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Meet Dr. James Pearson...

Dr. James Pearson is an experienced, dual Board-Certified and fully Fellowship-Trained Facial Plastic Surgeon. His practice offers noninvasive and surgical treatment of the face and neck including cosmetic, functional and reconstructive surgery with an emphasis on aesthetic rejuvenation and rhinoplasty.

Dr. Pearson is a specialist - his surgical practice focuses exclusively on the Face.

Dr. Pearson is an expert in facial procedures. He has been invited to present at national and international specialty meetings and has authored numerous publications which have appeared in highly-regarded plastic surgery journals and textbooks.

Dr. Pearson is among a select group of Facial Plastic Surgeons who are dual Board-Certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology.


Dr. Pearson has written and published numerous plastic surgery articles and textbook chapters which have appeared in respected international journals and well-regarded plastic surgery textbooks. Below is a selection of recent publications by Dr. James Pearson. Click on the graphic below to learn more about Dr. Pearson's publications.


Dr. Pearson is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons as well as the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, for which he serves on national committees.

Dr. Pearson is an active participant in international surgical mission work. He donates his time and skill to perform reconstructive surgery on children born with congenital facial deformities.

Dr. Pearson earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honor Society and graduated with honors and distinction. He earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine where he was recognized with multiple awards for his research including national awards and support from the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Pearson completed a surgical residency in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the renown New York Eye & Ear Infirmary in New York City where he was selected as departmental Administrative Chief Resident. For five years, Dr. Pearson trained in New York City alongside some of the most prominent surgeons in the world, learning their techniques and developing his unique approach to facial plastic surgery. He went on to complete a coveted fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery with then-President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Vito Quatela, in New York where Dr. Pearson served also as Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

Board Certifications:
American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Diplomate
American Board of Otolaryngology, Diplomate

Academic Appointments:
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery - University of Rochester School of Medicine
Departmental Administrative Chief Resident - The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary
Staff Surgeon - The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary

Facial Plastic Surgery
American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Chief Residency:
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, New York, NY
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
St. Vincent's Hospital, New York, NY

Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary
New York, NY

St. Vincent's Hospital
New York, NY

American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
American College of Surgeons
Los Angeles County Medical Association
California Medical Association


Our patients have traveled from around the world to consult with and undergo treatment by Dr. Pearson.

Our practice has welcomed international patients from Australia, Egypt, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland and Saudi Arabia.

If you are considering visiting from outside of the US, please contact our office for help in planning your travels.

Philanthropy is a cornerstone of Dr. Pearson's practice.

Through participation in international medical mission work, Dr. Pearson has helped to transform the lives of children born with facial malformations such as cleft lip, cleft palate, and ear malformations (microtia). By restoring facial form and function, children born with facial birth defects benefit not only from an improved appearance, but also from increased self confidence and social acceptance. During recent surgical missions to Asia, Central America and South America, Dr. Pearson has treated hundreds of patients and helped to educate local surgeons.

HugsDr. Pearson is an active member of HUGS whose mission is to deliver medical care to children and adolescents challenged by a wide array of physical  conditions remedied through surgery. HUGS' mission is performed by providing remedial surgery on children in developing countries who have microtia, a congenital condition, facial burns and other health conditions.

HUGS was founded by internationally-renown facial plastic surgeon, Vito C. Quatela, MD with the idea that every child has the fundamental right to a full and enriching childhood. Every girl and boy should experience play, follow his or her curiosity, feel secure, and know joy.

Since 2003, the HUGS foundation has sent hundreds of medical volunteers on dozens of missions and conducted over a thousand surgical procedures on the children who need it most.

Watch a short video to see how we Help Give Smiles to children around the world. Antigua, Guatemala 2014

Currently, HUGS coordinates annual surgical missions to Ecuador, Guatemala and Vietnam.

Read more about the lives we touch

What is Microtia ?

Microtia is a term referring to a significantly malformed, poorly developed external ear. While it is relatively uncommon, it appears to be more prevalent in Central and South America than in North America. Both genetic and environmental factors are thought to play a role in the development of the anomaly, though a specific genetic marker has not been found.

The HUGS organization has evolved into one of the most experienced and prolific groups in the world in terms of microtia operations performed.

Additional Information about HUGS

Hanoi, Vietnam, 2014. Reporter Jason Nguyen from ABC News traveled with HUGS to Vietnam to document HUGS' work.

Photos from Antigua, Guatemala - HUGS mission

For more information, or for other ways to donate to this organization, speak to any of our staff or visit

In addition, Dr. Pearson is a partner in the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery's Faces of Honor program, which offers pro bono medical and surgical expertise to veterans who were deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan and received face or neck injuries. For more information about Faces of Honor, visit

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Dr. Pearson sees patients from the following Southern California locations: Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Burbank, Culver City, El Segundo, Glendale, Hermosa Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Orange County, Pacific Palisades, Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, South Bay, Torrance, Venice, Ventura, West Hollywood


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