Dr. Michael DeFazio is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with Florida Plastic Surgery Group. A Ponte Vedra Beach native, himself, Dr. DeFazio earned his Bachelor Degree in Finance from Florida State University and his Medical Doctorate from the University of Miami, where he graduated at the top of his class, with Distinction in Research, and was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. Dr. DeFazio went on to complete a highly competitive residency in Integrated Plastic Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital, where he trained under some of the world’s leading experts in breast reconstruction, diabetic limb salvage, hand surgery, lymphedema, and aesthetics. His passion for providing state-of-the art care for reconstructive patients drove him to South Korea to seek additional training in advanced microsurgical/supermicrosurgical techniques. Most recently, Dr. DeFazio completed his fellowship training in microvascular surgery and oncologic reconstruction at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center—the nation’s leading hospital for comprehensive cancer care.
Over the course of his early career, Dr. DeFazio has garnered numerous recognitions and accolades for his accomplishments in teaching, research, and leadership. His inquisitive nature and resourcefulness has resulted in over 60 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, and editorials; 4 book chapters; and over 50 presentations at regional, national, and international meetings. His research interests focus primarily on the application of innovative techniques to improve surgical outcomes, complication profiles, and patient satisfaction. Currently, Dr. DeFazio serves as a reviewer for multiple scientific journals related to plastic surgery and its subspecialties.
Dr. DeFazio’s clinical practice encompasses a broad range of reconstructive and aesthetic surgical procedures; however, he primarily specializes in microsurgical reconstruction of the breast, head and neck, trunk, and extremities. Additionally, he offers the full spectrum of surgical, microsurgical, and supermicrosurgical techniques for the treatment of lymphedema. Dr. DeFazio is committed to providing the highest-standard of safe, compassionate, and quality care for patients in the greater Jacksonville area, using the latest and most innovative solutions to enhance patient outcomes, recovery, and long-term satisfaction. His philosophy of care is patient-centered and one that is focused on educating and empowering each patient to make the most informed decisions regarding his or her own care.
In his free time, Dr. DeFazio enjoys exercising, swimming, surfing, and spending time with his wife, Jen, and two young daughters, Ella and Ava.