Valerie J. Ablaza, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Valerie J. Ablaza, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Ablaza is a relative rarity in her profession, where just one out of 10 plastic surgeons are women. She is board certified by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons. She recieved her medical degree from The Medical College of Pennsylvania, completed her residency in plastic surgery at The New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, and finished her training with a fellowship in breast and aesthetic surgery in Nashville, Tennessee, with the internationally renowned plastic surgeon G. Patrick Maxwell.

Dr. Ablaza has frequently been quoted on internet websites including,,, and She has been featured on CN8, One on One with Steve Adubato, and Real Life with Mary Amoroso.

Dr. Ablaza has been an active participant with leadership roles in plastic surgical societies on the state and local level, and is currently President-Elect of the NJ Society of Plastic Surgeons.

She has also donated her time and expertise to Healing the Children, an international charity that provides reconstructive surgery to children from low-income communities and third-world countries.

“Only one out of ten plastic surgeons are women like myself. I know that my perspective and sensitivities are different than my colleagues. Not surprisingly, there are things that my female patients will tell me that they would never tell a man, especially about their bodies. But surprisingly, many men also prefer the insight and perspective a female surgeon provides.”

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Science: Summa Cum Laude Graduate of Boston College
  • Medical Degree: Medical College of Pennsylvania
  • General Surgery Residency, Internship: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia
  • Plastic Surgery Residency: New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.
  • Fellowship: Breast Reconstruction and Aesthetic Surgery, Nashville Plastic Surgery, LTD

Certifications and Memberships

  • Board Certified: American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Fellow: American College of Surgeons
  • Diplomate: National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Member: American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society

Charitable Works

  • Heal the Children and other children’s charities

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