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R. Bruce  Shack

R. Bruce Shack, M.D.

Professor of Plastic Surgery
Adjunct Professor of Nursing
Chair, Department of Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgeon


Dr. Shack is widely recognized as a broadly accomplished clinical surgeon and educator and a leader in the field locally and nationally. His special interests include complicated reconstructive plastic surgery, head and neck oncology, hand, and aesthetic surgery, including breast surgery.

Dr. Shack holds leadership positions in various professional societies including the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation, and the Southeastern Society of Plastic nd Reconstructive Surgeons. He has served as Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Section of the Southern Medical Association, and is a past President of the Nashville Surgical Society.

He has numerous scientific publications and has been invited to present his work in numerous institutions around the world. He is fully certified in Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery.

  • M.D. - University of Texas at Galveston, 1973
  • Residency - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1979
  • Internship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1974
  • Ajmal N, Riordan CL, Cardwell N, Nanney LB, Shack RB. Chemically assisted capsulectomy in the rabbit model: a new approach. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 2003 Oct; 112(5): 1449-54; discussion 1462. PMID: 14504531, DOI: 10.1097/01.PRS.0000081069.87802.98, ISSN: 0032-1052.
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  • Ajmal N, Riordan CL, Cardwell N, Nanney LB, Shack RB. The effectiveness of sodium 2-mercaptoethane sulfonate (mesna) in reducing capsular formation around implants in a rabbit model. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 2003 Oct; 112(5): 1455-61; discussion 1462. PMID: 14504532, DOI: 10.1097/01.PRS.0000081070.36511.5C, ISSN: 0032-1052.
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  • Chen JS, Shack RB, Reinisch L, Spector N, Zinsser JW, Weisberg NK, Stricklin GP, Ellis DL. A comparison of scar revision with the free electron and carbon dioxide resurfacing lasers. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 2001 Oct; 108(5): 1268-75. PMID: 11604630, ISSN: 0032-1052.
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  • Adcock D, Paulsen S, Jabour K, Davis S, Nanney LB, Shack RB. Analysis of the effects of deep mechanical massage in the porcine model. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 2001 Jul; 108(1): 233-40. PMID: 11420530, ISSN: 0032-1052.
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  • Woods JM, Shack RB, Hagan KF. Free temporoparietal fascia flap in reconstruction of the lower extremity. Ann Plast Surg. 1995 May; 34(5): 501-6. PMID: 7639487, ISSN: 0148-7043.
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  • Shack RB, Barton RM, DeLozier J, Rees RS, Lynch JB. Is aggressive surgical management justified in the treatment of Merkel cell carcinoma?. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 1994 Dec; 94(7): 970-5. PMID: 7661915, ISSN: 0032-1052.
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  • Swiontkowski MF, Hagan K, Shack RB. Adjunctive use of laser Doppler flowmetry for debridement of osteomyelitis. J Orthop Trauma. 1989; 3(1): 1-5. PMID: 2651627, ISSN: 0890-5339.
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  • Rees R, Cary A, Shack RB, Harris PF. Pharyngocutaneous fistulas in advanced cancer: closure with musculocutaneous or muscle flaps. Am. J. Surg. 1987 Oct; 154(4): 381-3. PMID: 3661841, PII: 0002-9610(89)90008-1, ISSN: 0002-9610.
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  • Shack RB, Reilley AF, Lynch JB. Neurofibromas of the head and neck. South. Med. J. 1985 Jul; 78(7): 801-4. PMID: 3925566, ISSN: 0038-4348.
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