Salvatore J Pacella, M.D., M.B.A.

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Salvatore J Pacella , M.D., M.B.A.

Scripps Clinic Plastic Surgery

12 Years of Experience

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Salvatore J. Pacella, M.D., M.B.A. is a Board Certified Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon, and practices in La Jolla and San Diego, California.

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Procedures Performed

  •   Breast Augmentation (Implants)
  •   Breast Lift
  •   Breast Reduction
  •   Arm Lift
  •   Liposuction
  •   Thigh Lift
  •   Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
  •   Brow / Forehead Lift
  •   Cheek Implants
  •   Chin Implants
  •   Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
  •   Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
  •   Facelift (Rhytidectomy)
  •   Jaw Implants
  •   Neck Lift
  •   Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  •   Breast Reconstruction
  •   BOTOX
  •   Collagen
  •   Injectable Fillers
  •   Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  •   Eyelid Reconstruction
  •   Facial Traumatic Injuries
  •   Reconstruction following Skin Cancer

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      About the Practice

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      Salvatore J Pacella, M.D., M.B.A.

      Salvatore J. Pacella, M.D., M.B.A. is a Board Certified Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon, and practices in La Jolla and San Diego, California. His practice includes all aspects of Plastic Surgery, with a specialized interest in facial and oculoplastic (eyelid) surgery. He also performs botox and soft-tissue injections for facial rejuvenation and offers rhinoplasty, breast augmentation and body contouring.

      Surgeon Description

      Dr. Pacella’s philosophy focuses on enhancing natural features….he strives for balance, proportion and symmetry to achieve each patient’s unique aesthetic goals. He is dedicated to assisting his patients with achieving their desired outcome that both feels natural and looks beautiful. Whether you choose a cosmetic procedure or wish to correct a problem from injury, disease or a birth defect, you can be certain that an individualized plan will be tailored to your needs, with a special emphasis on quality and safety.

      Committed to providing the best care for his patients, Dr. Pacella holds clinical staff appointments at the prestigious Scripps Clinic, Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California. In addition, Dr. Pacella performs pediatric plastic surgery at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego and works with San Diego-based Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a non-profit organization providing volunteer surgical services for disadvantaged children with facial deformities.

      Dr. Pacella has authored over a dozen peer-reviewed publications in plastic surgery and health care economics as well as seven book chapters in cosmetic and eyelid surgery. Being committed to advancing the specialty of plastic surgery, Dr. Pacella has also been invited to present regularly at national and international plastic surgery meetings. Double-fellowship trained in Aesthetic Surgery, he is also an Active Member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

      In addition to our offices in Torrey Pines and Rancho Bernardo, we are pleased to welcome all patients to our brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Del Mar, conveniently located off Route 56 in Carmel Valley.

      Certifications and Accreditations

      Memberships and Affiliations
      • DIPLOMATE, AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY
      • Active Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
      • Associate Fellow, American College of Surgeons
      • Member, San Diego Society of Plastic Surgery
      • Chair, Development Committee - Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Inc.
      • Member, Reed O. Dingman Society of Plastic Surgery
      • Committee Member, Coding & Payment Policy Committee - American Society of Plastic Surgeons
      • Committee Member, Curriculum Development Committee - American Society of Plastic Surgeons
      • Committee Member, Aesthetic Training Task Force - American Society Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
      • Affiliate, Center for Health Care Economics - Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and University of Michigan Health System, 2003-present
      Recognitions and Awards
      • Patient’s Choice Award - Awarded by www.patientschoice.org, 2009, 2010
      • Nominee, The James W. Crudup Award - University of Michigan Department of Surgery, 3/2007
      • Micrins Microsurgical Instruments - Resident Research Award for Clinical Science, 6/2006
      • Nominee, Young Investigator Award - University of Michigan Department of Surgery, 2/2006
      • The Bronze Beeper Medical Student Teaching Award - University of Michigan Medical School, 5/2000
      • Medical School Honors Grades - Surgery, Family Medicine and Psychiatry Clerkships; Pathology; Gastrointestinal System; General Physiology; Hematology and Lymphoreticular System; Neural Sciences and Cell Histology, 1995-1999
      • Dean’s Letter of Commendation - University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 6/1996
      • The Biology Award, Saint Bonaventure University - Awarded to a student with the Highest graduating average (3.94) in the Biological Sciences, 5/1995
      • The Dr. John L. Worden Award, Saint Bonaventure University - Awarded to an underclassman with outstanding coursework in Biochemistry, 5/1994

      Education and Training

      Medical
      • DOCTOR of MEDICINE - University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York, 8/1995 - 5/1999
      Residency
      • SUBSPECIALTY FELLOWSHIP - COSMETIC SURGERY: Facial Aesthetic & Oculoplastic Surgery, PACES PLASTIC SURGERY & RECOVERY CENTER, Atlanta, Georgia, 1/2008 – 6/ 2008
      • SUBSPECIALTY FELLOWSHIP - COSMETIC SURGERY: Aesthetic & Breast Surgery; Cosmetic Dermatology, MARINA PLASTIC SURGERY ASSOCIATES, Marina Del Rey, California, 8/ 2007 – 12/2007
      • CHIEF RESIDENT, PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY - Integrated Program in Plastic Surgery, Section of Plastic Surgery, University of Michigan Health System; Ann Arbor, Michigan, 7/2006 – 8/2007
      • RESIDENT SURGEON - Integrated Program in Plastic Surgery, Section of Plastic Surgery, University of Michigan Health System; Ann Arbor, Michigan, 7/2005 – 6/2006
      • MASTER of BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Concentration in Finance and Health Care Economics, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 8/2003 - 6/2005
      • RESEARCH FELLOW - Center for Health Care Economics, Section of Plastic Surgery, Division of Trauma, Burns & Emergency Surgery, University of Michigan Health System; Ann Arbor, Michigan, 7/2003 – 6/2005
      • INTERN & RESIDENT SURGEON - Integrated Program in Plastic Surgery, Section of Plastic Surgery, University of Michigan Health System; Ann Arbor, Michigan, 6/1999 – 6/2003
      Undergraduate
      • BACHELOR of SCIENCE with Honors, Biochemistry - Summa Cum Laude, Saint Bonaventure University, Saint Bonaventure, New York, 8/1991 - 5/1995

      Patient Testimonials

      • He is the most caring doctor I have ever had. I feel very blessed to have had him perform my surgery. He made this cancer patient want to live! (breast cancer survivor)..  Continue Reading >>

      • Thank you for your wonderful care of me. I could not have entrusted myself in more capable hands...  Continue Reading >>

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