Meet Dr. Altman

Don bio picWelcome Patients and Friends,

I would like to personally welcome you to my plastic surgery practice, our state-of–the art surgery center, and offer you a quick tour to introduce you to my associate, my wonderful staff, and the services we provide. Our Medicare and AAAASF-certified ambulatory walk-in facility is located in the Irvine Hoag Hospital Building adjacent to Hoag Hospital Irvine.

I enjoy writing music, walking our dogs, and spending time with my family.

My ultimate goal is to make my patients feel safe, answer all of their questions and match their goals to realistic expectations, and of course, achieve outstanding results. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the process.

I want you to feel confident and happy with your decisions, so I believe in spending as much time with you as necessary, listening to your needs and explaining all surgical and non-surgical alternatives. I want you to be informed and trust that you are safe and receiving the best medical care from our team, dedicated to successful results.

At the end of each day, I feel honored to have the privilege of caring for so many wonderful patients.

Very Truly Yours,


Donald Altman M.D.



  • UCI Paul Merage School of Business, Spring 2015 Certificate in Leadership for Healthcare Transformation
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University 1999 – 2001 Executive M.B.A.
  • Children’s Hospital, Akron, Ohio with James Lehman, M.D., Spring 1986 Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship
  • Santa Ana, California, 1985 with Bruce Connell, M.D. Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship
  • University of California Irvine School of Medicine, 1983 – 1985 Residency Training in Plastic Surgery
  • Northwestern University Medical School 1980 -1983 Residency Training: Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • Northwestern University Medical School, 1978 – 1980 Residency Training in General Surgery
  • University of Illinois School of Medicine, 1974 – 1978 M.D. Degree
  • Oberlin College, 1971 – 1974 Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Harvard University, 1972 and 1973 Summer Courses
  • University of Michigan Spring Semester 1971


Board Certification

  • Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University 1999 – 2001 Executive M.B.A.


Clinical Appointments and Membership

  • Chairman Department of Surgery, Irvine Regional Hospital and Medical Center, January 2009 (hospital closure)
  • Vice Chairman Department of Surgery, Irvine Regional Hospital and Medical Center, 2007 – 2009
  • Chief of Plastic Surgery at Irvine Medical Center (hospital) 1998 – 2007
  • President, Orange County Plastic Surgery Society 2000 – 2002
  • Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc.


Hospital Staff Privileges

  • Hoag Hospital Irvine, Irvine, California
  • Orange County Global Medical Center, Santa Ana, California
  • Hoag Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach, California.



Dr. Altman and his patients have been featured on six different programs for The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and Discovery Health Channel, since 1998.  Dr. Altman is a member of Allergan's National Educational Board for teaching the use of Botox.


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