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Ivo A. Pestana, MD

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Ivo A. Pestana, MD

Ivo A. Pestana, MD

Associate Professor

Plastic Surgery

Physician Rating

4.6 out of 5

118 Ratings

Contact Information


  • American College of Surgeons

  • NC Society for Surgery of the Hand

  • American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

  • NPI: 1881861730

Clinical Interests

  • Wound Care, Lower Extremity Trauma, Breast Surgery, Hand Surgery, Microsurgery, Breast Reconstruction, Cosmetic Surgery, Wound Healing Problems, Acute Burns and Burn Reconstruction, Wounds (difficult), Skin Cancer, Breast Cancer

Education & Training

  • BS

    1996 - University of Miami

  • MD

    2000 - University of Miami School of Medicine

  • Residency

    2007 - Surgery: University Miami Affiliated Hospitals

  • Residency

    2010 - Plastic Surgery: Duke University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery Plastic Surgery

  • American Board of Surgery Surgery


Research Contact Information

Research Interests

  • Mammaplasty, Angiography, Postoperative Complications, Reconstructive Surgical Procedures, Lipectomy

Recent Publications

  • Cureus.
    Pestana IA. Patient-Guided Breast Reconstruction Education. 2020 Jul; 8; 12(7):e9070.
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open.
    Pestana IA. Breast Reconstruction Completion in the Obese Women: Does Reconstruction Technique Make a Difference in Its Achievement?. 2019 Aug; 1; 7(8S-1):23.
  • Operative risk stratification in the obese female undergoing implant-based breast reconstruction.
    Rudolph M, Moore C, Pestana IA. Breast J. 2019 11; 25(6):1182-1186.
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection Complicating Levamisole-Induced Vasculitis.
    Whitaker L, Priest O, Pestana IA. Am Surg. 2019 Mar; 85(3):e145-e147.
  • J Reconstr Microsurg Open.
    Ivo A. Pestana, Nicholas J. Walker. Autologous Breast Reconstruction Skin Paddle Designs: Classification and Aesthetic Outcomes. 2019 Jan; 1; 4(1):e29-e35.
  • Operative Risk Stratification and Reduction in the Obese Female Undergoing Implant Breast Reconstruction.
    Rudolph M, Moore C, Pestana IA. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2018 Sep; 26; 6(9 Suppl):176-177.
  • Degloving Injuries of the Extremity: A Systematic Approach to Reconstruction.
    Velazquez C, Pestana IA. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2018 Sep; 26; 6(9 Suppl):192-193.
  • Use of Incisional Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in Skin-Containing Free Tissue Transfer.
    Bi H, Khan M, Li J, Pestana IA. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2018 Mar; 34(3):200-205.
  • Abstract: The Use of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in Skin-Containing Free Tissue Transfer.
    Khan M, Pestana IA, Bi H, Li J. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017 Oct; 2; 5(9 Suppl):137.
  • Clinics in Surgery.
    Ryan E. Rebowe, J. Clayton Crantford, Austin Bond and Ivo A. Pestana. Autologous Breast Reconstruction Implant Augmentation (A.B.R.I.A.): Indications and Outcomes. 2017 Apr; 17; (2):1406.

All Publications

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Doctor Ratings

The overall Patient Rating score is the average of responses to the nine questions listed below. The questions are from the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 represents "very poor" and 5 represents "very good."
Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

CP concern for questions/worries
CP efforts to include in decisions
CP explanations of prob/condition
CP spoke using clear language
Friendliness/courtesy of CP
Likelihood of recommending CP
Patients' confidence in CP
Time CP spent with patient
Wait time at clinic

Patient Comments

Comments are taken from the Care Provider section of the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Comments are posted exactly as they are written. Comments are added weekly. To protect patient privacy and confidentiality, patient names are not included.

  • 8/8/2018


  • 7/31/2018

    he was wonderful i felt like I was finally herd something I have not felt in a long time

  • 7/12/2018

    Dr. Pestana is wonderful! A++++++++

  • 6/13/2018

    Great guy and I know he is the best at what he does. Previous experience, tells me he is on top of his profession...

  • 5/7/2018

    the Dr I saw was in a big rush it seemed to me that he had no time for me to even be there

  • 5/4/2018

    I'm extremely pleased with my provider

  • 3/27/2018

    Dr. Pestana made me feel like I was the only patient he had that day.

  • 3/19/2018

    All perfect

  • 3/5/2018

    Dr Pestana is probably very busy but he made me feel like I was his only patient. He listened to my concerns and showed empathy as the discussion went to my mother's death.

  • 1/15/2018

    Excellent excellent excellent

  • 1/15/2018

    Dr. Ivo Pestana was very helpful in educating me about my surgical options and giving me specific points to consider in my decision making process. He was thorough in his explanations and presented them in an understandable way. His manner and patience with my questions was greatly appreciated.

  • 12/31/2017

    Dr. Pestana is awesome. He is very skilled, patient, and kind.

  • 12/9/2017


  • 11/27/2017

    Dr Pestano was great to explain various surgical options including positive and possible negative outcomes. I did not feel that he was trying to persuade me toward any procedure--he made the choice mine; did not feel pressured.

  • 11/21/2017

    Great consultation really impressed me.

  • 10/14/2017

    Dr. Pestana explained every step of the process before he did anything. He is always smiling and has a great personality

  • 9/18/2017

    Dr. Pestana was fantastic. He explained every aspect of my surgery options in great detail. He went step by step through the procedure stopping frequently to ask if I had questions. I felt like I was in an academic lecture and it was wonderful. I felt like he really wanted to make sure I understood my options, including the option to do nothing. I was very impressed with Dr. Pestana and am very comfortable with him doing my procedure. Dr. Pestana spent over an hour speaking with me about my options. I have told others about Dr. Pestana and would recommend him highly.


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