Dr. James Fernau – Pittsburgh, PA Plastic Surgeon

Meet Dr. Fernau

Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. James Fernau, is a second-generation physician in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. Named as one of America’s “Top Doctors” by the American Consumer Research Council seven years in a row, Dr. Fernau specializes in cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery. His privately owned practice, the Pittsburgh Accent on Body, puts client satisfaction and safety first, and he is commonly known among patients as having a warm and caring, and very knowledgeable staff. His patients consider him one of the best plastic surgeons in the Pittsburgh area.

  • Chairman of the Patient Safety Committee for The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Chairman of the Patient Safety Committee for the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Assistant to the National Secretary for the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Top Doctor

Dr. Fernau's Passion

In his early days growing up in Wyoming, young James Fernau watched his father take care of the community and would often go on house visits with him. He marveled as to how his father – who was a family doctor – loved every aspect of his profession, and how he was well respected by the people and the community in which he served. James decided early on to devote his life to taking care of others.

Education and Training

On the road to becoming a doctor and a surgeon, Dr. Fernau received his bachelor’s degree, graduating summa cum laude from the University of Wyoming. He received his medical degree from the University of Utah, where he graduated in the Top 10% of his class. This earned him the honor of Alpha Omega Alpha and was voted as an Outstanding Graduate. During the course of his professional practice, Dr. James Fernau has received numerous awards for advanced education, as recognized by the American Society for Plastic Surgery. He continues to advance his knowledge and training from year to year so that he can continue to be the best plastic surgeon for his patients. For instance, Dr. Fernau recently did an intensive training with Dr. Barry DiBernardo, a board certified plastic surgeon based out of New Jersey that has extensive experience with some of the newest, promising technologies, such as Smartlipo, Cellulaze, and PrecisionTx.

Specialties and Skills

Dr. Fernau’s background in reconstructive surgery has given him an eye for beauty and perfection in the human anatomy. It has also provided him with great expertise in the field of cosmetic surgery. He precisely tailors every treatment plan, based on the desires of each patient, to ensure their overall satisfaction with the anticipated outcomes. Patients will also find that he creates world-class body enhancements, such as breast augmentations with gummy bear implants, breast lifts, Brazilian tummy tucks, body lifts, liposuction, Brazilian buttock lifts, and Brazilian buttock augmentations. Additionally, his Aesthetic Surgery Center and Medical Spa provides comprehensive skincare services, laser hair removal, vein treatment, acne scar removal, BOTOX and filler treatment for the correction of facial wrinkles. Dr. Fernau is also a certified NeoGraft Specialist.

Giving Back

In addition to maintaining a thriving plastic surgery practice, Dr. Fernau is dedicated to giving back to the local community in various ways. He assists the women of Pittsburgh who require cosmetic or reconstructive surgery due to trauma, and focuses on the Women’s Shelter in Pittsburgh to fulfill this. In addition, he does pro bono surgery, working with one child per month offering such procedures as otoplasty (ear pinning) and other cosmetic treatment work.



University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, B.S. Zoology, 1977-1981

Medical School

University of Utah, Salt lake City, Utah, M.D., 1982-1986


Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, General Surgery, 1986-1987


University of Pittsburgh, School of Eye and Ear Hospital Otolaryngology, 1987-1991


University of Utah, School of Medicine, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Plastic Surgery, 1991-1993


Richard A Mladick, M.D., Virginia Beach, VA, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, April 1993 and May 1993


Raul Gonzalez, M.D., Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, Brazilian Buttock Implants/ Body Contouring May- June 2012

Board Certifications

  • The American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery     
  • The American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Re-certification Exam

Awards and Honors

  • American Society of Plastic Surgery Certificate of Special Recognition for Community Service and Volunteerism 
  • ASAPS Certificate of Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery (2001-2015)
  • Consumers Research Council of America, “Top Surgeon” (2007-2015)
  • Excellence in Plastic Surgery Award, by National Institute of Medicine
  • Distinguished Consultant to the National Institute of Medicine

Committee Memberships

  • Patient Safety Committee American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Current)
  • Patient Safety Committee International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Current)
  • International Committee for American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Past)

Teaching Appointments

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical School
  • West Virginia University School of Medicine


  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ACLMS)
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS)
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
  • The Rhinoplasty Society


Medical Privileges


"If you want to be treated like family and get world class treatment at a very very reasonable cost this is the place to be. Thanks a lot doctor, and you wonderful staff. The best experience I have had at any doctor's office."



"Hey y’all! Just wanted to let y’all know how my experience was. I had the mastopexy producer done and lipo under my arms. My whole life Iv had big bulging fat under my arms and could never wear tank tops and such. Dr Fernau fixed my biggest insecurity and for that I’m forever thankful for.Dr Fernau and his team was absolutely amazing! I had the best experience ever. I went in nervous and scared that it would hurt or I would be botched lol but nope. The pain was very moderate and I was up and moving with no problems the next day. Dr fernau suggested that I take milk thistle to help with the hardness after lipo and boy was he right. I can’t brag even on dr fernau and all his staff! I will be going back 100%! Just listen to Dr fernau and his nurses on what they say and I promise you will love your outcome! Thanks again Dr fernau and all his team! Y’all truly are the best 😊"



"Breast Augmentation from start to finish was a great experience. This was my first time with any type of procedure let alone a cosmetic procedure. I didnt know what to expect. Office was very kind to answer any of my questions and Sheila even answer my text while on vacation. I'm very please with the result and would be love to have lipo or tummy tuck in the future. I will post results if that time comes! Thank you for the wonderful service you provide ❤️‍"



"I am one month post-op and I have truly never been happier. My septorhinoplasty experience was so much easier than I could have ever imagined. From the first consultation, Dr Fernau and Sherry were incredibly welcoming and informative about the entire process. Surgery and my post op appointments all went so smoothly with the help of the kind team at Radiance and Sheila and the rest of Dr Fernau's team. I was worried about bruising and pain, but I never had facial bruising and didn't even need the prescription pain medication. It was such a smooth recovery and really a great experience from start to finish. Everyone involved was incredibly kind, helpful, supportive, and caring. My breathing has improved tremendously and made my life 1000x easier. Dr Fernau listened to exactly how I wanted the shape to be and now a month since the surgery, I could not be more in love with my nose. Thank you so so much to Dr Fernau and his team!"



"I am so pleased that I chose to get my breast augmentation done at Dr. Fernau’s office. I have to say my results are a 10/10. From my first consultation to the follow-up appointments the staff including Sheila and Sherry made me feel 100% comfortable and answered any questions I had along the way. Dr. Fernau and his staff have earned my recommendation to any patient looking for cosmetic surgery. Thank you Dr. Fernau!"



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