Jessica B. O'Connell, MD
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Jessica B. O'Connell, MD

  • Vascular Surgery
UCLA Center for Wound Healing & Limb Preservation | 200 Medical Plaza, Suite 528, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Dr. O'Connell is the Director of the Surgical & Perioperative Careline and Chief of Surgery at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. At UCLA, she specializes in Wound Care and works at the UCLA Center for Wound Healing and Limb Preservation. Dr. O’Connell performs both minimally invasive endovascular treatment and open reconstructive vascular surgery along with wound care. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. O’Connell maintains an active interest in surgical research particularly in the areas of Health Services, Surgical Outcomes, and Wound Care. She is the author of several book chapters, associate editor of a textbook, has presented her original work at multiple national surgical meetings and has original publications in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards and maintains an active role in surgical education at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is proud of founding the UCLA Women in Surgery Program and participating in the UCLA Humanism, Healing Arts and Well Being Programs.




Medical Board Certification

Vascular Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 2011


Vascular Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2009


Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2007


Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2001


MD, University of Texas - Houston, 2000


Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center


  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Centivo
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Health Net of California
  • Interplan (part of HealthSmart)
  • L.A. Care
  • MultiPlan
  • UFCM Health System
  • Prime Health Services
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • UnitedHealthcare

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  • Super Doctors® Southern California, 2023, 2024
  • California Magazine, Top Doctors – Top Surgeon, 2021
  • Southern California Top Doctors, 2019
  • Who's Who in Medicine Higher Education, 2019
  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2013-2020
  • Student Teacher Award for enhancing student learning - UCLA Surgery Interest Group, 2012
  • America’s Top Surgeons, 2012
  • Super Doctors® Southern California, 2012
  • Preeminent Women’s Health Doctors, 2012
  • UCLA Health Care Systems Professionalism Award–Teaching Humanism at the Bedside, 2009-2011
  • Outstanding Student Teaching Award, UCLA, 2009
  • The Golden Scalpel Award for Teaching Excellence, UCLA, 2007
  • Ronald A. Tompkins Award for Outstanding Teaching, UCLA, 2007
  • Wilma Miley Morton Award in Surgical Research, UCLA, 2007
  • Wiley Barker Teaching Award, UCLA, 2006
  • Fujisawa Research Award, Longmire Scientific Day, UCLA, 2005
  • Outstanding Student Teaching Award, UCLA, 2003, 2004
  • Outstanding Second Year General Surgery Resident, UCLA, 2002
  • Golden Heart Award, Junior Cardiothoracic Resident of the Year, UCLA, 2002
  • Physical Diagnosis Achievement Award, UTHSC, 2000
  • American Medical Women’s Association, Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, 2000
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2000
  • American College of Surgeons Meeting Senior Representative, UTHSC, 1999
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon, National Honorary Chemical Society, 1996
  • President’s Honor Roll, Rice University, 1996