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Dr. Coan received his undergraduate degree from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. While college and university rankings are forever debated, for the last six years running, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), an international group that specializes in education, has named MIT the top university in the world and one where Nobel laureates are considered a ”dime a dozen.”
As an undergrad at MIT, Dr. Coan earned a selective place working alongside the world-renowned Dr. Robert Langer, founder of the largest biomedical engineering laboratory in the world. During this time, Dr. Coan learned firsthand about the innovations in tissue engineering, biotechnology, and drug delivery systems.
He completed medical school at the University of Chicago-Pritzker, a General Surgery residency, and then went on to complete a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency at the prestigious Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, where he served his final year as Chief Resident.
Despite numerous offers from the plastic surgery industry and universities, Dr. Coan always wanted to run and manage his own plastic surgery practice. He has served as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, author, lecturer, and clinical adjunct faculty at both Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery while operating CARE Plastic Surgery. Dr. Coan’s reputation for innovation and surgical excellence led him to perform the first bilateral TRAM breast reconstruction at the Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, NC.
He is proud to have taught and trained numerous plastic surgery residents in the art, science, and business of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He currently serves as clinical adjunct faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill. He trains in all aspects of plastic surgery and enjoys educating junior plastic surgeons on establishing and managing an award-winning private plastic surgery practice.
Dr. Coan has consistently been awarded and recognized for all aspects of plastic surgery – from his compassionate care (Vitals, Top Doctor, and US News and World Report) to his Real Self patient care awards (2015, 2016, and 2017) to his distinction while as a Resident at Duke University’s Plastic Surgery program receiving the highest score for his class on the plastic surgery in-service exam (2008).
Dr. Coan is often sought out by various media outlets, including NBC-17, ABC-11, Durham Magazine, Cary Magazine, and Alamance Woman Magazine. He has been named Best Plastic Surgeon in Durham seven years in a row (by Durham Magazine) and was just awarded Best Plastic Surgeon in Cary in 2017 (by Cary Magazine) and 2018. Dr. Coan has received Maggy Awards® for 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. He recently received the distinct recognition as one of North Carolina’s Top Plastic Surgeons rated by U.S. News and World Report.
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