Dr David Gilpin Expert Facial Plastic Surgeon in Nashville TN standing in their accredited surgical suite

Dr. David Gilpin is a native of Nashville, TN. After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Gilpin pursued his M.D. from The University of Tennessee College of Medicine. After considering multiple medical specialties, Dr. Gilpin discovered his passion for the head and neck. He furthered his training through a five-year surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Post-residency, Dr. Gilpin was hand-selected for fellowship training at Tulane University with one of the world’s leading experts in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Calvin Johnson. Dr. Johnson was a pioneer of rhinoplasty and many other cosmetic procedures in the field, and this training honed Dr. Gilpin’s training in cosmetic surgery of the nose, eyelids, face, ears, neck, and related structures.

Gilpin Facial Plastic specializes in surgical treatment of the nose, aging face and neck including brow lifts, upper and lower eyelid surgery, neck lifts, and facelifts. Dr. Gilpin’s gentle bedside manner and beautiful results, make Gilpin Facial Plastics an easy choice for most patients when considering surgery or non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Dr. Gilpin believes that each patient is unique and should receive a customized surgical plan during his or her consultation.

His extensive background in facial reconstructive procedures, including skin cancer removal and traumatic injury, enable him to be a part of helping patients recover from life-altering events.

Dr. Gilpin is dual board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is also fellowship-trained to perform cosmetic procedures.


  • Vanderbilt University – BioMedical Engineering – 2002
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine – Medical Doctor -2006
  • Case Western University – Surgical Residency – Ear, Nose and Throat – 2011
  • Tulane University – Fellowship Training – Facial Plastic Surgery – 2012

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery – 2011
  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) 2015

Q&A With Dr. Gilpin

When and why did you first become interested in being a plastic surgeon?

  • I became interested when I started my residency. I really wanted to focus in an area of medicine where I can help make my patients lives better.

What do you like most about your profession?

  • I like being able to perform a service or procedure and being able to see almost immediate results and I like for my patients to be able to see that as well.

If you couldn’t be a plastic surgeon, what would you be?

  • High School Math Teacher or an Organist

What three words best describe you?

  • Caring, detail oriented and personable or if you ask the team, the smarty-pants in the front row.


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