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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 chooses one of the top Resident surgeons who has completed their full residency and is otherwise highly trained and ready to go into practice. They join his practice and spend a year with him (at the Meridian Plastic Surgery Center in Indianapolis, IN) as an associate in the practice, Meridian Plastic Surgeons, with other plastic surgeons. This official AAFPRS program enables Dr. Perkins’ 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 Facial Plastic Surgery trauma call and cover the St. Vincent Hospital emergency rooms for 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 Midwest. 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 surgical and non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures and services. Spa 170 West is a medical spa providing skincare and laser treatments by trained medical estheticians within this building.

Alexander Caniglia, MD
2023-2024 Facial Plastic Surgery Fellow

Alexander J. Caniglia, MD is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon originally from Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Caniglia received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

His passion for facial surgery led him to pursue a rigorous and competitive five­year residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Illinois Chicago. Throughout his residency, Dr. Caniglia showcased his exceptional surgical skills by performing over 2,000 procedures and dedicated a significant amount of time focusing on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and nose.

His dedication and proficiency in his field were acknowledged when he was named Chief Resident in his fifth year, a prestigious honor bestowed upon exceptional surgical residents. Dr. Caniglia has also been published in top medical journals including, Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine and Laryngoscope.

To further refine his expertise, Dr. Caniglia sought out an acclaimed fellowship opportunity in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Indianapolis. Under the guidance of world-renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen W. Perkins, he is further expanding his knowledge in the field. This expertise enables him to offer a wide range of services to his patients.

Dr. Caniglia’s extensive repertoire includes procedures such as rhinoplasty, face and neck lifts, blepharoplasty, forehead and brow lifts, scar revision, otoplasty and the administration of injectables like Botox and dermal fillers. He is also well-versed in advanced techniques such as skin resurfacing and facial implant procedures. Additionally, he is adept at performing reconstructive surgeries, including tissue repair following Mohs surgery, dog bites and other types of lacerations.

With great enthusiasm, Dr. Caniglia is excited to embark on this new chapter in Indianapolis at Meridian Plastic Surgeons. He looks forward to providing exceptional care to his patients and exploring all that this vibrant city has to offer.

Following is a list of the Fellows Dr. Perkins has trained since he began as a Fellowship Program Director for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1989:

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
Amit Patel, MD 2008-2009
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
Victoria Givens, MD 2019-2020
Celeste Nagy, MD 2020-2021
Shirley Hu, MD 2021-2022
R. Luke Sturgill, MD 2022-2023

Dr. Perkins is currently training Dr. Alexander Caniglia as his thirty-fourth Fellow.