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Dr. Gary A. Pennington

(888) 284-1488


Plastic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Hand Surgery and Microsurgery


3925 Embassy Parkway, Suite 300
Akron, Ohio 44333



Areas of Interest

Hand Surgery, Complex Extremity Reconstruction, Advanced Skin Cancer Reconstruction and Cosmetic Surgery

Medical School

University of Kentucky College of Medicine, 1985 (Lexington)
University of Kentucky, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1981


General Surgery: Ohio Valley Medical Center, 1990 (Wheeling, West Virginia) Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: Akron City Hospital, 1992 (Ohio)


Hand & Microvascular Surgery: Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, 1993 (Louisville, Kentucky)

Hospital Affilliations

  • Akron General Medical Center
  • Barberton Citizens Hospital
  • Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center
  • Summa Western Reserve
  • Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital
  • Summa Health Systems (Akron City & St. Thomas Hospitals)


  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Professional Organizations

  • American Society Reconstructive Microsurgeons
  • Summit County Medical Society
  • Ohio State Medical Association
  • American Society Plastic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Association of Hand Surgery

Personal Information

Dr. Pennington is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is fellowship trained in hand and microvascular surgery. He has special interests in hand surgery, complex extremity reconstruction, advanced skin cancer reconstruction, melanoma and cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Pennington was born in Westchester, Pa. His family moved many times in his first few years , but settled in Ashland, Ky., near both of his parents' homes. Growing up in a small town in the Appalachian Mountains, his parents instilled a sense of family values, frequently traveling into the hart of Appalachia visiting grandparents. His father, an engineer, and his mother, an operating room nurse, expected hard work in life and school. Dr. Pennington graduated from Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland, Ky., in 1977. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, then continuing on to the College of Medicine and graduating in 1985. Dr. Pennington completed his general surgery training in West Virginia prior to completing his plastic surgery training in Akron, Ohio. One year of intense training in hand and microsurgery surgery was completed at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microvascular Surgery in Louisville, Ky., in 1993. He has been in the private practice of plastic surgery for over 20 years.

Dr. Pennington and his wife, Paula, have two grown children, Jessica and Kevin. Jessica lives in Lexington, Ky., and is the animal cruelty investigator for Fayette County and a dog trainer. Kevin lives in Doylestown and works for Acme Markets.

Dr.Pennington and Paula travel several times a year with recent trips to Yellowstone, Glacier, and The Great Smokey Mountains National Parks. Frequent trips to Florida and the Caribbean to satisfy winter fishing and warmth occur yearly. They currently reside in New Franklin.



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