Janelle Sousa, MD
Special Clinical Interests:
Breast Reconstruction, Functional Aesthetic Surgery, Breast Reduction and Body Contouring
Dr. Sousa is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She specializes in microvascular reconstruction, including breast, head, neck, and extremity reconstruction.
Dr. Sousa has a special interest in cancer reconstruction, specifically breast cancer, sarcoma, and head and neck cancer. She also performs other reconstructive procedures, including trauma reconstruction and reconstruction of congenital differences. Dr. Sousa was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She spent most of her childhood outdoors with her family, fishing, hunting, and camping. She attended college at the University of Washington, earning a BA in Anthropology.
As a college student, she was the captain of the UW Rowing Team, leading the team to several victories during her four years as a collegiate athlete. Dr. Sousa then attended medical school at the University of Washington, followed by a residency in Plastic Surgery at UW. She continued her training as the international fellow for Microvascular Reconstruction at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Sousa recently moved to Spokane and joined the team at Plastic Surgery Northwest. She previously worked at the University of Washington as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery. As an academic plastic surgeon, she treated a variety of complex reconstructive problems, as well as trained residents and medical students, and performed clinical outcomes research.
Dr. Sousa is now eager to bring this expertise and experience to the Spokane community. This year, Dr. Sousa is serving as the Vice President of the Washington Society of Plastic Surgeons. She is a member of several other professional societies, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons (ASRM), and the Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons (NWSPS). Outside of the hospital, she spends most of her time with her family. Her husband, Ted Sousa, works as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Shriners Hospital for Children. Dr. Sousa has two young children, Hank and Liv. As a family, they love biking, hiking, cooking, playing board games, and taking walks around the neighborhood with their dog Georgia and Louisa the Cat. The
Sousa’s are excited to be part of the Plastic Surgery Northwest family and the greater Spokane community.
"I am so incredibly grateful for the experience I had with Dr. Sousa and her team! From my very first visit and through every step of the way to surgery and post op she was incredibly understanding, thorough and professional! I am forever grateful to her for the way she changed my life with her talent and skill! I appreciate all of you at Plastic Surgery Northwest and highly recommend Dr. Sousa and her team to anyone who is looking for a compassionate, skilled and professional Surgeon! Thank You!"
"Dr Sousa and her team are fabulous! The process of preparing and all phases of my recovery were well explained and the journey extremely compassionate and professional. I am a retired nurse and worked under a mission of know ,care and ease the way… this is what I experienced with Dr Sousa and her team. My results are life changing for me with such gratitude for this positive experience."
"Dr. Sousa was incredible. She is an incredible surgeon. She made sure I was well aware of what to expect leading up to my surgery, I am so happy with the results of my breast reduction. She truly gave me the opportunity to feel comfortable in my own skin, lead a healthier life and improve my back issues and posture. She listened to my concerns and I wouldn't change a thing following surgery. The surgery team was very sweet and caring."