|Angelo Cuzalina, DDS, MD|
Tulsa Surgical Arts
Description of Program: Tulsa Surgical Arts offers a General Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship Program, which includes a high volume of all types of cosmetic breast surgery, major body contouring, liposuction, and major facial cosmetic surgery procedures of all types. The average fellow is directly involved in over 1000 surgical procedures over the course of the program. The fellowship does not include hair transplants but will allow specific time for this training if desired by fellow at another location.
The fellows are involved with all aspects of a cosmetic surgery practice and patient care, including consultation, pre-op, marking, surgery, post-operative follow up, treatment of complications, and practice management. There is daily instruction and teaching with most patients, and the typical surgical case log is an average of 3 patients under general anesthesia for major surgery every day Monday through Friday.
Didactic lectures are given on most Saturday mornings during a brief staff breakfast. Lectures are also required to be given during the annual live surgery workshops. Oral questioning and instruction are given throughout year. A reading list and written guidelines will be sent to the fellow who accepts the position.
The main location is in an AAAHC accredited facility in south Tulsa. Fellows have an office with a library and individual computer for personal use and logging cases. Two overnight patient suites are on site, and there is a theater for workshops and a workout room on site. Additional faculty are on site two days per week, and the fellows also have access to other faculty nearby. One main hospital is also used for patients with health concerns or riskier procedures, and the fellow is required to obtain bridging privileges as TSA fellows at the hospital prior to starting the fellowship.
There is a $30,000 per year stipend. Two fellows are taken per year (one begins January 1 and the other on July 1 each year). The program is one year with vacation as per AACS guidelines.
Prerequisites for Fellows: Fellow must qualify per the AACS fellowship guidelines. They must be able to obtain an unrestricted Oklahoma medical license and obtain personal malpractice insurance preferably through Medical Protective’s program designed for AACS fellows. The applicant must be either MD or DO trained and board eligible from one of the surgical specialties listing in the AACS fellowship guidelines.