A senior thought leader who provides insight and advice regarding Foundation priorities and strategic planning.


A senior thought leader who provides insight and advice regarding Foundation priorities and strategic planning.

Dr. Vito Quatela

Help Us Give Smiles Foundation (HUGS)

Dr. Quatela is known as one of the top facial plastic surgeons in the Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester, NY region, but his reputation extends well beyond Upstate NY. His expertise in facial plastic surgery is recognized nationally and internationally by the medical community and patients alike. Dr. Quatela's dedication to improving people's lives by using his skill to enhance their appearance and confidence has led him to develop a comprehensive practice, which extends beyond traditional facial plastic surgery with Q the Medical Spa and the Quatela Center for Hair Restoration, both located at the Lindsay House.


Dr. Quatela believes that every human being has a fundamental right to the opportunity to grow and develop socially and intellectually without being ostracized or rejected due to physical abnormality. In 2003, Dr. Quatela established the HUGS (Help Us Give Smiles) Foundation to change the lives of children using a team of skilled surgeons to correct congenital facial deformities. The foundation organizes medical missions to underserved countries such as Ecuador, Guatemala, and Vietnam to provide medical care to children and adolescents suffering from deformity or conditions that are remedied or alleviated through plastic surgery. Since 2003, the HUGS foundation has sent hundreds of medical volunteers on twenty-six missions and conducted over a thousand surgical procedures on the children who need it most.


Dr. Quatela completed a residency in Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery at Northwestern University. He also completed two fellowships in facial plastic surgery, and is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery (ABO). Dr. Quatela has emerged as a leader in the field of aesthetic facial surgery. In addition to serving as past president of AAFPRS, Dr. Quatela serves annually as a board examiner for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) certification examinations. He also helps train the next generation of surgeons through an annual fellowship, as well as multiple national and international lectures, and as a clinical associate professor at the University of Rochester in the otolaryngology department. His long list of professional accomplishments includes serving as the president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).


Dr. Quatela's credentials as a foremost authority on facial plastic surgery, including research published in medical journals and publications, leads members of the national media to interview him for stories related to advances and trends in the field. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, W Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS networks.


With a deep commitment to family and tradition, Dr. Quatela resides with his wife and 3 children in Rochester, NY. In his spare time he enjoys fly fishing and is an avid wine collector and audiophile.

Visit HUGS website: www.helpusgivesmiles.org