Dr. Gary Donath, MD

Dr. Gary Donath, MD

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Plastic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
58 y/o
19 reviews

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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna

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Care Philosophy

As a board-certified Plastic Surgeon with over 15 years of experience, I recognize what patients need and expect from their surgeon. My background in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery and continued efforts to learn new techniques allows me to provide state of the art care for patients in need of reconstructive surgery or interested in aesthetic procedures. A strong background in general surgery is, in my opinion, critical to the specialty of plastic surgery. I love what I do and nothing is more rewarding than smiles on patient's faces.Read more

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Dr. Donath's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Donath to family and friends
3.9
based on 19 total surveys (11 with reviews)
Dr. Donath's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (11)
in Arroyo Grande, CA |
I am very happy with my reconstruction results and credit Dr. Donath for his knowledge, dedication, and professionalism. Dr. Donath listened to my concerns and provided me with realistic and genuine information pre and post surgery. I had a positive and encouraging experience with Dr. Donath, his staff, and their services. I highly recommend him.
Nipomo, Ca |
Dr. Donath is condescending, he passes overt judgement on anything done different from his realm of preference. Dr. Donath is well suited for patients looking for complete guidance; he seeks total control. He can appear to lack empathy which will bother many patients. Like many docs, he is interpersonally lacking. He makes assumptions and rude statements. After a clear answer is given, he asks the same question multiple times. This doctor fits the stereotype of poor bedside manner.
in Santa Margarita, CA |
Dr. Donath was recommended to me by my doctors for breast reconstruction surgery after my double mastectomy, chemo. and radiation due to breast cancer. Dr. Donath and his staff could not be more professional, caring and kind. They treat me like family. Dr. Donath is a perfectionist and takes the time required to completely examine what is best for me. He explains all procedures and follow up appointments thoroughly. I could not be happier with my results. I highly recommend Dr. Donath.
in Shell Beach, ca |
I have known Gary Donath for 9 years. I have had multiple procedures over those years. Breast augmentation and mini tummy tuck were a couple. I have been very pleased with his work and will always go back to him. love Mr. Donath! His staff is also very professional and personable. I recommend choosing Gary Donath over other doctors in the area. It is my opinion he is number one!
in Grover Beach, CA |
I had a great experience with Dr. Donath. Very personable and good bedside manners. Took the time to listen to what I wanted and delivered. Couldn't be happier. Thanks!
in San Luis Obispo, CA |
As a very nervous patient Dr. Donath could have not be more kind and understanding. His bedside manner made me feel at ease through every step of the way. He took the time to explain the surgery to me in a knowledgeable and an oh so human way (quite rare). His staff were also lovely and professional and treated me like family (not just "any another patient")....from the moment I went for my consultation to my many questions post op. If there were more than 5 stars for Dr. Donath and his staff I
in Cambria, CA |
After the diagnosis of breast cancer, I was referred to Dr. Donath for the reconstruction portion. We met with him and received clear, educated information about the options. I have felt confident in every step of the care, and I appreciate his compassion. Plus, I like his sense of humor. I couldn't imagine being more comfortable while going through this process.
in Arroyo Grande, CA |
I had a tummy tuck done with Dr. Donath and it was the worst mistake of my life. I wish I could upload pictures so you can see my after because it makes people cringe. I have a huge starburst scar around my navel and my hole is huge. My scar line is above even my mom jeans and I now have a bulge near my pubic area. Not only do I look awful now but my experience with him was even worse. He was condescending, flippant and could care less that I was unhappy with the way I looked. Keep looking
in Orcutt, CA |
I really enjoyed working with this very skilled, available and attentive doctor. My results are excellent. I'd recommend my friends and family to him without hesitation.
in Paso Robles, CA |
I would not recommend him to anyone! He is an arrogant bully. After waiting over 30 minutes in the waiting room listening to him talking to his staff about another patients insurance I was taken into examining room and waited some more. After he finally came in and examined me for augmentation after breast cancer surgery I was lectured about how awful my insurance was! Then was told if I didn't have surgery by end of year he wouldn't do it- NOT DOING IT by him!
in Arroyo Grande, CA |
Dr. Donath and his team went above and beyond to provide me with an incredible experience for my breast augmentation. Not only is he extremely intelligent in the realm of plastic surgery but he created an environment that made me feel safe. I trusted him very much which has always been a struggle for me when it comes to doctors. Thank you Dr. Donath, Michelle, and Julie for all of your efforts in making my surgery such a pleasant one.
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Dr. Donath's Care Philosophy

As a board-certified Plastic Surgeon with over 15 years of experience, I recognize what patients need and expect from their surgeon. My background in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery and continued efforts to learn new techniques allows me to provide state of the art care for patients in need of reconstructive surgery or interested in aesthetic procedures. A strong background in general surgery is, in my opinion, critical to the specialty of plastic surgery. I love what I do and nothing is more rewarding than smiles on patient's faces.

Dr. Donath's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Plastic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Plastic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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  • Media & Publications

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Background Check

  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for California.

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    Sanctions

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    Board Actions

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Board Certifications

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  • Plastic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Gynecomastia
  • Large Breasts
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Laxity
  • Wrinkles

Education

  • Medical School
    Tulane University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1985

  • Internship Hospital
    University Texas Sw Parkland Memorial Hospital

    Completed in 1990

  • Residency Hospital
    University Pa

    Completed in 1992

    University Tex Sw Affiliated Hosps

    Completed in 1990

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Calif Pacific Med Center

    Completed in 1993

  • Undergraduate School
    Tulane U

    Graduated in 1980

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Professional Affiliations

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Specialties

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Botox® Injection
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgical Procedure
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Ear Plastic Surgery (Otoplasty)
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Facelift
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Liposuction
  • Nipple Reconstruction
  • Restylane® Injections
  • Skin Grafts
  • Wound Repair