Dr. Robert Buchanan | Plastic Surgeon of Highlands, NC
Dr. Buchanan has a national reputation as a leader and educator in Plastic Surgery. He is board-certified in, and was previously a Professor of Plastic Surgery.
Our goal is to enhance not only the way you look, but also how you feel.
Using today’s techniques, we strive to achieve the best outcome possible with the fastest recovery and least risks so you will love your results. We develop an individual care plan with you by providing time to listen to you, a thorough examination and discussion of your desires. This plan considers your specific goals and matches them with what your body type will allow and what the latest techniques can accomplish. We always place your safety first, and strive for as natural a result as possible in all procedures, whether surgical or non-invasive.
AMA Medal of Valor for work during the Oklahoma City Bombing
AMA Physician’s Recognition Award given for a superior level of continuing medical education: 1981, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013 (Available only every 3 years).
Permanent entry in Who’s Who in America
World’s first nose reattachment
World’s first free joint transfer
Developed and helped refine a number of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures
Liposuction (In first group trained in this country)
Short scar carpal tunnel release
Free tissue transfer
One of first to use Loupes rather than a Microscope for 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
Alternate Delegate Oklahoma State Medical Association, 1997-1999
Assistant Chief of Staff, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, 2006-2007
Chief of Staff, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, 2007-2009
Chief of Surgery, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, 2003-2007 and 2009-2011
Publications & Presentations
Dr Buchanan has authored numerous articles based on research published in national reference journals and books on subjects spanning the full breadth of Plastic Surgery. These articles include ones dealing with the effects of breast augmentation, burns, cleft palate repair, facial fractures, nutritional support, and the first report of a free microvascular joint transplant.
He has been invited speaker and teacher at national and international courses and symposia of multiple plastic surgery organizations lecturing on and teaching multiple aspects of Plastic Surgery.
He has had papers accepted and presented at the annual meetings of multiple Plastic Surgery organizations.
He has been the invited speaker at the programs of local hospitals and civic organizations.
Dr. Buchanan has developed and helped refine a number of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. With a broad knowledge of the basics, he has been able to take procedures developed for reconstruction, use them cosmetically, and vice versa.
Oklahoma Society of Plastic Surgeons, President, 1982-1986
Susan G. Komen Foundation, Advisory Board, 1995-1999
American Cancer Society, Oklahoma City Chapter, Chairman of the Board, 1995-1997
Fine Arts Institute, Board of Directors, 1991-1993
Edmond Educational Endowment
Team Captain, American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Clinical Professor teaching Residents, Fellows and students from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center while in private practice 1992-1999
Full Professor, teaching full time while caring for patients in the Section of Plastic Surgery, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma, City, OK, 1978-1992
He continues to mentor young physicians and students through organizations in which he participates. They constantly stimulate him to stay current and ahead of the majority of other surgeons in order to provide the type of input they must have.