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drJoseph O’Connell, M.D. is a highly respected aesthetic plastic surgeon. He is a Connecticut native and a 1981 graduate of Cornell University Medical College. Following medical school he completed his training in General Surgery at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and earned his board certification in General Surgery from the American Board of Surgery. This extensive background in general surgery provides him with a thorough understanding of the safety issues needed for today’s advanced plastic surgical techniques. Dr. O’Connell’s plastic surgery residency training was at the prestigious New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. He was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1992. Dr. O’Connell is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and he has served on their Public Education Committee. He is also a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (the leading organization of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who specialize in cosmetic surgery of the face and body. Membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery means that a board-certified plastic surgeon has met the highest standards for education and experience in cosmetic surgery). Dr. O’Connell has earned the Certificate of Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery, issued by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Joseph O’Connell, M.D. served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Bridgeport Hospital (a major teaching affiliate of Yale University) from 1995 through 2002. He is an expert on breast augmentation and reduction, having spent part of his training at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. O’Connell has published two articles on the topic of breast reduction. He was the first plastic surgeon in Connecticut to integrate ultrasonic liposuction into the practice of aesthetic surgery and he has lectured as a visiting professor on this topic. Dr. O’Connell has been widely quoted in the media and he has twice been featured on the national television show Inside Edition performing ultrasonic liposuction for gynecomastia and otoplasty for correction of protruding ear deformities. He has also performed a short-scar facelift on Channel 12.

Joseph O’Connell, M.D. is at the forefront of the latest procedures in facial rejuvenation, breast surgery and body contouring including short-scar facelifts, transconjunctival blepharoplasty, Botox, chemical peels and injectable fillers. Skin care programs custom designed for each patient are offered as well. Dr. O’Connell has written two articles on facelifts, and published two additional articles on eyelid rejuvenation utilizing laser resurfacing. Dr. O’Connell believes that all aesthetic surgery should be conservative in nature and he prefers to utilize local anesthesia whenever possible.

Society Memberships

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Connecticut State Society of Plastic Surgeon
  • International Society of Clinical Plastic Surgeons
  • Fellow, the American College of Surgeons
  • Connecticut State Medical Society
  • Fairfield County Medical Association
  • Former member, former Vice President, former President-Elect Greater Bridgeport Medical Association

Joseph O’Connell, M.D.

Hospital Appointments

  • Bridgeport Hospital – Senior Attending
  • Chief Division Plastic Surgery (1995-2002)

Catherine Peru, R.N. is a graduate of Georgetown University and she has extensive experience in the field of plastic surgery. She has received additional specialized training dedicated to laser hair removal, management of spider veins, acne treatment, photorejuvenation and advanced skin care.

Catherine Peru, R.N.