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Meet Dr. John Hilinski

A San Diego native, Dr. John Hilinski was pleased to return here and establish his facial plastic surgery practice. Dr. Hilinski attended Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduation, he completed a General Surgery internship followed by a Head and Neck Surgery residency at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center. Throughout his residency, Dr. Hilinski focused his efforts exclusively on surgery of the face and neck.

Such specialty training and experience provided him an unparalleled foundation to become a facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Hilinski was chosen for a prestigious Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery fellowship sponsored by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He completed his fellowship in Chicago, Illinois under the direction of internationally renowned facial plastic surgeon Dean M. Toriumi, M.D. In conjunction with his training, Dr. Hilinski served as a Clinical Instructor in the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine. During his fellowship, Dr. Hilinski learned the latest advancements in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, encompassing all aspects of cosmetic facial enhancement. In particular, he received advanced training in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty technique.

Dr. Hilinski is “double board certified” in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Head and Neck Surgery. This places him in unique company among only a few plastic surgeons in the region that have dedicated expertise and qualifications to perform facial cosmetic enhancement. In addition, he is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Hilinski has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in facial plastic surgery. This includes an upcoming instructional guide for surgical residents on advanced techniques for scar revision and two recent chapters on rhinoplasty that appear in the online Plastic Surgery textbook for Emedicine World Medical Library. In addition to his publications, Dr. Hilinski has been invited to lecture at several national surgical conferences. Beyond his position as a staff surgeon at the prestigious Scripps Clinic, he also holds an appointment as Clinical Instructor in surgery at UCSD School of Medicine.

In his spare time, Dr. Hilinski enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and wonderful kids.

“I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr. Hilinski. He did my rhinoplasty and septoplasty and I am so happy with the results! I felt so comfortable with him from the very beginning; he was open and straight-forward and explained everything very thoroughly. Most friends of mine had no idea I had the surgery done until I told them! So so happy that I had such a gifted doctor!”

Dr. John Hilinski’s Background

Medical Education

  • Medical Doctorate (M.D.)
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, MA

Surgical Training

  • General Surgery Internship
    University Of California, San Diego Medical Center
    Department of General Surgery
    San Diego, CA
  • Head and Neck Surgery Residency and Chief Residency
    University Of California, San Diego Medical Center
    Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery
    San Diego, CA
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
    University Of Illinois, Chicago Medical Center
    Chicago, IL

Research Training

  • National Institutes of Health Research Fellowship
    University Of California, San Diego Cancer Center
    Division of Head and Neck Surgery
    San Diego, CA

Clinical Appointments

  • Staff Surgeon
    Sharp Memorial Hospital
    San Diego, CA
  • Staff Surgeon
    Scripps Clinic And Green Hospital
    Division of Head and Neck
    La Jolla, CA
  • Clinical Faculty Instructor
    Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Division of Head and Neck Surgery
    University Of California, San Diego Medical Center
    San Diego, CA
  • Clinical Faculty Instructor
    Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Department of Surgery
    Veterans Administration Medical Center
    La Jolla, CA
  • Clinical Instructor (Past)
    Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
    University Of Illinois, Chicago Medical Center
    Chicago, IL

Political Appointments

  • Appointment by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
    California Health Facilities Finance Authority
    Sacramento, CA
    2007-2008

Memberships / Affiliations

  • The Rhinoplasty Society
  • California Society of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • American Academy Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • San Diego County Medical Society
  • California Medical Association
  • Association for Medical Ethics

Presentations

  • “Polymethylmethacrylate Injections: My Long-term Experience.” Advanced Aesthetics &
    Cosmetic Dermatology Los Angeles, The Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey, CA, January 27-29, 2017.
  • “Facial Contouring with Poly-L-Lactic Acid.” Advanced Aesthetics & Cosmetic Dermatology Los
    Angeles, The Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey, CA, January 27-29, 2017.
  • “Nasal Tip Rhinoplasty: Common Problems and My Evolving Approach.” Aesthetic Surgery
    Grand Rounds, University of California, San Diego, Division of Plastic Surgery, August 24, 2016.
  • “Peri-Oral Cosmetic Enhancement: My Approach.” The 3rd Ultimate Aesthetic Training Workshop,
    The Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, May 14, 2016.
  • “Facial Contouring with Sculptra.” The 3rd Ultimate Aesthetic Training Workshop, The Four Seasons
    Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, May 14, 2016.
  • “Bellafill Facial Reshaping.” The 3rd Ultimate Aesthetic Training Workshop, The Four Seasons Hotel,
    Beverly Hills, CA, May 14, 2016.
  • “Use of Blunt-tipped Cannulas for Injectable Fillers.” The Ultimate Aesthetic Training Workshop,
    The Luxe Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, October 10, 2015.
  • “Facial Reshaping with Poly-L-Lactic Acid.” The Ultimate Aesthetic Training Workshop, The Luxe
    Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, October 10, 2015.
  • “Use of Polymethylmethacralate in Facial Contouring.” The Ultimate Aesthetic Training
    Workshop, The Luxe Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, October 10, 2015.

Editorial Review

  • Reviewer for JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, 2007-present.
  • Reviewer for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2014.
  • Reviewer for International Journal of Medical Sciences, 2011.

Book Chapters

  • Hilinski JM, Cohen SR. Soft Tissue Augmentation with Artefill. Facial Plastic Surgery. Thieme
    Medical Publishers, Volume 25 (2): 114-119, 2009.
  • Hilinski JM, Cohen SR. Volumetric Use of Injectable Fillers in the Face. Techniques in Aesthetic
    Plastic Surgery Series: Facial Rejuvenation with Fillers. Eds. Cohen and Born. Elsevier Ltd, 2009.
  • Hilinski JM, Toriumi DM. The Ageing Face. Scott Brown’s Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck
    Surgery. 7th Edition. May 2008.

Publications

  • Collins J, Harvey J, Hilinski JM, Reconstructing the Gauge Earlobe Defect, JAMA Facial Plast Surg.
    Published online December 18, 2014.
  • Hilinski JM, Beros A, Watson D. Spreader grafts in rhinoplasty, Plastic Surgery, Emedicine World
    Medical Library, Emedicine.com, May 2008.
  • Hilinski JM, Revis DR, Seagle MB. Skin Resurfacing: Chemical Peels, Otolaryngology and Facial
    Plastic Surgery, Emedicine World Medical Library, Emedicine.com, May 2008.
  • Mobley SR, Hilinski JM, Toriumi DM. Tissue adhesives in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery,
    Facial Plastics Clinics of North America, 10(2002): 147-154.
  • Hilinski JM, Kim T, Harris JP. Post-traumatic pseudocerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea, Otology and
    Neurotology, September 2001; 22(5).
  • Beros A, Hilinski JM, Moe KS. Gracilis muscle free tissue transfer, Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic
    Surgery, Emedicine World Medical Library, Emedicine.com, June 2001.
  • Byrne P, Hilinski JM, Hilger P. Facial nerve repair, Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery,
    Emedicine World Medical Library, Emedicine.com, May 2001.
  • Hilinski JM, Moe KS. Vertical dome division in rhinoplasty, Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic
    Surgery, Emedicine World Medical Library, Emedicine.com, June 2001.
  • Johnsson A, Zeelenberg I, Min Y, Hilinski J, Berry C, Howell SB, Los, G. Identification of genes
    differentially expressed in association with acquired cisplatin resistance, British Journal of Cancer,
    2000 Oct; 83(8): 1047-1054.
  • Wong JG, Hilinski J, Los G. Analysis of SSH libraries generated from ATRA treated UMSCC10b cells,
    Journal of Investigative Medicine, vol. 47 (2): 61A, Feb 1999.
  • Hosseinzadeh M, Hilinski J, Turner WJD, Harris JP. Meniere disease caused by an anomalous vein
    of the vestibular aqueduct, Archives of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 1998; 124: 695-
    698.
  • Gliklich RE, Hilinski JM. Longitudinal sensitivity of generic and specific health measures in chronic
    sinusitis, Quality of Life Research, 4:27-32, 1995.

Articles and Publications

Soft Tissue Augmentation with ArteFill
Dr. Hilinski recently coauthored a book chapter focusing on use of Artefill for volume enhancement of the face.
Facelift Surgery for the Ageing Face
Dr. Hilinski and coauthor Dr. Dean Toriumi have recently published their book chapter on the ageing face and facelift surgery.
Mini-Lift Offers Major Results
Ever give your face and neck a little tug while looking in the mirror? Like what you see? Maybe not, but many accept what their reflections reveal as their destiny.
The Verafil Lip Enhancement
For years now, women have been searching for the ideal procedure to provide them with fuller, plumper, shapelier lips.
Surgical Tissue Adhesives
Surgical tissue adhesives continue to evolve as an important technology for the facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Twelve years ago there was little routine use of these…
Examining The Doctors
Today it seems as though there is a medical or dental treatment to suit just about every need or desire. But even if procedures are FDA-approved and ensure low risks…

Curriculum Vitae

Form more information on Dr. John Hilinski’s education, qualifications and experience, view his curriculum vitae (CV).

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