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.