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The Surgeon

Louis Bonaldi, MD, FACS

Gentle, soft-spoken and humble are three words not typically associated with a gifted plastic surgeon. But Dr. Louis Bonaldi, head of The Center for Plastic Surgery, is anything but typical. There are two very distinct sides to this remarkable man, both of which are tempered with an unbelievable level of modesty. We invite you to get to know both sides.

Dr. Bonaldi, The Artist

The artist in Dr. Bonaldi surfaces as a painter who finds inspiration from his muse regularly, and as a concert pianist who has performed at the world-famous Carnegie Hall. This wildly creative side gives Dr. Bonaldi a distinct edge over others in the field because his keen eye for beauty is inherent, not learned.

Dr. Bonaldi, The Surgeon

The surgeon in Dr. Bonaldi is a perfectionist who has by all standards mastered his craft. In addition to being a board-certified plastic surgeon, he has successfully completed advanced training in reconstructive and microsurgery, an accomplishment achieved by only a handful of elite doctors nationwide.

Beyond schooling and training, Dr. Bonaldi has the extensive experience you want in a plastic surgeon. Performing more than 15 times the national average of facelifts per surgeon per year, Dr. Bonaldi has what it takes to treat the most complex cases with care and finesse, and has the advanced medical training to handle any complication that may arise.



Bachelors of Science: University of Nevada, Reno, 1975

Medical Doctor: Tufts University School of Medicine, 1979

Internship: University of California, San Diego, General Surgery, 1979-1980

Residency in General Surgery, University of California, San Diego, 1980-1985

Research Fellowship: University of California, San Diego, 1983

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, University of California, San Diego 1985-1987

Microsurgical Fellowship: Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia, 1987 Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of California, San Diego, 1987-1989

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1991


Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery University of Nevada Reno 1991 – present


American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American College of Surgeons

Nevada State Medical Association

Awards and Recognitions

Best Doctors in America Award -1999 through 2012

Leading Health Professionals of The World – 2010, 2012

University of Nevada Alumni Association Service Award – 2011

Dean’s Outstanding Alumnus Award, University of Nevada School of Medicine – 2010

Best Plastic Surgeon, Reno News and Review – 2009

Health Care Hero Award Nevada Business Weekly – 2009

Best Plastic Surgeon in Nevada, Nevada Magazine – 1995

Chairman’s Prize for Outstanding Resident – 1985,1987