Dr. Larry Nichter has been performing Plastic Surgery in Southern California since 1985. His outstanding surgical skills, compassion, and warm way with patients continue to bring him recognition locally and nationally among patients and physicians alike.

For the second time, he is Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery at Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, one of the largest Plastic Surgical Departments in the world.

To learn more about Dr. Nichter, visit the website of the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery.

He has been featured in publications, TV and radio around the world including locally in U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, and Orange County Register. He is one of the few acknowledged Plastic Surgeons as without peer by being named by all three peer review Publications: Best DoctorsTop Doctors, and Super Doctors.

Local honors include being named a Physician of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Society, and selected in Orange Coast Magazine’s “The Best Plastic Surgeons in Orange County” each year since 1996 when the survey began. This listing was adapted from The Best Doctors in America, Pacific Region published by Woodward/White. This survey is based on interviews with Plastic Surgeons in the Pacific Region and across the United States who select the top 5% of Plastic Surgeons, those whom they feel most comfortable sending a friend, loved one or themselves for Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Nichter has also been named as one of America’s Top Doctors based on the annual physician survey publication Castle and Connolly Guide to America’s Top Doctors. He has been selected by his patients to receive the Most Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award since 2010 by American Registry, an honor accorded to less than 3% of physicians.

He serves on national committees of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and has served as a Board Examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

He is the President and Founder of Plasticos Foundation, a non-profit foundation training surgeons around the world on complex plastic and reconstructive surgery on indigent surgery where he has completed 60 missions. A film, The Story of Healing, documenting his mission to Vietnam earned an Oscar Academy Award.

Dr. Nichter has written more than one hundred peer review journal articles, book chapters, and a book on Plastic Surgery. He has trained and served as mentor to scores of plastic surgical residents and fellows prior to relocating to Orange County in 1993 to concentrate on his true love: providing exceptional personalized and compassionate care to his patients while enabling them to achieve their goals.

Certifications & Professional Recognition

American Board of Plastic Surgery 1986
American Board of Surgery 1984
Academic Background


Boston University: BA (honors) 1973


University of Virginia: MS (Surgery) 1985
Harvard Medical School/MIT
Neuroscience, Non Matric 1973


Boston University School of Medicine 1978 (AOA Honor Medical Society)


University of Virginia Department of Plastic Surgery:
Plastic Surgery Residency 1984-1985
Hand/Microsurgery fellowship 1982
Maxillofacial/Craniofacial fellowship 1983

Societies, Memberships, and Affiliations

American Society of Plastic Surgery
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
California Society of Plastic Surgery
American Association of Plastic Surgery
American College of Surgeons
American Laser Medical Society
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Academic/ Hospital Positions
Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, Hoag Memorial Hospital, Newport Beach, CA
Clinical Professor, USC Division of Plastic Surgery
Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine, Division of Plastic Surgery

Honors/Awards (Partial List)

Outstanding resident award UCLA
American College of Surgeons research award
Orange County Medical Society Physician of Excellence
Best Doctors of America (peer review award)
Super Doctors (peer review award )
Top Doctors (peer review award)
Most Compassionate Doctor (less than 3% MD’s awarded)
Friend of Children award – ChildHelp Philanthropic Group


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