Dr. Gary Arishita
Dr. Arishita was born and raised in Petaluma, California. After graduating from the University of California, Davis with highest honors in Physiology, he pursued his medical degree in the US Air Force. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant and studied medicine at the F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland and graduated in 1987. It was in medical school that he became interested in breast reconstruction and decided to become a plastic surgeon.
After graduation, he returned to California to study general surgery to best prepare for a future in plastic surgery. As a resident, he authored presentations and a paper on a new method of diagnosing non-palpable breast lesions. In 1992, he completed his general surgery residency at David Grant USAF Medical Center, California. He worked as a general surgeon for two years and treated patients with breast cancer. These experiences have been invaluable in caring for patients battling breast cancer.
Dr. Arishita moved to San Antonio in 1994 to begin his plastic surgery residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas. He completed a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, Louisville, Kentucky. After completing residency in 1997, he was selected to join the staff at Wilford Hall and train future Air Force plastic surgeons. Breast reconstruction remained his primary interest and he served as the lead microvascular plastic surgeon for many years. While on staff at Wilford Hall, he performed the majority of free flap breast reconstructions in the Air Force. He taught breast reconstruction to plastic surgery residents from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.
Dr. Arishita left the Air Force in 2008 having completed 25 years of military service. During his career, he served many roles – general surgeon, plastic surgeon and as commander. Breast reconstruction was his primary reason for choosing plastic surgery and remained his area of interest throughout his service. He worked to write breast cancer clinical protocols for the Air Force requiring breast reconstruction education during treatment. He remained surgically active, despite being called upon to servie as a leader during his latter years in the Air Force. He was the Chief Plastic Surgeon for the US Air Force from 2003-2008.
Dr. Arishita joined PRMA in 2008 and has been able to pursue his mission of providing reconstruction to breast cancer patients. He has been annually recognized as one of “America’s Top Surgeons.”
Dr. Arishita’s area of professional interest is breast reconstruction and he performs all types of breast reconstruction surgery. He utilizes all techniques ranging from free tissue transfers to implants, tissue expanders and fat grafting.
Dr. Arishita is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Both of these boards are recognized and are members of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
University of California, Davis Davis, California
B.S. Physiology, 1983
Residency: General Surgery, David Grant USAF Medical Center Travis AFB, California, 1987-1992
Residency:Plastic Surgery, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center Lackland AFB, Texas, 1994-1997
Fellowship: Hand Surgery, Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery Louisville, Kentucky. January-June 1996
F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda, Maryland
Texas California Kentucky
American Board of Surgery May 1993
Recertified March 2003
American Board of Plastic Surgery March 1999
Recertified October 2007
MEDICAL STAFF APPOINTMENTS
Plastic, Reconstructive Microsurgical Associates of South Texas (PRMAST), San Antonio, Texas. 2008- Present
Commander, 59th Surgical Operations Squadron Lackland AFB, Texas, 2005-2008
Deputy Commander, 59th Surgical Operations Group Lackland AFB, Texas 2004-2005
Chief of Professional Services 59th Surgical Operations Group Lackland AFB, Texas 2002-2004
Plastic Surgery Flight Commander, 59th Surgical Operations Group Lackland AFB, Texas 2001-2002
Assistant Chairman Plastic Surgery Flight 59th Medical Operations Group, Lackland AFB, Texas, 1999-2001
Staff Plastic Surgeon, 59th Surgical Operations Group Lackland AFB, Texas 1997-1999
Staff General Surgeon 374 Medical Group Yokota Air Base, Japan 1992-1994
Staff General Surgeon, David Grant USAF Medical Center Travis AFB, CA, 1992
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States Bexar County Medical Society
Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons
Texas Medical Association
Uniformed Services University Surgical Associates
Honors and Awards:
Meritorious Service Medal, 5th OLC, 59th Medical Wing, 2008 Bronze Star Medal, 455th AEW, 2008
Meritorious Service Medal, 4th OLC, 332nd AEW, 2006 Meritorious Service Medal, 3rd OLC, 59th Medical Wing, 2005 Meritorious Service Medal, 2nd OLC, 59th Medical Wing, 200
Meritorious Service Medal, 1st OLC, 59th Medical Wing, 2000
Air Force Achievement Medal, 59th Medical Wing, 1997
Meritorious Service Medal, 374th Medical Group, 1999
Distinguished Graduate, Aerospace Medicine Primary Course, 1993
Air Force Commendation Medal, David Grant USAF Medical Center, 1992
Best Resident Research Paper, Department of Surgery, David Grant USAF Medical Center, 1990 Joint Service Achievement Medal, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 1986 Outstanding Young Men of America, 1985
High Honors in Physiology, U.C. Davis, 1983
Assistant Professor of Surgery
F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine Bethesda, Maryland
Methodist Healthcare System, 2008-Present Baptist Healthcare System, 2008-Present
G. Arishita. Scar Revision. Pediatric News. 10:6. 2003.
G. Arishita, T.M. Tsai. Anterior Interosseous Nerve Syndrome. Hand Surgery. 3:1. 1998.
G. Arishita, B. Cruz, C. Harding, D. Arbutina. Mammogram Directed Fine Needle Aspiration of Non- palpable Breast Lesions. Journal of Surgical Oncology. 48:153-157, 1991.
G. Arishita, S. Lovich, C. Rieder, R. Peters. May Thurner Syndrome. Contemporary Surgery. 36:47-50, 1990.
G. Arishita, L. Ostrow, A. Kline. Atypical Carcinoid Tumor of the Lung: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Milt Medicine. 154:421-424, 1989.
G. Arishita, J. Vayer, R. Bellamy. Cervical Spine Immobilization of Penetrating Neck Wounds in a Hostile Environment. J Trauma. 29:332-337, 1989.
F. Edwards, R. Albus, R. Zajtchuk, G. Graeber, M. Barry, J. Rumisek, G. Arishita. Use of Bayesian Statistical Model for Risk Assessment in Coronary Artery Surgery. Ann Thorac Surg. 45:437-440. 1988.
Presentations by Invitation:
Lower Extremity Reconstruction. Extremity Trauma Course. San Antonio, Texas. Sept 2006. Burn Treatment. Trauma for First Responders Course. Kathmandhu, Nepal. Aug 2005.
Head and Neck Free Flap Reconstruction. 6th Annual Orbital / Facial Anatomy Course. Aug 2001. Cleft Lip Repair. Paraguay Head and Neck Reconstruction Course. May 2001.
Head and Neck Free Flap Reconstruction. Paraguay Head and Neck Reconstruction Course. May 2001.
Rectus Abdominus Myofascial Advancement Flap Repair of Ventral Hernia Defects. Symposium of Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. April 1997.
Anterior Interosseous Nerve Syndrome. Symposium of Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. 15 April 1997
Traumatic Optic Neuropathy Complicating LeFort I Osteotomy. Symposium of Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. April 1996.
Rattlesnake Bite to the Hand. Symposium of Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. 25 April 1995.
Leiomyosarcoma of the Spermatic Cord. Symposium of Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. 21 April 1993.
Hydrops of the Gallbladder Associated with Kawasaki Syndrome. Symposium of Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. April 1992.
The Diagnostic Value of Computed Tomography in Evaluation of Penetrating Neck Injury in a Pediatric Patient. Symposium of Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. 14 April 1992.
Mammogram Directed Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy of Non-palpable Breast Lesions. Symposium of Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. April 1990.
Fine Needle Aspiration of Needle Localized Breast Lesions: A New Approach to Intraductal Carcinoma. Symposium of Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. April 1989.
May Thurner Syndrome. Symposium of Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. April 1989.
Atypical Carcinoid Tumor of the Lung. Symposium of Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. 26 April 1988.