Sofia Lyford-Pike

Associate Professor
Vice Chair for Clinical Strategy
Chief Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


As a double board certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck surgeon and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, I specialize in the form and function of the face. Most specifically I focus on the face’s role in identity, expression and social interaction. My passion is to help individuals in optimizing their facial health. I believe that each patient and case I see is unique, and my goal is to collaborate with my patient to truly understand and advise what is best for her or him. It is my obligation to explain all options and the procedure thoroughly so that my patients will make confident, informed decisions, and know that I will support them the entire way. I also currently run the surgical residency training for our department.


  • Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery Face/Head and Neck
  • Facial Paralysis and Reanimation 
  • Cleft Rhinoplasty
  • Microvascular Reconstruction of the Head and Neck 
  • Pediatric Facial Reconstruction
  • Nasal Surgery 
  • Surgical Training/Education 


Undergrad: University of Maryland

Med School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Residency: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Fellowship: Peter Hilger, University of Minnesota

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgery
  • MOC in Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Recertification
  • MOC in Otolaryngology

Awards and Recognitions

  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's "Top Doctors" 
  • Minnesota Monthly Best Doctors
  • "Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Rising Star"
  • The Frank L. Coulson Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Duane Sewell MD Award for Professionalism and Humanitarianism in Medicine Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Professional Associations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, National Medical Honor Society
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • American Head and Neck Society


  • Liu SW, Lyford-Pike S. Management of Lateral Wall Insufficiency. Facial Plast Surg. 2023 Dec;39(6):616-620. doi: 10.1055/s-0043-1773767. Epub 2023 Sep 14. PMID: 37709288.
  • Luetzenberg FS, Lyford-Pike S. Modern use of tranexamic acid in facial plastic surgery. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2023 Aug 1;31(4):219-223. doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000886. Epub 2023 Apr 13. PMID: 37052603.



Philips Wangensteen Building
420 Delaware St SE - MMC-396
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Contact

Shane Gullikson