James Wethe, Plastic Surgeon

The private practice of Dr. James Wethe offers cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery in a professional and caring manner.

The private practice of Dr. James Wethe offers cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery in a professional and caring manner. The office staff has extensive experience in addressing patients’ concerns and helping them achieve their goals while making every effort to ensure their comfort and confidentiality. In practice for nearly 23 years, Dr. Wethe grew up in the southern California area, attended medical school at USC and received surgery training at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. Subsequent training in plastic surgery was done at UC Irvine Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in aesthetic plastic surgery.

Was there a defining moment in your career that guided you to where you are now?

“While a junior general surgery resident physician rotating on the plastic surgery service at Harbor/UCLA, the attending surgeon persisted and insisted throughout my residency years that I consider plastic surgery as a profession. I have never regretted the decision. “

Tell us about your family.   

“I have four children, ages 18 to 25, and I have been married to Brigid for 27 years. My family is my joy.”

What do you like to do for fun, when you’re not at work?   

“I am a moderate soccer fanatic. Having had four children go through the American Youth Soccer Organization, I have been a center referee for 15+ years and continue to enjoy getting my exercise running on the fields during games. I also devote considerable time to following the UC San Diego women’s soccer team, where my daughter plays as a midfielder.”

What would you like potential patients to know about you?

“I enjoy the opportunity to assist my patients with their goals … both cosmetic and reconstructive in nature. I want to earn their confidence and provide a level of care that exceeds their expectations.”

Who is your professional role model?

“My role model was actually my high school history teacher, Michael Polito. He taught me the concept of `attitudes, values and standards’ and how these three words define who you are and by what measure you will be judged.”

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