Jessica B. O'Connell, MD

Jessica B. O'Connell, MD

Vascular Surgery
Accepting new patients
Primary Location
UCLA Center for Wound Healing & Limb Preservation
200 Medical Plaza
Suite 528
Los Angeles, California 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


UCLA School of Medicine, 2009


UCLA School of Medicine, 2007


UCLA School of Medicine, 2001


University of Texas - Houston, MD, 2000


Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Limb preservation
Wound care


  • President’s Honor Roll, Rice University, 1996
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon, National Honorary Chemical Society, 1996
  • American College of Surgeons Meeting Senior Representative, UTHSC, 1999
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2000
  • American Medical Women’s Association, Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, 2000
  • Physical Diagnosis Achievement Award, UTHSC, 2000
  • Golden Heart Award, Junior Cardiothoracic Resident of the Year, UCLA, 2002
  • Outstanding Second Year General Surgery Resident, UCLA, 2002
  • Outstanding Student Teaching Award, UCLA, 2003
  • Outstanding Student Teaching Award, UCLA, 2004
  • Fujisawa Research Award, Longmire Scientific Day, UCLA, 2005
  • Wiley Barker Teaching Award, UCLA, 2006
  • Wilma Miley Morton Award in Surgical Research, UCLA, 2007
  • Ronald A. Tompkins Award for Outstanding Teaching, UCLA, 2007
  • The Golden Scalpel Award for Teaching Excellence, UCLA, 2007
  • Outstanding Student Teaching Award, UCLA, 2009
  • UCLA Health Care Systems Professionalism Award–Teaching Humanism at the Bedside, 2009-2010
  • UCLA Health Care Systems Professionalism Award–Teaching Humanism at the Bedside, 2010-2011
  • Preeminent Women’s Health Doctors, 2012-present
  • Southern California Super Doctors, 2012-present
  • America’s Top Surgeons, 2012-present 
  • Student Teacher Award for enhancing student learning - UCLA Surgery Interest Group, 2012
  • Los Angeles Magazine, Top Doctors, 2013-present
  • Who's Who in Medicine Higher Education, 2019
  • Southern California Top Doctors, 2019-present
  • California Magazine, Top Doctors – Top Surgeon, 2021-present