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


"I had decided for my birthday that I was going to gift myself some Botox! After doing as millennials do (i.e. going to Google and Reddit to research and find recommendations), I chose Dr. Fernau's office. I was not looking for the cheapest or closest option -- I wanted the best. I liked the idea of a facial plastic surgeon taking care of my Botox -- I didn't think I would be pressured to do more than I was comfortable, and I wanted natural results. From inquiry to scheduling to the actual appointment, everything was easy and the staff is so kind! Sheila performed my procedure, and she walked me through what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. I'm only two days post-procedure, and I can already tell a difference -- it's very subtle, I feel like I still completely look like me, but refreshed. 10/10 recommend a birthday gift to yourself of Botox, and 10/10 recommend seeing Sheila, Dr. Fernau, and team! I will definitely be returning!"



"I've been seeing Dr Fernau for a couple of years now and he, Sheila and his entire staff are the most amazing people. I love how they make you feel right at home. I honestly feel blessed to know them. As a surgeon he is top notch. He knows of the newest methods of doing things and you can tell he strives for perfection. Sheila is super sweet and explains everything to you and if she doesn't know something she won't hesitate to find out. I had a complication from a surgery and the level of compassion and care I got from them was above and beyond... You are not just a Number here, you're a person. I will definately be back. Honestly, if you have some hesitance on going here, just book your consult and meet them, you'll be at ease in no time. Thank you Dr. Fernau, Sheila and ALL the staff there for putting up with me!! 😊"



"Wonderful experience with Dr. Fernau and his team, Sheila, Ryan, Alexa and Sherry. They all made me feel comfortable throughout my breast augmentation process, answered all my questions and gave me their best advice on picking the perfect implant and size. I got 350cc sientra gummy bear implants with a subfascial approach and I couldn’t be happier with my results. Clinic was very clean, friendly and professional. Special shout out to nurse Alexa who made me feel relax and safe right before going into surgery. Thank you! You all were amazing!"



"The staff here is very welcoming, and knowledgeable. Answered any questions I asked They really know how to make a patient feel like family."



"I had the best experience I could ask for going to Dr. Fernau and his team. I received a septoplasty / rhinoplasty and have results that far exceeded my expectations. Originally, I went in for the cosmetic benefit, but Dr. Fernau found that I had a deviated septum. I never expected the massive quality of life difference I received. Far less congestion, sinus pressure, abnormal drainage, things I dealt with daily that are long gone now. That along with my dream nose, the full makeover I spent years hoping for, I'm absolutely thrilled! I will recommend him every time I have the opportunity."



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