Dr. Rafael Gottenger, MD

Plastic Surgery  |  
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Age 55
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Dr. Rafael Gottenger, MD
Dr. Gottenger is a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon . A graduate of Universidad Central de Venezuela School of Medicine, he completed his residency in general surgery at Miguel Perez Carreno Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela, as well as at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami. Dr. Gottenger also completed a residency in plastic surgery at the Dr. Carlos Arvelo Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela, as well as at Ohio State University. Dr. Gottenger has completed numerous fellowships, including a microsurgery fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a craniofacial fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Gottenger has published numerous articles and chapters in selected books, and has lectured extensively between the United States and South America. In addition, Dr. Gottenger is also a volunteer with Operation Smile International, traveling to almost 20 countries performing surgeries to repair congenital and traumatic deformities in children.

7330 SW 62nd Pl Ste 205

South Miami, FL 33143

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Dr. Rafael Gottenger, MD

Dr. Rafael Gottenger, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Golden Rule
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas


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Breast Lift Surgery
very high
more than 97% of peers
Breast Reconstruction
very high
more than 97% of peers
Breast Surgical Procedure
very high
more than 88% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Gottenger "My understanding of the relationship between a physician and patient is that we work together to accomplish a desired goal. My principle roll is to provide the patient with accurate information about their condition or diagnosis. That usually includes defining options of treatment that are available in managing a particular condition. As a surgeon, my skills include a variety of very specific surgical procedures which may be of benefit in certain situations. I wish that I could only do surgery where everyone did as well as they desired. Unfortunately there is a degree of uncertainty in everything. I give my best effort in applying my skills, my experience, advancing and ever changing technologies and my judgment to each circumstance or situation. Most of the time both the patient and I are happy at the end of the day but there are few if any guarantees in this business we call the practice of medicine."


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  • Plastic Surgery
  • Body Imaging
  • Breast Reconstruction Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Cosmetic Medicine
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Facial Cosmetic Surgery
  • Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Facial Plastic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Plastic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Age Spots
  • Breast Atrophy
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Hypoplasia
  • Breast Ptosis
  • Burn Injuries
  • Cancer
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Cleft Lip
  • Deformities of Auricle or Pinna
  • Gynecomastia
  • Hidradenitis
  • Large Breasts
  • Localized Fat Deposits
  • Maxillary Hypoplasia
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Oral and-or Facial Cleft
  • Second-Degree Burns
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Laxity
  • Spider Veins
  • Third-Degree Burns
  • Wrinkles


  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Cleft Palate Repair (Palatoplasty)
  • Dermal Filler
  • 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 Reconstruction
  • Gynecomastia Repair
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Liposuction
  • Nipple Reconstruction
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Repair of Pigmentation Defect
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin and Tissue Reduction
  • Wound Repair

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

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.


  • Universidad Central De Venezuela
    Medical School | Graduated 1988
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2002
  • Ohio State University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Gottenger has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Gottenger's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Gottenger to family and friends
based on 18 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Gottenger's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in Miami, FL |
Needed a plastic surgeon right before hurricane, luckily they called him and he was able to assist me. I truly appreciate that he was willing to go in. Still waiting for final results but so far so good! Obviously a caring doctor! Staff was very helpful also.
in miami |
Dr. Gottenger: no bedside manners. He charged but provided nothing. The examination took about 2 min max. And well, cocky. I had to wait almost three hours for him to come in check me like the building was on fire and left. He scheduled a surgery and I would be crazy to put my body in his hand. He does not look trustworthy. He only checked a lipoma I showed him, however, he did not check if there could be more lipomas, very unprofessional. His examination was not thorough.
in Miami, FL |
Amazing doctor from the beginning to the end of the process. Excellent bedside manners, very professional, compassionate, takes time to answer all your questions. I give thanks to God everyday he placed Dr. Gottenger on my path in a very difficult time in my life. Also, thank you Maria, Vanessa and Kristy, they were always there for me., very professional and friendly Staff. In my experience, if you are looking for an excellent doctor with an awesome Staff give Dr. Gotteng a call
in Miami, FL |
This Doctor does not do reconstructive surgery trough insurance. Even if medically necessary. The staff that answers the phone are not knowledgeable as to procedures. When I asked the receptionist if she understood she was upset and instead of saying no she said yes and was responding as if she were a provider herself. Very disappointed. Will look for a more professional office.
in Hollywood, FL |
My experience with Dr. Gottenger was unique. The office called me every week to check how I was doing. When I called them, the answered back inmediately. I highly recommend Dr. Gottenger.
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Dr. Gottenger accepts 10 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
    Blue Care HMO
    BlueDental Choice
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Golden Rule
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Neighborhood Health Partnership
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Gottenger has admitting privileges

Baptist Hospital of Miami
8900 N Kendall Dr
Miami, FL 33176
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Jackson South Community Hospital
9333 SW 152nd St
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
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Kendall Regional Medical Center
11750 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33175
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Mercy Hospital
3663 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33133
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Mount Sinai Medical Center
4300 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33140
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South Miami Hospital
6200 SW 73rd St
South Miami, FL 33143
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