Ervin S. Wheeler MD, FACS

San Diego, CA, US
Ervin S. Wheeler MD, FACS

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

Your surgeon is the most important factor in the success of your aesthetic (cosmetic surgery). You want a surgeon with extensive training, experience, as well as an experienced eye to give you an enhanced, but natural look.
As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, I have spent many years in education and training that provides a depth of knowledge and experience for your safety. I have extensive surgical training in General Surgery as well as Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. This is the foundation for cosmetic surgery that is now a majority of my practice. In addition to my private practice, I have maintained a clinical appointment as an Associate Professor at UCSD School of Medicine. This has enabled me to stay involved in academics and the training of future surgeons as well as to stay on the cutting edge of clinical Plastic Surgery. Plastic Surgery is an ever-changing field. I continually strive to expand techniques and procedures through my teaching responsibilities as well as regularly attending major scientific meetings.

My experience in the basic sciences and broad experience in cosmetic surgery (since 1980) should give you confidence that I know what surgical procedures will be the right one to choose in your particular case. I can help you understand what surgery can do for you and give you assurance of the outcome beyond the hype and exaggerated claims in the media.

My volunteer community service with the Interface organization takes me to Mexico several times a year where I serve the poor providing free plastic surgical services such as cleft-lip and palate repair, burn scar reconstruction and repair of facial trauma. This has been a very rewarding part of my life and I take pride in participating in this medical mission work for over 20 years.

My staff and I are dedicated to surgical excellence and our focus is on aesthetic surgery. Please consider a visit to my office.

Practice Specialization

Plastic surgery changes the lives of many people. Many patients feel that after their procedures they feel better about themselves thus enhancing self-confidence.

Dr. Wheeler offers a variety of surgical and nonsurgical options for men and women who desire a more attractive, youthful-looking face or body.
These procedures include:
Body Contouring
Breast Augmentation
Breast Lift
Breast Reduction
Eyelid Surgery
Facial Implants
Forehead Lift
Laser Hair Removal
Laser Tattoo Removal
Lip Enhancement
Male Breast Reduction
Neck Lift
Scar Revision
Skin Cancer Surgery
Skin Peels
Spider Veins
Thigh & Buttock Lift
Tissue Expansion
Upper Arm Lift

Additional Information

University of California San Diego, Field Surgical Program, UCSD, 1980 -present.
Three to four trips to Mexico yearly.
Frequently Surgeon in charge for team of surgeons and staff.

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Background & Certification

Board Certification

National Board of Medical Examiners 1971 - Present
American Board of Surgery 1979 -1989
American Board of Plastic Surgery 1981 - Present

Professional Background


High School L'Anse Creuse High School Mt. Clemens, Michigan 1959 -1963

Undergraduate Education University of Michigan College of L.S. & A. Ann Arbor, Michigan B.S., Cum Laude, August 16, 1968

Medical Education University of Michigan Medical School Ann Arbor, Michigan Medical Degree, Cum Laude, June 6, 1970
Training Following Medical School

Internship Stanford University Hospital Stanford, California June 22, 1970 - June 21, 1971

Residency General Surgery, Assistant Resident
UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles, California
July 1, 1973 - June 30, 1974

General Surgery, Resident
UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles, California
July 1, 1975 - June 30, 1977

General Surgery, Chief Resident
UCLA Medical Center Los Angles, California
July 1, 1977 - June 30, 1978

Plastic Surgery Resident and Chief Resident
UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles, California
July 1, 1978 - June 10, 1980

Military Service

U.S. Naval Reserve Emergency Room and General Practice Clinic
San Diego Naval Hospital
July 6, 1971 - June 30, 1973

Teaching Appointments

Research Associate in the Rackham Arthritis Research Unit of the University of Michigan in association with Lee E. Bartholomew, M.D.
May - August 1965: June - August 1966: June - July 1967.

Instructor of Anatomy, University of Michigan School of Nursing. Director: Theodore C. Kramer, M.D., Professor of Anatomy. June - August 1967.

Research Associate in Plastic Surgery, Wadsworth VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. Director: Timothy A. Miller, M.D., July 1974 - July 1975. Continuing on part time basis, presently general research areas include burn wound healing hyperbaric oxygen in wound healing, free muscle grafting, and methods of soft tissue augmentation.

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSD Division of Plastic Surgery 1980 -1985

Associate Clinical Professor, UCSD Division of Plastic Surgery 1985 - Present.

Publications and Presentations


Bartholomew, L.E., Wheeler, E.S. and Nelson, F.: Heat sensitive mycoplasma antigens. J. Lab Clin Med 72:65 - 70, 1968.

Tank, E.S., Fellman, S.L., Wheeler, E.S., Weaver, D.K., and Lapides, J.: Treatment of urogenital tract rhabdomyosarcoma in infants and children. J. Urol 107:324 - 328, 1972.

Wheeler, E.S.: The development of antiseptic surgery. Am J Surg 127:573 - 579, 1974.

Wheeler, E.S. and Miller, T.A.: Tattoo removal by split thickness tangential excision. West J Med 124:272 - 275.

Wheeler, E.S. and Miller, T.A.: The blister and the second degree burn in guinea pigs: The effect of exposure. Plast Reconstr Surg 57:74 -83, 1976. (Reprinted in the 1977 Yearbook of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.)

Korn, H.N., Wheeler, E.S. and Miller, T.A.: Effect of hyperbaric oxygen on second degree burn wound healing. Arch Surg 112:732 - 737, 1977.

Miller, T.A., Korn, H.N., Wheeler, E.S. and Eldridge, L.: Can one muscle reinnervate another? A preliminary study of muscular neurotization in the rabbit. Plas Reconst Surg 61 (1):50, 1978.

Miller, T.A. and Wheeler, E.S.: Free muscle grafts, chapter in Neurological Aspects of Reconstructive Surgery. Fredericks, S. and Brody, G.S., Ed., St. Louis, C.V. Mosby Co., p. 301 - 306, 1978.

Wheeler, E.S. and Longmire, W.P.: Repair of Benign stricture of the common bile duct by jejunal interposition choledochoduodenstomy. Surg Gynec Obstet 146:260, 1978.

Machleder, H.I., Wheeler, E.S. and Barker, W.F.: Treatment of upper extremity ischemia by cervico dorsal sympathectomy. Vasc Surg 19:399, 1979.

Wheeler, E.S. et al: Familial lymphedema praecox: Meige Disease. Plast Reconstr Surg 67:362, 1981.

Das, S.K., Cragun, J.R., Wheeler, E.S., Goshgarian, G. and Miller, T.A.: Free grafting of the omentum for soft tissue augmentation: A preliminary laboratory study. Plast Reconst Surg 68:556, 1981.

Wheeler, E.S., Meals, R.A.: Dupuytren's diathesis: A broad spectrum disease: Plast Reconstr Surg 68:781, 1981.

Brody, G.S. and Wheeler, E.S.: Medial canthal tendon reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg 68:789, 1981.

Wheeler, E.S., Kawamoto, H.K. and Zarem, H.A.: Bone grafts for nasal reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg 69:9, 1982.

Brones, M.D., Wheeler, E.S. and Lesavoy, M.A.: Restoration of elbow flexion with latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap. Plast Reconstr Surg 69:329, 1982.


Implications of evaporative water loss in partial-thickness burns. Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Santa Barbara, California, January 1975.

The blister and second-degree burn: The effect of exposure. American Association of Plastic Surgeons, Scottsdale, Arizona, April 1975.

Hyperbaric oxygen and second-degree burn wound healing. Plastic Surgery Research Council, Denver, Colorado, December 1976.

Free omental grafts for soft tissue augmentation. Resident section of the Society of University Surgeons, Louisville, Kentucky, February 1978.

Congenital nasal hypoplasia and anticoagulant therapy. California Society of Plastic Surgeons, Monterey, California, March 1979.

Pressure sores: Medical vs. Surgical management. Dynamic Dimensions in Health Care, Phoenix, Arizona, January 1980.

Bone grafts for nasal reconstruction. California Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Diego, California, March 1980 and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, April 1981.

An overview of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Seminar, El Cajon, California, January 1981.

1-Hand infections. 2-Finger tip injuries. Wound Management Workshop for Physician Assistants, San Diego, California, February 1981.

Plastic surgery of congenital deformities, Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, California, March 1981.

Ophthalmologic aspects of plastic surgery. San Diego Optometric Society, April 1981.

1-Problem wounds. 2-Tendon and nerve injuries. 3-Finger tip injuries. Wound Management Course for Non-Surgeons, University of California San Diego, April 1981.

Hand injuries and rehabilitation. Industrial Indemnity Seminar, San Diego, California, April 1981.

Wound Management Seminar, course director and lecturer, California Medical Association, March 14, 1982.

Tendon and nerve injuries. Wound Management Course for Non-Surgeons, University of California San Diego, April 1982.

Plastic Surgery Update, Grossmont Hospital, San Diego, California, August 1982.

Wound Management Seminar, course director and lecturer, California Medical Association, March 12, 1983.

General surgical staff rounds. Plastic surgery of the breast, Grossmont and Alvarado Hospital, San Diego, California, April 14, 1983.

Suture laboratory. Wound Management Course, University of California San Diego, April 1983.

Breakfast consultation, Plastic Surgery, Grossmont Hospital, San Diego, California, April 1983.

Cleft Palate Seminar. Children's Hospital, San Diego, California, April 1983.

Wound Management Seminar. Course director and lecturer, California Medical Association, March 10, 1985.

Suture laboratory and problem cases conference. University of California San Diego, each year to date.

Wound Management Course. University of California San Diego, each year to date.

Awards & Honors

Alpha Omega Alpha (National Medical School Honor Society - graduated 4th in class of 200)
Phi Kappa Phi
Surgical Honors Society at the University of Michigan
Clinical Instructor of the Year 1981 - UCSD Division of Plastic Surgery
Clinical Instructor 15 Year Teaching Award 1996 - UCSD Division of Plastic Surgery
President San Diego Plastic Surgery Society 1991-1992
Member - Board of Directors Interface UCSD - Volunteer Program of surgical reconstruction in foreign lands.
Councilor to the California Society of Plastic Surgery 1997-2002

Affiliations & Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

Grossmont District Hospital: Active Staff
Chief of Plastic Surgery 1983 -1988
Vice Chief of Surgery 1988 -1990
Chief of Surgery 1990 -1992
Executive Committee 1985 -1992
Surgery Supervisions Committee 1982 -1995
Credentials Committee 1982 -1986

Society Memberships

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
fellow, American College of Surgeons
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
California Medical Association
San Diego County Medical Society
Association for Academic Surgery
William P. Longmire, Jr. Society

Your Consultation

To schedule your free consultation with Dr. Wheeler call us at 858-452-1981 today

Staff & Facilities

Surgical Facility

Our surgical facility is fully accredited by AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) and meets all California and National safety standards.

Safety and quality are our primary concerns. We are centrally located adjacent to Interstate 5 freeway in La Jolla, which gives you easy access from all areas of San Diego County.

Ervin S. Wheeler MD, FACS

9850 Genesee Ave, #130,

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