Samita Goyal, MD
Dr. Samita Goyal is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a native Virginian who is thrilled to bring her passion and commitment in Plastic Surgery to Richmond, Virginia. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia and developed a strong sense of community in the diverse suburbs of Northern Virginia. At a young age, she was recruited into the Gifted and Talented Programs at Springfield Estates Elementary School and Mark Twain Middle School where she joined like-minded bright children in an environment that cultivated her passion for science, technology and math. At a young age she wished to become an inventor or a “medicine-woman in the Amazon” – little did she know she would go on to join the fantastically innovative and artfully healing community of plastic surgeons!
In middle school, Dr. Goyal was one of the few students who was selected to attend the prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, where she maintained a stellar GPA and participated in numerous extra-curricular activities. She spent her summers at the National Institutes of Health, a sought-after internship offered only to select high school students, where she further honed her interest in research. Knowing early on that she wanted to dedicate her life to helping people, in her senior year of high school Dr. Goyal pursued elite programs to accelerate her journey into medicine. From hundreds of applicants, she was one of eighteen students who matriculated into the combined BA/MD program at The George Washington University. In only two and a half years, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a focus in Chemistry, magna cum laude.
She spent her remaining semester of her undergraduate education researching at the esteemed Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. Dr. Goyal found herself entranced by French culture and art and spent the bulk of her free time roaming the streets of Paris, visiting and re-visiting its celebrated monuments and museums. She learned here the ability to synchronize art and function, a facet she brings to her work every day in surgery.
Dr. Goyal continued her education at The George Washington University School of Medicine, where she earned the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha Honors society by excelling in the top 15% of her class. On her first day of medical school, her introductory lectures to medicine firmly impressed upon her the magic and finesse that could be achieved from the art of surgery. From that point onwards, she focused her efforts into becoming a surgeon. She was exposed to plastic surgery later in her medical school years and fell in love with the field. To be able to salvage a traumatized limb, create something from nothing to restore a breast cancer patient’s self of identity, restore function to a mangled hand, and create beauty in all aspects of her work… she knew from her exposure to plastic surgery that it was the right fit for her.
Dr. Goyal then left the DMV area to conduct her integrated plastic surgery residency and microsurgery fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, she developed a passion for the reconstruction of large and distant soft tissue defects with the tools of microsurgery. She found herself loving every aspect of plastic surgery, learning trades, and secrets from experts in hand surgery, craniofacial surgery, aesthetic surgery, and microsurgery. In residency, Dr. Goyal further solidified her interest in research and was recognized for her clinical research there. True to her passion and commitment to serving the community, Dr. Goyal participated in two medical mission trips to Bucaramanga, Colombia, where she delivered care to the less fortunate, ranging from cleft lip/palate surgery, ear reconstruction, burn defects, congenital hand defects and breast reconstruction. She is dedicated to incorporating mission work into her career of plastic surgery and is excited to pursue similar future endeavors.
Dr. Goyal moved back home to Virginia following the completion of her training. She is excited to live in Virginia’s capital, where she now brings her surgical skill and honed expertise in microsurgery to the people of this delightful community. As one of the few women here to offer such advanced services to those suffering from breast cancer, she hopes to enhance the experience of patients in the greater community of Richmond, Virginia.
Dr. Goyal enjoys spending her free time exploring outdoors or curled up indoors with a book. She has recently taken up skiing and looks forward to winter getaways with her family and friends. She is a proud aunt to three enchanting children and cannot get enough of them. Similar to wanting the absolute best care for her loved ones, Dr. Goyal truly approaches each patient as if they were a family member. She dedicates her time and energy to serving simply the best.
Dr. Goyal performs a wide range of surgery with specialization in autologous, implant-based, and oncoplastic techniques for breast reconstruction.
Dr. Goyal is licensed to practice medicine in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. She offers surgical care at the following locations:
- Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond
- Johnston Willis Hospital in Richmond
- Chippenham Hospital in Richmond
- Retreat Doctors Hospital in Richmond
- Parham Doctors Hospital in Richmond
- St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian
- St. Marys Hospital in Richmond
Dr. Goyal stays active in the medical community through being a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.