Dr. Luke J. Curtsinger, III, FACS, is Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery, as well as Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. A highly experienced surgeon in his field, he has performed more than 10,000 operations on both children and adults. He serves patients from Hilton Head Island to St. Simon’s Island and the surrounding area.
After attending the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, as a National Merit Scholar and a Notre Dame Scholar, Dr. Curtsinger completed his undergraduate education at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, with a B.A. in Biology. He graduated magna cum laude as a National Merit Student and an Alumni Scholar.
Dr. Curtsinger earned his M.D. and graduated in the top 20% of his class at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. He won several awards there, including the Ciba-Geigy Award for Community Service, the Tim Lee Carter Leadership Award, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Outstanding Senior Student Award.
He completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, earning several honors, including induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, the Outstanding House Officer Award, and the J.B. Aust Surgical Society Research Award for three years (1988, 1990, 1991). He completed Fellowships in both Wound Healing at the University of Louisville and in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
After his post-doctoral training, Dr. Curtsinger was an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at East Carolina University and won awards for teaching medical students. He has given more than 100 presentations to local, regional, and national audiences; earned numerous grants to study the growth of skin and wound healing; and authored more than 15 scientific papers focused mainly on the healing of skin as well as breast, chest, and abdominal wall reconstruction. He helped co-found the University Hospital Skin Bank in Louisville, Kentucky. His current interests include the study of nutrition for longevity and optimal health.