- Harvard University
- Duke University
- 1994-1996:University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Richard L. Simmons, M.D., Chairman, Dept of Surgery, GMT IV-V, Chief Resident in General Surgery 1996-1998:University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, J. William Futrell, M.D., Chief, Plastic Surgery, GMT VI-VII, Plastic Surgery Residency
- 1992-1994: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pittsburgh, PA, Michael T. Lotze, M.D., Director, Surgical Oncology, Howard D. Edington, M.D. Plastic Surgical Oncology, Surgical Oncology and Surgical Research Fellowship
- Duke University
The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction participates in a wide range of insurance plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Horizon NJ Health, Qualcare, and Medicare. Each physician has their accepted insurance and hospital affiliations. For those out of network, our insurance specialists will work with you before your appointment to find the most coverage available for your treatment. We can often develop individual agreements with your insurance carrier for your personalized treatment plan.
Chet Nastala, MD
Dr. Nastala attended Harvard University graduating Magna Cum Laude in biochemical sciences. He was Varsity Golf team captain and enjoyed travel and competition but developed his passion for medicine and surgery through his work in the cardiovascular laboratories at Thomas Jefferson in the summers. Attending Duke University Medical School allowed him the unique opportunity to pursue surgical research and present his work internationally and meet mentors in Plastic Surgery inspiring him to use his talents for the reconstruction of cancer patients.
During the last two decades at PRMA, Dr. Nastala has focused his efforts on developing one of the best breast reconstruction practices in the country. As patients have come from all over Texas and beyond, he has focused on delivering the best surgical care possible. He also served as the Secretary, Vice President, then President of the San Antonio International Society of Plastic Surgeons. Along with Dr. Ochoa, he has been instrumental in the research efforts of the practice as listed on his CV developing important protocols for nerve regeneration (TruSense technique), and improving clinical outcomes with ERAS – Enhanced Recovery After Surgery –, all important topics to improve our patients’ care and minimize complications and post-operative discomfort.
Dr. Nastala enjoys spending family time playing golf and pickleball as well as hiking and fly fishing. He loves playing the piano and entertaining at the PRMA Christmas and anniversary parties and knows no one is safe from his satirical lyrics.
“In my opinion, there is no group of surgeons so supremely talented, humble, giving, and dedicated to the core mission of autologous breast reconstruction, as the surgeons of PRMA."