Biography

Dr. Ellis Tavin joined the Plastic Surgery Group in 2006 after ten years in solo practice in Charlotte, NC. He built his North Carolina practice on the principles of attending to the needs of the individual patient and striving to create natural looking results. Dr. Tavin continues to care for his patients with the individual attention of a solo practitioner enhanced by the added resources of a large group.

Dr. Tavin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology cum laude from Yale University. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. After a general surgery internship at Einstein and Montefiore Hospitals, he completed a four year residency in Otolaryngology (Ear Nose and Throat). This was followed by a fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at New York University. Dr. Tavin worked as an assistant clinical professor of Otolaryngology at New York Medical College, before training in Plastic Surgery at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Tavin is board certified in both Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat). He performs the full range of plastic surgery with special interests in short scar breast lift and breast reduction, body contouring after pregnancy or weight loss, nose reshaping, and male breast reduction. He does breast reconstruction with a special interest in reconstruction after partial mastectomy (lumpectomy). Dr. Tavin does both saline and silicone breast augmentation either above or below the muscle depending on the individual woman’s goals and breast size and shape.

Dr. Tavin was one of 125 doctors invited to present a paper during the scientific session of the 2013 meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in San Diego. The Meeting is attended by thousands of plastic surgeons from the US and other countries.

Dr. Tavin is married to Ellen Stecker, a pediatrician. They have three children, one of whom is considering a career in medicine.


Procedures

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3D Nipple Tattooing

In recent years there has come about a “marriage” of sorts between the work of plastic surgeons and tattoo artists in breast reconstruction. At this time most mastectomies involve removal of the nipple areola complex along with the breast.

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Arm Lift

Arm lift (brachioplasty) reshapes the upper arm that has excess skin and fat. Aging or large weight loss can result in loss of support in the upper arm that does not respond to toning exercises.

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Brazilian Butt Lift

In the age of JLo and Kim Kardashian, the appearance of a woman’s buttocks is getting more attention than ever. Although some women are seeking larger buttocks, merely adding volume produces a bigger butt, not necessarily a shapelier derrière.

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Breast Augmentation

Most women arrive thinking they want to increase their breast size so they could wear a particular bra cup size. This way of thinking is actually exactly the opposite of the way women should approach breast enlargement.

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Breast Reconstruction

Most reconstruction we perform are done at the time of the mastectomy. The mastectomy incision is designed for the breast surgeon and is usually assisted by the cosmetic surgeon in the mastectomy surgery. During this procedure, close attention is paid to the preservation of the fold under the breast and restoration of the outer border of the breast to improve the shape of the reconstruction.

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Breast Reduction

Breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) may be performed for cosmetic or reconstructive reasons. Large breasts may make it difficult to find clothing that fits and may be out of proportion to the rest of a woman’s body.

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Chin Implant

A small chin can create a sense of facial imbalance and make one’s nose appear larger. This situation can be improved by insertion of a chin implant. Implants come in different sizes and can be further trimmed to customize the appearance.

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Ear Reshaping

Ear reshaping (otoplasty) is performed to curb the protrusion of the ears to make them less prominent in proportion to the head. Over-projected ears could be the result of several possible irregularities in the shape of the underlying cartilage framework.

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Eyelid Rejuvenation

An eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) can address the signs of aging around the eyes, which can develop in some people as early as their mid-thirties.

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Face Lift

Facelift (rhytidectomy) treats the looseness of skin and displacement of fat that occurs with aging. In youth the face is full with fat pads situated just below the cheekbones. As we age the fat descends producing the jowls (fat mounds on or just below the jaw line).

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Facial/Skin Reconstruction

Skin cancer is very common in the South. Larger skin cancers or even small ones involving the nose, lips, eyelids, and ears may need reconstruction to avoid disfiguring scarring.

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Female Genital

In recent years it has become increasingly popular for women to undergo cosmetic genital surgery. This may involve mons reduction or lifting alone or in conjunction with a tummy tuck. Large or asymmetric labia minora can be reduced.

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Liposuction

Suction Assisted Lipectomy (SAL), commonly known as liposuction, permanently removes localized excess fat deposits that persist in spite of dieting and exercise. Fluid containing local anesthetic and adrenili


Curriculum Vitae

Education

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
MD Degree
1983-1987

Yale University, New Haven, CT
BS, Biology, cum laude
1979-1983

Postgraduate Training

1994-1996
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Resident, Plastic Surgery

1992-1993
New York University Medical Center, New York, NY
Fellow, Head and Neck Surgery

1988-1992
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Resident, Otolaryngology

1987-1988
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Intern, General Surgery

Employment

2006 – Present Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis, P.C.
Memphis, TN

1996-2006 Tavin Centre for Plastic Surgery, P.A.
Charlotte, NC

1993-1994 Hudson ENT Surgical Associates
Valhalla, NY

Faculty Appointments

1993-1994
New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology
Director of Resident and Medical Student Education

1992-1993
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
Instructor in Clinical Otolaryngology

Certification and Licensure

Diplomate-American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1999, re-certified 2010

Diplomate-American Board of Otolaryngology, 1993

Diplomate-National Board of Medical Examiners, 1988

Tennessee Medical License, 2006

New York Medical License, 1988

North Carolina Medical License, 1996

Memberships

Active Member – American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Fellow – American College of Surgeons

Vice President – Baron Hirsch Congregation

Publications

Serletti, J, Tavin, E, Moran, S, and Coniglio, J. Total Lower Lip Reconstruction with a Sensate Composite Radial Forearm-Palmaris Longus Free Flap and Ventral Tongue Flap. Plast Reconstr Surg, 99:559-561, 1997.

Serletti, J, Tavin, E, and Coniglio, J. Transverse Lag Screw Fixation of the Midline Mandibulotomy. Plast Reconstr Surg, 99:239-241, 1997.

Pennino, R and Tavin, E. Endoscopic-Assisted Carpal Tunnel Release; A Coupling of Endoscopic and Open Techniques. Ann Plast Surg, 36:458-461, 1996.

Tavin, E, and Persky, M. Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head And Neck Region. Laryngoscope, 106:156-158, 1996.

Tavin, E, Persky, M, and Jacobs, J. Metastatic Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck. Laryngoscope 105:814-187, 1995.

Frank, D, Ramaswamy, G, Tavin, E, and Moscatello, A. Poorly Differentiated Pediatric Head and Neck Neuroblastoma: A Diagnostic Dilemma. Int J Ped Otolaryngol 33:103-111, 1995.

Lebowitz, R, Jacobs, J, and Tavin, E. Safe and Effective Infundibulotomy Technique. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 113:266-270, 1995.

Williams, J, Kieserman, S, and Tavin, E. Cytomegalovirus Sinusitis in a Patient with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 112:750-753.

Tavin, E, Stecker, E, and Marion, R. Nasal Pyriform Aperture Stenosis and the Holoprosencephaly Spectrum. Int J Ped Otolaryngol 28:199-204, 1994.

Tavin, E, Singer, L, and Bassila, M. Problems in Post-Operative Management after Anterior Cricoid Split. Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 120:823-826, 1994.

Tavin, E, Rubin, JS, and Comacho, F. Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Hemoglobin SC Disease. J Laryngol Otol 107:831-833, 1993.

Tavin, E, Gordon, MA, and Ruben, RJ. Hearing Results with the Use of Different Tympanostomy Tubes. Int J Ped Otolaryngol 15:39-50, 1988.

Book Chapters

Tavin, E. Otolaryngology, in Mosby's USMLE Step 3 Review; Integrated Clinical Sciences, Donnelly, J and Lipscher, R, eds., Mosby Yearbook, 1996.

Presentations

Tavin, E. Aesthetic Ear Reconstruction. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Diego, CA, October 2013

Serletti, J, Coniglio, J. Tavin, E, Deuber, M, and Bakamjian, V. Simultantous Transfer of Free Fibula and Radial Forearm Flaps in Complex Oromandibular Reconstruction. American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, Tucson, AZ, January, 1996.

Pennino, R and Tavin, E. Endoscopic-Assisted Carpal Tunnel Release: A Coupling of Endoscopic and Open Techniques. Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Boston, MA, November 1995.

Serletti, J, Tavin, E, and Coniglio, J. Fixation of the Midline Mandibulotomy by Transverse Lag Screw Osteosynthesis. Conjoint Meeting on Head and Neck Reconstruction, Chicago, IL, July 1995.

Serletti, J, Coniglio, J, Tavin, E, Deuber, M, and Bakamjian, V. Simultaneous Transfer of Free Fibula and Radial Forearm Flaps in Complex Oromandibular Reconstruction. Conjoint Symposium on Contemporary Head and Neck Reconstruction, Chicago, IL, July 1995.

Serletti, J, Tavin, E, Bindrup, J, and Coniglio, J. Case Report: Total Lower Lip Reconstruction with a Sensate Composite Radial Forearm-Palmaris Longus Free Flap and Ventral Tongue Flap. Conjoint Symposium on Contemporary Head and Neck Reconstruction, Chicago, IL, July, 1995.

Tavin, E and Persky, J. Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck Region. American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Eastern Section, Pittsburgh, PA, January, 1995.

Frank, DK, Tavin, E, and Moscatello, AL. Pediatric Head and Neck Neuroblastoma: A Review of the Literature and a Report of a Rare Parotid Lesion. Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children, Sacramento, CA, December, 1994.

Tavin, E, Persky, MS, and Jacobs, J. Metastatic Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck. American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, FL, May, 1994.

Levin, R, Tavin, E, and Mehta, D. Endoscopic Management of Paranasal Sinus Osteomas. Current Trends Controversies, and Perspectives in Rhinology and Sinus Surgery; An International Symposium, New York, NY, April, 1994.

Tavin, E, Persky, MS, and De Vries, E. Controversies in the Management of Synovial Sarcoma of the Head and Neck. American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Eastern Section, Ottawa, Canada, January, 1994.

Lebowitz, R, Jacobs, J, and Tavin, E. A Safe and Effective Infundibulotomy Technique. American Laryngological Rhinological, and Otological Society, Eastern Section, Ottawa, Canada, January, 1994.

Tavin, E, Stecker, E, and Marion, R. Nasal Pyriform Aperture Stenosis and the Holoprosencephaly Spectrum. Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children, Toronto, Canada, December, 1992.

Tavin, E, Singer, L, and Bassila, M. Problems in Post-Operative Management after Anterior Cricoid Split. Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children, Toronto, Canada, December, 1992.

Tavin, E and Bassila, M. Otolaryngologic Manifestations of Prader-Willi Syndrome. Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children. Washington, DC, December, 1990.

Tavin, E, Gordon, MA, and Ruben, RJ. Hearing Results with the Use of Different Tympanostomy Tubes. American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Colorado Springs, CO, May 1987.

Tavin, E, Gordon, MA, and Ruben, RJ. The Efficacy of Tympanostomy Tubes in Serous Otitis Media. Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children, Philadelphia, PA, December, 1987.

Posters

Tavin, E and Wray, RC, Jr. Melolabial Approach to a Lipoma of the Cheek and Infratemporal Fossa. American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Dallas, TX, November, 1996.

Tavin, E and Serletti, J. The Intercostal Vessesl as Recipients for a Free Latissimus Dorsi Myocutaneous Flap to a Lumbosacral Wound. American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Dallas, TX, November, 1996.

Serletti, J and Tavin, E. Use of a Free Adipofascial Forearm Flap for Resurfacing a Dorsal Foot Wound. American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, Tucson, AZ, January, 1996.

Tavin, E, Green, I, Persky, M, and Seidman, I. Epithelial-Myoepithelial Carcinoma of Intercalated Ducts. American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Minneapolis, MN, October, 1993.

Tavin, E, Rubin, J, and Comacho, F. Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss in HemoglobinSC Disease. American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Kansas City, MO, September, 1991.

Tavin, E, Traquina, D, and Bassila, M. Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Children with Sickle Cell Anemia. American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Kona, HA, May, 1991.


Client Testimonials

"Dr. Tavin was happy to answer all the questions I had and made my very confident in my decision to get a tummy tuck. My only regrey is that I didn't have the surgery sooner!"

"Dr. Tavin is very personable and has great credentials. Unlike a lot of other doctors, he took his time to talk and explain things to me. His nurse was really nice."

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