Brian Vassar Heil MD

Wexford, PA, US
Brian Vassar Heil MD

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

Welcome to the practice of Brian Vassar Heil, MD FACS. Doctor Heil is a board-certified plastic surgeon who provides caring, supportive, and individualized enhancement services to patients in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.

Our medical team includes a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, physician assistants, registered nurses, and medical estheticians. Each member of our clinical team takes pride in providing a level of service and care that will exceed your expectations.

At Premier Plastic Surgery, we place a high priority on building relationships with our patients. We want you to feel comfortable with our staff every step of the way. Patient education, honest discussions, and trust are at the core of what we do. We invite you to schedule an appointment to learn more about our practice and the procedures we offer.

You will find out why so many of our patients become “patients for life.”

Practice Specialization

Facial Procedures

• BOTOX® Cosmetic
• Cheek Implant
• Chemical Peel
• Chin Augmentation
• Dermal Fillers
• Ear Surgery
• Eyebrow Lift
• Eyelid Surgery
• Face Lift
• Facial Fillers
• Fat Grafting
• Forehead Lift
• Hair Transplant – Neograft FUE
• Laser Skin Resurfacing
• Lip Augmentation
• Mini Facelift
• Mole Removal
• Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
• Scar Revision

Breast Procedures

• Breast Asymmetry Correction Surgery
• Breast Augmentation
• Breast Implant Revision
• Breast Implants
• Breast Lift
• Breast Reconstruction
• Breast Reduction
• Male Breast Reduction
• Scar Revision

Body Procedures

• Body Contouring
• Butt Implants
• Buttocks Augmentation
• Liposuction
• Mini Tummy Tuck
• Scar Revision
• Tummy Tuck

Background & Certification

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery

Professional Background

EDUCATION and FELLOWSHIPS

Doctor of Medicine (Cum Laude, AOA)May 1996 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Thrombosis Research Fellowship July 1993 - June 1994 Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillofacial Surgery Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Advisor & Mentor: Peter C. Johnson, M.D.

Bachelor of Arts, Organic Chemistry (Summa Cum Laude) August 1991 Bachelor of Science, Organismal Biology (Magna Cum Laude) May 1991 Minors: (#1) Applied Mathematics (#2) Computer & Information Science – Information Technology Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA

TRAINING and CERTIFICATION

Fellow, American College of Surgeons Oct 8, 2007

Diplomat, American Board of Plastic Surgery Sept 14, 2002

Plastic Surgery Residency July 1999 - June 2001 University Medical Center of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

General Surgery Residency July 1997 – July 1999 University Medical Center of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

General Surgery Internship July 1996 - June 1997 University Medical Center of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Microsurgery Training Courses June-July 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999 Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillofacial Surgery Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Laser Surgery and Microlaser Surgery Certification Courses 1991, 1996, 1999 Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillofacial Surgery Department of Surgery, The Eye and Ear Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Publications and Presentations

ABSTRACTS & PRESENTATIONS

1. Arslanian SA, Heil BV, Becker DJ, Drash AL, Sexual Dimorphism in Insulin Induced Hypoglycemia in IDDM. The Annual Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Research, Anaheim, CA, May 7-11, 1990.

2. Heil BV, Turner AB, Synthesis of a Tropane Alkaloid Analog. The American Chemical Soc. Student Affiliate Regional Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, April 6, 1991.

3. Heil BV, Lieberman I, Barnett JT, Effects of FK-506 and Other Immunoregulatory Modulators on Freshly Manifested Type I Diabetes in BB Rats. The 13th Annual Undergraduate Biology Symposium for Western Pennsylvania, Latrobe, PA, April 13, 1991.

4. Arslanian S, Heil B, Kalhan S, The Relationship Between Hepatic Insulin Resistance and Long-term Glycemic Control in Adolescents with IDDM. The 14th International Diabetes Federation Congress, Washington, DC, June 23-28, 1991.

5. Johnson PC, Heil B, Wagner WR, LVAD Thrombogenicity: Role of Dacron Inflow and Outflow Grafts. The Cardiovascular Science and Technology Conference, Washington, December 2, 1991.

6. Arslanian S, Menon R, Gierl A, Heil B, Growth Hormone Binding Protein (GHBP) in Children with Newly Diagnosed IDDM Before and After Insulin Therapy. The 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Diabetes Association, San Antonio, Texas, June 18-23, 1992.

7. Wagner W, Johnson PC, Heil B, Thompson K, Kormos R, Griffith B, Thrombin Activity Resides on Explanted LVAD Dacron Inflow and Outflow Conduit. The American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, Nashville, TN, May 7-9, 1992.

8. Arslanian S, Heil B, Kalhan SC, Hepatic Insulin Action in Adolescents with IDDM: Relationship with Long-term Glycemic Control. The Annual Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Research, Baltimore, MD, May 4-7, 1992.

9. Johnson PC, Parva B, Heil B, Sheppeck R, Garrett K, Does Vessel Wall Thrombin Activity Influence Initial Platelet Deposition at the Human Microvascular Anastomosis? The Ohio Valley Society and Robert H. Ivy Society Meeting, April 1-4, 1992.

10. Dascombe W, Hong C, Heil B, Labadie K, Dumanian G, Hessel B, Blömback B, Johnson P, The Effect of Fibrin Glue and Batroxobin Glue on Platelet Deposition and Fibrinopeptide A Generation After Perfusion Through Human Placental Arteries. The Southwestern PA American College of Surgeons Annual Residents' Competition, Pittsburgh, PA, Nov, 1992.

11. Johnson P, Parva B, Heil B, Connolly K, Garrett K, Thrombin Activity at the Human Microvascular Anastomosis (MvA): Susceptibility to Inhibition by Local and Systemic Heparin. The Plastic Surgery Research Council Meeting, Houston, TX, April 30, 1993.

12. Dumanian G, Khouri R, Heil B, Hong C, Connolly K, Kun T-C, Johnson P, Tissue Factor Activity at the Human Microvascular Anastomosis and its Inhibition. The Plastic Surgery Research Council Meeting, Houston, TX, April 30, 1993.

13. Johnson PC, Worsey MJ, Connolly KL, Heil BV, Hong C, Mechanisms of Platelet Thrombus Growth at the Human-Vascular Graft Interface. The Cardiovascular Science and Technology Conference, December 10-12, 1993.

14. Worsey J, Connolly K, Hong C, Heil B, Johnson P, Coronary Graft Thrombosis: A Potential Priming Mechanism. The American Heart Association Scientific Conference on Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis, & Proliferation, Orlando, FL, February 24, 1994.

15. Worsey J, Connolly K, Hong C, Heil B, Johnson P, Potentiation of Platelet Deposition at a Distal Vascular Anastomosis. The Society of University Surgeons Resident Meeting, Jackson, MS, February 12, 1994.

16. Donaldson VP, Heil BV, Wolfson AB, Yield of Serum Calcium Determination in the Emergency Department (Poster). The American College of Emergency Medicine Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, May 5, 1994.

17. Donaldson VP, Heil BV, Wolfson AB, Frequency of Inappropriate Laboratory Testing in the Emergency Department Trauma Patient (Poster). The American College of Emergency Medicine Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, May 5, 1994.

18. Donaldson VP, Heil BV, Wolfson AB, Yield of Serum Calcium Determination in the Emergency Department (Poster). The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Conference, Washington, DC, May 24, 1994.

19. Atabay K, Hong C, Bentz ML, Heil BV, Futrell WJ, The Use of “Sliding Epineurial Sheath Tube” for the Repair of Peripheral Nerve Defects. The 50th Annual Sessions of the Owen H. Wangensteen Surgical Forum, Chicago, IL, October 9-14, 1994.

20. Heil BV, Hong C, Connolly K, Dascombe W, Worsey J, Johnson PC, Thrombin Diffuses into Lumen and Enhances Thrombogenicity of Human Arteries. The Tenth Annual meeting of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Marco Island, FL, Jan 12, 1994.

21. Donaldson WF, Heil BV, Donaldson VP, Silvaggio VJ, The Effect of Airway Maneuvers on the Unstable Cervical Spine. The Cervical Spine Research Society. Santa Fe, NM, November 29, 1996.

22. Donaldson WF, Lauerman WC, Heil BV, Swensen TM, Blanc R, Helmet and Shoulder Pad Removal in the Player with a Suspected Cervical Spine Injury - A Cadaver Model. The American Society for Sports Medicine, Second World Conference on Sports Trauma, Lake Buena Vista, FL, June 16, 1996.

23. Peitzman AB, Heil BV, Rivera L, Fakhry SM, and the EAST Blunt Splenic Injury Study Group, Blunt Splenic Injury in Adults: Multicenter Study of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma 13th Annual Scientific Assembly, Sanibel, FL, January 12, 2000

24. Heil BV, Jennetta PJ, Nyström AN, Effective Surgical Outpatient Treatment of Atypical Facial Pain Syndrome, The 9th World Congress: The Pain Clinic, Hosted by the World Society of Pain Clinicians, San Francisco, CA, July 19, 2000.

25. Heil BV, Jeffords, KK, Champagne, L, Mrvos R, Lawson D, BS, Edward Krenzelok E, Manders E, Nystrom, AN, High Pressure Injection Injuries: Management Algorithm and Long Term Outcomes, American Society of Plastic Surgery, Los Angeles, CA, October 15, 2000.

26. Harbrecht BG, Peitzman AB, Rivera L, Heil BV, and the EAST Blunt Splenic Injury Study Group, Contribution of age and gender to outcome of blunt splenic injury in adults: Multicenter Study of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma 14th Annual Scientific Assembly, Sanibel, FL, January 13, 2001.

27. Peitzman AB, Harbrecht BG, Rivera L, Heil BV, and the EAST Blunt Splenic Injury Study Group, Failure of nonoperative management of blunt splenic injury in adults: Multicenter Study of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma 14th Annual Scientific Assembly, Sanibel, FL, January 13, 2001.

28. Heil BV, Chang TR, Reyna-Rodriguez PR, Ortiz-Monasterio F, Gordon CB, Minimally Invasive Transfacial Mandibular Distraction for Micrognathia, The Robert H. Ivy Society Meeting, Baltimore, MD, April 24, 2001.

29. Gordon CB, Heil BV, Chang TR, Reyna-Rodriguez PR, Ortiz-Monasterio F, No-Vector Mandibular Distraction, The American Association of Plastic Surgeons, SC, May 16, 2001.

30. Heil BV, Chang TR, Reyna-Rodriguez PR, Ortiz-Monasterio F, Gordon CB, Minimally Invasive No-Vector Mandibular Distraction, The Ohio Valley Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Saw Mill Creek, OH, June 8, 2001.

31. Heil BV, Chang TR, Losken HW, Reyna-Rodriguez PR, Ortiz-Monasterio F, Gordon CB, Minimally Invasive No-Vector Mandibular Distraction, The Plastic Surgery Research Council 46th annual meeting, Milwaukee, WC, June 10, 2001.

32. Heil BV, Chang TR, Reyna-Rodriguez PR, Ochoa Diaz Lopez E, Puente Sanchez A, Ortiz-Monasterio F, Losken HW, Gordon CB, Minimally Invasive Transfacial Mandibular Distraction for Micrognathia, 3rd International Congress of Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Distraction, Paris, France, June 14-16, 2001.

33. Gordon CB, Heil BV, Chang TR, Reyna-Rodriguez PR, Ochoa Diaz Lopez E, Puente Sanchez A, Ortiz-Monasterio F, Stair Step Midfacial Distraction in Crouzon Syndrome, 3rd International Congress of Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Distraction, Paris, France, June 14-16, 2001.

34. Heil BV, Chang TR, Ortiz-Monasterio F, Losken HW, Reyna-Rodriguez PR, Gordon CB, Intracranial Absorbable Plating for Craniosynostosis, 18th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Philadelphia, PA, October 4-6, 2001.

35. Heil BV, Chang TR, Ortiz-Monasterio F, Losken HW, Reyna-Rodriguez PR, Gordon CB, Total Cartilaginous Reconstruction for Massive Nasal Hemangioma, 18th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Philadelphia, PA, October 4-6, 2001.

36. Heil BV, Reyna-Rodriguez PR, Chang TR, Ortiz-Monasterio F, Gordon CB, Severe Micrognathia, A Long-Face Syndrome, 18th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Philadelphia, PA, October 4-6, 2001.

37. Gordon CB, Heil BV, Chang TR, Reyna-Rodriguez PR, Ochoa Diaz Lopez E, Puente Sanchez A, Ortiz-Monasterio F, Distraction Cheiloplasty: Long-Term Results, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, ASPS/PSEF/ASMS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL, November 5, 2001.

38. Gordon CB, Heil BV, Chang TR, Reyna-Rodriguez PR, Ochoa Diaz Lopez E, Puente Sanchez A, Ortiz-Monasterio F, Severe Micrognathia, A Long-Face Syndrome, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, ASPS/PSEF/ASMS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL, November 5, 2001.

39. Heil BV, Chang TR, Reyna-Rodriguez PR, Ortiz-Monasterio F, Gordon CB, Minimally Invasive No-Vector Mandibular Distraction, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, ASPS/PSEF/ASMS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL, November 5, 2001.

40. Heil BV, Reyna-Rodriguez XP, Chang TR, Peters SJ, Gordon CB, Penicillamine Induced Pierre Robin Sequence: Role for Distraction (Poster), American Society of Plastic Surgeons, ASPS/PSEF/ASMS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL, Nov 5, 2001.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

1. Arslanian SA, Heil BV, Becker DJ, Drash AL, Sexual Dimorphism in Insulin Sensitivity in Adolescents with Insulin-dependent Diabetes Mellitus. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 72(4):920, 1991.

2. Wagner WR, Johnson PC, Heil BV, Thompson KA, Kormos RL, Griffith BP, Thrombin Activity Resides on LVAD Dacron Inflow & Outflow Grafts. ASAIO Jnl 38:M634-7, 1992.

3. Arslanian S, Heil B, Kalhan SC, Hepatic Insulin Action in Adolescents with IDDM: Relationship with Long-term Glycemic Control. Metabolism 42:283-90, 1993.

4. Arslanian S, Menon RK, Gierl AP, Heil BV, Foley TP, Jr., Insulin Therapy Increases Low Plasma Growth Hormone Bonding Protein ion Children with New-onset Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetic Medicine 10:833-8, 1993.

5. Lieberman I, Heil BV, Seow WK, Thong YH, Synergy Between Tetrandrine and FK-506 in Prevention of Diabetes in BB Rats. Life Sciences 53:PL453-8, 1993.

6. Johnson PC, Heil BV, Parva B, Hong C, Labadie K, Brezniak DV, Fenton JW, II, Garrett K, Thrombin Activity on Dissected and Anastomosed Human Arteries. Journal of Surgical Research, 60(1):193-8, 1996.

7. Dumanian GA, Heil BV, Khouri RK, Hong C, Labadie K, Wun TC, Johnson PC, Tissue Factor and Its Inhibition at the Human Microvascular Anastomosis. Journal of Surgical Research, 60(1):263-9, 1996.

8. Dascombe W, Dumanian GA, Hong C, Heil BV, Labadie K, Hessel B, Blömback B, Johnson PC, Application of Thrombin Based Fibrin Glue and a Non-thrombin Based Batroxobin Glue on Intact Human Blood Vessels: Evidence for Transmural Thrombin Activity. Thrombosis & Haemostasis 78(2):947-51, 1997

9. Donaldson WF, Heil BV, Donaldson VP, Silvaggio VJ The Effect of Airway Maneuvers on the Unstable C1-C2 Segment. A Cadaver Study. Spine 22(11):1215-8, 1997.

10. Johnson PC, Wagner WR, Garrett KO, Eidelman BH, Pristas JM, Heil BV, Kormos RL, Griffith BP, Hematologic Alterations Associated with the Novacor Left Ventricular Assist System. Accepted for Publication, Journal of Investigative Surgery.

11. Peitzman AB, Heil BV, Rivera L, Fakhry SM, and the EAST Blunt Splenic Injury Study Group, Blunt Splenic Injury in Adults: Multicenter Study of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Proceedings of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma 13th Annual Scientific Assembly, Jnl of Trauma, Jan, 2000.

12. Harbrecht BG, Peitzman AB, Rivera L, Heil BV, and the EAST Blunt Splenic Injury Study Group, Contribution of age and gender to outcome of blunt splenic injury in adults: Multicenter Study of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Proceedings of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma 14th Annual Scientific Assembly, Jnl of Trauma, Jan, 2001.

13. Peitzman AB, Harbrecht BG, Rivera L, Heil BV, and the EAST Blunt Splenic Injury Study Group, Failure of nonoperative management of blunt splenic injury in adults: Multicenter Study of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Proceedings of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma 14th Annual Scientific Assembly, Jnl of Trauma, Jan, 2001.

Awards & Honors

Doctor Heil has been selected as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor (2011, 2012, and 2013), reflective of his being considered by his peers and the Castle Connolly physician-led Research Team, as among the top 10% of Doctors in his region in Plastic Surgery. Castle Connolly is America’s trusted source for identifying Top Doctors, and partners with many national and regional magazines to prove information on Top Doctors for consumers.

Affiliations & Memberships

Society Memberships

American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Pittsburgh Society of Plastic Surgeons
Ivy Society of Plastic Surgeons
Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery

Staff & Facilities

Surgical Facility

Premier Surgery Center of Pittsburgh, LLC

Skin Care Products

I offer my own line of skin-care products under Acqua Blu Medical Spa, all with medical-grade ingredients and strengths, for an effective approach to wrinkles, acne, sun damage and beautiful, luminous skin.

In addition, other leading medical grade skincare products such as IS clinical, Hylunia, Hymed, Revisions Skincare, Tizo skincare.

Payment Options

Cash, Check, Credit Cards, and Care Credit Patient Financing.

Brian Vassar Heil MD

14000 Perry Highway, Suite 200,
Wexford, PA, 15090, US

1614 Washington Rd., Suite 120,
Pittsburgh, PA, 15241, US

Request More Information