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Dr. Paul Vanek: Trusted plastic surgeon, sculptor, biochemist and researcher

In addition to being a trusted plastic surgeon in the Cleveland area, Chief of Surgical Staff at Lake Health and board member of Lake Health Foundation, Dr. Paul Vanek is a master sculptor; his medium: the human body. A double board-certified general and plastic surgeon, a biochemist, and a researcher for the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Vanek knows how the body works, and understands how to manipulate its structures to unlock and reveal his patients’ beauty. He is a gifted artist with extensive scientific training.

Dr. Vanek believes that each individual has a unique aesthetic which he seeks to celebrate with you

He utilizes cutting-edge techniques and continues to explore new research for the benefit of his patients in the fulfillment of their dreams. He teaches and participates in national research studies so that he can have a greater impact on the field and improve outcomes for patients. Dr. Vanek’s intense involvement in his field is driven by his desire to be the best possible plastic surgeon who provides exemplary care for his patients from Cleveland and all parts of Ohio. 


The journey begins in the consultation where he listens to you and works to understand your specific desires and goals

Dr. Vanek then formulates the possible methods of achieving your goals so you can make an informed decision. Dr. Vanek knows the human body and will establish clear, realistic expectations for what is achievable with your anatomy. His goal is your satisfaction; he aspires to sculpt your body into the figure you desire.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Vanek is a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon with specialized skill in breast augmentation, advanced liposuction techniques, facial rejuvenation, laser skin rejuvenation, and skin care. Dr. Vanek earned his M.D. with “Distinction in Research” from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He served as the Chief Surgery Resident at University of Rochester.

Dr. Vanek was voted by the readers of the News Herald as “Best of the Best” in Plastic Surgery in both 2012 and 2014.

Dr. Vanek is an Eagle Scout, knows American Sign Language, served as chairman of the school board at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, and plays classical trumpet. He is a philanthropist and humanitarian, and has been honored by the American Red Cross for his relief work in Haiti. He is a gardener, particularly fond of orchids, and is an excellent marksman.

Come to our office to meet Dr. Vanek and learn how he can help you celebrate your beauty.


Board Certifications:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery

Affiliations and Honors:

  • Fellow American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Ohio State Medical Society
  • Lake County Medical Society
  • Lake Hospital Foundation
  • America’s Top Physicians 2004-2005
  • Life Member National Registry of Who’s Who 2000 Edition

Residency and Fellowships:

  • University of Michigan
  • Division of Plastic Surgery – Fellow
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • Dept. of Surgery – Chief Surgery Resident and General Surgery


  • University of Rochester School of Medicine – M.D. with Distinction in Research
  • Haverford College – BA in Molecular Biology
  • Magill-Rhodes Scholar


  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery

Languages & Special Qualifications:

  • German
  • Sign Language
  • Eagle Scout

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What does it mean to be Double Board Certified?

“Yes, I have worked to become double board certified as both a general surgeon and a plastic/reconstructive surgeon. Achieving even single board certification is a lengthy and rigorous process. It involves many years of education and training. I completed my degree in Biochemistry at Haverford College where I was a Magill-Rhoades Scholar. I then completed my MD with Distinction in Research at University of Rochester.

My Board Certification from The American College of Surgeons came after completing a 5 year residency in General Surgery and demonstrating expertise to Board Examiners. Requirements included passing written and oral exams. I maintain certification with ongoing education and assessments, keeping up with the latest advancements and demonstrating best practices relating to ethics, patient safety and communications.

My second Board Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery was after an additional residency in Plastic Surgery at University of Michigan. The American College of Plastic Surgery requires an 8 hour written test, submission of all surgical cases for one year as a precondition to their certification, and a 2-day oral board examination. I have maintained dual certification by successfully completing re-certification in both General and Plastic Surgery specialties.

Selecting a qualified plastic surgeon is critical. Board Certification, or as in my case, double-board certification immediately identifies that your plastic surgeon has the education, training, and experience to perform your surgery well. Becoming Board Certified is voluntary for plastic surgeons. I did it so my patients know that I care about them and that I am dedicated to acquire and maintain the education and experience necessary to keep them safe.”

— Dr. Paul Vanek

Dr. Vanek was recently nominated by his peers for recognition as one of America's Best Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Vanek is also a founding member of Northeast Ohio Regenerative Medicine 

Northeast Ohio Regenerative Medicine offers the very latest in research and medical applications of Autologous Fat Transfer procedures, performed by our region’s most experienced, trusted and specially-trained physicians. Whether your life’s activities have been disrupted by aging, disease, accident or injury, we invite you to consult with us to determine how we may be able to help get you back in your game… and get Your Life back!