Dr. James Fernau, MD

Dr. James Fernau, MD

Plastic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 59
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Dr. James Fernau, MD is a plastic surgery doctor who practices in Pittsburgh, PA. He is 59 years old and has been practicing for 25 years.Read his story

1000 Cliffmine Rd

Pittsburgh, PA 15275

Contact Information

(412) 744-3004

Insurance Accepted

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

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Adjacent Tissue Transfer
more than 69% of peers
Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
more than 60% of peers
Breast Surgical Procedure
more than 50% of peers

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Dr. Fernau's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Fernau "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."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Fernau "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."


  • Plastic Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction Surgery
  • Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Microvascular Reconstructive 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
  • Birthmark
  • Bone Disorders
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Hypoplasia
  • Breast Ptosis
  • Cancer
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
  • Cellulitis
  • Cold Sore
  • Congenital Anomalies of Breast
  • Dermatitis
  • Dry Skin
  • Folliculitis
  • Fracture
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gigantomastia
  • Granuloma of Skin
  • Gynecomastia
  • Hair Loss
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Intertrigo
  • Itchy Skin
  • Keloid Scar
  • Lipomas
  • Localized Fat Deposits
  • Melanoma
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Ringworm
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Skin Infections
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Trigger Finger
  • Varicose Veins
  • Warts


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  • Abdominoplasty
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • 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
  • Chin Implant
  • Collagen Injection
  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery
  • Cosmetic Laser Surgery
  • Dermal Filler
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Paracentesis
  • Plastic Cosmetic Surgery
  • 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

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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

Dr. Fernau has no media or publications listed.

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 89 total reviews (14 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (89)

  • 5
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  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Fernau's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
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Average wait time
Under 10 minutes
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.

Patient Comments (14)

Pittsburgh, PA |
Dr. Fernau and his highly competent staff are professional, kind, caring, and simply the best! I am thrilled with my overall experience with everything from staff attentiveness, to the office technology, and Dr. Fernau's skills for optimal results. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Fernau! My very intense...more
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Coraopolis |
Doctor Fernau is an exceptional physician and surgeon. He was caring, concerned and took time to answer my questions and concerns. The results of his procedures were great! Thanks to Sherry, Bonnie, Malinda and Sharon for exceptional help. My ONLY concern is that my appts. had to be changed...more
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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...more
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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!
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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. ...more
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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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