Christopher Zarella, MD, FACS

Patient Rating:

4.9 Read all reviews

My Specialties:

Pediatric Cleft Lip and Palate, Fellowship Trained; Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Fellowship Trained; Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Board-certified; Pediatric Surgery

My Areas of Focus:

Cleft Lip Palate, Craniofacial , Craniosynostosis, Hand Surgery, Craniofacial Microsomia - asymmetric face and jaw, Craniofacial clefts - other than cleft lip and palate, Congenital ear anomalies, Congenital Hand Anomalies, Cancer reconstructive surgery, Abdominal wall reconstruction, Facial Rejuvination, Pierre Robin - small jaw, Microtia - ear reconstruction for small or missing ear, Otoplasty, Earwell for neonates, Ear molding, Birthmarks - Congenital nevi, Birthmarks - Hemangiomas, Syndactyl - webbed fingers, Polydactyly - extra fingers, Klinodactyl, Trauma reconstructive surgery, General pediatric reconstructive surgery, Breast Surgery, Breast asymmetry, Breast Reconstruction, Poland Syndrome, Mobius syndrome


English, Interpreters available for other languages




Emanuel Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center
Fellowship: Children's National Medical Center (Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery)
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University (Plastic Surgery)
Residency: Wake Forest Univeristy School of Medicine (General Surgery)
Medical School: Wake Forest Univeristy School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Certification: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Board certified
Hospitals Served: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center

Patient Rating

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Average Rating:  4.9 out of 5.0

  Apr 24, 2023
Dr. Zarella is fantastic. He's kind and a portrays of great blend of clinical and humanity.

  Apr 21, 2023
Top drawer actually enjoyable

  Apr 12, 2023
Dr. Chris Zarella is the perfect surgeon! He should give lessons! Admired by all referring docs!

  Apr 7, 2023
Dr Zarella is an outstanding surgeon - I am very satisfied with how my face appears after surgery to repair moe's surgery

  Jan 19, 2023
It took multiple weeks for the hospital to process our referral and then was a couple of months later before we could get in for an appointment. Our son had a skin tag removed, which is easier the sooner you do it after birth, so it felt like we were up against the clock. It also would have been ideal if we could have emailed a picture and determined it was something we could do in clinic (it was) and the doctor could have advised us on trying to time feedings and naps to coincide with the appointment to make it easier, it may have been a more efficient visit. Everything ended up working out, but it would have been more helpful to be able to prepare and make sure baby was the most ideal patient. The doctor was great and adaptable though.

  Jan 16, 2023
Dr. Zarella is wonderful. I'm glad to have my son be seen by him. He's very nice and caring.

  Dec 16, 2022
Dr. Zarella was so kind & patient & relatable, he answered all our Q's & went over the time slot we had just to answer our Q's. We didn't know we had a short appointment, & Dr. Zarella was so helpful & understanding. We had a good experience w/this doctor.

  Dec 16, 2022
Dr. Zarella has been fantastic. Very attentive, concerned and makes us feel taken care of.

  Dec 15, 2022
During the visits that I have had they have been very helped me a lot and the have treated me in the best way.

  Dec 14, 2022
Dr. Zarella is just a doll! His care and compassion helped me to understand my procedure and eliminate my fears. So professional and FUN!

  Dec 8, 2022
Dr. Zarella is amazing! Talented, knowledgeable, kind, courteous, professional, & VERY skilled. His staff is the best I've encountered. Especially Emily.

  Dec 6, 2022
Dr. Zarella was a wonderful dr. during our pre op, surgery day and post op appointment. He seemed very knowledgeable and experienced. We are very thankful we had him as [name removed] surgeon.

  Nov 10, 2022
Courteous, friendly, excellent service.

  Oct 21, 2022
We did have to wait awhile but I understand there was an emergency so it didn't bother me too much. Had a couple people call my child by the wrong name.

  Oct 12, 2022
Dr. Zarella is the best doctor we have ever had and I (mom) am a nurse who works with many doctors. His bed side manner is above and beyond! He ensures everyone understands what he is saying myself & my husband with no medical experience. He is warm and welcoming! Wonderful doctor!!!

  Sep 16, 2022
Dr. Zarella is a fantastic surgeon and communicator. He is kind, patient, professional, and relatable. I would not hesitate for a second to return to him if needed, nor hesitate to recommend Dr. Zarella to anyone else. I feel extremely fortunate to have been under his care.

  Aug 24, 2022
They treat us very well and are attentive to their patients.

  Aug 12, 2022
We love the team there! Everyone is great! Such a blessing to have in our lives!

  Jun 22, 2022
Office and provider went above and beyond to make sure my child was seen at a convenient time for us (traveling for out of state). We have consistently been impressed by the care we have received here.

  Jun 17, 2022
Referral from dermatologist was lost? Misplaced? We did not receive a call from Dr Zarella's office to set up an appointment. I had to call multiple times over the course of a full month before the referral final was available and we could schedule an appointment.