James Nachbar, M.D., F.A.C.S

Meet Dr. Nachbar

Dr. Nachbar is an experienced double-board-certified plastic surgeon, certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. While many plastic surgeons claim on their websites to be “world-renowned,” you need to look at facts, not wild claims. And you have to be careful: there are doctors who list a specific medical school on the bottom of every page of their website, but looking at the facts you can see that they did not actually graduate from that medical school! There is a lot of information on this page, but decisions about “Your Money Or Your Life” (and picking a plastic surgeon is both!) require extra care, so Dr. Nachbar has listed the facts you should know about him to help you decide. “I’m not bragging, I’m applying for a job.”  In addition to this page, Dr. Nachbar’s full Curriculum Vitae, summarizing his professional experience and accomplishments, is available by clicking the button below.

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Why Choose Dr. Nachbar?

The most important question you have is "Why should you choose Dr. Nachbar as your plastic surgeon?" When a patient called his office and asked that question, Dr. Nachbar wrote the "Why Dr. Nachbar" page to answer it. Read the whole "Why Dr. Nachbar" page for a special treat!


Dr. Nachbar is most proud of his ability to apply compassion and understanding to the scientific rigor of plastic surgery.  He is personally involved in every facet of your care.  He will personally conduct your consultation, and not delegate that important first visit to a staff member.  He will personally see you at each and every visit, and he will personally take your all-important before-and-after photographs.  Dr. Nachbar personally designed a rock-solid communications system to ensure that you can always reach him 24/7 with any questions or concerns after surgery.  Unfortunately, cell phones are not always reliable, so just providing a cell phone number is not adequate.

Dr. Nachbar is very grateful to the hundreds of patients who have taken the time to review him online, and he encourages you to look at his reviews.


Dr. Nachbar is recognized as an expert in Plastic Surgery, especially Plastic Surgery Education, having been appointed as a faculty member at the University of New Mexico Medical School, responsible for teaching both medical students and plastic surgery residents. Within three years of joining the University of New Mexico, he was appointed Chief of Plastic Surgery and Program Director of the Accredited Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of New Mexico, becoming one of the youngest plastic surgeons ever to be given full responsibility for a University Plastic Surgery Residency. Dr. Nachbar believes he is the only practicing plastic surgeon in Arizona who has served as the Program Director of an Accredited Plastic Surgery Residency at a University.

As an expert in plastic surgery education, Dr. Nachbar was selected by the Residency Review Committee of the ACGME (which accredits training programs in Plastic Surgery) to visit and review another University Plastic Surgery Residency program for accreditation.

Dr. Nachbar has been recognized as a "Top Doc" by Phoenix Magazine.

Dr. Nachbar helped pioneer computerized education in plastic surgery as an author of two of the first interactive training programs in plastic surgery. As a pioneer in plastic surgery education, he was awarded the coveted Distinguished Service Award by the Plastic Surgery Foundation. The PSF is the largest educational foundation in Plastic Surgery in the United States, and the Distinguished Service Award is the “Highest Honor” of the PSF. The award and its recipients are at https://www.plasticsurgery.org/for-medical-professionals/surgeon-community/award-recipients?sub=PSF+Distinguished+Service+Award.

Even as a medical student, Dr. Nachbar’s educational expertise and knowledge was acknowledged by his appointment as a Laboratory Instructor in both Anatomy and Neuroanatomy, responsible for teaching anatomy to first-year medical students. Even in college, he was appointed as a computer lab instructor.

Dr. Nachbar is a leader in medicine and surgery in Arizona. As a leader at the local level, he was elected by his peers as Vice-Chair of the Surgery Committee at HonorHealth Osborn, and he served in that position for six years from 2010-2016. He is the only plastic surgeon ever to be elected to the leadership of that hospital-wide committee.

As a leader in medicine at the state level, Dr. Nachbar was elected to the Board of Directors of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA), and in 2019 he was elected to the Executive Committee of ArMA. Dr. Nachbar is the only plastic surgeon serving on the ArMA Executive Committee. (https://www.azmed.org/page/exec and https://perma.cc/7JZD-6WB2). Dr. Nachbar has testified on medical issues at the Arizona State Legislature and has represented the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at the Capitol in Washington, DC.

As a leader in plastic surgery at the national level, he has served on and led committees of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the two largest and most-prestigious organizations of plastic surgeons in America. The national plastic surgery society committees he has been appointed to and served on include Educational Technology, Device and Technique Assessment, Dermato-Plastic Surgery Task Force, Videotape Committee, Instructional Course, Teleplast, Online Communications, Emerging Trends. He was appointed as Chair to lead the Computerized Exam Committee, where he directed publication of the Computerized In-Service Exam in Plastic Surgery for four years.

Since 2017, Dr. Nachbar has been named as Chair of the Emerging Trends Committee of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the largest society of Plastic Surgeons in America. In that role, he has been responsible for organizing and presiding over the annual Hot Topics session at Plastic Surgery The Meeting.

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After Medical School, Dr. Nachbar started his Surgery training as one of twelve interns at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and he was one of only four of those twelve interns to eventually rise to be Chief Resident in Surgery at U of A.  He then went on to the University of Virginia for fellowships in microsurgery, hand surgery, and burns, and then a residency in Plastic Surgery, where he rose to be Chief Resident in Plastic Surgery as well.  After his training, he joined the faculty in Plastic Surgery at the University of New Mexico, where he rose to be Chief of Plastic Surgery and Program Director of the Plastic Surgery residency, and subsequently he was awarded tenure by the University of New Mexico Medical School.

Dr. Nachbar then returned to Arizona, where he has a private practice in Plastic Surgery limited to Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.

Always interested in learning about complex systems, Dr. Nachbar became aware that he could attend law school in Phoenix without having to stop practicing plastic surgery while he was in school.  This required in-person attendance in class, because online law schools are not recognized in Arizona, but he enrolled in evening classes, and within three years had graduated from law school second in his class, in December 2017.  He took the Arizona Bar Exam in February 2018 and passed with a score of 335 out of 400.  By comparison, only 43% of the 383 law school graduates who took that exam achieved the passing score of 273, and Dr. Nachbar’s score was within two points of the highest score of any Arizona Law School graduate on that exam.  

Dr. Nachbar loves his day job as a plastic surgeon and does not see changing that anytime soon, but this additional expertise allows him to contribute at the complex interface of medicine and law.  And you want a plastic surgeon with the proven ability to master complex systems.  Besides, where else can the Bride-To-Be get her breast implants and her Pre-Nup under the same roof?

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Arm Lift, Tummy Tuck - The office and Dr Nachbar was completely open and honest about the procedure, expected results, and the journey in-be-tween. Nothing has happened that was not expected.

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Arm Lift, Laser Tattoo Removal, Tummy Tuck - Dr Nachbar and all of his employees are caring and kind people. Dr Nachbar is a very skilled surgeon that delivers excellent results. Everything from the consultation to the actual surgery and beyond are first class. I truly believe Dr Nachbar is the best of the best.

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Face Lift, Neck Lift - Excellent service by all, Dr Nachbar performed a great surgery with wonderful results; follow-up has been easy.

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This was my 4th procedure with Dr. Nachbar over the past 20+ years. Dr. Nachbar is a highly skilled surgeon, gifted with an aesthetic eye. He has always given me the natural outcome I have wanted. He and his staff consistently provide excellent care from beginning to end. Assistants Daisy and Amber have been with him for years, and are always warm, welcoming and knowledgeable.

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Rhinoplasty - I went to several rhinoplasty consultations before Dr. Nachbar. What impressed me was that the consultation was free, with the actual surgeon and you get computer generated images of what your results could be. I know that these images are not exact but I think it helps the surgeon get a better idea of what your expectations are. I also appreciated that my appt started on time and everyone was professional and kind.

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