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Why Choose a Fellowship at Southern Surgical Arts?

Southern Surgical Arts’ General Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship Program includes a full faculty, including: Primary Faculty Chad Deal, MD (Board Certified General Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgeon, and Facial Plastic Surgeon); Carey Nease, MD (Board Certified ENT, Facial Plastic Surgeon, and Cosmetic Surgeon) AND supportive Faculty: Vincent Gardner, MD (Board Certified General Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgeon, Facial Plastic Surgeon, and Board Certified in Venous and Lymphatic Medicine) and Brady Harris, MD (Board Certified General Surgeon).

The program operates out of two offices, one of which includes an accredited AAAHC surgery center, and has established relationships with two hospitals and one outpatient surgery center.  The fellowship has a very high volume and comprehensive training in all the branches of Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine. This also includes training in numerous non-invasive aesthetic devices and procedures. Only hair transplantation procedures are not provided on-site but are available from the local additional teaching faculty.

Fellows will be given a 360° learning experience. This includes the initial consultation to hands-on procedural training to the follow-up visits. Our goal is to make the fellow’s year as comprehensive as possible to include all aspects of becoming a successful and safe Cosmetic Surgeon. This includes many non-academic subjects such as photography, staff training, vendor relationships, creating and managing hospital affiliations, as well as strategic business planning and marketing. There are two fellow positions open each year during the regular AACS Fellowship calendar schedule and includes the following benefits: $35,000 annual stipend; company cell phone for patient interactions; paid fees for attendance to AACS National Annual Meeting- flight and hotel; two weeks of vacation and additional approved time for Board Review Courses and interviews; access to an extensive aesthetic book and video library and several key journals. 

Prerequisites for Fellows: This program accepts Board Certified or Board Eligible General Surgeons, ENT’s, Plastic Surgeons, OMFS, and OB/GYN. Candidates who have recently completed their primary residency training are preferred.

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 triple board certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and American Board of Facial Plastics. 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, the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Board of Facial Plastics. 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.


Dr. Brady HarrisDr. Brady Harris is an accomplished general surgeon and will be heading up Southern Surgical Arts new Nashville office, which is scheduled to open soon. When it comes to patient relations, Dr. Harris puts patient safety first. Dr. Harris has made a name for himself in high definition liposuction and is the only cosmetic surgeon who practices this procedure in the Nashville area.



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, the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. He has trained fellows who are general surgeons, head and neck surgeons, and plastic surgeons.


All four 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.

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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