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Dr. Joseph F. Capella, MD, F.A.C.S.

Specializing in Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss

Dr. Capella

JFC_bioDr. Joseph F. Capella is a nationally and internationally recognized leading expert in body contouring surgery. He lectures and provides instructional courses on a regular basis at the symposia of some of the most prestigious plastic surgery organizations in the world: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and The Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Capella has co-authored several of the most important textbooks on plastic surgery: The Art of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: Principles and Techniques, 2nd edition, Plastic Surgery, 3rd edition and Body Contouring and Liposuction. He has written many peer-reviewed articles and has been featured in the media numerous times including ABC’s 20/20, The View, Elle Magazine and CNBC and was recently included in the Top 10 List of plastic surgeons in New York.

Dr. Capella’s entire practice is dedicated to cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery after weight loss. He is committed to providing the very best results in these important areas of plastic surgery. His experience is extensive. He has been in practice for over 20 years and has performed well over 10,000 cosmetic surgery and body contouring after weight loss surgical procedures. Specifically, he has performed over 6000 body contouring surgical procedures on weight loss patients. This represents one of the largest experiences in the world. He has the largest published series of arm lifts, body lifts and thigh lifts in the world on the massive weight loss patient.

Following completion of a fellowship in plastic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. Joseph F. Capella joined his father, Dr. Rafael F. Capella, a world renowned bariatric surgeon and founding member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Joseph F. Capella went on to assist his father on over 1000 bariatric procedures. The experience of practicing bariatric surgery has given Dr. Joseph F. Capella in depth knowledge of morbid obesity and the various surgical procedures to treat this condition. This insight has assisted him in safely and effectively managing the plastic surgery concerns of the weight loss patient.

Dr. Joseph F. Capella is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He has been voted into the list of Best Doctors in America for four years in a row. Dr. Capella is the Chief of Post-Bariatric surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Patients from all over the United States and from many other countries request Dr. Capella’s expertise in body contouring. We have provided an outline of the steps involved in obtaining an initial consultation and having surgery with Dr. Capella for individuals who live outside of the Northeast of the United States.

Appointments, Certification and Training

Dr. Capella is the Chief of the Division of Post Bariatric Surgery in the department of plastic surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Capella graduated from Phillips Academy Andover and received a BA degree from Cornell University and an M.D. from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He completed a general surgery residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, a University Hospital of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Capella is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


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Board Certification
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Professional Societies
American College of Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Hospital Privileges
Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack, NJ

The Valley Hospital
Ridgewood, NJ

Committee Membership
Post Bariatric Task Force
American Society of Plastic Surgery

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