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Dr. Kibblewhite – Cosmetic Facial Surgeon, Vancouver

You could say noses are Dr Kibblewhite’s passion. With some 15 years of medical training and two decades of private practice, he has become one of the leading rhinoplasty practitioners in Western Canada.

He is often the first choice when peers and colleagues are looking to refer their patients for nose surgery. Nearly half of all patients that come to him are referrals from other specialists and many of these patients are seeking to have a previous nose procedure corrected or re-done.

The reason Dr. Kibblewhite is admired by peers and patients alike is his unrelenting dedication to the practice of rhinoplasty. The challenge of balancing the objectivity of surgical problem solving against the subjectivity of aesthetic considerations provides immeasurable job satisfaction. For Dr. Kibblewhite every nose is unique and demands an equally unique approach – there is no cookie-cutter formula.


Dr. Kibblewhite is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery after successfully completing a rigorous set of oral exams and submitting two years of operative cases. He is also a Fellow of the American Association of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

Upon receiving his Bachelor of Sciences degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1976, he went on to earn a Doctor of Medicine in 1980 and followed up with a surgical internship at McGill University in Montreal (1981) and surgical training at Dalhousie University in Halifax (1983).

Cosmetic Facial Surgical Training

His comprehensive surgical training also includes: a Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Washington under Dr. Wayne Larrabee in nose surgery, eyelid & oculoplastic surgery as well as facelifts (Dr. Larrabee is one of the world’s most well known facial plastic surgeons and is the chairman of the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery); a Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (1989); and, a four-year Residency Training Program in Otolaryngology at the University of British Columbia, Concentration on Facial Plastic Surgery (1986-89).

In addition to maintaining a professional surgical practice, Dr. Kibblewhite continues to add to his professional credentials and accomplishments. As Clinical Associate Professor with Department of Surgery at UBC he trains medical students and surgical residents throughout British Columbia. He is a sought-after presenter on cosmetic facial surgery at professional and academic conferences throughout the province and country and is a regular reviewer for the journal Facial Plastic Surgery as well as several international medical journals. He has published several papers based on his award-winning research into bone and soft tissue regeneration and replacement and continues to conduct basic research at UBC into factors that influence facial development.

Dr. Kibblewhite performs over 300 major surgical procedures each year. He and his team operate primarily out of UBC Hospital and treat private surgical cases at the Cambie Surgery Centre, using state-of-the art facilities and technology.

5 key questions to ask your surgeon

  • Are you board-certified?
  • Do you have hospital privileges?
  • How many procedures of this type have you performed?
  • What are the risks involved?
  • What is the recovery time?