E. Ronald Finger MD
About the Practice
Dr. E. Ronald Finger was born in Marion, South Carolina. His father was a general surgeon and following the Second World War built his own hospital, which enabled Dr. Finger to begin assisting surgery at age 14. He is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina, did his internship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and four years of general surgery residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He then entered the U.S. Air Force, at which time he completed his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the height of the Vietnam conflict, which yielded vast experience towards some of the techniques utilized today.
Dr. Finger began practicing plastic and reconstructive surgery in Savannah in 1973 and shortly thereafter built the first outpatient plastic surgery operative center in Georgia. Our surgical facility is accredited by AAAASF and licensed as an Ambulatory Surgery Center by the State of Georgia.
Dr. Finger is well known in plastic surgery circles as an innovator of new procedures, which have included:
*Transmalar Subperiosteal midface lift (which he demonstrated at the Universities of California and Wisconsin)
*Transaxillary approach for breast augmentation mammoplasties of which he has performed over 3,000
*Reduction mammoplasties and mastopexies, of which he has presented to various groups and written a chapter within a medical textbook
During his career Dr. Finger has also always been on the leading edge of technology. The following will list some of his advanced techniques:
*Multiple laser procedures, including laser blepharoplasties
*Endoscopic procedures, such as:
- Subpectoral transaxillary augmentation mammoplasties
- Subperiosteal forehead and browlifts
- Subperiosteal midface lifts.
You might say that for Dr. Ronald Finger, a life as a pioneer in plastic surgery was a natural fit. Dr. Finger’s appreciation of medicine developed at an early age where he saw and assisted his father, who was a general surgeon. He wanted to take care of his patients, while at the same time, helping them feel more confident, secure and happy.
Dr. Finger was raised in the modest town of Marion, South Carolina. After graduating from Emory University and the Medical University of South Carolina, he traveled to Atlanta for an internship at Grady Memorial Hospital followed by a general surgery residency at what is now the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
It’s in the United States Air Force, which he entered during the Viet Nam war, where he cultivated his indomitable spirit and where he performed his plastic surgery residency. It provided invaluable experience for a lifetime.
1973 was a busy year for Dr. Finger: He passed the American Board of Plastic Surgery; was honorably discharge as a lieutenant colonel from the Air Force; and married his treasured wife of 38 years, Cheryl. And, he returned back to his home in the Southeast and set out to create the first outpatient plastic surgery center in Georgia, as the first board-certified plastic surgeon in Savannah. It’s been a career of “firsts” ever since.
The “firsts” for Dr. Finger include:
- The first board-certified plastic surgeon in Savannah
- The first board-certified plastic surgeon to do drainless tummy tucks in Savannah
- The first to perform liposuction in Georgia
- The first to perform a transaxillary augmentation mammoplasty in Georgia
- The first to open a medical spa in 1998 in the Coastal Area, the New Youth Medical Spa
- The first and still the largest, most comprehensive laser center in the Coastal Empire
- And now, the first to offer the NeoGraft Hair Transplant system in Georgia
Dr. Finger is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is passionate about skin rejuvenation and developed one of the first doctor-pioneered comprehensive skin care lines on the market, the New Youth Skin Treatment System.
Dr. Finger has also turned his attention to the issue of hair loss. He is an expert in hair transplantation including a multi-therapy approach for men and women suffering with hair loss. Restoring lost hair requires assessment of the patient, diagnosing the cause, choosing the treatment best suited for each individual whether it is medical, surgical or even nutritional. If a hair transplant is the chosen treatment, it is done with meticulous skill and artistry required to yield a natural, undetectable result.
Background & Certification
American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 1973
Board of Medical Examiners, Georgia 1973
Board of Medical Examiners, South Carolina 1965
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina 1956-1958
Emory University - A.B.
Atlanta, Georgia 1958 - 1960
Medical College of South Carolina - M.D.
Columbia, South Carolina 1960 - 1964
Grady Memorial Hospital - Internship
Atlanta, Georgia 1964 - 1965
Tampa General Hospital - General Surgery Residency
Tampa Florida 1965 - 1969
Wilford Hall Medical Center
Residency, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
San Antonio, Texas 1970 -1 972
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force 1969 - 1973
Publications and Presentations
"Silastic Implants for Pectus Excavatum"
Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Vol. 13:529 June 1972
"Simultaneous Correction of Pectus Excavatum and Breast Hypoplasia"
Annals of Plastic Surgery, Vol. 3, No. 5 November 1979
"Supermedial Pedicle Technique of Reduction Mammoplasty"
E. R. Finger, G. S. Drew, B. Vasquez, K. S. Given 1989
Chapter 24: Superior Medial Pedicle Technique of Breast Reduction
Mammoplasty, Textbook: Aesthetic Surgery of the Breast - Georgiade, Georgiade, Reifkhol, W.B. Sanders Co. 1991
"Basic Techniques of Facelifts"
Journal of MAG, Vol. 80:569
"Transmalar Subperiosteal Midface Lift: Early results with a simplified approach" Aesthetic Surgery Journal 16: 261, 1996
"Transmalar Subperiosteal Mid Face Lift", Aesthetic Surgery Journal
"Five Year Study Transmalar Subperiosteal Mid Face Lift", Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 15, 2001
Affiliations & Memberships
Chief, General Surgery Department
Reese AFB, Lubbock, Texas 1969- 1970
Chief, Birth Defect Clinic
Wilford Hall Medical Center
San Antonio, Texas 1970 - 1972
Chief Resident, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Wilford Hall Medical Center
San Antonio, Texas 1970 - 1972
Chief, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Travis AFB, Fairfield, California 1972 - 1973
Medical Staff, St. Josephs/Candler Health System, Memorial Medical Center
Savannah, Georgia 1973 - Present
Georgia Medical Society
Medical Association of Georgia
American Medical Association
Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons
Fellowship, American College of Surgeons
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Staff & Facilities
Skin Care Products
Dr. Finger has also had a proactive interest in skin health and has taken great steps to promote this philosophy to his patients. Because of the fact that Dr. Fingers practice is very large he has had the opportunity to use many of the skin care products that are available in the United States today. Many of these products were good and some were excellent, but those that achieved the most beneficial results had the tendency to create too much inflammation, irritation and flaking. In addition, none of the products contained the nutrients and anti-oxidants that Dr. Finger felt necessary for long-term skin health. Since 1996 he has worked with several chemists and created the product New Youth Skin Treatment System. This achieves thicker dermis and epidermis, a better blood supply to the skin, reduces sun damage, equalizes pigmentation, and helps to reduce fine wrinkles, all with minimal irritation and flaking. New Youth also contains ingredients that help prevent the onset of adverse reactions such as acne. The products contain absorbable nutrients such as phyto compounds, vitamins such as A, C, B complexes, powerful antioxidants and other ingredients which allow the cells to maintain maximum health and hydration. The program also allows for some tailoring of the products to the specific needs of the patient based upon skin type and condition.
The New Youth Skin Treatment System and the program has been well accepted by Dr. Fingers patients and those patients of other physicians who have had the opportunity to use the products for their patients.