Fellowship Program

For over 30 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.

2019-2020 Facial Plastic Surgery Fellow, Victoria Givens, MD​

Deniz Gerecci, MD

Born and raised in Houma, Louisiana, Dr. Victoria Brighton Givens recognized her calling to the field of medicine early. She graduated Valedictorian of her high school and was heavily recruited by the illustrious Louisiana State University (LSU) for her undergraduate training. While completing her pre-medical studies, she represented LSU and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) as a Division I Collegiate Athlete in the sport of Swimming while earning several honors and titles including NCAA Qualifier, First-Team All-SEC, LSU Academic Excellence Scholar Athlete, and the LSU Athletic Director’s Cup for Academic Excellence. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biological Sciences and Italian Foreign Language before going on to earn her M.D. from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center- New Orleans (LSUHSC-NOLA). 

While enrolled at LSUHSC-NOLA, Dr. Givens was selected for a highly competitive training position in Zagreb, Croatia, with the KBC Zagreb Center’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery team, a rare opportunity for a medical student. She also served as President of the LSUHSC-NOLA Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical Society, where she created and directed the school’s first “Operation Smile Benefit Concert” that raised significant proceeds for cleft lip and palate repair in developing countries. She was asked to remain at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans to complete an extensive 5-year residency with the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. 

During her surgical residency, she was invited to present her work and research on cartilage grafting for the correction of nasal valve dysfunction in rhinoplasty, alteration and analysis of nasal angle measurements in rhinoplasty, and understanding of the anatomy of the facial fat planes for surgical planning in facial rejuvenation at several international Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery conferences. Her most recent rhinoplasty research has been recognized for publication by the Journal of the American Medical Association Facial Plastic Surgery. She is an active member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, American Medical Association, Indiana State Medical Association, and Louisiana State Medical Society.

Dr. Givens is currently completing the highly-acclaimed American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship under the direction of the world-renowned Dr. Stephen W. Perkins. Her passion for the field of medicine is founded upon her attention to surgical detail, commitment to patient care, and enthusiasm for melding the elegance of aesthetics with the art of reconstruction. Dr. Givens offers a vast array of services including cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation, otoplasty, non-surgical injectables (neurotoxin/fillers), scar revision, and reconstructive repair after Moh’s resection and traumatic injury. She is excited to join Meridian Plastic Surgeons this year and bring some of her own Southern Charm up to Indy!

    Frank Simo, MD    1989-1990
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  Brian Gibson, MD   1991-1992
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  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
  Victoria Givens, MD   2019-2020