Sunday, August 14, 2022

Top Doctors 2021: Elbert E. Vaca, MD

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

SPECIALTY TRAINING: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Feinberg School of Medicine; Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (7 years); ranked among the 10 best hospitals in the United States

MEDICAL TRAINING: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; M.D. (4 years); Ranked #1 hospital in the United States for 21 consecutive years

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: University of Florida; B.S. in Biology, Minor in Chemistry in only three years, Phi Betta Kappa & Summa Cum Laude

Dr. Elbert E. Vaca knew early in his career that his innate artistic talents and passion for science and medicine would be the guiding lights for his profession as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in facial, breast and body aesthetic surgery.

He had already gained a distinguished reputation for his surgical skills early in his specialty training when Dr. Arun Gosain, past president of the Plastic Surgery Foundation, described Dr. Vaca as the “best technical surgical resident he had ever worked with in his 27 years as a teacher.” Dr. Vaca was then recruited to join the practice of world-renowned aesthetic eyelid surgeon Dr. Steven Fagien, one of the world’s premier plastic surgery practices.

According to Dr. Vaca, not only do you need to have an eye for artistry in plastic surgery, but also an incredible attention to detail and the self- motivation to always strive for the best.

“I was always fascinated by aesthetic surgery. It’s not just a knowledge of human anatomy, it requires an in-depth understanding of human proportions, artistry and aesthetic judgement to attain the best possible result. My main focus, as presented in the 40+ peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and book chapters I have published, is to better understand the finer aesthetic details. My research has been an avenue to better optimize both surgical and non-surgical results. I listen intently to my patients’ objectives and my ultimate goal is to deliver safe, beautiful and natural appearing results.”

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