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Patient Reviews

Patient comments (3)

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Joel Pessa is Excellent. Dr. Pessa has been reviewed by 10 patients who have provided 3 comments. The rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Patient Ratings
Ease of Appointment 5.0
Promptness 5.0
Courteous Staff 5.0
Accurate Diagnosis 5.0
Bedside Manner 5.0
Spends Time with Me 5.0
Follows Up After Visit 5.0

Specialties & Research

Dr. Joel Pessa, MD is board certified in Plastic Surgery.

  • He has special expertise in 4 areas:
  • Facelift (Rhytidoplasty)
  • Lacerations
  • Microsurgery
  • Oophoritis (Ovary inflammation)

Education & Awards

Dr. Pessa graduated from University of Massachusetts, Worcester. He has 9 awards.

Tiffany Award American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (1993)
Tiffany Award American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Duke University Art Competiton Drawing Category
Southeastern Plastic Surgery Resident’s Competition (1988)
Tiffany Award American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (1995)
Phi Beta Kappa (1975)
Southeastern Plastic Surgery Resident's Competition (1988)
Duke University Art Competiton Drawing Category (1989)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2014)


Dr. Pessa has 6 hospital affiliations:

  • UT Southwestern St Paul Hospital 
  • UT Southwestern Zale Lipshy Hospital 


  • Spanish

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Additional Information
Dr. Joel Pessa MD is a male Plastic Surgeon, has 32 years of experience and practices in Plastic Surgery.
Where does Dr. Joel Pessa practice?
Dr. Joel Pessa has 1 office location.
Dr. Joel Pessa practices Plastic Surgery near Pikeville, KY.
See Pikeville Plastic Surgeons.