Dr. Steven Svehlak, MD is a general surgery doctor who practices in Los Angeles, CA. He is 50 years old and has been practicing for 23 years. Dr. Svehlak is affiliated with Olympia Medical Center and PIH Health Hospital - Whittier.
The relationship you build with your surgeon begins with a consultation. During your consultation, I consider several factors most important: 1) I strive to create a comfortable non-pressured atmosphere in order to build a trusting doctor-patient relationship. 2) I believe each patient deserves a thorough discussion and thoughtful considerations of the results sought. The consultation is never 'rushed' and every question is extremely important. 3) I make every effort to give each patient an accurate, realistic idea of what they can expect after surgery. When deciding on a treatment, more is not necessarily better. The end result should give the patient the desired effect with a very natural look that is not 'over done'. It should produce minimal discomfort and pain with minimal bruising and swelling, allow quick recovery, and leave minimal scars. 4) Finally, I adhere to the highest standards of safety and to avoid complications throughout the surgical experience.
Dr. Svehlak's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in General Surgery
Board certified in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Svehlak's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
Breast Lift Surgery
Breast Surgical Procedure
Cosmetic Facial Implant Surgery
Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
Excision of Skin Lesion
Lift - Parts of the Body Other than Face
Mini Tummy Tuck
Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of Connecticut
Undergraduate School | Graduated
New York Medical College
Medical School | Graduated 1994
Internship Hospital | Completed
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Residency Hospital | Completed
George Washington University Hospital
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2001
Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Training (Richard Ellenbogen M.D., Inc.)
Other Education | Completed 2002
Childrens National Medical Center (Fellowship Plastic Surgery)
Other Education | Completed 2002
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Sunset Cosmetic Surgery has been recognized among the TOP 1% of BOTOX® providers in the nation.,
Dr. Svehlak gave a course on Breast Augmentation at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery/ASERF Annual Meeting in 2004,
Dr. Svehlak is a Top Rated Plastic Surgeon with 1800mySurgeon,
Dr. Svehlak has authored and coauthored numerous articles on plastic surgery techniques, and has appeared on The View, Dr. Phil, The KTLA Morning Show,
Dr. Svehlak has been listed in the Consumers' Research Council of America's Guide to America's Top Plastic Surgeons every year since 2003,
Media & Publications
Zafirlukast (Accolate): A New Treatment for Capsular Contracture, Summer 200
Management of Blunt Splenic Trauma in Patients > 55 Years of Age, Jan 1999
Dr. Svehlak co-authored an article titled, "Surgical Strategies for the Body: How to Select the Right Procedure from a Wide Spectrum of Surgical Options" which was featured in Plastic Surgery Product Magazines May 2005 issue,
Dr. Svehlak co-authored an article entitled "Facial Reshaping using Minimally Invasive Methods" which was published in the March/April 2005 issue of The Aesthetic Surgery Journal,
- Dr. Svehlak wrote the article "The Perfect Lips: In Search of Size and Shape". This was featured in the Sept. 2003 issue of Plastic Surgery Products Magazine,
Aesthetic Surgery Journal (official publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) published an article in its Dec. 2004 issue entitled "The Volumetric Face Lift", which was co-authored by Dr. Svehlak.,
Dr. Svehlak was featured on Entertainment Tonight on March 19th and 20th, 2005 in an exclusive Tummy Tuck episode on the infamous Beth Smith, who is Dog The Bounty Hunters wife. He was also featured on their hit A&E show, Dog The Bounty Hunter in the season which began April 5th, 2005,
Dr. Svehlak was featured as an expert on Botox and injectables such as Radiance, Restalyne and collagen. on Entertainment Tonight, on Feb. 28th, 2004,
Dr. Svehlak was featured on E!s TV show series, Doctor 90210 in its first season, and also occassionally in season 2.,
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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