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Meet La Jolla Plastic Surgeon

James Casimir Pietraszek, M.D.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon - Dr. James Pietraszek

 James Casimir Pietraszek M.D., F.A.C.S.

I have always planned on being a doctor, as I came from a medical family where my father was a physician and my mother a nurse. Growing up in that environment showed me how much joy and satisfaction one could get out of serving others as a doctor. I was also provided with a wonderful role model in my dad as to how to treat a patient with care and respect. I followed my dad to the same medical school he attended, the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, where I grew up.

During medical school I realized I wanted to be a surgeon. Working with my hands to heal patients felt most natural to me. After medical school I went to New York City where I spent the next five years in a general surgery residency at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center in Manhattan.  There I was fully trained in the art and science of surgery, learning judgment and getting experience in treating the surgical patient.

During my general surgery training I was exposed to plastic and reconstructive surgery. The combination of surgery and aesthetics was most appealing to me personally. I therefore decided to pursue further training in plastic surgery in Dallas, Texas in the University of Texas/Southwestern Medical School/Parkland Memorial Hospital Program, a widely recognized and highly esteemed teaching program in plastic surgery. There I trained with and learned from many of the leaders in the field of plastic surgery. Their expertise and skill are with me to this day.

From Dallas I moved to San Diego where I have been in private practice ever since.  Over the years my practice has evolved into an exclusively aesthetic or cosmetic practice, meaning I do elective surgeries designed to make one look better. It gives me great satisfaction to know that when I improve a patients appearance, I enhance their self image and their self esteem, which will allow them to more fully realize their true potential.

On the personal side, I have been very happily married to my beautiful wife Sandy for 25 wonderful years and enjoy exercise, skiing, music, reading and traveling.


                                                                           CURRICULUM VITAE

DATE OF BIRTH:               April 6, 1949

PLACE OF BIRTH:             Buffalo, New York

                                             1966 - 1970 Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

                                              B.S. in Biology

                                             1970 - 1974 Medical School

                                              State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine

                                             1974 - 1979 Residency in General Surgery

                                              New York University - Bellevue Medical Center

                                              New York, New York

                                              1980 - 1982 Residency in Plastic Surgery

                                              University of Texas

                                              Southwestern Medical School - Parkland Memorial Hospital

                                              Dallas, Texas


                                              1978 - 1979 Clinical Fellow, American Cancer Society Tumor Service

                                              Bellevue Hospital

                                              New York


                                               1976 - 1979 Clinical Instructor, Department of Surgery,

                                               New York University, School of Medicine

American Board of Surgery

                                               1985 American Board of Plastic Surgery

           California (Inactive: New York & Colorado)

ASAPS American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery


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Contact Us

La Jolla Plastic Surgeon, Dr. James Pietraszek, encourages his San Diego area patients to contact us with any questions or comments they may have. Please call The La Jolla Institute of Plastic Surgery or use the contact form below.