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Meet Dr. Amaka

Dr. Nneamaka Nwubah—often called Dr. Amaka by her patients—is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in Nashville, TN. She has built her career around a track record of surgical excellence and a passionate commitment to delivering impactful aesthetic transformations that help her patients look and feel like the best versions of themselves. She takes the time to form personal connections with each patient she meets, listening attentively to their goals so that she can deliver results that meet—and often exceed—their expectations.

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Philosophy of Care

Helping patients feel comfortable, confident, and empowered throughout the consultation and treatment process is something Dr. Amaka takes very seriously. She seeks to cultivate an environment of compassion and collaboration, answering questions and serving as a trusted partner in each patient’s healthcare journey. As a Black, female plastic surgeon, Dr. Amaka also possesses an advanced understanding of the unique concerns faced by patients of color, including those relating to postoperative scar care and healing.

Dr. Amaka offers a comprehensive selection of surgical and non-surgical treatments for the breast, body, face, and skin. Options include breast augmentation, tummy tuck, facelift, vaginal rejuvenation, and laser skin resurfacing. One of Dr. Amaka’s specialities is the mommy makeover—which she has coined as the “mommy restoration”—a comprehensive treatment designed to help mothers restore their pre-pregnancy figures and confidence. As a mother, and a plastic surgeon—she has a unique perspective that she brings. She blends a surgeon’s skill with a woman and mother’s perspective. She also offers procedures tailored specifically for male patients. She brings the unique perspective of a female and African American plastic surgeon to each case she oversees, and she takes great joy in helping patients at all ages and stages of life celebrate and embrace their unique beauty.

In her free time, Dr. Amaka enjoys cooking, writing, and spending time with her family. She is also fluent in both English and Spanish. ¡Nosotros hablamos español! She also has very active social media accounts, and you can find her on Instagram and TikTok under @dr_amakamd.

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Dr. Amaka's Practice Philosophy
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Dr. Amaka’s Early Introduction to Medicine

From a young age, Dr. Amaka discovered her fascination with medicine, exposed to its wonders by her father, a pharmacist, and her mother, a nurse. Born and raised in New Orleans as the youngest of five children, Dr. Amaka felt her intrigue further ignited by the medical missions in which she participated to her parent’s native land of Nigeria. The core values they instilled within her—compassion, hard work, and excellence—gave her the grit and determination she drew upon to achieve her dream of becoming a doctor.

Education and Experience

After graduating with highest honors from Louisiana State University, Dr. Amaka went on to attend medical school on a merit scholarship at Vanderbilt University. It was during her third year of medical school at Vanderbilt University, while working the plastic surgery rotation, that she experienced the electrifying thrill of finding her calling. “I loved the challenge and the reverse engineering it involved—plastic surgeons know what they want to achieve for a patient, and they then use their artistry and surgical skills to figure out how to do it,” Dr. Amaka said. “To me, it was the perfect specialty, and from that point on, I could not imagine myself doing anything else. For me, it was the obvious choice.”

Her academic prowess and innovative spirit led her to be selected to the Clinical Research Training Program at the National Institutes of Health, where she trained alongside notable leaders in the medical research field. After medical school, Dr. Amaka was accepted into a highly-competitive integrated plastic surgery residency at the University of Kentucky. This intensive program allowed her to develop her considerable skills as a surgeon while also contributing to ongoing research efforts. In recognition of her contributions to the field, she was awarded two grants from the Plastic Surgery Foundation for work she pioneered on breast reconstruction.

One of the major things that sets Dr. Amaka apart as a plastic surgeon is her decision to pursue further training via an aesthetic fellowship through the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX. This additional year of training saw her working alongside renowned leaders in the field of aesthetic medicine. The experience and knowledge she gained through this program enable her to deliver the most advanced and effective treatments along with exceptional results for her patients. During this fellowship, she completed innovative research in the field of fat grafting.

Dr. Amaka is dedicated to remaining at the forefront of her field, and she has authored numerous publications and presented at a plethora of national and international industry conferences. She has authored more than 70 publications and presentations cumulatively through her career, and training. She believes that continuous innovation and education contributes to enhanced patient safety, comfort, and satisfaction. She is honored by the trust that her patients place in her, and she strives to be a true partner throughout their cosmetic rejuvenation journey.

Professional Memberships and Awards

Professional Affiliations:

  • Special Volunteer, National Institutes of Health
  • American Medical Association, Member
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, Peer Reviewer
  • PLOS ONE, Peer Reviewer
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, Peer Reviewer
  • American Society of Plastic Surgery Researcher Education Subcommittee
  • American Society of Plastic Surgery Women Plastic Surgeons Steering Committee
  • Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Peer Reviewer
  • Advances in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, Peer Reviewer
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Member
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons Social Media Committee
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Member
  • Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Member

Awards and Honors:

  • 2010 — National Institutes of Health Research Fellowship Award
  • 2015 and 2017— Recipient, Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF National Endowment for Plastic Surgery Grant)
  • 2016 and 2017 — University of Kentucky Resident Teaching Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education
  • 2017 — Kentucky Society of Plastic Surgeons 2nd place presentation
  • 2018 — Lexington Medical Society Essay Contest, 1st place
  • 2017 and 2018  — ASERF/ASAPS Resident Travel Scholarship Recipient
  • 2019 — Gaspar Anastasi Award for Best Resident/Fellow Paper – American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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