Dr. Vito C. Quatela

Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, founder of the Quatela Center, and pioneer of modern facial plastic surgery.

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Dr. Vito C. Quatela

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Dr. Quatela is recognized as one of the top facial plastic surgeons nationally and internationally by the medical community and patients alike. His dedication to improving people’s lives by using his skill to enhance their appearance and confidence has led him to develop a comprehensive practice that extends beyond traditional facial plastic surgery with Q the Medical Spa and the Quatela Center for Hair Restoration, both located at the Lindsay House.

His long list of professional accomplishments includes serving as the president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and establishing the HUGS (Help Us Give Smiles) Foundation that supports medical missions to underserved countries such as Ecuador, Guatemala, and Vietnam. Dr. Quatela is an Allergan Top 250 provider, placing the Quatela Center as the only practice with this distinction in the Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo areas. This recognition puts him and the Quatela Center in the top 2% of all of Allergan’s practices across the country.

Leadership and Compassion

Dr. Quatela completed a residency in Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery at Northwestern University. He also completed two fellowships in facial plastic surgery, and is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery (ABO). Dr. Quatela has emerged as a leader in the field of aesthetic facial surgery. In addition to serving as past president of AAFPRS, Dr. Quatela serves annually as a board examiner for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) certification examinations. He also helps train the next generation of surgeons through an annual fellowship, as well as multiple national and international lectures, and as a clinical associate professor at the University of Rochester in the otolaryngology department.

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Dr. Quatela’s inspiration for establishing the HUGS Foundation was a personal belief that every human being has a fundamental right to the opportunity to grow and develop socially and intellectually without being ostracized or rejected due to physical abnormality. The foundation, in existence for 20 years, organizes multiple missions each year that send multi-specialty teams of experts to provide medical care to children and adolescents suffering from deformities or conditions that are remedied or alleviated through plastic surgery. To date, the HUGS Foundation has worked with over 1,000 volunteers to complete over 38 missions and perform 2300 surgeries. 

“There are no shortcuts to quality.”

“Patient satisfaction is my top priority, and I know that in order to achieve true quality, no shortcuts can be taken. This is evident in my care and attention to detail while operating, and the fact that I give patients my undivided attention while in an appointment. What seems superficially to be the same endpoint, in the face of shortcuts, will have quantitatively a very different outcome. This mantra reminds me that while many are seeking “quick fixes” in today’s society, my work is most about superb quality.”

Vito C. Quatela, M.D.

A Noted Authority

Dr. Quatela’s credentials as a foremost authority on facial plastic surgery, including research published in medical journals and publications, leads members of the national media to interview him for stories related to advances and trends in the field. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, W Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS networks.

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Personal Pursuits

With a deep commitment to family and tradition, Dr. Quatela resides with his wife and 3 children in Rochester, NY. In his spare time he enjoys fly fishing and is an avid wine collector and audiophile.

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