Dr. James Fernau, MD

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Age 58
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Dr. James Fernau, MD
Dr. Fernau blends exceptional surgeon skill with an artistic eye to produce stunning outcomes for his patients. Some of his specialties include breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, facelift surgery, male liposuction and body contouring. He also offers a liquid facelift using a combination of wrinkle treatments, including BOTOX and injectable fillers, for patients desiring a nonsurgical approach.

1000 Cliffmine Rd

Pittsburgh, PA 15275

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Dr. James Fernau, MD

Dr. James Fernau, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

Dr. Fernau and his entire staff are committed to promoting an atmosphere where patients feel comfortable to ask questions or express concerns. Every patient is treated with respect, dignity and understanding. Dr. Fernau holds himself to the highest standards in the education of plastic surgery, receiving numerous awards; he assures his patients will receive the latest in cutting edge technology.
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Dr. Fernau's Experience

Dr. Fernau'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 Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery and Plastic Surgery & Facial Surgery
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Plastic Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction Surgery
  • Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Facial Cosmetic Surgery
  • Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Surgery
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery of the Hand

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*
  • Plastic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*
  • Plastic Surgery & Facial Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bone Disorders
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Hypoplasia
  • Breast Ptosis
  • Cancer
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cellulitis
  • Cold Sore
  • Congenital Anomalies of Breast
  • Dermatitis
  • Dry Skin
  • Fracture
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Granuloma of Skin
  • Gynecomastia
  • Hair Loss
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Intertrigo
  • Itchy Skin
  • Keloid Scar
  • Large Breasts
  • Leg and Foot Ulcers
  • Lipomas
  • Localized Fat Deposits
  • Melanoma
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Skin Infections
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Trigger Finger
  • Varicose Veins


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  • Abdominoplasty
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Body Contouring (After Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Botox® Injection
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Buttock Lift
  • Calf Implant
  • Captique™ Injection
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Chin Implant
  • Collagen Injection
  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery
  • Cosmetic Laser Surgery
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Ear Plastic Surgery (Otoplasty)
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Facelift
  • Facial Peel
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Hylaform Injection
  • Lift - Parts of the Body Other than Face
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Liposuction
  • Nipple Reconstruction
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Plastic Cosmetic Surgery
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Restylane® Injections
  • Shaving of Skin Lesion
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Skin and Tissue Reduction
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wound Repair


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Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Pennsylvania.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Wyoming
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1979
  • Unitersity Of Utah, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • Mt Carmel Mc
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Mt Carmel Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Ptsbg University Eye & Ear Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1991
  • U Ut Med Ctr Salt Lake City
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Richard a Mladick MD
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1993
  • American Society Of Plastic Surgery Certificate Of Special Recognition For Community Service and Volunteerism
    Other Education | Completed 2005
  • Asaps Certificate Of Advanced Education In Cosmetic Surgery, 2002-2005
    Other Education | Completed 2002
  • International Society Of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Rhinoplasty
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • American Society of Plastic Surgery, 2016
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic, 2016
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, 2016
  • Rhinoplasty Society, 2016
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 2016
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Fernau's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Fernau to family and friends
based on 87 total reviews (12 with comments)
Dr. Fernau Says:

I take on every procedure personally so I can understand more about each patients history and build a lasting relationship.  All types of criticism can be useful towards viewing a variety of perspectives helping me see their point of view.  I take pride in perfecting all of my techniques for optimal results and reduce recovery time.

Dr. Fernau's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (12)
Winter Park, FL |
I love my breast augmentation. It has changed my life. My confidence is so much better. My shopping is now so exciting to find bras and tops and a whole array of bathing suits. Dr Fernau andd his staff are so kind and caring. His work is that of a perfectionist. I had minimal pain . I took only ibuprofen after surgery. In 2 weeks the swelling was gone and he placed all stitches under my skin. The nurse Shiela only had to remove some tape. She is awesome and kind.
Carrollton, TX |
Dr James Fernau performed a breast aug earlier this year and my results are perfect. I had no pain and now I cannot see my incision. His staff are so kind and attentive. I am sending many friends to him!
in Alberta |
I traveled from out of country to get pec and bicep implants and Dr. Fernau and his team were INCREDIBLE!!!!! They were helpful for transportation, emails, feedback, and took care of any concerns I had. They all made me feel incredibly comfortable and at ease especially when traveling by myself. Although the desired results couldn't be met with one surgery - I am very happy to return to their team for my follow-up procedure. My wait time was minimal and the care was superior.
in Pittsburgh, PA |
I am 22 years old, and my husband and myself had been shopping for the right doctor to perform my Brazilian Butt Lift. We had been to every office in Pittsburgh, and saved Dr. Fernau's office last, because I was highly impressed with his previous work in Brazil. From the consultation, the surgery with the use of HydroSolve topnotch techonology, and the post op follow up appointments - hands down best experience and results ever! The doctor treated me as if I was one of his own kids!
in Pittsburgh, PA |
I had surgery on my chest due to gynomastia. He was so aggressive during the surgeries he literally left divots in my chest. Worst part is they were in areas that he shouldn't have even touched. Had 2 more surgeries as he tried to correct but only made it worse. All he had for me was excuses and bs. I know 3 women from my gym in moon township that he majorily botched jobs for them as well. There are far better doctors out there please stay clear of this guy trust me I have nothing to gain here
in Denver, CO |
Cheek implants and liquid rhinoplasty perfection! He is a genius and an artist !!!
in Denver, CO |
Dr Fernau also does excellent Botox and fillers ! Amazing !
in Coraopolis, PA |
Best plastic surgeon. NeoGraft hair transplant and Smartlipo of Neck and face excellent
in Moon, pa |
I highly recommend Dr. Fernau to anyone looking to have fillers. He is very knowledgeable and knows exactly what filler would be best for you. He takes the time and answers all your questions in a clear and concise way. I felt very comfortable with Dr. Fernau and trusted his care for me. I received Bellafill as my filler and I have amazing results. I will only go to Dr. Fernau for all my future needs. His office staff is also all wonderful!
Pittsburgh, PA |
I had laser scar revision on my leg. The results were fantastic. Dr. Fernau fixed the incision and took care of the nerves that were affected by my accident. I also had laser scar revision on my hand, and he provided free follow ups to ensure that the scar was completely non existent. The staff was incredibly friendly. They all had cheerful tones, and they ensured that I was comfortable. They are all wonderful and sweet. They really care about their patients. I had practically no wait time. I wo
in Pittsburgh, PA |
Dr Fernau performed an incision free hair transplant called NeoGraft one year ago with excellent results! I finally have a full head of hair! Six months ago he performed a rhinoplasty and after the swelling went down this procedure really change my life. He is a smart kind and compassionate doctor with a beautiful and caring staff! He will be Mike Dr. forever!
in Pittsburgh, PA |
After the initial consultation and surgery, I have waited for hours in the waiting room only to be rushed out of the appointment. I am not happy with my results and don't feel like Dr Fernau takes my concerns seriously. He does not do before and after simulations which would be extremely helpful.
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Dr. Fernau accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • AvMed
    Open Access
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
  • Coventry Health Care
    Carelink PPO
    Group Plan PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO

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