South’s Greatest Doctors 2022/23

The halls of medicine are filled with towering figures, renowned for their compassion, their dedication and their wealth of insight into the human body's inner workings. These skilled healers of the south have given millions of people a new lease on life and the promise of a healthier future. In these pages, we salute those who save lives everyday.

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Dr. Tim Minton / Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Tim Minton, the region’s only fellowship-trained, double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, is committed to providing a superior level of care in a friendly and personalized environment.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PRACTICING MEDICINE?

In plastic surgery I love the artistry side of the specialty. On some level it is a skill that is so basic and I believe that no matter how far technology advances it will probably never be replaceable.

DEFINING MOMENTS

During my plastic surgery fellowship I performed an extensive facial trauma reconstruction on a woman and during one of her follow up visits her entire extended family came and presented me with an engraved gift that I have on my desk to this day. It reminds me of how blessed I am to be able to care for my fellow humans in such an intense and intimate way.

NEWEST, LATEST AND GREATEST

It’s interesting because in my field there has been a recent shift in patient interest from non-surgical technology driven treatments back toward surgery. I think patients are often disappointed with the minimal results they are seeing from non-surgical techniques. My happiest patients are those that we perform procedures for such as the extended deep plane facelift, a complex surgical technique that very few plastic surgeons in this country perform. The results are incredibly transformative and at the same time extremely natural.

“I AM THE KIND OF DOCTOR WHO ALWAYS…”

Changes. I am constantly evaluating and changing how we care for patients in our practice, in every way from basic customer service to surgical techniques in order to provide the highest level of care we can. Sometimes it drives my staff crazy and they often joke that I am ‘evolving’ again!

Learn more about Dr. Tim Minton and Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery:
Savannah, GA • 912.644.0744 savannahfacialplasticsurgery.com

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Optim Orthopedics

Go where the pros go. Trust your orthopedic care to the official team physicians the pros choose.

When an athlete is injured, getting back in the game as quickly and safely as possible is paramount. Optim Orthopedics’ skilled physicians and staff understand this and that is why sports teams and athletes of all abilities turn to their orthopedics needs. Our team of orthopedic surgeons specializing in sports medicine have the extensive expertise and experience that make Optim the orthopedic practice of choice in the region. All of our sports medicine physicians are board certified and fellowship trained in the treatment and prevention of sports and exercise related injuries in patients of all ages, from children and teens to adults.

SPORTS MEDICINE

Our doctors have a unique skill set and specialize in treating the knee, hip, shoulder and elbow. In addition to treating active adults and recreational athletes, our sports medicine doctors are on the sidelines providing medical care for Georgia Southern Athletics, Savannah Ghost Pirates, Savannah State Athletics, Tormenta FC, college sports teams throughout our southeast and over 20 high school, college and club programs in the region.

OUR PEOPLE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

Behind every treatment or procedure is a specially trained, highly experienced professional who’s dedicated to giving you the best care possible so that you can get back to life—quickly, safely, and confidently. Our physicians are experts at what they do, and we’re proud to have them as part of our team.

Learn more about Optim Orthopedics:
Savannah, GA • 912.644.5300 • optimorthopedics.com

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​​Drs. William L. Mansour, Ansley S. Tharpe, Gregory D. Borak, Branden S. Hunter, & Travis F. Wiggins / Gastroenterology Consultants of Savannah

Providing the highest quality prevention and treatment of digestive diseases in a caring, compassionate manner for 44 years…and counting.

IF YOU WERE IN FRONT OF A CROWD, WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LEAVE WITH THEM?

Specializing in the most advanced procedures and technologies, each patient’s care is managed by our impressive team of board certified gastroenterologists who are all leaders in their field. Backed by a highly skilled and friendly staff, GCS is committed to delivering compassionate care while providing colon cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment for gastroenterological disorders.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PRACTICING MEDICINE?

Our team of doctors is committed to helping patients achieve and maintain optimal gastrointestinal health. Each of our doctors bring diverse training, experience, and education together to deliver expert care with the latest procedures and technology.

DEFINING MOMENTS

If you’re considering surgery in an ambulatory outpatient center, make sure it’s an accredited facility. Accreditation is important, because an outside independent agency performs rigorous inspections and certifies that the center is in accordance with rules, regulations and standards for high quality care. From the day we opened our doors, we’ve been fully accredited.

NEWEST, LATEST AND GREATEST

We are pleased to provide the Savannah community with a new procedure called Medtronic InterStim. Intended for those who struggle with bowel control issues, InterStim gently stimulates the sacral nerve and helps to restore the bowel-brain communication and reduce symptoms. Unlike other similar treatments, InterStim allows you to try it first – a test run – before making a long term commitment. With 1 in 12 people suffering from these issues, we hope to use this to relieve patients from discomfort and inconvenience.

Learn more about Gastroenterology Consultants of Savannah:
Savannah, GA • 912.354.9447 / gastrosav.com

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Drs. Christi and Pete Ghaleb / Family Medicine of Pooler

Family Medicine of Pooler was established in 2010 and became the first direct primary care (DPC) medical practice in Savannah, Ga., in 2017. For Christi Ghaleb, M.D. and Pete Ghaleb, M.D., that ultimately means they get to spend more time with their patients without letting insurance companies get in the way. They love it, their patients love it, and they believe you will love it too!

TELL US OF YOUR JOURNEY INTO MEDICINE

We met during our first semester of medical school. We were very reluctant to get into a serious relationship because of our strenuous workloads, so we developed a mantra: ‘One day at a time,’ meaning we would enjoy each other’s company for that day without any expectations for tomorrow. It made every day that much more special, not knowing if it was our last. Aside from spending all day in class, we would study together every night and on weekends, which made our medical school experience more enjoyable.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PRACTICING MEDICINE?

What we truly like the most about medicine is that we get to help people and make them feel better. We get to know them and their family dynamics. Medicine is constantly changing, which keeps things interesting. We are nerds at heart and we do like keeping up with the constant changes in medicine. Things sure have changed in the past 20 years!

DEFINING MOMENTS

Since we started our own practice in 2010, we have had the opportunity to work side by side, which makes our work experience much more enjoyable. Although it all started with the simple concept of enjoying each day as if it was our last, those days turned into weeks, weeks into months, months into years, and years into decades. And every one of those days that we got to help our patients together has been affirmation that we made the right decision.

“WE ARE THE KIND OF DOCTORS WHO ALWAYS…”

…listen. Listening to our patients is so important because they know their own body better than anyone else. So we always try to listen to our patient’s concerns, thoughts and ideas, then we can provide them with our input, and together, we can find the best solution that is going to better their health.

HOW HAS YOUR FIELD OF PRACTICE CHANGED SINCE COVID?

Many medical practices were forced to change as a result of Covid, but that is mostly because of the limited means of communications inherent in the insurance-based healthcare system. Since we offered open lines of communication pre-Covid—including telemedicine—our patients already had direct access to us, even at the peak of the pandemic.

WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN YOU’RE SICK YOURSELF?

We are fortunate enough to have each other to turn to if we have minor medical issues. With that said, it’s hard to be objective when treating your own family members, so we mostly rely on other direct primary care physicians in the area for our medical care.

Learn more about Drs. Christi and Pete Ghaleb and Family Medicine of Pooler:
Pooler, GA • 912.748.1100 / familymedicineofpooler.com

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Dr. Kristi L. Hofstadter-Duke, Dr. Kristen Hembree, Dr. Cassidy Oliver / Savannah Behavioral Pediatrics

Are challenging behaviors interfering with your family life? Would you like to help your child live up to their academic potential? You have come to the right place.

IF YOU WERE IN FRONT OF A CROWD, WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LEAVE WITH THEM?

Psychological assessment and therapy are not designed to simply identify and treat disorders. These are the tools of understanding human behavior and building a worthwhile and fulfilling life. The challenges of life as a human being are universal, and every child and adolescent could benefit from greater understanding and direction.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PRACTICING MEDICINE (PSYCHOLOGY)?

Our single favorite aspect is really getting to know and connect with the children, adolescents, and families who allow us to assist in the journey of life. The psychological evaluation process is such a powerful opportunity to gain insight into the strengths, weaknesses and desired directions of children and their families. Armed with this understanding, the therapeutic process is guided in directions that are meaningful for all involved. It is truly a privilege to be shoulder-to-shoulder with families, helping their children and adolescents to boldly and skillfully face the challenges of life.

“WE ARE THE KIND OF DOCTORS WHO ALWAYS…”

…Help children, adolescents and parents live in ways that are aligned with what is most meaningful in their lives. Although we implement evidence-based behavioral change methods, we always rely on families to establish the direction in which changes are made. Another way of saying this is: ‘We can help you get there, but we can’t tell you where to go.’

WHAT IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION IN YOUR FIELD?

That therapy is talking. In fact, for therapy to be effective for all age ranges (childhood through adulthood), we have to do something different. A common saying in the field of psychology is, ‘If you do what you’ve done, you’ll get what you’ve got.’ We help families act in ways that bring about desired changes and encourage everyone to establish healthy skills and behaviors that allow them to live the most full, meaningful lives possible.

Learn more about Dr. Kristi L. Hofstadter-Duke, Dr. Kristen Hembree, Dr. Cassidy Oliver and Savannah Behavioral Pediatrics:
Savannah, GA • 912. 436.6789 / savannahbehavioralpediatrics.com

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Dr. Ronald Finger / Finger & Associates Plastic Surgery Center

Dr. Finger has been leading in aesthetic excellence for four decades and is still going strong, with a dedication to outstanding patient care.

TELL US OF YOUR JOURNEY INTO MEDICINE

My father was a general surgeon in WWII and then in Marion, SC, the town that I grew up in. He started with an office, a very small operating room, and three or four bed hospital. This expanded further with time. I started assisting him in surgery at age 14. Science, medicine, and surgery has been my goal as far as I can remember. My mother, a pianist and artist, saw a Life magazine all about plastic surgery when I was a child and encouraged me to seek that as a goal. I’m very grateful to them both for their contributions toward plastic surgery and work ethics.

“I AM THE KIND OF DOCTOR WHO ALWAYS…”

…tries to find a better way to achieve the patient’s goals with equivalent or better results, but with less discomfort, minimal recovery, and less expense. With me, it’s all about the patient.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PRACTICING MEDICINE?

Primarily, it is about people and making them healthy and/or happy with themselves. Also, medicine and plastic surgery are an endless frontier, so there’s always new technology and methods to learn which I find extremely interesting and challenging. Plastic surgery also satisfies the artistic side of me. It’s all very motivating for me.

NEWEST, LATEST AND GREATEST

The latest technology for non-surgical treatment for aging is in the field of lasers, radiofrequency, collagen stimulating lifting-threads, and filler-like products that stimulate production of collagen, elastin, and/or grow fat in depressions and hollows of the face and body. These technologies also tighten and resurface skin of the face and body more effectively with less recovery and discomfort.

IF YOU WERE IN FRONT OF A CROWD, WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LEAVE WITH THEM?

You are not going to get another body. Educate yourself to keep the one you have healthy. It starts with diet and exercise.

Learn more about Dr. Ronald Finger and Finger & Associates Plastic Surgery Center:
Savannah, GA • 912.354.4411 / fingerandassociates.com

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Drs. Daniel Osimani, Akinniran A. Abisogun, Sidney J. Bolch, Roy D. Flood, Jr., Jonathan A. Lanham & Geoffrey Peters / SouthCoast Health Cardiology

State-of-the-art care combined with the latest technology provides the most advanced treatment available.

In a country where heart disease is the leading cause of death among adults, it’s critical that you have the best care available when it comes to your heart health. And you can put your trust in the state-of-the-art technology and world-class specialists at SouthCoast Health’s Cardiology Program. Offering patients a new and distinctive style of cardiovascular medicine, SouthCoast delivers a level of service more typical of a major university medical center located right where you live.

Standing behind that service is a highly trained staff of board certified cardiovascular specialists in all aspects of cardiovascular disease, whether it’s coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, hypertension, heart rhythm disorders, heart failure or anything else. Their wealth of expertise and decades of experience, coupled with the technological resources at their disposal, makes the team at SouthCoast Health’s Cardiology Program the best choice for your heart health.

SERVICES

Arrhythmia Evaluation and Management • Arterial Compliance Procedures • Cardiac Catheterization • Cardiac Risk Factor Evaluation • Coronary Endovascular Therapy Defibrillator Implantation • Echocardiography (ECHO) and 3D Echocardiography • Electrocardiography (EKG) Endovascular Therapy: Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stents • Lipid Management • Non-invasive Evaluation and Management of Peripheral Vascular Disease (after Lipid Management) • Pacemaker Implantation • Peripheral Angiography • Peripheral Vascular Diagnostic Angiography and Intervention (after Peripheral Angiography) • Stress Tests – Chemical and Exercise

SOUTHCOAST HEALTH CARDIOLOGY
Savannah / Hinesville / Richmond Hill / Baxley / Pooler
912.527.5300 / SouthCoastHealth.com

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Dr. Joe Overstreet / GA Eye Institute

For more than two decades GA Eye Institute’s pioneering surgeons and staff have been helping set new standards in surgery, lens implantation, advanced retinal care, LASIK laser vision correction and so much more.

TELL US OF YOUR JOURNEY INTO MEDICINE

I had an ocular injury as a child that required numerous visits to the eye doctor. Fortunately everything healed well without vision loss.

“I AM THE KIND OF DOCTOR WHO ALWAYS…”

…tries to educate the patient on the condition and treatment plan. Without proper instructions and education, the best treatment plans can fail.

DEFINING MOMENTS

There are countless patients that I see daily that remind me why I practice. From the routine eye exam to emergencies that require immediate treatment, helping people in their time of need is always satisfying.

NEWEST, LATEST AND GREATEST

My field is constantly evolving with new exciting technology in the field of cataract surgery and treatments for glaucoma and macular degeneration.

WHAT IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION IN YOUR FIELD?

‘My eyes can’t be dry, they keep tearing.’ It’s quite the opposite, the tearing is an overcompensation to the dry eye and dying corneal epithelial cells.

HOW HAS YOUR FIELD OF PRACTICE CHANGED SINCE COVID?

We still see patients with issues as a result of the virus. Luckily the virus doesn’t appear to be as virulent as it once was.

WHO DO YOU TURN TO WHEN YOU’RE SICK YOURSELF?

My wife Kalon, she’s always there to help me. I’m not always the best patient when I don’t feel well, I’m a lucky person to have her.

Learn more about Dr. Overstreet and the GA Eye Institute:
Savannah, GA • 912.352.7941 / gaeyeinstitute.com

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Dr. Carl Pearl / Chatham Plastic Surgery

Dr. Pearl specializes in both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, with a passion for providing patients with exquisite results and extraordinary care.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PRACTICING MEDICINE?

The relationship between my patients and me is beyond special. We communicate with each other and reach common goals that we can achieve. We trust each other through the entire journey.

DEFINING MOMENTS

The focusing on the technique itself and the details of surgery captivates me each and every surgery. Someone believed in me and taught me how to do these operations. I learned from them and my own experiences. It is a never ending journey always trying to get better.

WHAT IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION IN YOUR FIELD?

People have cosmetic surgery because it matters to them. They are not trying to impress someone or attract the opposite sex. They want to see something different when they look in the mirror. They want to restore their face to the prior decade. They want the excess skin from having a baby gone.

YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK

I try to stay physically active. I swim a little here and there and lift weights some too. I do yoga or pilates at my house five days a week in order to keep feeling healthy. I also enjoy collecting cars. The cars have a story to tell. They represent a childhood dream, or a piece of history in motorsport, or define an era from the past. You don’t really own them. They will exist for someone else one day. But if you are lucky enough to own a special car, you become part of its history. You are part of its story from here on out.

IF YOU WERE IN FRONT OF A CROWD, WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LEAVE WITH THEM?

The person standing next to you is a human. When you stand next to someone, you never hate them. You do not focus on the differences between you. You care about them as a fellow human. If they fell, you would help them up. Social media encourages us to disagree. But if you were standing next to a human who needed you, you would not ask how he or she voted. You would only help them, and it would make you feel good.

Learn more about Dr. Carl B. Pearl and Chatham Plastic Surgery:
Savannah, GA • 912.446.1985 / chathamplasticsurgery.com

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Dr. John DeVaro, Dr. Elizabeth Bennett / Children’s Eye Institute of Savannah

Children’s Eye Institute of Savannah provides a full spectrum of pediatric eye care, from premature infant eye exams to a first eyeglasses exam/contact lens fitting to eye muscle and pediatric cataract surgery.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PRACTICING MEDICINE?

Dr. John M DeVaro: I cherish the doctor-patient / doctor-parent relationship. When a pediatric specialist and a parent work together as a team, we can make a huge difference in the development and well-being of a child who will carry on long after we are gone. What is better than that?

Dr. Elizabeth N. Bennett: I look forward to being able to make a positive impact on the future of a child through their vision. Knowing they are able to see to learn and assisting them in that process is an honor. I discovered Optometry as a career my junior year in college after my mother had an eye exam and described the process to me. It is a perfect combination of medicine, optics, and personal interactions.

NEWEST, LATEST AND GREATEST

Dr. JD: We are using low-dose atropine eye drops at bedtime and special contact lenses called MiSight contacts to help slow down and prevent the progression of nearsightedness in kids.

Dr. EB: There are also new amblyopia treatments that can improve vision without patching. Revitalvision is one such cloud-based digital technology that we offer for children over the age of nine which can improve vision by two lines.

DEFINING MOMENTS

Dr. JD: My fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the Duke University Eye Center exposed me to an enormous amount of pathology and surgical experience. While some techniques and approaches to clinical care have changed since then, my desire to concentrate on pediatric ophthalmology was solidified during my training at Duke.

Dr. EB: During my residency I was given the opportunity to volunteer with an organization, Cornerstone Jamaica. With that organization, we were able to provide comprehensive eye exams to school children in Jamaica. Being able to provide eye care and glasses to kids that otherwise may never receive an eye exam was an eye opening experience. It was a gateway into seeing the true impact it can make in a child’s future and solidified my passion to work with children.

WHAT IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION IN YOUR FIELD?

Dr. JD: Blue light blocking glasses. The American Academy of Ophthalmology does not recommend blue light blocking glasses because of the lack of scientific evidence that blue light is damaging to the eyes. The Academy points out that the greatest source of blue light that humans are exposed to is the sun, not screen time

Learn more about Drs. John DeVaro and Elizabeth Bennett and the Children’s Eye Institute of Savannah:
Savannah, GA • 912.353-1001 / ceisav.com

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Dr. Barbara Davies / Savannah Plastic Surgery

Dr. Barbara Davies helps uphold a foundation built on trust and helping patients achieve their ultimate aesthetic goals at the penultimate center for cosmetic surgery, medical-grade skincare and life-enhancing services.

YOUR JOURNEY INTO MEDICINE

I was following the flow at Penn State (undergrad) taking generic liberal arts courses, and about halfway through, my guidance counselor said it was beyond time for me to declare a major. He noted that I was good at the sciences and wanted to help people somehow, so he suggested I go to medical school. It was the funniest thing I’d heard in a long time, but when I shared the joke with my mother she said: ‘Well, dear, I think that’s a wonderful idea!’

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PRACTICING MEDICINE?

So many people search for the meaning or purpose in their lives – medicine has given me a huge purpose: to help people feel better about themselves, improve self-esteem, and make people overall happier. How awesome is that? I am so honored and humbled to be able to contribute to peoples’ lives like that – it’s like a gift to me to be able to practice surgery!

WHAT IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION IN YOUR FIELD?

‘Plastic surgery doesn’t leave scars.’ We absolutely do, we just know how to hide them better! And there is no actual plastic used in our surgery, the name comes from the Greek word ‘plastikos’ which means to shape or mold.

DEFINING MOMENTS

When a very adorable young lady told me that after her surgery she could now leave the lights ‘on’…!

NEWEST, LATEST AND GREATEST

While not totally brand new, radiofrequency and micro needling have been combined in up to date ways to give much better results with skin tightening than ever before. The three devices we have are Scarlett (milder serial treatment – easiest recovery but longer treatment plan), Agnes (stronger, still serial treatments but faster results), and Profound (which is usually a ‘one and done’ treatment but more ‘profound’ recovery.)

Learn more about Dr. Barbara Davies and Savannah Plastic Surgery:
Savannah, GA • 912.351.5050 / savannahplasticsurgery.com

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Dr. Luke Curtsinger / Savannah Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is an advanced specialty that can be used to enhance various features of the body and improve a person’s overall appearance. With a variety of procedures available at Savannah Plastic Surgery, we are proud to help patients achieve their cosmetic goals and feel their best.

YOUR JOURNEY INTO MEDICINE

With areas of specialty including aesthetic surgery of the breasts, face, and tummy as well as surgery after weight loss, I made ‘Mommy Makeovers’ my signature procedure. Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, I have served as the president of the Georgia Medical Society, Chief of Plastic Surgery for Memorial Health, and have lectured extensively on health, longevity, and the concept of ‘Blue Zones.’ Named a top doctor by Castle Connolly and having achieved Verified Top Doctor status with RealSelf.com, I have built my reputation on achieving happy patient outcomes by listening to patients and helping them achieve their goals.

“I AM THE KIND OF DOCTOR WHO ALWAYS…”

…strives to be thorough with my explanations and understanding my patient’s expectations.

HOW HAS YOUR FIELD OF PRACTICE CHANGED SINCE COVID?

COVID-19 created new hurdles to our practice, and created new ways in which we support our patients. The focus redirected patients towards self-improvements and investing in themselves.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

Being at the forefront of cutting-edge technology and techniques, I offer patients individualized options and care. I understand that no two people are alike.

Learn more about Dr. Luke Curtsinger and Savannah Plastic Surgery:
Savannah, GA • 912.351.5050 / savannahplasticsurgery.com

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Dr. Matthew McLeod / Savannah Plastic Surgery

Savannah Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Matthew McLeod specializes in cutting edge surgical and nonsurgical approaches to facial aesthetics, body sculpting, breast enhancement, and breast reconstruction. He has advanced training in laser and energy-based technology for non-surgical rejuvenation.

YOUR JOURNEY INTO MEDICINE

I was attracted to the field of medicine because it offered the opportunity for innovation and the ability to perfect a craft. I received a degree in general surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, where I pursued research in melanoma, surgical nutrition, and health disparities in developing countries. I then received a masters in public health (MPH) from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and pursued a doctorate in medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine, graduating with honors.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PRACTICING MEDICINE?

Plastic surgery is defined by innovation and outcomes. Patients present with a myriad of problems and I have an opportunity to use surgical and non-surgical options to help solve the problems. One area of unique focus has been to expand the availability of patients suffering from chronic headaches through the Migraine Surgery Center of Georgia. I offer options for surgical management of certain types of head pain.

HOW HAS YOUR FIELD OF PRACTICE CHANGED SINCE COVID?

People have been motivated to invest in themselves with surgical and non-surgical treatments continuing to rise.

WHAT IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION IN YOUR FIELD?

Plastic surgery is not just what you see on social media. Aesthetics and anatomy are always defining points and should not be overly influenced by trends.

Learn more about Dr. Matthew McLeod and Savannah Plastic Surgery:
Savannah, GA • 912.351.5050 / savannahplasticsurgery.com

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Dr. Nizar S. Eskandar / SouthCoast Health

With his dual board-certified expertise in nephrology and critical care, Dr. Nizar S. Eskandar lives his dream of helping others through science and research, which affords him an increased perspective in his practice.

YOUR JOURNEY INTO MEDICINE

My childhood dream was to become a scientist or a researcher, and by the time I started high school I had my mind set on becoming a physician. I finished medical school in Syria and moved to the United States to advance my education. It is here where I learned English, specialized in internal medicine and sub-specialized in nephrology ( kidney diseases) and intensive care medicine.

WHAT IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION IN YOUR FIELD?

Not everyone with chronic kidney disease (CKD) will progress to needing dialysis. As as matter of fact that is a very tiny percentage of CKD patients.

DEFINING MOMENTS

Helping patients confront their fear and holding their hands towards recovery. Reassuring them and assisting them in understanding the process of their disease.

NEWEST, LATEST AND GREATEST

I’m excited about an invention that will become available in the next several years. A portable, individual artificial kidney that hopefully will replace the current dialysis practice.

IF YOU WERE IN FRONT OF A CROWD, WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LEAVE WITH THEM?

Stay focused on your health, love everyone and stay happy.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR HOBBIES OR PASSIONS OUTSIDE OF WORK?

I like listening to books and trying to improve playing pickleball. I love spending time with my family and traveling together domestically and abroad.

Learn more about Dr. Nizar S. Eskandar and SouthCoast Health, Department of Nephrology:
Savannah, GA • 912.527.5225 / southcoasthealth.com

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Dr. Daniel Most / Most Plastic Surgery

Providers of a wide variety of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries for about every part of the body, head to toe. Their focus is to take great care of you and improve your life.

TELL US OF YOUR JOURNEY INTO MEDICINE

Since the age of 10, I had wanted to become a doctor, as the human body seemed the most mysterious and complicated thing in the world. I went to Stanford for medical school, Johns Hopkins for residency, and Harvard for my fellowship. Both the human body and human spirit have proven truly to be the most mysterious things in the world.

“I AM THE KIND OF DOCTOR WHO ALWAYS…”

… thinks (and worries) about my patients like I am a parent! I want them to achieve their goals and be happy!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PRACTICING MEDICINE?

I love hearing my patient’s life stories, and seeing how my reconstructive surgeries restore them back into their lives again, or help my cosmetic patients turn their inner vision of themselves into reality!

DEFINING MOMENTS

I went to a lecture by Dr. Robert Chase, a retired plastic surgeon and one of the founders of hand and microsurgery, and it changed my goals to plastic surgery. He showed how he went to a leper colony in India and helped previously crippled patients use their hands again, find work, and start families. In the same lecture, he showed complex facial and breast reconstructions he performed, and I was hooked.

NEWEST, LATEST AND GREATEST

Minimal incision cosmetic and reconstructive surgery—many operations can now be performed through a tiny incision using an endoscope, with faster recovery and less discomfort.

WHAT IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION IN YOUR FIELD?

Undoubtedly caused by the many Plastic Surgery related TV shows and dramas—real surgery is truly non-glamorous, and can be quite tedious at times!

Learn more about Dr. Daniel Most and Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery:
Savannah, GA • 912.303.6678 / danielmostplasticsurgery.com

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Dr. Susan Timna, Dr. Cori Palmer / Audiology and Hearing Aid Services

As people are all different so are their hearing losses. We understand at Audiology and Hearing Aid Services the frustrations that hearing loss can bring and how important good communication is to stay active, healthy and happy.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PRACTICING MEDICINE?

Dr. Susan Timna: Our practice is unique. From the very first phone call to the Doctor of Audiology fitting the device, the goal is the same; to have a happy and hearing patient.

Dr. Cori Palmer: Our approach to care is to treat each patient as if they are a member of our own family. We create a hearing healthcare treatment plan for each patient based on their individual needs and concerns. We understand the frustration that comes with hearing loss, and we will do everything in our power to improve the hearing of our patients.

DEFINING MOMENTS

Dr. ST: There are just some days that you remember why you started in this profession. I remember having a patient brought in by her family that had a terminal illness who had lost most of her hearing. As the pandemic isolated all of us, her hearing loss was isolating her from her family, and she would go days without communicating. From the moment we put the devices on her, she could hear and started to cry. She could now enjoy her family again.

NEWEST, LATEST AND GREATEST

Our team, combined with cutting edge technology, means we have the ability to continue to be the best.

Learn more about Drs. Susan Timna and Cori Palmer and Audiology and Hearing Aid Services:
Savannah, GA • 912.351.3038 / ahassavannah.com

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