Dr. Rafael Gottenger, MD
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Dr. Rafael Gottenger, MD

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Plastic Surgery | Male

Care Philosophy

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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Biography

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.

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Dr. Gottenger's Reviews

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Dr. Gottenger's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (2)
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 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.

Dr. Gottenger's Care Philosophy

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.

Dr. Gottenger'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

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Board Certifications

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  • Plastic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Age Spots
  • Breast Atrophy
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Hypoplasia
  • Breast Ptosis
  • 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

Education

  • Medical School
    Universidad Central De Venezuela

    Graduated in 1988

  • Residency Hospital
    Mount Sinai Hospital

    Completed in 2002

    Ohio State University

    Completed in 2004

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Eastern Virginia Medical School

    Completed in 2000

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • 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

Procedures Performed

  • 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