Nashville Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Jacob G. Unger
Dr. Jacob G. Unger is a board-certified plastic surgeon, as well as a member of the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, specializing aesthetic surgery of the face, nose, eyes, breast and body as well as reconstructive surgery following trauma and cancer.
Dr. Unger attended Tulane University for his undergraduate work where he rowed on the Tulane Crew Team and majored in Philosophy and Pre-Medical Studies. After successfully defending an honors thesis on Aristotle and Socrates, he graduated as the top ranked “Senior Scholar” in the philosophy department, summa cum laude, an inductee into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and was appointed as one of nine valedictorian candidates at Tulane.
Dr. Unger then attended New York University School of Medicine with an academic scholarship. He began his passion for Plastic Surgery and research in earnest there. He received multiple research awards and grants, and published and presented around the country on breast surgery and cutting-edge 3D imaging.
Upon graduating from NYU, Dr. Unger matched into the most prestigious University of Texas Southwestern integrated plastic surgery residency. The UT Southwestern plastic surgery training program is one of the most competitive and rigorous training centers in the world and is currently the #1 Ranked training program in the nation by US News and World Report. While at UTSW, Dr. Unger lectured at multiple national meetings, and published well over 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, with over a dozen focused on his passion of rhinoplasty.
In his last year he was chosen by the faculty to be the administrative chief resident of the Department of Plastic Surgery. He also became the first Resident Ambassador to the #1 ranked Plastic Surgery research journal in the world: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Further, Dr. Unger served in the national leadership as the sole resident member of the exclusive Board of Directors of the American Society of Plastic Surgery. He also competed in the National Plastic Surgery Quizbowl competition twice, and his team was named national champions both years, in 2012 and 2013. At the culmination of his training he was awarded the “Excellence in Research” award for his exemplary achievements and contributions to the plastic surgery literature.
After completing his residency, Dr. Unger travelled to Europe for a fellowship in Paris, France. He worked with some of the European visionaries in Plastic Surgery in internationally recognized centers of excellence in France, Turkey, and Belgium, furthering his study of cutting edge techniques in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, as well as breast surgery.
Dr. Unger continues to publish cutting edge research with a focus on rhinoplasty, facial aesthetics, and breast surgery. He has also been invited to write publications, as well as chair sessions and give presentations internationally on plastic surgery education and facial and breast aesthetic surgery. He is an associate editor of the prestigious journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open as well as a reviewer for the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Unger is an assistant professor of plastic surgery at Vanderbilt University where he trains and educates the residents in aesthetic plastic surgery every week. In addition to his full clinical work load, Dr. Unger is a Co-Founder of a Biotech Company that focuses on innovations in plastic surgery and has a patent on an new device to improve the process for breast cancer patients, currently used in the majority of breast reconstruction surgeries in the nation.
Above all, Dr. Unger values the patient-physician relationships he has with all of his patients. He is humbled by the great opportunity he has to have a positive and often times life-changing effect on peoples’ lives. Dr. Unger is dedicated towards providing his patients with the most up-to-date surgical procedures with a great focus on safety and beautiful, natural-looking results.
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