Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in Nashville, TN
Meet Dr. Michael Cash
Dr. Michael Cash, M.D., is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has the training and expertise to perform complex reconstructive surgery and customized cosmetic procedures. Dr. Cash’s surgical specialties include complex reconstructive surgery and personalized cosmetic procedures including breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, liposuction, mommy makeover, and more. Patients recommend Dr. Cash as their cosmetic surgeon because of his beautiful, natural-looking results and the caring attention he and his staff at Nashville Plastic Surgery provide.
Dr. Cash was raised in Indiana, where he completed a master’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Evansville, graduating magna cum laude. As part of his physical therapy training, he spent time observing orthopedic surgery in the operating room, and it was there that he decided he wanted to be a surgeon. He attended medical school at Emory University in Atlanta and completed his residency in general surgery at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Cash’s time at Vanderbilt exposed him to many areas of surgery. During his rotation in the burn unit, he watched the plastic surgeon transform a 16-year-old burn victim. He saw that a surgeon can affect a patient’s life profoundly by repairing or improving their appearance. Dr. Cash remained at Vanderbilt to complete his plastic surgery residency under the direction of R. Bruce Shack, M.D.
In his time at Vanderbilt, Dr. Cash had the opportunity to present multiple research projects at meetings of national plastic surgery societies, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Cash founded his own private practice, Nashville Plastic Surgery, to provide patients with the highest levels of patient care and outstanding surgical results.
Dr. Cash has lived in Nashville since 2005 and is the proud father of two beautiful daughters.
An interview with Dr. Michael Cash
What is your practice philosophy?
Self-confidence is the driving force of our practice — whether that’s through helping someone feel more comfortable in a bikini, making them feel whole after breast cancer, or restoring their face following a facial fracture. We strive to help each patient find the quiet confidence that comes with feeling good about their body.
Fully understanding the patient and their needs and desires is our highest priority. The best doctors are the ones who understand and listen to their patients. Training and skill are crucial, of course, but taking those as a given, successful outcomes require connection with the patient. Once I understand the patient’s hopes, I can provide sound guidance on the safest and most effective way to achieve those results. Sometimes that is not through surgery. Sometimes it’s through a different procedure than the patient was asking for. The best outcomes come from matching the right operation to the patient’s needs and helping the patient have realistic expectations.
What do you like most about being a plastic surgeon?
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t affect someone’s life in a positive way. I get to come to work each day and make a lasting difference in a patient’s life. I help them feel more confident, recover from a difficult time, or return to or find a life they have been wanting to live. This is truly a fantastic job.
What do you like to do in your life outside of work?
I have two daughters, who are the best part of my life by far! My life outside of work is focused there. However, other things I love doing include running, biking, swimming, surfing (when I can find an ocean), cooking for friends, and reading.
Why do patients choose you as their plastic surgeon, and what makes you different and unique?
I think what makes us unique is our ability to relate to patients and meet them where they are. I have honest discussions with patients about their desires, then strive to set realistic expectations about outcomes. I think that approach — of listening, openness, and honesty — is what makes our patients feel most comfortable. Some patients are surprised when I tell them they shouldn’t have anything done, but I certainly gain their trust in those moments.
Then, of course, there are the results of individually tailored and well-executed surgeries and our caring attention throughout the process. The results, and the difference they make in our patients’ lives, are what draw new patients to choose us.