University of Southern California, Aug. 2002.

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
June-August 2002
Prognosis for Stage 3 intermediate risk neuroblastoma based on residual mass at the end of therapy in pediatric populations.
Principal Investigators: James Stein, M.D., Judith Villablanca, M.D.

Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August 1999-June 2001
Investigation of the mechanisms which underlie chronic inflammation in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two major forms of inflammatory bowel disease.
Principal Investigators: Subra Kugathasan, M.D., David G. Binion, M.D., Parvaneh Rafiee, Ph.D. James Stein, M.D.

    • American Board of Surgery, April 2013
    • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
    • Australia and New Zealand Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Member
    • American Medical Association, Member
    • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Physician Member
    • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, IMG Member

Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
September 2001-May 2005
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
September 1995-May 1999
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology

Box Hill Hospital
Box Hill VIC
February 2017-February 2018
Acute General Surgical Fellow

Austin Hospital
Heidelberg VIC
February 2016-February 2017
Endocrine Surgical Fellow

Austin Hospital
Heidelberg VIC
June 2015-January 2016
Bariatric/Upper GI Surgical Fellow

La Belle Vie Cosmetic Surgery Centers
Seattle, Washington
August 2011-August 2012
Cosmetic Surgery Fellow

Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, Washington
July 2006-June 2011
General Surgery Resident

New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
Brooklyn, New York
July 2005-June 2006
General Surgery Resident

Calisoma Cosmetic Surgery Institute
Chicago, Illinois
June 2013-April 2015
Owner/General and Aesthetic Surgeon

Franciscan Hammond Clinic
Munster, Indiana
September 2012-May 2013
General Surgeon

    • Taras AR, Thorpe JD, Morris AD, Atwood M, Lowe KA, Beatty JD. Irradiation effect following mastectomy on breast cancer recurrence in patients presenting with locally advanced disease. Am J Surg. May 2011, 201:603-607.
    • Taras AR, Kaufman JA. Laparoscopic retrieval of intrauterine device perforating the sigmoid colon. JSLS. Jul.-Sep. 2010, 14(3):453-455.
    • Taras AR, Hendrickson NA, Lowe KA, Atwood M, Beatty JD. Recurrence rates in breast cancer patients with false negative intraoperative evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes. Am J Surg. May 2010, 199(5):625-28.
    • Taras AR, Martinez RJ. Intramesosigmoid hernia. Archives of Surgery. Dec. 2009, 144(12):1187-1188.
    • Taras AR, Hendrickson NA, Pugliese MS, Lowe KA, Atwood M, Beatty JD. Intraoperative evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes in invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast. Am J Surg. May 2009, 197(5):643-6.
    • Rafiee P, Ogawa H, Fisher PJ, Taras AR, Otterson MF, Binion DG. Antiangiogenic effect of radiation on human intestinal microvascular endothelial cells (HIMEC) involves inhibition of VEGF induced signal transduction. Gastroenterology. Apr. 2002, 122(4 Suppl): T1234.
    • Stein DJ, Rafiee P, Taras AR, Lamirand TH, Fisher PJ, Ogawa H, Telford GL, Otterson MF, Johnson CP, Binion DG. Thalidomide inhibits inflammatory and angiogenic activation of human intestinal microvascular endothelial cells (HIMEC). Gastroenterology. Apr. 2001, 120(5 Suppl 1):1441.
    • Li MS, Rafiee P, Fisher PJ, Lamirand TH, Taras AR, Shidham VB, Johnson CP, Binion DG. Vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) expression in human intestinal microvascular endothelial cells (HIMEC) is mediated by JNK, intracellular oxyradicals, and NFkB activation. Gastroenterology. Apr. 2000, 118(4 Suppl 2): 3153.
    • Taras AR. Fluid management and Principles of Blood Transfusion. Eastern Health Surgical Lecture Series. Apr. 2017.
    • Taras AR. Thyroid cancer. Austin Hospital Saturday Surgical Seminar. Sep. 2016.
    • Taras AR. Austin Hospital Endocrine Surgical Unit Audit. Aug. 2016.
    • Taras AR, Aly, A. Obesity and Surgical Intervention. Mercy Hospital for Women Grand Rounds, May 2016.
    • Taras AR, Thorpe JD, Morris AD, Atwood M, Lowe KA, Beatty JD. Effect of irradiation following mastectomy on breast cancer recurrence rates in patients presenting with locally advanced disease. North Pacific Surgical Association, Nov. 2010.
    • Taras AR, Morris AD, Atwood M, Lowe KA, Beatty JD. Effect of irradiation following mastectomy on breast cancer recurrence rates in patients presenting with locally advanced disease. Washington/Oregon State Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Jun. 2010.
    • Taras AR. Massive abdominal cyst. Seattle Surgical Society, Jan. 2010.
    • Taras AR, Hendrickson NA, Lowe KA, Atwood M, Beatty JD. Recurrence rates in breast cancer patients with false negative intraoperative evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes. North Pacific Surgical Association, Nov. 2009.
    • Taras AR, Hendrickson NA, Lowe KA, Atwood M, Beatty JD. Recurrence rates in breast cancer patients with false negative intraoperative evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes. Washington/Oregon State Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Jun. 2009.
    • Taras AR, Hendrickson NA, Lowe KA, Atwood M, Beatty JD. Recurrence rates in breast cancer patients with false negative intraoperative evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes. Miami Breast Cancer Conference, Mar. 2009.
    • Taras AR, Hendrickson NA, Pugliese MS, Lowe KA, Atwood M, Beatty JD. Intraoperative evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes in invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast. North Pacific Surgical Association, Nov. 2008.
    • Taras, AR. Treating breast cancer. Swedish Medical Center, Apr. 2007.
    • Taras, AR. Metastatic mucinous adenocarcinoma of the gallbladder. New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Oct. 2005.
    • Taras, AR. Outcome for Stage 3 intermediate risk neuroblastoma based on residual mass at the end of therapy. University of Southern California, Aug. 2002.

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
June-August 2002
Prognosis for Stage 3 intermediate risk neuroblastoma based on residual mass at the end of therapy in pediatric populations.
Principal Investigators: James Stein, M.D., Judith Villablanca, M.D.

Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August 1999-June 2001
Investigation of the mechanisms which underlie chronic inflammation in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two major forms of inflammatory bowel disease.
Principal Investigators: Subra Kugathasan, M.D., David G. Binion, M.D., Parvaneh Rafiee, Ph.D. James Stein, M.D.

    • American Board of Surgery, April 2013
    • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
    • Australia and New Zealand Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Member
    • American Medical Association, Member
    • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Physician Member
    • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, IMG Member