R. James Koch MD Inc.

Medicolegal & Cosmetic Device Consulting


Dr. Koch was born in Western New York, and went to college at Colby College in Maine. From there he obtained a Master of Science degree in Natural Sciences/Immunology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He then attended medical school there, and graduated with Cum Laude honors. This was followed by Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery training at the State University of New York at Buffalo.  

Dr. Koch completed his specialty training with a fellowship in Advanced Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University where his achievements earned him an appointment to the full time faculty in July of 1995. At Stanford, he held the titles of Associate Professor, Co-Director of the Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, and Co-Director of the Fellowship for Advanced Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.  


He is double Board Certified in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. He is the recipient of several research grants and awards, and was Director of the Wound Healing Laboratory at Stanford. Dr. Koch's expert knowledge of wound healing serves his patients well in individualized procedure selection and through the recovery process.


He has authored or co-authored 2 books, 15 book chapters and more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has also given 66 international lectures, and 120 invited lectures. In addition, Dr. Koch's expertise crosses specialty lines as he frequently gives the keynote address at Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, and Facial Plastic Surgery meetings.


Dr. Koch has served as a mentor for Stanford undergraduates, medical students, residents (doctors in training), and fellows (completed formal training and are doing extra training). While at Stanford, 14 Stanford Medical Students performed research under his direction. This includes 11 Medical Scholars Awards, 1 Stanford University Research Travel Award, and 1 Research Assistantship through the Early Matriculation Program. While at Stanford, more than half of the Stanford Head and Neck Surgery residents performed their required research rotation under the direction of Dr. Koch. All of them had a national presentation and at least one peer-reviewed publication resulting from this work.  In addition, these residents have won a total of five national research awards - including both the 1999 and 2000 Vice President Award from the Triological Society for best paper submitted.  He was voted “Teacher of the Year” in 2001 and given the “Resident Advocate Award” in 2005 by the Stanford residents.


He has been an active leader of numerous professional organizations and this includes membership on several committees of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. In addition to serving as the CMA delegate for the California Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Society, he has been on the Board of Directors for the California Society of Facial Plastic Surgery and the Foundation for Facial Plastic Surgery. 


In his spare time, Dr. Koch enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 dogs on the Pacific coast near Half Moon Bay, California.