A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Joseph V. Cannova., provides a full spectrum of plastic surgery services to Kansas City patients. In response to the region’s demand, his practice focuses largely on cosmetic procedures. He has built an excellent reputation throughout the Kansas City area with his expertise and skill set. Dr. Cannova was named a 2013 Top Doctor in Cosmetic Surgery by 435 South Magazine in a peer-nominated awards process. He’s also been named a “Super Doctor” every year since 2007.

If you’d like to book an appointment with Dr. Cannova, call our office at (913) 451-3722. You can also request your consultation online.

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After spending just a few minutes with Dr. Cannova, patients say it’s plain to see how passionate he is about what he does and what he can do for them. “Procedures like face lifts, mommy makeovers (breast augmentation or reduction and tummy tuck) and surgery after dramatic weight loss can restore patients’ confidence. They know they’ve had plastic surgery, but others don’t — they just see renewed vitality,” Dr. Cannova says. “I strive to create a natural look, and my patients see real results.”

Dr. Cannova joined Associated Plastic Surgeons in 1998. This Kansas City native says he was drawn to the practice because of the diversity of cases the group treats. “If you’re skilled at a procedure as complex as breast reconstruction, your skills in cosmetic surgery will be equally transcendent,” Dr. Cannova explains. The trademark of his practice is his 1-on-1 relationship with the patient. Patients leave his office knowing he truly cares about them and their desired outcomes.

He chose plastic surgery as a specialty after working in the burn unit during his general surgery residency. After seeing the way plastic surgery could transform a person’s life, he was moved to make it a career. He loves the details involved in a cosmetic surgery, such as the sculpting and individualized tailoring of each procedure. Today, he is as excited as ever about his chosen career. “If we can improve your appearance, you’ll feel more confident. That confidence can help you start engaging in more activities and living life to the fullest,” he says. “For some people, a cosmetic procedure can make a world of difference.”


Undergraduate and Medical

University of Missouri – Kansas City
B.A. Biology/ M.D.


General Surgery Residency
St. Luke’s Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Plastic Surgery Residency

Medical University of South Carolina
Chief Resident

Honors and Activities

  • Medical School Advisory Council
  • American Medical Association
  • Western Missouri Friends
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center House Staff Association President
  • Council on Graduate Medical Education, Case Western Reserve University

Certification and Professional Societies

  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons
  • Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Medical License State of Missouri
  • Medical License State of Kansas