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James Z. Appel, MD

James Appel MDMedical school

Jefferson Medical College


Duke University Medical Center


Duke University Medical Center 2008


Vanderbilt University Medical Center 2010

Board certifications

General Surgery
Plastic Surgery


For years, people looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon in Charlotte, North Carolina, have sought out Dr. James Z. Appel of Novant Health Appel Plastic Surgery. He consistently delivers the highest quality cosmetic surgery care available and recognized by his peers for Charlotte Magazine's Top Doctor's list for 2014, 2015, and 2017.

Dr. Appel has devoted his career to refining his plastic surgery skills and learning about the latest techniques in cosmetic surgery. He completed a seven-year residency in general surgery at Duke University Medical Center. He earned a spot in the highly competitive plastic and reconstructive surgery program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. There, he trained under several of the nation’s most preeminent professors of plastic surgery.

Focusing on both plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast, and body, Dr. Appel skillfully incorporates the latest and most advanced surgical techniques available to the field.

 Dr.Appel's personal philosophy is, "I approach each patient as an individual so that I can address his or her own unique needs. I give patients my personalized attention and my honest opinion. I strive to give each patient beautiful yet natural results. My goal is to provide complete satisfaction".

Dr.Appel continues to participate in research and clinical studies. He is part of a select team of experts in his field chosen to evaluate plastic surgery devices prior to release with in the surgical community. These studies help pave the way for advancement in the cosmetic and reconstructive industry.

Dr. Appel is the author of many surgical publications and has presented his findings at numerous national and international conferences such as the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Tennessee Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the International Congress of the Transplantation Society. Dr. Appel is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Appel is also active in the North Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Appel is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Medical Association. Dr. Appel has received the Outstanding Resident Award from the Southeastern Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.



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