About Paul Wigoda, M.D.
Doctor Paul Wigoda is a Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon and board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He was named best plastic surgeon in South Florida in 2010. Dr. Wigoda’s Fort Lauderdale-based private plastic surgery practices offers cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, as well as non-surgical services including botox, fillers, and laser hair removal.
He is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward Health Medical Center, the primary trauma center for Fort Lauderdale and Broward County.
He brings his patients impeccable surgical techniques, an artist’s aesthetic vision, and is an advocate for patient safety and plastic surgery standards.
Dr. Wigoda offers a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures to enhance and refine the face, breasts, and body.
He performs leading-edge techniques that achieve exceptional cosmetic results, including Ultrasonic Liposuction, breast augmentation, and facelifts. He also pioneered the Painless Breast Implant technique, which virtually eliminates pain and is designed to result in a quick, safe, and painless recovery.
Dr. Wigoda’s Personal & Professional Accomplishments
- Background & Experience
Dr. Wigoda graduated cum laude from Ransom-Everglades High School in Miami, Florida. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors (magna cum laude) from Amherst College in Amherst MA, the top liberal arts college in the nation, where he majored in neuroscience. Beginning in 1989 he attended the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas at the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center. He was granted a doctor of medicine degree in May of 1993. Dr. Wigoda was selected from over 100 applicants from around the nation to the single position available at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Plastic Surgery residency, the top plastic surgery training program in the country.
Dr. Wigoda served as a surgery intern and resident at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He trained in general surgery and trauma surgery at the world-renowned Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Wigoda then began his training in plastic and reconstructive surgery working both at Parkland Memorial Hospital and at numerous private hospitals around Dallas. Dr. Wigoda had the luxury of training with many of today’s pre-eminent cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons. As a plastic surgery resident Dr. Wigoda scored in the top five percent in the nation on the national in-service exam which tests plastic surgery knowledge.
As a chief resident, because of his skill and success, Dr. Wigoda was given the prestigious honor by his professors of serving as chief resident of Parkland Memorial Hospital first among his colleagues. Because many of the national cosmetic surgery courses for plastic surgeons are given in Dallas by his professors, Dr. Wigoda was able to attend multiple courses on all of the latest techniques and technologies in cosmetic surgery including endoscopic surgery, ultrasound assisted liposuction, laser resurfacing, deep plane facelifts, midface lifts, open rhinoplasty, etc. He had the opportunity in his training to learn and use these techniques. He completed his plastic surgery training in 1998.
Dr. Wigoda continued his education and training at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City, one of the nations top hospitals. He completed a one-year fellowship in hand surgery and microsurgery working with both the Department of Orthopedics and the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Wigoda is certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Wigoda is the Chief of Plastic Surgery of Broward Health, the primary trauma center for Fort Lauderdale and Broward County.
On a Personal Note
Dr. Wigoda was raised in South Florida. He is the son of a physician who practiced internal medicine on Miami Beach for over 25 years. He left his hometown and immediate family to obtain the best possible education and training available in the country. He has returned to South Florida to practice both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the highest quality. Dr. Wigoda is fluent in Spanish and welcomes the opportunity to care for Spanish-speaking patients. During his free time, Dr. Wigoda enjoys spending time with his family and participating in various sports and outdoor activities.
Awards And Publications
As an undergraduate, Dr. Wigoda wrote a scientific thesis that was awarded high honors. Dr. Wigoda was honored as an associate member of the Sigma Xi research society, an organization honoring the leading scientists in the nation. Dr. Wigoda received partial merit scholarships for medical school from the Rotary Club of Miami during three of the four years of medical school. While only a medical student Dr. Wigoda received a grant for his research and he published over ten articles in the leading journals of plastic and reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery, and hand surgery. As a resident and fellow he published additional papers. He has also produced and edited an instructional video on a surgical procedure of the hand. He has presented many of his papers at regional and national meetings around the country.
Dr. Wigoda has been named one of “America’s Top Surgeons” by the Consumer Research Council of America, 2001-present.
- Professional Affiliations
Licensure, Certification, And Professional Society Memberships
Dr. Wigoda has been licensed by the states of Texas, Utah, and Florida. He is certified as a diplomat of the national board of medical examiners. Dr. Wigoda has been a member of the Texas Medical Association and the Utah Medical Association. He is also a current member of the American Medical Association.
Dr. Wigoda is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This organization plays an important role in the continuing medical education of plastic surgeons as well as in the education and protection of the health-care consuming public.
He is a current member of the American Medical Association, the Florida Medical Association, the Broward County Medical Association, the Broward County Society of Plastic Surgeons, and The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Wigoda had a satellite office at the University of Miami Cosmetic Center from 1999-2002. He was appointed voluntary instructor at the University of Miami School of Medicine from 1999-2002.
Current Hospital Affiliations
Dr. Wigoda is currently on staff at the following hospitals:
- Broward Health – Chief of Plastic Surgery since 2011
- Holy Cross Hospital
- Broward Health-North Medical Center