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Why Choose a Fellowship at Southern Surgical Arts?

Fellowships are a time-honored means of extending your medical education, especially within your chosen specialty. We invite and encourage you to consider a fellowship working with our team here at Southern Surgical Arts. We offer three significant career benefits for our fellows:

  • Broad experience
  • Deep experience
  • State of the art facilities

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) requires fellows to perform at least 300 surgical procedures. But we know you want to learn as much as possible, and to get the most hands-on experience possible. As a fellow at Southern Surgical Arts, you will have the opportunity to work with all three of our board-certified cosmetic surgeons. Together, they perform about 1,300 procedures each year. Although they are all skilled in every aspect of cosmetic surgery, each focuses on a particular area within our practice. You will have the opportunity to work with each surgeon giving you broad experience in all areas of their expertise.

a_favorite_chad.jpgDr. Chad Deal
primarily focuses on the cosmetic surgery for the body. He also specializes in noninvasive treatments, including laser and light therapies and injectables. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. He serves as a Board examiner and member of the Written Exam Committee for ABCS and on the Fellowship Committee for AACS.


web-SSA-Dr-Gardner-closeup.jpgDr. Vincent Gardner
focuses on vein procedures. He is the medical director and owner of The Vein Institute located on the third floor at Southern Surgical Arts. Dr. Gardner is certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. He is also a former fellow in facial and body cosmetic surgery, trained by Dr. Nease and Dr. Deal here at Southern Surgical Arts. It was here that Dr. Gardner chose cosmetic surgery as his career focus. He also serves as an ABCS Board examiner.


careyOptimized.jpgDr. Carey Nease is Southern Surgical Arts’ AACS Fellowship Director and a Board examiner and trustee of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Trained as an artist before becoming a surgeon, Dr. Nease uses his exceptional aesthetic abilities to focus on the face and neck. He is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He has trained fellows who are general surgeons, head and neck surgeons, and plastic surgeons.


All three of our cosmetic surgeons are fellowship-trained. They understand first-hand what it’s like to participate in a rigorous program like this, and they know how to provide the superior experience you want and need to further your own medical career. As a practice, Southern Surgical Arts is committed to training and technology. As a fellow, you’ll have access to the same state-of-the-art facilities and techniques we use every day.

Southern Surgical Arts has mentored many surgeons through the fellowship program including, but not limited to, Dr. Talon Maningas, Dr. Ricardo Bonnor, Dr. Vincent Gardner, Dr. Gordon Adan, and Dr. Adam Kinal. These surgeons now have thier own practices around the country.

The one-year fellowship runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. Applications should be submitted one year in advance to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery requesting R. Chad Deal, MD and Carey Nease, MD as your Reference #3 General Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship Program Director.

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