Gary R. Culbertson MD, FACS

Sumter, SC, US
Gary R. Culbertson MD, FACS

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

Dr. Gary Culbertson has prospered in a small community because he performs cosmetic surgery utilizing tried and true techniques. We provide personalized individualist patient care. Our primary concern is that you obtain a favorable outcome from your aesthetic procedure with reasonable preoperative expectations. Aesthetic procedures are performed in our State of the Art Aesthetic Surgery facility: The Iris Surgery Center. Our chief source of referrals come from satisfied patients not from marketing or advertising. For that natural looking enhanced appearance through cosmetic surgery please give us a call in the Palmetto State; South Carolina.

Practice Specialization

Dr. Culbertson is the Medical Director of the Iris Surgery Center
and provides a full spectrum of cosmetic procedures including:
Facial Cosmetic Surgery

  • Facelift: Rhytidectomy
  • Forehead Lift and Browlift (endoscopic assisted)
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Eyelid Ptosis, Ectropin & Entropin Repair
  • Nose refinement: Rhinoplasty
  • Facial peels
  • Ear Recontouring: Otoplasty
  • Chin and Cheek Augmentation
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing

Breast Surgery (our specialty)

  • Breast enlargement: Augmentation
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Lift: Mastopexy

Body Sculpting (our specialty)

  • Tummy Tucks: Abdominoplasty
  • Body Contouring: Liposuction (UAL/SAL)
  • Lateral, Medial or Lower Body Lifts
  • Brachioplasty (Upper Arm Recontouring)

Skin Maintenance

  • Body and Facial Hair Removal
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Laser Skin Care & Treatment

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Background & Certification

Board Certification

Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery since 1996

Professional Background

Trinity University, TX; BA 1978
University of Texas Medical School in Houston; MD 1984
General Surgery Residency;
Fitzsimons Army Medical Center;
Aurora, CO; completed 1990
Plastic Surgery Fellowship;
William Beaumont Army Medical Center;
El Paso, TX; completed 1992

Continuing Medical Education Credits: Current
Length of time in practice: Since 1994

Publications and Presentations

Culbertson,G.R. “532-nm Diode Laser Treatment of Seborrheic Keratoses with Color Enhancement,” Dermatologic Surgery, Vol. 34, Issue 4, pp. 525-528, April 2008.

Be Your Best- A Comprehensive Guide to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; Insight International Press, LLC, 2006; Contributing Expert

Culbertson, G.R., Mcmanus, A.T., Conarro, P.A., McManus, W.F., Mason, A.D., Jr., and Pruitt, B.A. Jr., "Clinical Trial of Imipene/Cilastin in Severely Burned and Infected Patients." Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Vol. 165, pp. 25-28, July 1987
Benson, C., Soisson, A.P., Carlson, J., Culbertson, G.R., Hawley-Bowland, C., Richards, F.P. "Neovaginal Reconstruction with a Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous Flap." Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 81, No. 5, Part 2, pp.871-875, May 1993

Clark, J.R., Conarro, P.A., Culbertson, G.R., Hovenga, T.L., Schoelkopf, L., "Gastric Partitioning with Stapled Gastrogastrostomy for Morbid Obesity." Scientific Exhibit Fall ACS Meeting - October 1987, San Francisco, CA

Culbertson, G.R. and Clark, J.R., "Breast Cancer presenting as an Axillary Mass." 1988 Annual Meeting - Colorado Chapter of the ACS, Colorado Springs, CO

Culbertson, G.R., and Clar, J.R., "Preservation of Anal Function." 10th Annual Gary R. Wratten Surgical Symposium, April 1989, Tacoma, WA

Culbertson, G.R., and Clark, J.R., "lleo-Anal Pull Through Procedure in Adults." 1989 Annual Meeting - Colorado Chapter of the ACS, Colorado Springs, CO

Culbertson, G.R., and Clark, J.R., "Evaluation and Management of the Adrenal Gland Mass." 11th Annual Gary R. Wratten Surgical Symposium, April 1990, Washington, D.C. and 1990 Annual Meeting - Colorado Chapter of the ACS, Colorado Springs, CO

Culbertson, G.R., Richards, F.D., Burkhardt, B.R. and Donovan, M., "An Innovative Approach to Malar Augmentation." 24th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc., April 1991, New York, NY and 124th Annual Session of the Texas Medical Association Section of Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillofacial Surgery, May, 1991, Dallas, TX

Keim, J.R., Monsivais, J.J., Culbertson, G.R., "The Management of Recurrent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome." Scientific Exhibit-60th Annual Meeting of the ASPRS-PSEF-ASMS, September 1991, Seattle, WA

Monsivais, J.J., Keim, J.R., Culbertson, G.R., "Current Trends in the Management of Osteomyelitis After Grade III Open Fractures." 60th Annual Meeting of the ASPRS-PSEF-ASMS, September 1991, Seattle, WA

Monsivais, J.J., Culbertson, G.R., Monsivais, D.B., "The Management of Radial Tunnel Syndrome with Radial Nerve Transposition." 60th Annual Meeting of the ASPRS-PSEF-ASMS, September 1991, Seattle, WA

Culbertson, G.R., Keim, J.R., Monsivais, J.J., "Free Vascularized vs Intervascular Grafts for Nerve Repair." 60th Annual Meeting of ASPRS-PSEF-ASMS, September, 1991, Seattle, WA; Current Concepts in Microsurgical Tissue Transfer Conference, PSEF, March 1992, St. Louis, MS; and the Plastic Surgery Senior Residents Conference, May 1992, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Culbertson, G. R., “An Algorithm for Safely Performing Abdominoplasties with other Major Plastic Surgery Procedures”, Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery- 2006 Sea, Island, GA

Awards & Honors

1991; Scientific Poster Award - 60th Annual Meeting of ASPRS-PSEF-ASMS, Seattle, WA
1992; Microsurgery Award - Plastic Surgery Senior Residents Conference, Montreal Quebec, Canada
AMA Physicians Recognition Award 1993 to present

Affiliations & Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

Clarendon Memorial Hospital; Manning, SC
Kershaw County Medical Center, Camden, SC

Society Memberships

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
American Medical Association (AMA) South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA)
South Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons (SCSPS); Past President
Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeon’s (SESPS)

Offices Held

South Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons
Past President - 1996

Legislative Representative - 1997 to present

South Carolina Medical Disciplinary Committee, 5th District

Member - 1999 to present

Your Consultation

A nominal fee is charged for cosmetic consults to prevent shoppers. Fee is applied to the cost of scheduled aesthetic surgery if over $1000.

Staff & Facilities

Surgical Facility

The Iris Surgical Center is our JACHO Certified and Accredited
Office Based Surgical Center. All Surgeries are performed in our
state-of-the-art on site facility. We provide our patients with a
personal and private operating suite. Visit the Iris Surgery Center

Computer Imaging

Not utilized as Dr. Culbertson is an artist and could make your computer image appear better than can be humanly achieved.

Skin Care Products

Complete line of Skin Care Products offered for various skin
types and colors.

Languages Spoken


Payment Options

Visa, MasterCard and American Express; Credit Care; Patient
Financing Available

"Ask a Question" Responses

How far forward on the face is numbness normal after a face lift, lower lid, and neck lift?

My numbness is felt everywhere my beard would be, except upper lip and frontal portion of my chin. It's driving me crazy. Is it normal to have...

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Breast Reduction without nipples being moved?

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Gary R. Culbertson MD, FACS

Iris Surgery Center,
18 Miller Road, Sumter, SC,
29150, US

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