Daniel Murariu, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS

“I wish I could award TEN stars. Dr. M’s kindness, compassion and exceptional care and knowledge make him the only choice for any person seeking plastic surgery. In my case, as a breast cancer survivor…we met at a time that I was uncertain and scared. I came away from the experience assured I was with the best possible surgeon and care staff. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else.“

– Tresa L.

About Dr. Murariu

Daniel Murariu, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS (or better known as Dr. M) has recently joined Dr. Robert Peterson at Athena Clinic in Honolulu, Hawai’i! He has been named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor since 2020, named in Newsweek Magazine 2022 America’s Best Plastic Surgeons ranking, and featured in Pittsburgh Magazine 2021 and 2022 editions of Top Doctors.

He performs cosmetic surgery procedures and reconstructive surgery and has a particular interest in DaVinci robotic reconstruction, lymphedema surgery, complex abdominal wall reconstruction, and microsurgery focusing on head and neck and on breast reconstruction.

Dr. Murariu performed the world’s first surgery of a breast reconstruction with sensate flap and lymph node transfer, which was featured on CBS KDKA-TV nightly news as well a novel reconstructive procedure using the DaVinci robot. He is one of few plastic surgeons worldwide performing robotic reconstruction surgery for perineal, head and neck, and breast reconstruction.

Dr. Murariu has published several dozen journal articles and book chapters and is a peer reviewer for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery- Global Open Journal, the main plastic surgery journals.  Since 2004, he has been working internationally to improve the healthcare in emerging countries, including introduction of new procedures and techniques. He has given a TEDx talk about his approach to international medical missions in 2015 in San Francisco.

Dr. Murariu is involved in charitable activities through his Rotary Club and a foundation he started in 2006. Dr. Murariu has received multiple awards for his charitable activities, including the Rotary Club District 5000 Peacemaker Award and a State of Hawai’i Proclamation by the House of Representatives in 2012 and named one of seven personalities of Iasi in 2015 by local magazine.


  • Tulane University School of Medicine (MD/MPH)
  • University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business (Executive MBA, Healthcare Focus)

Surgery Training:

  • University of Hawai’i – General Surgery Residency
  • University of Virginia – Plastic Surgery Residency
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center – Microsurgery Fellowship

Board Certifications:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery

Honors & Awards:

  • Named one of seven personalities of Iasi, Romania for 2015 by 7 Est Weekly 2015
  • TEDx UC Davis speaker 2015
  • Rotarian with Heart award (RC Honolulu Sunset) 2013
  • State of Hawai’i Proclamation (House of Representatives) 2012
  • 2012 Rotary Club (District 5000) Jerry C.L. Chang Peacemaker award
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2020


  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS)

Former Clinical Appointments:

  • Director of Microsurgery and Lymphatic Surgery – Allegheny Health Network (AHN) in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Co-medical Director for Clinical Access – Allegheny Health Network (AHN) in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Clinical Associate Professor – Department of Plastic Surgery at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Languages Spoken:

  • English, Romanian, Italian

Learn More About Dr. M

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