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Onelio Garcia Jr., MD

Onelio Garcia Jr., M.D.

Miami Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Onelio Garcia Jr., M.D., is a board-certified plastic surgeon who began a private practice in South Florida in 1985. He is considered a surgeon of distinction and has served the Florida plastic surgery community for the past 30 years. Dr Garcia’s surgical interests include facial rejuvenation surgery, body contouring procedures particularly VASER-Lipo, aesthetic breast surgery, and aesthetic contouring after massive weight loss.

Dr. Garcia went through extensive training in aesthetic plastic surgery under the tutelage of renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Bernard L. Kaye, a past president and founding member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. To date, Dr. Garcia has performed over 35,000 plastic surgical procedures and still remains highly passionate about his work. Dr. Garcia is very active academically, has received the “Certificate of Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery” and is also the 2013 recipient of the prestigious “Tiffany Award” presented by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to the “best scientific presentation of the year.” He is also recipient of the 2018 “Best of the Best” award presented by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at the annual meeting to the best scientific presentation. 

Dr. Garcia feels privileged because of that training and strives to bring to his patients the high level of surgical precision and attention to detail instilled in him during his residency. His guiding principle is to “exceed expectations” for every patient.

In addition to his other specialties, Dr. Garcia is considered a leading authority on the technique of ultrasonic liposuction utilizing the “Vaser.” He has conducted multiple clinical studies on fat metabolism and written extensively on the use of the Vaser.

Memberships, Recognitions, and Publications

Dr. Garcia has served as President of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons, is currently a Member of the Board of Trustees of that society and is also a past President of the Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is actively involved in numerous committees and task forces of the national plastic surgery societies, including the influential “Plastic Surgery Patient Safety Committee” as well as the “Body Contouring Task Force” and “Membership Committee” of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He currently serves as Vice President of the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation which is responsible for funding the great majority of meaningful aesthetic surgery research worldwide.

On the national level, Dr. Garcia serves as the “Florida Representative” to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and in his capacity as a “Spokesperson” for that organization, he frequently grants interviews to local, national, and international media on current events related to plastic surgery.

He is a founding member of the Florida Foundation for Plastic Surgery Safety. Currently, he also serves as a consultant to several companies that manufacture plastic surgery devices and frequently evaluates new technologies on their behalf.

Dr. Garcia currently serves as Voluntary Assistant Professor in the division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Miami, School of Medicine. He was elected by his peers to serve as president of both The Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons. He was elected to serve on the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and is also a member of the important Patient Safety Committee of that Society. Dr. Garcia serves as a spokesperson for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and has served as the Florida representative to that society.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Garcia volunteers his time as part of the Clinical Faculty in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, contributing to the training of the plastic surgery residents. He has published numerous scientific papers on breast surgery, body contouring surgery, and facial aesthetic surgery in peer-reviewed plastic surgery journals. He is also currently the author of seventeen chapters featured in well-recognized, major plastic surgery textbooks on body contouring and breast surgery. He lectures extensively at plastic surgery conferences nationally and abroad and is frequently invited as guest faculty at regional and national plastic surgery conferences. Dr Garcia is considered an international authority on VASER-Assisted Liposuction and his textbook “Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction: Current Concepts and Techniques” was recently published in November 2019. 

Dr. Garcia currently holds membership in the most prestigious societies in plastic and aesthetic surgery, including:

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • The American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • The Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons (SESPRS)
  • The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
  • The Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons (MSPS)
  • Aesthetic Surgery Educational and Research Foundation (ASERF)
  • Plastic Surgery Education Foundation (PSEF)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)

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