E. Ronald Finger MD

Savannah, GA, US
E. Ronald Finger MD

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

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.

Practice Specialization

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.

Background & Certification

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 1973
Board of Medical Examiners, Georgia 1973
Board of Medical Examiners, South Carolina 1965

Professional Background

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
May/June 1998

"Five Year Study Transmalar Subperiosteal Mid Face Lift", Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 15, 2001

Affiliations & Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

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

Society Memberships

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.

E. Ronald Finger MD

5356 Reynolds Street, Suite 505,
Savannah, GA, 31405-6014, US

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