With a passion for plastic surgery, Dr. Sarah Mess has a heart felt desire to help each and every patient look his or her best, as well as the sincere dedication, knowledge, and talent that appeal to men and women desiring enhancement. 

Dr. Mess’ well-rounded and unique practice is based upon the goals and concerns of her patients. She is always in tune with the advances of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and highly regarded by her peers, prompting patient referrals from numerous oncologists, dermatologists and other medical practitioners.

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Olney, Maryland, Dr. Mess is the daughter of an orthopedic surgeon father and artist mother, who have naturally inspired her approach in combining artistry with surgery.

With extensive training and education, Dr. Mess is affiliated with the Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. Dr. Mess is esteemed by her patients and the community as an accommodating and friendly figure, willing to reach out and provide services for those who wish to enhance their image and quality of life.

Curriculum Vitae

Hospital Affiliations

Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, MD   Member of the Medical Executive Committee

Johns Hopkins Hospital   Instructor in Plastic Surgery

Montgomery General Hospital. Olney, MD   Chairman, Division of Plastic Surgery

Northwest Hospital & The Cosmetic Surgery Center    at Northwest Hospital SurgiCenter


Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC 1999-2005 Plastic Surgery Residency
University of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore, MD 1995-1999   Medical Doctor, Summa Cum Laude, 1999
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1990-1994   Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Magna Cum Laude, May 1994


Proficient in Spanish


Mess SA, Oncoplasty Breast Care in Howard County Community Seminar. Columbia, MD; 2006.

Mess SA, Al-Attar A, Menon N, Panarelli JP, Johnson MD, Baker SB. Viability of adipose tissue injected with platelet rich plasma: an experimental study in the nude mouse. Plastic Surgery Senior Residents Conference. Houston, TX; March 2005.

Mess SA, Al-Attar A, Davison SP. Ineffective treatment of keloids with interferon α-2b. Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. Naples, FA; January 2005.


American Board of Plastic Surgery



American Society of Plastic Surgeons

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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Alpha Omega AlphaPhi Beta Kappa

Epidemiology Award at University of Maryland Medical School 1999

Benjamin Franklin Scholar at University of Pennsylvania 1991-1994

NIH-Predoctoral Intramural Research Training Fellowship. NIH, Bethesda, MD 1994-1995


Mess S.A. Melanoma. Howard County General Hospital Cancer Program Annual Report. Columbia, MD: John Hopkins Medicine; 2008.

Davison SP, Mess SA, Kauffman CL, Al-Attar A. Ineffective treatment of keloids with interferon α-2b. Plas Recon Surg 2006; 117(1): 247-252.

Al-Attar A, Mess SA, Thomassen JM, et al. Keloids: pathogenesis and treatment. Plas Recon Surg; 117(1): 286-300.

Mess SA, Gradinger GP, Spear SL. Breast reduction with the free nipple graft technique. In: Spear SL, ed. Surgery of the Breast: Principles and Art. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2006.