Fairfield Plastic Surgeon


Tito L. Vasquez, MD FACS
Career Highlights
  • Plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery residency sponsored by the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, the US’s largest and longest continually running plastic surgery practice.
  • Fellowship-trained at the world-renowned Hospital for Special Surgery, a US News and World Report number #1 ranked orthopedic hospital in the Northeast and one of the top two best orthopedic hospitals nationwide.
  • Graduate of New York Medical College and Trinity College

Tito L. Vasquez, MD FACS of Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group, LLC, is a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon with over a decade of experience from leading surgical hospitals throughout the Northeast. These prestigious hospitals include Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, St. Luke’s Hospital, the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, and New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Weill Medical Center.

Dr. Vasquez founded Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group in 2008 with the intention of providing the greater Fairfield community with outstanding, compassionate care in the fields of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, especially breast surgery, facial rejuvenation and hand surgery. With a genuine passion for improving people’s lives through cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures and dedication to attentive and honest care for each patient, Dr. Vasquez has earned a reputation as a talented and highly competent surgeon with consistently excellent outcomes.

A local of the tristate area and Connecticut, Dr. Vasquez graduated with honors from Trinity College, where he earned a BS in Biology. Dr. Vasquez received his MD from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. He was the recipient of a prestigious three-year scholarship from the United States Navy. He completed his surgery internship at the National Naval Medical Center (the “President’s Hospital) in Bethesda, Maryland and earned “Outstanding” ratings for his rotations at Walter Reed Medical Center and Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. Serving his country as a Battalion Surgeon for the US Marine Corps, Dr. Vasquez also completed a tour of duty in Okinawa, Japan, where he provided medical care for nearly a thousand Marines and Navy corpsmen. His military service concluded at the Military Family Health Center, where he acted as a General Medical Officer. During this time, Dr. Vasquez received numerous awards and commendations, including the Navy Achievement Medal for outstanding service.

Upon conclusion of his military service, Dr. Vasquez completed a five-year categorical general surgery residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Pennsylvania. In this program, he gained experience at highly respected institutions including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He then completed an orthopedic hand surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City, a world renowned orthopedic hospital ranked by US News and World Report as a top orthopedic hospital in the Northeast for 19 consecutive years and one of the top two orthopedic hospitals nationwide.

Dr. Vasquez served as Senior Clinical Associate at Cornell Weill Medical Center, and gained additional experience in microsurgery at Columbia University Medical Center and in cancer surgery at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He completed his training as a surgeon in an ACGME-accredited plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at Nassau University Medical Center, sponsored by the largest and longest continuously operating reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery practice in North America, the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group.

Dr. Vasquez is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He also completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery and Microsurgery. He is a Candidate Member for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and an Active Member of the American College of Surgeons. He has authored several peer-reviewed articles and has been a presenter at national medical and surgical conferences on topics such as breast surgery, arthritis of the hand, and facelifts. In addition to his surgical accomplishments, Dr. Vasquez is an accomplished musician and artist, having performed two concerts at Carnegie Hall. He resides in Fairfield County, Connecticut, with his wife and two children.

Curriculum Vitae

POSITIONS:

Attending Physician, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group LLC, Southport, CT
Active privileges at Bridgeport Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital,
Norwalk Hospital, and the Surgery Center of Fairfield

Resident, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
July 2006 to June 2008
Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY
Long Island Plastic Surgery Group, Garden City, NY

Fellow, Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
August 2005 to July 2006
Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell-Weill Medical Center, New York, NY

Senior Clinical Associate
August 2005 to July 2006
New York Hospital/Cornell-Weill Medical Center, New York, NY

PGY-V/Chief Resident, General Surgery
July 2000 to June 2005
St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network, Bethlehem, PA

General Medical Officer
September 1998 to June 2000
Military Family Health Center
National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

  • Served as primary care physician with an average outpatient caseload of >300 patients per month

Battalion Surgeon
August 1997 to September 1998
Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan

  • Served as primary physician to Marine Corps unit of 900+ Marines 
  • Department Head over 30 staff/enlisted hospital corpsmen

General Surgery Internship
July 1996 to July 1997
Department of General Surgery
National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda MD

EDUCATION:

New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
August 1992 to May 1996
Doctor of Medicine

Trinity College, Hartford, CT
August 1988 to May 1992
Bachelor of Science, Biology
Honors: Dean’s List

Kent School, Kent, CT
August 1984 to June 1988
High School Degree
Honors: 1st Honors, Dean’s List, Cum Laude Society

AWARDS AND HONORS:

Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program, 3-year scholarship
Awarded October 1992

Medical School
Outstanding grade: General Surgery Externship, Reproductive
Endocrinology Externship
Overall High Pass: Surgery, Ob/Gyn, and Generalist Clerkships

General Surgery Internship – National Naval Medical Center
Outstanding evaluations in 11 out of 13 rotations

Board Examinations
General Surgery Qualifying and Certifying Exams: passed 1st attempt
USMLE Steps I, II, and III: Passed on 1st attempts

Military Awards/Accomplishments
Honorable Discharge May 2005
Navy Achievement Award
Fleet Marine Force Ribbon
National Defense Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Rifle and Pistol Expert Ribbons
Two Letters of Appreciation
Outstanding grades in all Command personal inspections
Outstanding grades in all biannual Physical Readiness Tests

RESEARCH/ACTIVITIES:

“Treatment algorithm of facial dog bites: a plastic surgeon’s perspective”

  • TL Vasquez MD, Sl Sacks MD 
  • Submitted

“Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) facelife: a 15 month experience of outcomes and complications

  • TL Vasquez MD, VR DiGregorio MD 
  • Presentation, Senior Resident’s Conference, Wash. DC, Jan 2008

“Feasibility of thumb-sparing wide excision and reconstruction for malignant
tumors”

  • TL Vasquez MD, EA Athanasian MD 
  • In progress

“A potential complication of bi-level positive airway pressure
after gastric bypass surgery.”

  • TL Vasquez MD, KM Hoddinott MD FACS 
  • Published in Obesity Surgery, February 2004

Book review: “Clinical Nutrition: Parenteral Nutrition, 3rd ed.”

  • Published in Current Surgery May/June 2002, 59(3).

Book review: “Common Sense Emergency Abdominal Surgery.”

  • Published in Current Surgery Nov/Dec 2001, 58(6)

Poster presentation: “A study of the binding characteristics of naloxone on
the ?-opioid receptor in the hypothalamic neurons of rats and its effects on
sexual development.”

  • BJ Claussen, TL Vasquez, EJ Simmons PhD 
  • CT Regional Research Symposium 1992

Grand Rounds Presentation: “Soft Tissue Sarcomas”

  • St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network 
  • April 2004

Core curriculum presentation: “Anatomy of the Lower Extremity”

  • St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network 
  • October 2002

Core curriculum presentation: “Anatomy of the Upper Extremity”

  • St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network 
  • September 2004

Research projects not completed
“BAG-1 biomarker and sentinel lymph nodes as predictors of long-term survival in early-stage breast cancer.”

  • TL Vasquez MD, L Riley MD PhD

“A 5-year retrospective study of inguinal hernia repairs, mesh vs. non-mesh,
experience at a tertiary military medical center.”

  • DL Gramins MD, TL Vasquez MD, JA Olcese MD FACS 
  • February 1999 to February 2000

“The use of a homeopathic remedy, arnica montana, in plastic and
reconstructive surgery, a clinical prospective trial.”

  • TL Vasquez MD, RJ Rossio MD, JK Crittenden MD 
  • September 1998 to May 2000

Trinity College
Faculty Research Assistant – Neuroendocrinology 1991-1992
Faculty Teaching Assistant – Animal Physiology 1992

MEMBERSHIPS:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Active Member
American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Candidate
American Medical Association, Member
American College of Surgeons, Active Member
American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Candidate
Connecticut State Medical Society, Feb. 2008
Fairfield County Medical Society, Member
Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Member
Northampton Medical Society of PA, Member
Medical Society of the State of New York, Member
Military Medical Students’ Association, NYMC chapter

  • President/co-founder 1993

LICENSURE:

Plastic Surgery, Diplomate, ASPS
Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, CAQ eligible/pending
General Surgery, Diplomate, ACS
State of Connecticut, 046169
State of New York NY 237338
State of Pennsylvania MD420545
Drug Enforcement Agency #BV8083381
State of Maryland #D52386
State of Virginia #0101 058766

OTHER EMPLOYMENT:

Attending Trauma Surgeon (moonlighting activity)
St. Luke’s Hospital Regional Level 1 Trauma Center

  • August 2004 – Novemeber 2005

Trinity College, Hartford, CT

  • Computer applications consultant, 1991-1992 
  • General computer consultant, 1990-1991
  • Library clerk, 1990
  • Desktop publisher, 1989

Medical Billing Center, Cranford, NJ

  • Patient account representative, summers of 1988-1991 
  • Handled accounting and collections of pathology, radiology, anesthesiology accounts

VOLUNTEER WORK:

Pastoral Care Services, Capital Area Community Food Bank, April 1999
Recovery Room Liaison, St. Barnabas Hospital, NJ, summer 1990