Dr. Garrett Vangelisti hand surgeon and plastic surgeon Coos Bay

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Vangelisti moved to Oregon to study at Southern Oregon State College in 1990. After receiving his bachelor degree in chemistry and biochemistry in 1994, Dr. Vangelisti went on to attend medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

After graduating from medical school in 1999, Dr. Vangelisti returned to Oregon and began his surgical training at Oregon Health and Science University.  After his third year of surgical residency, he utilized his research year to develop the first curriculum of its kind Rural Surgery Training.  This novel program continues to this day to train four surgical residents per year in preparation for the practice of surgery in a rural setting.  Dr. Vangelisti completed his general surgical residency in 2005 and then remained at Oregon Health and Sciences University for training in hand and microsurgery.

In 2006, Dr. Vangelisti began training at Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Vangelisti considers these two years the most valuable of his nine years in surgical training.  His training at Penn State provided an intense training experience that focused on complex reconstructive surgery of the extremities and head and neck.  The training at Penn State provided a one of kind experience to train at the Lancaster Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic, one of the nations oldest multidisciplinary clinics of its type.

Dr. Vangelisti completed his plastic surgical training at Penn State in 2008.  Upon graduating, he returned to Portland, Oregon where he entered private practice.  His interest in burn and complex reconstruction led him to join Legacy Medical Group.  During his tenure at Legacy Emanuel, he focused on burn reconstruction, microsurgical reconstruction of complex wounds, and hand surgery.

In 2014, Dr. Vangelisti traded in the 7 day work weeks at Emanuel for a 3 day work week at North Bend Medical Center in Coos Bay, Oregon.  His practice focuses on the diagnosis and management of hand surgery.  Dr. Vangelisti in recent years has had a particular interest in arthritis of the small joints of the hand.  He currently collaborates with several hand surgeons across the country on a project that attempts to understand the outcomes of differing methods of treating thumb arthritis.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Vangelisti is dedicated to improving the delivery health care through efforts to reduce costs and increase efficiencies and patient outcomes.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of North Bend Medical Center.

In 2015, Dr. Vangelisti and his partner, Ms. Jennifer Mikel, opened The UnTattoo Parlor in Portland, Oregon.  The UnTattoo Parlor is a business that focuses entirely on laser tattoo removal.  The idea to start the business came about after they both sought information on having their own tattoos removed and discovered the absence of a quality practice that specializes in tattoo removal.  It seems they are not the only two in the Portland area with an unwanted tattoo.

Dr. Vangelisti’s interests go beyond his career.  He enjoys activities and time with his 3 children, ages 8, 12, and 15.  He enjoys surfing the Oregon coast every Sunday morning, running, hiking, and occasionally trying to lift a weight or two at the gym.