Robert T. Buchanan MD

Highlands, NC, US
Robert T. Buchanan MD

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

We are privileged to live and work in the beautiful countryside and serene surroundings of the Highlands-Cashiers area of North Carolina. To this, we bring an established tradition of quality, excellence and patient satisfaction. This makes us unique in providing quality Plastic Surgery in a totally relaxed rejuvenating atmosphere. We offer a full range of cosmetic consultations and procedures, Skin care and facial aesthetic services in a warm and comfortable environment.

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality expertise in the field of Plastic Surgery. We strive to provide total service and care with compassion and understanding in a friendly, comfortable environment.

We assure that not only the presenting problem is cared for but that all other problems (medical, psychological, and social) are addressed and treated.
We provide options of care that allow each person to receive only the care needed or desired in the least invasive and least costly manner possible.
We always place our patients first, doing whatever we can to minimize the time, frustration and worry of receiving care. We protect and preserve the privacy, dignity and total welfare of our patients.

Our staff has and maintains the highest level of integrity, service orientation, attitude and ethics. We set ourselves apart from others with distinctive differences in medical/surgical expertise, information exchange, and patient caring.

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Practice Specialization

Dr. Buchanan specializes in Cosmetic & Rejuvenation of the Face, Body, and Breast. Presently, he is one of a select number of surgeons using the MACS Minimally Invasive Lift to rejuvenate the face.

Body Contouring
Buttock Lift
Lower Body Lift
MiniAbdominoplasty with Suction
Thigh Lift
Tummytuck (Abdominoplasty)
Upper Arm Lift

Breast Enlargement (Augmentation)
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Breast Reduction
Breast Reconstruction
Capsulectomy/Implant Problems
Implant Removal
Nipple/Areola Reconstruction
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Removal)

Chemical Peels (Deep & Superficial)
Chin Remodeling
Cheek Implants
Eyelid Rejuvenation (Blepharoplasty)
Ear Remodeling
Forehead Lift
Lip Enhancement
Neck Lift/Suction

Nose Surgery
Airway Reconstruction

Skin Care & Refinement
Scar revision
Wrinkle removal
Botox Injection
Chemical Peels (Weekend Peel, Obagi Blue Peel)
Collagen Injection
Fat Injection
Skin Care & Rejuvenation (Obagi Nu-Derm & Therapon)

Special Techniques offered
Small Scar Methods
Endoscopic Methods
Laser Techniques

Background & Certification

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1980
American Board of Surgery, June 9, 1978 (not active)
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand, 1990 (1st year offered), recertified 1998

Professional Background

Elected by peers to lead local and national Plastic Surgical and other medical Organizations. (See below)
Has Published and Presented on multiple cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgical subjects. (See bibliography at, and Publications and Presentations below)
Full Professor of Plastic Surgery (See Teaching Appointments below)
An innovative surgeon (See Achievements under Honors and Awards)
AMA Physician Recognition Award given for a superior level of continuing medical education: 1981, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003 & 2006 (Available every 3 years).
Washington University, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, 1976-1978, Plastic Surgery Residency.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1972-1976, General Surgery Residency.
US Navy, Field Surgical Officer, Viet Nam and Jacksonville, FL 1970-72
Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX, 1969-70, Straight Surgical Internship.
Medical College of Georgia, M.D. degree, 1969

Teaching Appointments

Clinical Professor teaching Residents, Fellows and students from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center while in private practice 1992-1999

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.

Publications and Presentations

Dr. Buchanan has authored numerous articles based on research in national refered journals and books on subjects spanning the full breadth of Plastic Surgery. These include articles dealing with the physical 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 faculty of national and international courses and symposia of multiple plastic surgery organizations lecturing on multiple aspects of Plastic Surgery.

He has had papers accepted and presented them 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 vise versa.

Member of Speakers Bureau:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
Previously, Oklahoma State Medical Society

Awards & Honors

AMA Medal of Valor
AMA Physician’s Recognition Award: 1981, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007

Permanent entry in Who’s Who in America

Other Achievements:

First nose reattachment done anywhere in the world
First free joint transfer done anywhere in the world
Developed and helped refine a number of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.
•Breast reconstruction
•Short scar carpal tunnel release
•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

Affiliations & Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, Highlands, NC
Westcare Harris Regional Hospital, Sylva, NC

Society Memberships


American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Multiple Committee Chairs and Memberships
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Aesthetic Surgery Education & Research Foundation
Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation
- Board of Directors, Multiple Committee Chairs and memberships
Fellow American College of Surgeons
- Board of Governors
American Association for Hand Surgery
- President, Multiple Offices and Committee chairs
American Society for Surgery of the Hand (Previous)
- Multiple Committee Memberships
American Medical Association
- Presented the Medal of Valor
North Carolina Medical Society
North Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons



Rotary International
Team Captain, American Cancer Society Relay for Life

In Oklahoma:

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

Offices Held

This represents only a partial list of the various offices that Dr. Buchanan has held over the years.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Board of Directors, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, 2001-2003
RUC Advisory Subcommittee of the CPT/RCU Committee, 1998-1999.
Program Committee, 1995-1999
CPT Committee, 1986-1999
Scientific Program Committee, 1990-1993
Chairman, Scientific Exhibits Sub-Committee, 1988-1990
Clinical Photography Committee, 1986-1996
Scholarship Committee, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, 1993-1996
Exhibits Advisory Council, 1992-1993
Chairman, Exhibits Committee, 1990 - 1993
Computerized Exam Committee, 1990 - 1993
Convention Management Council, 1990-1993
Marketing Committee, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, 1989 - 1993
Educational Technologies Committee, first Chairman and Developer, Plastic
Surgery Educational Foundation, 1989-1992, member 1992 -1995
Chairman, Scientific Exhibits Subcommittee, Exhibits Committee, 1988-1990
Program Evaluation Committee, 1985 - 1986, 1987 - 1988
Clinical Symposia Committee, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, 1982 -1986
Marketing Committee, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, 1980 - 1986

American College of Surgeons

Board of Governors, 1998-2004

American Board of Plastic Surgery

Examination Committee: 1993, 1994, 1995.

American Association for Hand Surgery

Past President, Board Member, 2002-2003
President, 2001-2002
President Elect, 2000-2001
Vice President, 1999-2000
Finance Committee, 1999-2000
Committee on Committees, 1999-2000
By-laws Committee, 1998-1999 Parliamentarian, 1998-1999
Secretary, 1994-1998.
Director at Large, 1992-1994
Chairman, Finance Committee, 1989 - 1992
Historian, 1988 - 1989
Chairman, Membership Committee, 1986 - 1988

Oklahoma State Medical Society

Delegate, 1998 -2000
Alternate Delegate, 1986 -1998
Council on Medical Education, 1998-1999
Council on Medical Education, 1984 - 1992

Oklahoma County Medical Society

Board of Directors,, 1998-1999
Emergency Medical Care Committee, 1984 - 1992

Oklahoma Society of Plastic Surgeons

President, 1982-1986

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Faculty Senate, 1983 - 1987

Rotary International

Chairman, Highlands Relay for Life Team

Susan G. Komen Foundation

Advisory Board, Oklahoma City, 1995-1999

American Cancer Society

Chairman of the Board, Oklahoma City Chapter, 1995-1997
Board of Directors, Oklahoma City Chapter, 1993 -1995
Chairman, Education Committee, Oklahoma City Chapter, 1994
Project Woman Committee, Oklahoma City Chapter, 1994,1995

Staff & Facilities

Surgical Facility

Dr. Buchanan performs lesser procedures under local anesthesia in his office.Oral sedation is also available there.

The majority of his surgery is done as an outpatient in the modern Highlands-Cashiers Regional Medical Center that is fully Joint Commissioned Certified.

Special Features:

MD Anesthesiology
Nurses with many years Plastic Surgery experience.
Advanced Skin Resurfacing Laser
Endoscopic (Minimal Incision) Surgery
Overnight Suites

We Can Assist In Finding:

Discounted Lodges and Inns
Nursing services
Exceptional dining
Varied recreational opportunities (especially for accompanying family members).

Skin Care Products

Botox Injection (Botulinum Toxin Type A)
Chemical Peels (Weekend Peel, Obagi Blue Peel, Lactic & Glycolic Acid)
Collagen Injection
Fat Injection
Obagi Nu-Derm®

Languages Spoken


Payment Options

We accept:
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Robert T. Buchanan MD

209 Hospital Drive, Suite 202,
Highlands, NC, 28741, US

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