Douglas Glynn Bolitho MD, PhD, FACS

San Diego, CA, US
Douglas Glynn Bolitho MD, PhD, FACS

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

Dr. Bolitho established his practise in La Jolla, CA in 2000. He and his team have created a unique practice combining excellent surgical skills in a warm, understanding and personal environment for every patient. Dr. Bolitho is constantly striving to improve the techniques and approaches in his practice, in order to provide an enhanced patient experience. A key element to his approach is achieving natural results that do not bear the stamp of unnatural plastic surgery. His commitment to a lifetime of learning is evidenced by his continual desire to measure his techniques against the best in the field. Dr.Bolitho is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and the equivalent plastic surgery boards in Britain, Canada and his native South Africa. As such, he is the only plastic surgeon in America to have achieved quadruple board certification in plastic surgery.

Practice Specialization

From his La Jolla practice, Dr. Bolitho performs aesthetic, breast, hand and microvascular surgery. He combines enthusiasm for his chosen field with a wealth of surgical training to deliver quality care to all his patients.

Cosmetic Procedures include:
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Augmentation Mammaplasty (Breast Augmentation)
Autologous Fat Transfer to the Face
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
Forehead Lift
Male Breast Reduction
Maxtopexy (Breast Lift)
Plastic Surgery after Bariatric Surgery, or weight reduction surgery
Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
Skin Rejuvenation (including Dermabrasion & Chemical Peel)
Thigh Lift

Reconstructive Procedures include:
Breast Reconstruction following Mastectomy
Breast Reduction
Hand Surgery
Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Skin Cancer Removal

Additional Information

Office Staff:

Sharon Hiner is a true asset to the office, having been part of Dr. Bolitho's medical practice since 2001. Acting as both an Office Manager and Medical Assistant, her extensive knowledge of plastic surgery procedures and office policies is unparalleled. Sharon remains dedicated to helping each patient have the finest experience possible. Her calming and compassionate character is something she strives for every day which invariably exceeds their patients’ expectations and needs. Sharon's invaluable role entails assisting Dr. Bolitho in pre and post operative patient care, educating patients about skin care as well managing Dr. Bolitho's practice.

Kandie Astephen has been an important part of Dr. Bolitho's practice serving as his Patient Care Coordinator since 2004. Her natural, calm demeanor is reassuring to patients throughout their surgical and treatment journey. From the initial phone call for scheduling a consultation all the way through planning postoperative visits, Kandie’s presence is a calming one every step of the way. In addition to greeting patients, discussing surgical fees and financing options, scheduling all appointments, and to obtaining insurance authorizations, Kandie’s knowledge is exceptional. Kandie’s genuine rapport is underscored by her great pride in ensuring that each patient has an excellent experience.

Jennifer Jarvie, RN, who has been with the team since 2012, earned her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at The University of San Francisco. Acting as operating room manager in Dr. Bolitho’s surgical suite, her professional presence is multifaceted in the office. Jennifer plays a valuable role with individualized patient care throughout the surgical experience by educating before surgery, assisting during surgery, and overseeing patients in recovery following their procedure. She is also involved with non-surgical procedures such as Botox, Ultherapy, and laser. Jennifer’s favorite part of the job is being part of the patient’s entire surgical and post- surgical journey; and, as always, looks forward to working with her patients every day.

Joanna LaBar, a certified surgical technologist, joined Dr. Bolitho’s team in 2011. Joanna primarily assists Dr. Bolitho in his surgical suite. She prepares and takes great care of the operating room both preoperatively and postoperatively. Additionally, she oversees the needs of facility billing, surgical instruments, equipment, and supplies. Joanna thoroughly enjoys her work because she knows she is doing her very best to make a difference in someone’s life. And seeing their patients happy, comfortable, and confident with their quality of care is her ongoing mission.

Background & Certification

Board Certification

Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Board certified in plastic surgery (Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Canada)
Board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery (South Africa)
Board certified in plastic surgery (United Kingdom)

Professional Background

MBBCh from University of the Witwatersrand - Johannesburg, South Africa (cum laude)
Diploma in Primary Emergency Care (DPEC) from the College of Medicine of South Africa
PhD in Surgery from the University of Cape Town

Residency/Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (July 1997 - July 1999) - Emory University, Division of Plastic Surgery
Hand Fellowship (1996) - Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town, Hand Unit, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Resident in Plastic Surgery (1993 – 1995) - Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Residency training in plastic surgery, including complete plastic surgical training in all aspects of the field.
Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery (1992) - University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital
MRC Research Fellowship (1991) - University of Cape Town, Medical Research Council Liver Unit and Surgical Research Laboratory
General Surgical Resident (1990 – 1991) - University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital
Elective Period in General Surgery (1989) - Royal Gwent Hospital
Resident in Orthopedic and General Surgery (1988 – 1989) - 1 Military Hospital
Internship (1987) - Johannesburg Hospital

Teaching Appointments

Assistant Professor, Emory University (1998 – 2000)
Associate Professor, University of California San Diego (2000-present)

Publications and Presentations

Print Media
Plastic surgery is a logical next step for patients who have gastric bypass procedure June 21, 2002
Breast reduction surgery can eliminate neck, shoulder and back pain, and improve self-esteem August 20, 2002
More men are seeing the value and rewards of plastic surgery September 9, 2002
Awareness and knowledge helped patient in fight against breast cancer October 10, 2002
Local plastic surgeon performs a rare toe-thumb microsurgery transplant on a 35 year-old patient December 31, 2002
New short scar technique in breast reduction surgery improves aesthetics. Surgical procedure eliminates neck, shoulder and back pain, and improves self-esteem January 2, 2003

Dr. Bolitho has become a respected resource with media on topics related to cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has appeared as a medical advisor and community resource with San Diego's and the national electronic media on the following topics:
Discovery Channel. Dr. Bolitho was featured in a segment regarding breast reconstruction.
NBC 7/39 Evening News. Dr. Bolitho was featured in a segment about the large number of women who get breast implants each year.
KFMB Local 8 Early Edition. Dr. Bolitho was featured in a live studio on the possibility of the FDA lifting the ban on silicone implants.
KFMB Local 8 at Four. Dr. Bolitho was interviewed on the topic of America's growing obsession with plastic surgery.
KFMB local 8 at Four. Dr. Bolitho was featured on how to choose a plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
KFMB Weekday Evening News. Dr. Bolitho participated in feature story on the FDA’s possible approval of silicone breast implants. KUSI Morning News. Dr. Bolitho was interviewed live in studio on FDA’s consideration of the approval of silicone breast implants.
KUSI Weekend Morning News. Dr. Bolitho was interviewed live on set concerning the FDA regulation of liposuction and dieting.
KUSI Morning News. Dr. Bolitho was interviewed live on set on the topic of ear piercing.
FOX 6 Morning News. Dr. Bolitho was interviewed live on set on the topic of neck liposuction.
FOX 6 Morning News. Dr. Bolitho was interviewed on the topic of saline and silicone breast implants.
FOX 6 Morning News. Dr. Bolitho was featured live on set to discuss breast reduction surgery and the problems associated with large breasts.

Awards & Honors

George Sacks Prize (November 1992) - The Faculty of Medicine, University of Cape Town
Davis and Geck Research Scholarship (1992) - Davis and Geck, South Africa
Bunny Angorn Prize (1992) - Surgical Research Society of South Africa Congress
Travelling Scholarship (August 1992) - International Transplantation Society
Davis and Geck Research Scholarship (1993) - Davis and Geck, South Africa
Lennox Gordon Prize (March 1994) - The Faculty of Medicine, University of Cape Town
Association of Surgeons of South Africa Medal (1995) - Association of Surgeons of South Africa
Smith and Nephew Travelling Fellow (1997) - Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon's of South Africa
Teacher of the Year Award (1998-1999) - Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Emory University
Best Paper (­­­­­2000) - Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
Leroy Stynchcombe Award (1998-1999)
Protea Surgical Prize for the final year student to demonstrate most clinical ability
Harwood Nash Memorial Medal for Surgery
SA Society of Anesthetists’ Medal for Anesthetics
Gordon Grant Medal for Gynaecology

Affiliations & Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

Scripps Memorial Hospital (La Jolla, CA)
Sharp Memorial Hospital (San Diego, CA)
Grossmont Hospital (San Diego, CA)
Children’s Hospital (San Diego, CA)
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital (San Diego, CA)

Society Memberships

Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 2001
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 2002
Fellow, College of Surgeons of South Africa (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery), 1995
Fellow, South African College of Medicine, 1995
Fellow, South African Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, 1996
Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 2002
Member, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, 2001
Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2002
Member, San Diego Society of Plastic Surgeons
Member, San Diego County Medical Society
Member, San Diego County Medical Association
Member, South African Society for the Surgery of the Hand, 1996
Member, American Medical Association
Member, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Member, California Society of Plastic Surgeons
Full Registration, General Medical Council, United Kingdom
Aesthetic Surgery and Educational Research Foundation (ASERF)
Certified Plastic Surgeon, Joint Commission for Higher Surgical Training, United Kingdom
College of Medicine of South Africa
International Federation of Plastic Surgeons
General Medical Council & Royal College of Surgeon’s specialist register in plastic and reconstructive surgery (United Kingdom)

Your Consultation

This is, perhaps, your most important step in making a decision to have surgery. Dr. Bolitho will meet with you to discuss your goals, desires and expectations and address any questions or concerns you may have. He will offer you realistic recommendations and present you with options based on the information you provide. The goal of this initial consultation is to provide you with a clear understanding of what can be achieved as a result of your procedure.

Staff & Facilities

Surgical Facility

On-site surgical facility: John Bostwick Memorial Surgery Center - Fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)

Payment Options

In most cases, aesthetic surgery is considered elective and generally is not covered by medical insurance. On the other hand, reconstructive surgery may be covered. You are fully responsible for fees associated with aesthetic surgery. When insurance covers your procedure, Dr. Bolitho’s staff will obtain pre-authorizations prior to surgery. Should your procedure fall into that grey area between aesthetic and reconstructive, our staff will assist in resolving the issue with your insurance company until a resolution is reached. If you need financial assistance, there are a few services we recommend:
Cosmetic Fee
Surgery Loans
Care Credit

Douglas Glynn Bolitho MD, PhD, FACS

9834 Genesee Avenue, Suite 311,
La Jolla, CA, 92037, US

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