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Dr. Buchanan

Hand Surgery Specialist in Savannah, GA

Patrick J. Buchanan, M.D.

Hand Specialist Dr. Patrick J. BuchananDr. Patrick J. Buchanan earned his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed a research fellowship at the University of Michigan. He is on staff at Memorial Health University Medical Center as well as St. Joseph’s and Candler Health System. He is also a clinical assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Mercer University.

Dr. Buchanan specializes in hand and wrist surgery, as well as breast reconstruction, body contouring and facial plastic surgery. He has authored over 50 scientific papers, including textbook chapters, and is a peer reviewer for three scientific journals, including Nature-Scientific Reports. Dr. Buchanan stays on top of the latest innovations and technologies in the industry through his membership in various organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Association for Hand Surgery.

Board Certification

Board Eligible: American Board of Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery

University of Florida

University of Michigan

Research Fellowship

University of Michigan

Medical School

University of Florida College of Medicine


University of Florida


Univ. of Florida Undergraduate

  • Graduated top 1% of class - Summa Cum Laude

Univ. of Florida Medical School

  • Graduated top 1% of class - Summa Cum Laude
  • Elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Graduated with Honors in Medical Researach

Plastic Surgery Residency

  • Elected into Gold Humanism Honor Society - Recognized for excellence in compassion, leadership, and clinical care
  • Elected into the Florida ExpertNet - The premier portal expertise across Florida’s Universities

Professional Memberships

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
American Association for Hand Surgery
Southeastern Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons
Woodward Society


Dr. Buchanan specializes in hand/wrist surgery, microvascular surgery, breast reconstruction, and aesthetic surgery. He performs bony repair of all hand and wrist/distal radius fractures, as well as reattaches amputated fingers and repairs damaged nerves and tendons. He is well versed in microvascular surgery, including DIEP flaps for breast reconstruction, and aesthetic surgery including breast augmentations and tummy tucks.

Work-related injuries
Finger amputation reattachment/replantation
Hand/wrist arthritis
Hand/wrist bony injuries including distal radius fractures
Nerve repair
Tendon repair
Trigger finger release
Open and Endoscopic carpal tunnel release
Open and Endoscopic cubital tunnel release


  • Breast augmentation - Silicone and Saline breast implants
  • Mastopexy - Breast lift
  • Breast reduction
  • Male breast reduction
  • Reconstruction
  • Autologous breast reconstruction, including:
    • DIEP flaps - Tissue from your abdomen is used to reconstruct the breast
    • TUG/VUG flaps - Tissue from your inner thigh is used to reconstruct the breast
    • Latissimus dorsi flap - A muscle and tissue from your back is used to reconstruct the breast
  • Implant-based breast reconstruction
  • Oncoplastic breast reduction

Tummy tuck - Abdominoplasty
Circumferential tummy tucks - Around The World Abdominoplasty
Arm lift - Brachioplasty
Thigh lift - Thighplasty

Botox/Dysport Injections for fine wrinkles
Fillers to restore volume
Facelifts - Both minimally invasive (MACS) and traditional approach
Neck lifts
Eyelid rejuvenation - Blepharoplasty
Browlift - Both endoscopic and traditional approaches
Rhinoplasty to reshape the nasal appearance
Lip augmentation to provide more voluptuous lips
Ear reshaping or set back - Otoplasty
Facial chemical peels
Skin cancer and mole removal

Surgical Facility

Your safety is my top concern. Our facility is a Medicaid and State licensed ambulatory surgical facility, equipped to safely perform a full spectrum of plastic surgical procedures. Our operative suites and 23-hour observation rooms are staffed with skilled plastic surgery nurses for your complete care.

Academic Appointments

Dr. Buchanan is on staff at Memorial Health University Medical Center and St. Joseph’s / Candler Health System. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Mercer University.


Dr. Buchanan has authored over 50 scientific papers, including textbook chapters. He was awarded a grant to study a novel approach for harvesting a vascularized bone flap in the dorsal decubitus position. He has given multiple presentations at the national level and his research is regularly cited on the plastic surgery training exam. Dr. Buchanan is an innovator and is also a peer-reviewer for three scientific journals, including Nature-Scientific Reports.

Personal Statement

Dr. Buchanan proposed to his wife, Andrea, on Saint Patrick’s Day at The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in 2018. He was recently elected to serve on the Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council. Dr. Buchanan has already formed so many precious life memories here in Savannah, including becoming a member of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. He enjoys being outdoors, fishing, playing golf, and tennis. He is a former nationally ranked tennis player and hibachi chef.


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