Born in the Great Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Received an MD degree from the MUSC before general and plastic surgical residencies at LSUHSC. Completed a fellowship in microsurgery at NYUMC. Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at LSUHSC, MUSC, and NYUMC specialising in microsurgical breast reconstruction. Founding member of the Group for the Advancement of Breast Reconstruction (GABR).