The Meltzer Clinic: Ellie Zara Ley

Ellie Zara Ley in 2019

Ellie Zara Ley (born ~1973) is a Mexican-American surgeon. She performs gender surgeries with Toby R. Meltzer at The Meltzer Clinic in Arizona.


Ley was born in San Luis, Sonora. She received treatment as a child in the US for a medical condition. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Spanish literature and biochemistry from University of Arizona in 1995. She earned her medical degree from the medical school of Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in 2000, then returned to the United States to work at New York Medical College and at University of Arizona. Following her fellowship in pediatric craniofacial plastic surgery at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Utah, she trained at UCLA in hand and microsurgery. She then returned to the University of Utah for a fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

She founded the LEY Institute of Plastic & Hand Surgery before joining The Meltzer Clinic. She is licensed to practice in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Utah.


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