Spira, ’56, retired after storied plastic surgery career

At 89 years old, he was performing his final surgery in Vietnam on a patient suffering from a cleft pallet.

And now, Dr. Mel Spira, ’56, resides comfortably in La Costa Glen, but stays busy with a variety of activities including presentations to medical students and groups such as the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club.

But Spira’s journey is one of man from humble roots to becoming one of the country’s top plastic surgeons, from reconstructive procedures from injuries or cosmetic.

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