Robert Singer, MD FACS

Few surgeons are as respected by their peers and as esteemed by their patients as Dr. Robert Singer. With an eye for balance and beauty and the skills of an artist, he has helped thousands of people in Southern California and around the world attain the rejuvenated appearance they have always wanted. Dr. Singer has been engaged in private practice in the La Jolla area of San Diego since 1976 and is now an internationally recognized plastic surgeon. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (American Board of Plastic Surgery) in La Jolla (San Diego), California.

Please find below a partial listing of Dr. Singer’s affiliations, memberships, awards, honors, and accomplishments. The full list and Dr. Singer’s curriculum vitae are available upon request.

Internationally Renowned

While Dr. Singer’s practice may be based in the La Jolla area of San Diego, his reputation as an expert plastic surgeon extends to the entire world. Dr. Singer appears regularly on radio and television programs such as Larry King Live, in national and local newspapers, and in national and international fashion, news, and health magazines. Dr. Singer has also been a resource for plastic surgery information to the Medical Board of California and the Congress of the United States.

Dr. Singer is a sought-after speaker who lectures to prominent surgical organizations and non-medical audiences in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central America, including the prestigious Young Presidents’ Organization, CEO, and World Presidents Organization. Throughout his career, Dr. Singer has also authored many scientific publications on various aspects of reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery.

Affiliations & Memberships

  • The Aesthetic Society – Former President and Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS) – Former President
  • Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) – Former President
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) – Former President and Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities International (AAAASF-I) — Board Member and Officer
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities Educational Foundation (AAAASF-EF) – President
  • Editorial Board of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ) and the Aesthetic Journal Open Forum
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) – Patient Safety Committee
  • San Diego International Society of Plastic Surgeons – Former President
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS) – Fellow
  • San Diego Plastic Surgery Society – Former President
  • NewBeauty Magazine – Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board

Hospital Appointments

  • Active staff of Plastic Surgery Scripps Memorial Hospital – La Jolla, California
  • Former Chief of Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery Representative to Surgery Supervisory
  • Former Vice-Chairman Department of Surgery
  • Former Chief of Plastic Surgery Scripps Memorial Hospital – Encinitas, California.


  • The Robert Singer Award for Best Hot Topics Presentation.
  • Presidency of The Aesthetic Society
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Who’s Who in the West
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Best Plastic Surgeons in San Diego – San Diego Magazine (selected by peers).
  • Best Plastic Surgeons in La Jolla – La Jolla Light Newspaper.
  • Plastic Surgery Leadership Award – The Aesthetic Society
  • Invited examiner for the American Board of Surgery
  • Traveling visiting professor for The Aesthetic Society
  • Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors 2000 – 2020
  • ASERF Career Achievement Award, 2019


  • ASERF/The Aesthetic Society Lifetime Achievement Award. 
  • PI MU EPSILON –National Mathematics Honor Society
  • The Aesthetic Society Traveling Professor
  • Best Panel Moderator: The Aesthetic Society's Annual Meeting 2003 and 2009
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Town and Country Magazine – “Best Aesthetic Surgeons in America”
  • San Diego Magazine- Selected by peers, “Best Plastic Surgeons in San Diego” – multiple years
  • La Jolla Light Newspaper- selected by the community
  • “Best Plastic Surgeon in La Jolla” – multiple years
  • The Aesthetic Society Plastic Surgery Leadership Award
  • The Aesthetic Society Distinguished Service Award for Plastic Surgery Leadership 2010
  • CSPS Presidential Award for Leadership
  • Castle Connolly: America’s Top Doctors – Multiple years in a row
  • San Diego Business Journal: Health Care Champions Award 2010
  • Thuss Lecturer: to Vanderbilt Department of Surgery and Plastic Surgery 2016
  • UC San Diego School of Medicine Plastic Surgery: Teacher of the Year 2016
  • ASERF Career Achievement Award 2019

Presentations & Publications

  • Over 375 scientific publications and major presentations at surgery meetings including:
  • Facial cosmetic surgery, liposuction, facelifting procedures, eyelid and forehead rejuvenation, breast surgery, office-based surgery, patient safety, soft tissue fillers, body contouring, ethics

Academic Appointment

  • (Voluntary) Clinical Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery), University of California San Diego


  • M.D. Degree: State University of New York-Buffalo
  • General Surgery Internship and Residency
  • Stanford Medical Center Palo Alto, California
  • Santa Barbara Cottage and General Hospitals
  • Plastic Surgery Residency: Vanderbilt University
  • Plastic Surgery Chief Resident: Vanderbilt University

Board Certification

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery


  • American College of Surgeons

Military Service

  • USNR – Retired Lt. Commander
  • Active Duty in Vietnam
  • Balboa Naval Hospital Emergency Department, San Diego, California
  • USN – Honorable Discharge

Prime Plastic Surgery consists of the top board-certified surgeons in the country providing the highest caliber of patient care. We offer cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, to help patients achieve truly life-changing results. Our surgeons are members of several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities

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