Physician Profile

Meet Dr.Vanek

Dr. Vanek was recently nominated by his peers for recognition as one of America’s Best Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Paul Vanek: Trusted plastic surgeon, sculptor, biochemist and researcher

In addition to being a trusted plastic surgeon in the Cleveland area, Chief of Surgical Staff at Lake Health and board member of Lake Health Foundation, Dr. Paul Vanek is a master sculptor; his medium: the human body. A double board-certified general and plastic surgeon, a biochemist, and a researcher for the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Vanek knows how the body works, and understands how to manipulate its structures to unlock and reveal his patients’ beauty. He is a gifted artist with extensive scientific training.

Dr. Vanek believes that each individual has a unique aesthetic which he seeks to celebrate with you

He utilizes cutting-edge techniques and continues to explore new research for the benefit of his patients in the fulfillment of their dreams. He teaches and participates in national research studies so that he can have a greater impact on the field and improve outcomes for patients. Dr. Vanek’s intense involvement in his field is driven by his desire to be the best possible plastic surgeon who provides exemplary care for his patients from Cleveland and all parts of Ohio.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Vanek is a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon with specialized skill in breast augmentation, advanced liposuction techniques, facial rejuvenation, laser skin rejuvenation, and skin care. Dr. Vanek earned his M.D. with “Distinction in Research” from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He served as the Chief Surgery Resident at University of Rochester.

Dr. Vanek was voted by the readers of the News Herald as “Best of the Best” in Plastic Surgery in both 2012 and 2014.

Dr. Vanek is an Eagle Scout, knows American Sign Language, served as chairman of the school board at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, and plays classical trumpet. He is a philanthropist and humanitarian, and has been honored by the American Red Cross for his relief work in Haiti. He is a gardener, particularly fond of orchids, and is an excellent marksman.

Come to our office to meet Dr. Vanek and learn how he can help you celebrate your beauty.

Services Provided

  • BRAVA Fat Transfer
  • Breast Asymmetry
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Revision
  • Latissimus Dorsi Flap

Education

  • University of Rochester School of Medicine – M.D. with Distinction in Research
  • Haverford College – BA in Molecular Biology
  • Magill-Rhodes Scholar

Board Certifications

American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American Board of Surgery

Photos from Paul Vanek MD, FACS
Mary Jo, Cosmetic Coordinator

My desire is to help you reach your beauty goals, to feel great about your appearance and to have confidence in Dr. Vanek, who is a warm, caring and highly skilled double board certified plastic surgeon who gives excellent care to all our patients. Our team works well together and I look forward to coming to our Mentor practice every morning!’
“It takes a special person to transform not just the physical bodies of our patients but their self-esteem as well! Plastic surgery, whether it’s cosmetic or reconstructive, is life-altering! While it’s true that looking better won’t fix everything in your life, it goes a long way to creating a sense of self confidence that helps our patients step out and face all of life’s challenges as well as life’s joys. Feeling attractive and youthful has great health benefits, too. We notice that, after a procedure, our patients make a new commitment to taking care of their health in terms of eating better and getting regular exercise. It’s great to see them over time, knowing that we played such a key role in both their mental and physical health! I just love my job!”

Mary Jo will meet and assist you when you come to our office for a cosmetic procedure. She will help you with financing arrangements, schedule your procedure date and book all your follow-up appointments. She is one of seven children, has been happily married for 35 years, Mom to four grown children, and Grandmother to 11 beautiful little ones!

Theresa, Front Desk Reception and Surgery Scheduler

“Making that first phone call to our office can seem like the hardest thing. Whether you’re calling about something cosmetic or medical, making the call into our office can fill you with apprehension. But when you speak to us, you’ll hear that we are committed to your care, that it can be enjoyable and that the experience is going to keep getting better,” says Theresa. “You’re not just a number in our office. You’re a face and a name. You’re a person we want to help,” Theresa says.

“I am able to answer questions for you and make you feel confident. I am able to help you, and relieve any anxiety,” says Theresa. “I have been in the OR with Dr. Vanek on a number of procedures, which is great because now I have insights on these procedures that I can share with our patients and help them begin to understand; it helps take the stress out.”

“It’s a great place to work. It’s very family-oriented. It’s not a very big office. We’re all very close,” Theresa says.

“Even our physical office is nice. I’m so glad our office is not like the typical, sterile office. There’s not one white wall; it feels warm. It helps relieve patient anxiety. Whatever you come in for, you come into this serene space.” When Theresa is not wearing one of her many hats at our office, she enjoys remodeling her home, party planning and scrapbooking.

Sharon, Office Manager

“If you want a pleasant, friendly, dynamic experience at a plastic surgeon’s office, this is the place for you. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable, reassuring and they go out of their way to make our patients feel comfortable,” says Sharon, who has been working with Dr. Vanek since 2004. “As office manager, I can troubleshoot any questions or concerns you may have regarding our practice, office, staff or policies; I’m your advocate.”

When Sharon is not celebrating the beauty of our patients through her photography, she’s usually engrossed in a book. “We love to learn new technologies and procedures”, says Sharon, whose primary goal is to cultivate the practice into a successful, thriving place to work and provide excellent service. “If our staff is well-educated on the plastic surgery industry as a whole, our patients will feel confident and comfortable coming to us as the experts in our industry we want to share our knowledge and experience with our patients,” she says.

Ashley, Check-Out Reception and Before/After Photographer

Ashley, Check-Out Reception and Before/After Photographer, Vanek Plastic SurgeryAshley will assist you as curator of the Before & After photograph gallery. “After your consultation with Dr. Vanek, I’ll show you into our Mirror Imaging room where we’ll look at Before & After images that match your body type and age to help you better visualize your outcome,” says Ashley, who also photographs and formats all of the images. Typically, Ashley takes “After” images around three to six months post-op and presents the Before & After set as a take-home gift.

“It’s very exciting for me to see the patient change that dramatically. And let me tell you, most of the photos I take are very dramatic. I get a lot of satisfaction seeing the patients so happy after surgery. Because I’m the one taking the photos, I’m the only one, besides Dr. Vanek, who really gets to see that change,” says Ashley. “I try very hard to learn all our patients’ names, so when they walk in, I can greet them and build a relationship. And when we have those relationships, it makes work more enjoyable and fun. A patient came through a couple weeks ago and we had a nice conversation. When they came back, we picked it up where we left off. I think that helps set the tone around the office. I think that helps patients relax and enjoy this experience,” says Ashley. When Ashley is not getting your chart ready or helping you set an appointment, she’s planning her first trip out of Ohio. “I want to go some place tropical!”
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Hours of Operation

  • Sunday
    Closed
  • Monday
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday
    Closed

Languages

English and German

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