Meet Dr. Joe Niamtu

Virginia Cosmetic facial Surgeon Dr Joe Niamtu Dr. Niamtu is well known in international cosmetic facial surgery circles as surgeon, teacher and author and is regarded as a key opinion leader by academics and clinicians worldwide. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and The American Board of Cosmetic Facial Surgery. His practice is limited to cosmetic facial surgery. He has Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Certification from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Health Professions. He maintains cosmetic surgery privileges at several local hospitals.

He lectures internationally on cosmetic facial surgery and has taught on six continents around the world. He has written four textbooks as well as 30 chapters on other textbooks. He has authored hundreds of publications on various cosmetic facial topics and a cosmetic facial surgery DVD series.

Dr. Niamtu is a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and has served on the board of directors of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation. He has chaired numerous committees with the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, where he currently sits as Chair of the Communications Committee. He appears regularly in newspaper articles, television broadcasts and popular magazines. He is passionate about all aspects of cosmetic facial surgery and loves going to work and making patients look and feel better.

Dr. Niamtu was voted “Best Plastic Surgeon to Take You Back 20 Years” by Richmond Magazine in 2010 and “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” from Style Weekly Magazine from 2011-2016 and Best Cosmetic Surgeon by Virginia Living Magazine in 2012-2016. He has received numerous “Best Speaker” awards at numerous multi-specialty meetings. He was voted “Best Plastic Surgeon” by the Richmond Times Dispatch newspaper in 2015.

Dr. Niamtu is committed to numerous charitable organizations and pro bono groups. He was honored with the Richmond Times-Dispatch Newspaper Community Service Award for his volunteer work on third world children with facial deformities. He and his wife have received community service awards from Greater Richmond Arc and Safe Harbor Domestic Violence Shelter. Dr. Niamtu has also been active with Operation Smile and Noah’s Children, International Hospital for Children and Medical Care for Children.

Dr. Niamtu and his wife have two special needs children with cerebral palsy.

Dr. Drew Ordon the host of the Award Winning Daytime Show The Doctors Interviews Dr. Niamtu


  • Kent State University, Kent Ohio-Bachelor of Science
  • Kent State University Graduate School-Neuroanatomy (1 year)
  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio- DMD
  • Carolinas Medical Center- General Practice Residency (GPR)
  • Medical College of Virginia- Richmond, Virginia- 4 year hospital residency oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

Dr. Niamtu has cosmetic surgery privileges at the following local hospitals and surgery centers

  • Henrico Doctors Parham
  • Henrico Doctors Forest
  • Retreat Doctors Hospital
  • Memorial Regional Medical Center
  • Stony Point Surgery Center
  • Martha Jefferson**

Dr. Niamtu featured in Richmond.Com article about interesting Richmonder’s.  Click here to view article.  You will learn some things about Dr. Joe that may surprise you.

A Word From Dr. Niamtu

To learn more about Dr. Niamtu and his professional activities visit the links on “About Dr. Niamtu” on the menu.