Fellowship Program

For over 27 years, board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Stephen Perkins has been a Fellowship Director for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. As a part of the Fellowship program, he interviews and chooses a top graduated Resident, who is otherwise highly trained and ready to go into practice, to join his practice and spend a year with us (at the Meridian Plastic Surgery Center in Indianapolis, IN). This official AAFPRS program enables Dr. Perkins’s Fellows to learn and perform his exact techniques in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 

The newest and time proven leading-edge treatment methods and facial plastic surgical procedures are performed by the Fellow under Dr. Perkins’s direction on their own patients after having spent hours assisting him in surgery and helping him to care for his patients. In addition to the tremendous experience seeing Dr. Perkins perform cosmetic facial surgery, the Fellows also take call and cover the St. Vincent Hospital emergency rooms for any facial trauma.

The Meridian Plastic Surgery Center (founded and built by Dr. Perkins in 1990) is Indianapolis’ first privately owned surgery center created solely for plastic surgery – and one of the first of its type in the country. The Surgery Center merges the combined expertise of facial plastic and general plastic surgeons under one roof and offers patients access to a full menu of cutting-edge, non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures and services.

2018-2019 Facial Plastic Surgery Fellow, Deniz Gerecci, MD​

Deniz Gerecci, MD

Deniz Gerecci, MD has joined Meridian Plastic Surgeons as Dr. Perkins 30th Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery fellow. She was born in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors for her major in Plan II Honors. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. During that time she discovered her interest in head & neck surgery. Dr. Gerecci then joined the medical staff at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon for her surgical residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. There she discovered her passion and interest in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgery. 

During her time in residency she authored several publications and presented at several national meetings on topics such as rhinoplasty suturing and grafting techniques, long-term outcomes after rhinoplasty and evolution of facelift techniques. She was awarded the first place basic science and clinical science awards at the annual resident research symposium several years in a row. Dr. Gerecci also traveled to Peru with the FACES Foundation surgical team to perform cleft lip and palate surgery. During her chief resident year, she organized and led an educational filler and injection clinic to train residents in cosmetic injection techniques.  

Dr. Gerecci is excited to join Dr. Perkins and the entire staff at Meridian Plastic Surgeons for her fellowship year of learning advanced techniques in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Using her knowledge of complex head & neck anatomy, attention to surgical technical detail and dedication to patient outcomes and satisfaction, she is excited to be a part of the journey in helping patients look and feel better about themselves. 

    Frank Simo, MD    1989-1990
  Eric Sklarew, MD   1990-1991
  Brian Gibson, MD   1991-1992
  Ron Caniglia, MD   1992-1993
  Mark Armeni, MD   1993-1994
  Ed Gross, MD   1994-1995
  Ernie Robinson, MD   1995-1996
  James Williams, MD   1996-1997
  Mark Hamilton, MD   1997-1998
  Randy Latorre, MD   1997-1998
  Steven Dayan, MD   1998-1999
  Jackie Cheng, MD   1999-2000
  Brent Koch, MD   2000-2001
  Elbert Cheng, MD   2001-2002
  Todd Hobgood, MD   2003-2004
  Shervin Naderi, MD   2004-2005
  Rami Batniji, MD   2005-2006
  Richard Balikian, MD   2006-2007
  Dan Sandel, MD   2007-2008
  Jess Prischmann, MD   2010-2011
  Bo Brobst, MD   2011-2012
  Heather Waters, MD   2012-2013
  Scott Shadfar, MD   2013-2014
  Babar Sultan, MD   2014-2015
  Kaete Archer, MD   2015-2016
  Nathan Johnson, MD   2016-2017
  Elizabeth Floyd, MD   2017-2018
  Deniz Gerecci, MD   2018-2019