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Robert Buchanan, MD

Suite 202
209 Hospital Drive
Highlands, NC 28741
United States
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We bring an established tradition of quality, excellence and patient satisfaction to the beautiful countryside and serene surroundings of the Highlands-Cashiers, Smokey Mountain area of western North Carolina. We are dedicated to providing total patient care and the highest quality expertise in the field of Plastic Surgery with compassion and understanding. This makes us unique, providing quality Plastic Surgery, aesthetic procedures and skin care in a warm, totally relaxed and rejuvenating environment. We also serve northern Georgia and upstate South Carolina. Whether you live locally, In Clayton,GA, Franklin, Murphy, Cherokee, Sylva, Waynesville, Brevard, Toxaway, NC, Walhalla, Senica, Clemson, Anderson,SC, or anywhere between or beyond, we are here to help.

Toll Free 877-526-3784

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday Other times, including Saturday are available by prior arrangements.

 Cosmetic Rejuvenation of the face, body & breast
  Face Rejuvenation using the Today's limited incision, rapid recovery Face Lift
  Eye Rejuvenation
  Skin Care & Rejuvenation
  Breast reshaping
  Body contouring

Dr. Buchanan believes in the concept of personalized care. From discussions in the consultation and a thorough examination, a care plan is developed. This plan considers your specific goals, and matches them with what your body type and anatomy will allow and what the latest techniques can accomplish.

The first meeting:
  Determines what problem(s) need to be addressed.
  Includes a complete medical history and examination.
  Determines what solutions are available to accomplish your goals.
  Choices of solutions are given if they exist.
  The expected results as well as the risks and complications are outlined thoroughly.
  Adequate time is allowed to answer any questions.
  Brochures and printed materials are available on a wide range of procedures.

If surgery is the chosen option.
  Printed materials are given outlining pre-operative and post-operative instructions and what can be expected from the procedure
  A second consultation is usually advised for more involved procedures.
    To make sure Dr. Buchanan understands exactly what is desired.
    To make sure he can provide the procedure safely.
    Assures that you understand the procedure, alternatives, risks, and probable outcome.
    Provides an opportunity to have any further questions answered.
    Assures you feels comfortable with the decision for surgery.

If a non-surgical option is chosen:
  The expected results as well as the risks and complications are outlined thoroughly.
  If feasible, the appropriate intervention is started.
Dr. Buchanan performs procedures under local anesthesia with and without oral sedation in his office.

The majority of surgery is carried out as an outpatient in the modern, completely equipped Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, which if fully Joint Commission Certified for your convenience and safety.

Special Features:
  MD Anesthesiology
  Nurses with many years Plastic Surgery experience.
  Endoscopic (Minimal incision) Surgery
  Overnight Suites

We Can Assist In Finding:
  Discounted Lodges and Inns
  Nursing Services
  Exceptional dining
  Varied recreational opportunities ( especially for accompanying family members.)
  • * AMA Physician Recognition Award given for a superior level of continuing medical education: 1981, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2006 (Available every 3 years).
  • * Washington University, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, 1976-1978, Plastic Surgery Residency.
  • * University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1972-1976, General Surgery Residency.
  • * US Navy, Field Surgical Officer, Viet Nam and Jacksonville, FL 1970-72
  • * Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX, 1969-70, Straight Surgical Internship
  • * Medical College of Georgia, M.D. degree, 1969
  • * Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1962-1965 (Entered Medical School at the completion of third year).
  • - First nose reattachment done anywhere in the world
  • - First freejoint transfer done anywhere in the world
  • - Developed or helped refine a number of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Liposuction, Breast reconstruction, Short scar carpal tunnel release and Free tissue transfer.
  • * Elected by peers to lead local and national Plastic Surgical and other medical Organizations.
  • - President, American Association for Hand Surgery, 2001-2002
  • - President, Oklahoma Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1982-1986
  • - Board of Governors, American College of Surgeons, 1998-2004
  • - Board of Directors, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, 2000-2003
  • * Local Positions Held
  • - Chief of Staff, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
  • - Chief of Surgery, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
  • * Teaching
  • - University of Oklahoma in the section of Plastic Surgery for 14 Years 1978-1992
  • - Full Professor
  • - Taught all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
  • - Mentoring, presently through organizations in which he participates.
  • - Stays current to provide quality advice and treatment.
  • * Publications and Presentations. Multiple publications and presentations nationally and internationally.
  • - Multiple Articles in peer-reviewed literature.
  • - Presented Courses on care, technique and procedures worldwide
  • - Editorial review board of national journal
  • - Subjects cover both Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery 1980
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery - Hand Surgery (CAQ) 1990
  • American Board of Surgery (not active) 1978
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • - Multiple Committes including Chairman of many
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation
  • - Board of Directors, Multiple Committes including Chairman of many
  • Aesthetic Society Research and Education Foundation
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons
  • - Board of Governors
  • American Association for Hand Surgery
  • - President, Multiple Offices and Committee chairs
  • American Society for Surgery for the Hand (Previous)
  • - Multiple Committee Memberships
  • American Medical Association
  • - Presented the Medal of Valor
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • North Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Community
  • - Present:
  • * Rotary International
  • * Team Captain, American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • - In Oklahoma
  • * Susan G. Komen Foundation, Advisory Board, 1955-1999
  • * American Cancer Society, Oklahoma City Chapter, Chairman of the Board, 1995-1997
  • * Fine Arts Institute, Board of Directors, 1991-1993
  • * Edmond Educational Endowment
  • Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, Highlands, NC. (Active)
  • Harris Regional Hospital, Sylva, NC (Associate)