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Salvatore J. Pacella, MD

Plastic Surgeon / Author

Dr. Salvatore J. Pacella serves as Division Head of Plastic Surgery at the prestigious La Jolla-based Scripps Clinic.

He has authored over twenty peer-reviewed publications in plastic surgery and healthcare economics, as well as seven book chapters in cosmetic and eyelid surgery and he has been invited to present regularly at national and international plastic surgery meetings.

With clinical staff appointments at Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Encinitas and Rady Children’s Hospital, he is often consulted by other surgeons to treat the most complex reconstructive problems.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Dr. Salvatore Pacella graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Bonaventure University with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester where he graduated with high honors. While in residency in plastic surgery at The University of Michigan, Dr. Pacella was awarded numerous distinctions for clinical research and teaching.

He earned his M.B.A. at The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan, widely recognized as one of the nation’s top business schools.

As an avid believer in extending care to the disadvantaged, Dr. Pacella volunteers regularly with San Diego-based Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a non-profit organization providing donated surgical services to children with facial and bodily disfigurement. In 2010, he was awarded a San Diego Heath Hero Award for his philanthropy efforts.

Find out more about Dr. Pacella on his podcast with fellow plastic surgeons Dr. Sam Jejurikar and Dr. Sam Rhee at

March 3, 2022

Deconstructing Kristen’s Breast Reconstruction with Plastic Surgeon D…

Kristen’s plastic surgeon Dr. Salvatore Pacella joins us to deconstruct her breast reconstruction and help us understand his strategy for the multi-stage approach in which the expanders are placed at the time of mastectomy and replaced with breast implants following …

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