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Stephen J. Vega, MD


Clinical Interests

Plastic - Adult

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 383-4040

Office: (585) 383-4040

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Dr. Stephen Vega is a board-certified, nationally recognized plastic surgeon. A true leader in the field, Dr. Vega has pioneered techniques and treatments in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures.

Dr. Vega completed his medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by plastic surgery residency at University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and then a microsurgery fellowship specializing in breast surgery with Dr. Joseph M. Serletti. He continued his work as an assistant professor at the University Medical Center for 5 years as a faculty surgeon.

During this time, Dr. Vega focused his efforts on improving breast surgery practices and procedures. His work on microsurgical techniques for breast reconstruction have helped advance the field of breast surgery.

After 5 years at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Stephen opened his private practice so that he could offer his patients personalized care. His driving goal is to consistently provide the best and most cutting edge plastic surgery in a more intimate setting.

Throughout his career, Dr. Vega's work has been featured in numerous medical publications, and he has been honored to present at local, national and international meetings. He also dedicates time to teaching microsurgery and breast reconstruction and has directed an American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery fellowship for the last 5 years. His fellows have gone on to private practice and academic careers.
His professional affiliations include the American Association of Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the North Eastern Society of Plastic Surgery.



  • Plastic Surgery - American Board of Plastic Surgery


BA | Amherst College

MD | Univ Pennsylvania Sch Medicine

MS- Masters in Health Science Business Administration | University of Rochester, Simon School of Business

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

06/01/2004 - 12/31/2004
Fellowship in Surgery at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/2002 - 06/30/2004
Residency in Plastic Surgery at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/25/1999 - 07/01/2000
Internship in Surgery at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Ivy Society Plastic Surgery Research Conference, Second Place, Philadelphia, 1998

Twenty-first Century Scholar, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Four year full-tuition merit scholarship, 1994

SWAHAP Scholarship, 4 year medical school scholarship, 1994

SPAEP Undergraduate Internship Honor Award, U. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1990

LULAC Texas State and National College Scholarship, 1989

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Journal Articles

Vega SJ; Jiang S; Sbitany H; Serletti J;. "500 Consecutive free TRAM Flaps for Breast Reconstruction: A Single Surgeon's Experience." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2008; .

Selber J; Samra r; Vega SJ; Sonnad s; Wu L; Serletti J. "A Head to Head Comparison Between the MS Free TRAM and the SIEA: Is the Rate of Flap Loss Worth the Gain in Abdominal Wall Function?". Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2008; .

Vega SJ, Sbitany H, Bossert RP. "Vastus lateralis free flap for soft tissue coverage of a lower extremity diabetic ulcer." Journal of reconstructive microsurgery. 2007 Jan 0; 23(1):51-3.