Dr. Ervin Wheeler has officially retired!

Ervin Wheeler, MD, FACS

"I just always knew that I wanted to be a doctor. No one in my family had ever gone to college let alone followed the intense educational path it takes to become a plastic surgeon ..."

Dr. Wheeler is a board certified plastic surgeon well-known for his ability to provide natural-looking results for his patients. While we will miss seeing him here at our offices, we wish Dr. Wheeler a happy, healthy retirement!

Dr. Ervin Wheeler has officially retired!

Dr. Ervin Wheeler holds up his latest fishing catch

Our wonderful Dr. Wheeler is officially off the surgical hook and has traded in his scalpel for a fishing rod!

While Dr. Wheeler may be out of the operating rooms, don’t worry! We have four extremely talented plastic surgeons to take care of you.

Call or text your patient coordinator at  (858) 452-1981 or email [email protected] today!


Ervin Wheeler, MD, FACS relocated his cosmetic plastic surgery practice to LJC after many years in La Mesa, CA. His excellent reputation for natural results drew many of his patients from La Jolla and the coast. After closing his private practice and joining La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre, Dr. Wheeler was delighted to work both new and longstanding patients from all over California.

Dr. Wheeler is an outstanding surgeon and did a fantastic job. Also he is such a nice and caring man.


Getting to know Dr. Wheeler, it’s easy to understand why he has such a loyal following. He is an excellent surgeon much loved by his patients for his natural results and kind and caring manner. He is deeply respected by his peers and was recognized in 2005 by San Diego Magazine as the Best Plastic Surgeon in San Diego.

I look great!! Dr. Wheeler is kind, sensitive, listens and is an excellent surgeon.


Deciding on a cosmetic procedure to help you achieve your aesthetic goals should come only after careful consideration of the surgeon’s training and experience so you can safely attain the results you desire. When you choose cosmetic surgeon Ervin Wheeler, MD, FACS, you choose an exceptional surgeon who is dedicated to excellence. Dr. Ervin Wheeler recalls:

I just always knew that I wanted to be a doctor. No one in my family had ever gone to college let alone followed the intense educational path it takes to become a plastic surgeon – medical school, general surgery training and then plastic surgery specialization. I loved every minute of it and still do.


In addition to providing excellent care to his patients, Dr. Wheeler has also been teaching young plastic surgeons at the University of California San Diego for more than 30 years.

As you consider plastic surgeons, you may want to know about how Dr. Wheeler regularly shares his considerable skills with the less fortunate. Dr. Wheeler takes pride in this component of his professional life. His consistency speaks volumes about who he is as a man and surgeon.

Dr. Wheeler was highly recommended to me. His professionalism and expertise were evident and appreciated. The staff was also very professional and friendly.


For over 34 years, Dr. Wheeler has traveled to Mexico several times a year as a volunteer with the Interface Plastic Surgery organization. In Mexico, he serves the poor by providing free plastic surgery services such as cleft-lip and palate repair, burn scar reconstruction, and repair of facial trauma. Dr. Wheeler was President of the Interface Board from 2012 to 2016.

For the last 5 years, he has been part of a group here in San Diego who volunteers for FreshStart at Children’s Hospital. Five times a year he devotes a weekend and operates on disadvantaged infants, children, and teens suffering from physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse, or disease.

Dr. Wheeler was kind and considerate, as was his staff. They explained everything so well. I felt at ease. I still wonder why I waited so long as I feel so much better! I’ve recommended Dr. Wheeler to my friends. Thank you so much!


Get to know Dr. Wheeler on a personal level.

Why plastic surgery?

The anatomy of the human body is remarkable—that’s what drew me to medicine. I realized that plastic surgery was the right path for me as a surgical intern at Stanford. I worked under Dr. Chase, the Chief of Plastic Surgery at that time, and saw how plastic surgery can immediately improve people’s self-confidence and outlook on life.

About face

While I enjoy all aspects of plastic surgery, facial procedures are among my favorites to perform. I can make very small changes that have a tremendous impact on how a patient sees him or herself. Cosmetic rhinoplasty and facelift surgery are probably the most intriguing to me, as they are so personalized, but reconstructive procedures are so very rewarding to perform. While in India several years ago, I had the opportunity to repair a 72-year-old man’s cleft lip. He had been an outcast in his village due to this deformity, but after his surgery, he was able to marry his girlfriend of 50 years!

On family & fishing

Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my family, including the four-legged members, who look forward to their daily walk. My wife Laura, a Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Hospital, and I have 3 grown daughters, Jennie, Sarah, and Ellie, and two grandchildren. I also enjoy archery, hiking, and fishing, which I hear are common hobbies among the surgeons here ?

A hard day’s night

I’m giving away my age here, but I’m quite the Beatles fan. In fact, the first album I ever bought was a Beatles album; I cannot remember which one, as I bought several. Their music stands the test of time.

See Dr. Wheeler’s Curriculum Vitae for more details about his broad education, training, and clinical appointments, including Chief of Plastic Surgery at San Diego’s Grossmont Hospital; and his long list of awards and honors.

You’ll find that Dr. Wheeler served proudly in the U.S. Naval Reserve and that he maintains active memberships in several medical societies and organizations. Take special note of his numerous publications and presentations. They demonstrate Dr. Wheeler’s dedication to his craft and his desire to provide the safest, most advanced plastic surgery procedures to his patients and to the medical community.

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