Learn About La Jolla 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.
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
1978 - 1979 Clinical Fellow, American Cancer Society Tumor Service
1976 - 1979 Clinical Instructor, Department of Surgery,
New York University, School of Medicine
BOARD CERTIFICATION: 1981 American Board of Surgery
1985 American Board of Plastic Surgery
STATE LICENSES: California (Inactive: New York & Colorado)
MEMBERSHIPS: ASAPS American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
ASPS American Society of Plastic Surgeons