Fellowship Program

For the past 25 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 this program (housed at the Meridian Plastic Surgery Center in Indianapolis, IN) Dr. Perkins takes on a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery Fellow (chosen from all over the U.S.) each year to teach them advanced surgical techniques and provide further specialized knowledge and surgical skills in facial plastic surgery. The program enables these facial plastic surgery Fellows to learn and perform the newest, most cutting-edge treatment methods and surgical procedures.

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.

2016-2017 Facial Plastic Surgery Fellow, Nathan Johnson, MD

Dr. Nathan Johnson is the newest addition to Meridian Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Johnson was born and raised outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He stayed close to home, and attended the University of Minnesota for both his undergraduate and medical school degrees. He completed his bachelor of arts in human physiology, graduating magna cum laude. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as an emergency medical technician at the Regions Hospital Level 1 Trauma center in St. Paul, MN. He went on to study medicine at the University of Minnesota, contributing research in renal physiology and head and neck cancer biology. He subsequently joined the Department of Otolaryngology at the State University of New York in Buffalo, NY for his surgical residency training. As an Otolaryngology resident, Dr. Johnson was selected by his peers for induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and he won the annual resident research award for his work in pediatric rhinology. 

During his head and neck surgery residency, Dr. Johnson was exposed to a variety of facial trauma, reconstructive, and cosmetic procedures. His early experience in the field attracted him to the art and science of facial plastic surgery, and Dr. Johnson spent 5 years training with renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. David Sherris in Buffalo, NY. He is a member of the both the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Johnson is currently completing a highly regarded fellowship through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under the direction of Dr. Stephen Perkins.

    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