R. Chad Deal, MD and Michael Kluska, DO
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Southern Surgical Arts
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Description of Program: Southern Surgical Arts’ General Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship Program includes a full faculty, including: Primary Faculty Chad Deal, MD (Board Certified General Surgeon and Cosmetic Surgeon); Michael Kluska, DO and supportive faculty Vince Gardner, MD (Board Certified Cosmetic and General Surgeon) and Justin Gusching, DO (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 of 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’ 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.

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