Plastic Surgery Overview

“Plastic surgery is at its best a unique blend of artistic creativity and technical skill.”

 

“We’re here to help people realize their personal potential, whether it involves reaching their personal appearance goals or returning to work after an injury.”

 

Patient of Dr. Larry Sargent, Chair and ProfessorAs part of our residency program, you will train with nationally respected plastic surgeons and become a part of this wonderful and rewarding profession.   

 

The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga Department of Plastic Surgery has a fully accredited three-year Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency Training Program.  Applicants must have completed three years in an accredited general surgery residency as a minimum requirement for application to our Plastic Surgery Residency and must have passed USMLE Step 3. Preference is given to applicants who will have completed a general surgery residency or a surgical subspecialty residency prior to starting our program and meet the requirements for board eligibility.

 

The Plastic Surgery GroupEach of our six faculty members in the Department of Plastic Surgery has a special area of interest and expertise that makes all rotations quite diverse. Several faculty are solely involved in the practice of Hand Surgery and operate the Hayes Hand Center at Erlanger. Other members are involved in general plastic and reconstructive surgery, microvascular reconstruction, aesthetic surgery and burn care. Our Chair devotes most of his clinical efforts to maxillofacial trauma, craniofacial deformities, and directs the nationally known Tennessee Craniofacial Center. The level I Trauma Center continues to expand into other areas of Tennessee with two helicopters. All of our faculty have private practices at the Plastic Surgery Group:  www.refinedlooks.com.

 

 

Specific training is provided in the following areas:

  • Congenital defects of the head and neck, including clefts of the lip and palate, and craniofacial surgery
  • Neoplasms of the head and neck, including the oropharynx, and training in appropriate endoscopy
  • Cranio-maxillofacial trauma, including fractures
  • Aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery of the head and neck, trunk, and extremities
  • Plastic surgery of the breast
  • Surgery of the hand and upper extremities
  • Plastic surgery of the lower extremities
  • Plastic surgery of congenital and acquired defects of the trunk and genitalia
  • Burn management and acute and reconstructive surgery
  • Microsurgical techniques
  • Reconstruction by tissue transfer, including flaps and grafts
  • Surgery of benign and malignant lesions of the skin and soft tissue

We are proud that graduates of our program have all become board certified in Plastic Surgery.  Some choose to enter fellowship programs for subspecialty training. Others develop successful private practices or accept academic positions at universities.

  

Our goal is to give young plastic surgeons comprehensive training in the broad-based field of Plastic Surgery. Also we strive to let our patients know that they have received the best possible care. Treatment is offered without regard to race, creed, family stature, or ability to pay. This is the only way in which we as a department can be truly proud of our final product - a well-rounded, caring plastic surgeon who will make a difference in any community in which he or she decides to practice.

UT College of Medicine Chattanooga     960 East Third Street, Suite 100     Chattanooga, TN 37403     (800)947-7823, ext 6956     info@utcomchatt.org

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