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 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.