Dr. Ivan M. Turpin is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has
been in private practice for over 25 years.
Dr. Turpin grew up in Utah, with an early interest in science which motivated him
to seek a career in medicine. After graduating from the University of Utah with
a degree in molecular and genetic biology, he continued at the University, earning
his M.D. in 1971. He completed his internship in straight surgery which was interrupted
for two years when he served as Medical Officer for the Pacific Fleet in the waters
off Vietnam and Hong Kong during the Vietnam War. After returning from the service,
he completed his residency at UCLA/Harbor General Hospital in 1978. Following an
additional two-year residency in plastic surgery at University of California, Irvine,
which he completed in 1980, he spent a year in an aesthetic plastic surgery fellowship
with Dr. Bruce F. Connell in Santa Ana.
As part of Dr. Turpin’s career in medicine, he has had the pleasure of participating
in the University of California, Irvine, Division of Plastic Surgery Residency Program
as a Clinical Professor of Surgery and training young residents, primarily in the
area of cosmetic surgery. He has served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Children’s
Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, as well as Chairman of the Department
of Surgery at St. Joseph Hospital. He is past President of the Orange County Society
of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Turpin is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the
American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the California Society of Plastic Surgeons,
the Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons, among many other professional organizations.
Providing cosmetic surgery for total body enhancement, Dr. Turpin offers all types
of breast surgery, abdominoplasty, facelift, blepharoplasty, laser resurfacing,
and body sculpturing. When Dr. Turpin performs surgery, either cosmetic or reconstructive,
he tampers with a delicate anatomic balance and deals with subtle psychological
complexities. Years of experience have helped him meet this challenge. For surgery
to be successful, it is critical that he be sensitive to the powerful emotional
forces that altering a facial feature or restructuring a body contour unleash. He
has learned to both elicit and intuit patient expectations, carefully weighing psychological
and physical factors before selecting the appropriate procedure. As a result, individualization
of care remains his treatment priority.
Dr. Turpin’s surgical procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art surgical
center, which is Medicare Certified. The center provides cost effectiveness
for the patient while allowing total discretion and comfort. He also has staff appointments
at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange and Children’s Hospital of Orange, where
he performs many surgical procedures.