Get to Know the New Avera Plastic Surgeons
Avera Medical Group welcomes plastic surgeons, Mark Shashikant, MD, FACS, and Barry Martin, MD, FACS,
The doctors, who practice together at Avera Medical Group Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, are new to Sioux Falls but will not be working together for the first time. In fact, the two both came from the U.S. Army Medical Corps and first worked together at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. They also share training experience. They completed their plastic surgery training in Massachusetts and will bring techniques from both Harvard and the Lahey Clinic.
Shashikant and Martin bring a collaborative spirit to Sioux Falls with extensive experience in reconstructive surgery following cancer treatment and traumatic injury. The two will also provide a variety of skin rejuvenation and cosmetic services to the region.
They will be located at the Avera Medical Group 69th and Cliff clinic just south of 69th Street. Here’s your chance to get to know Shashikant and Martin.
Question: Why did you choose plastic and reconstructive surgery as a specialty?
Shashikant: I like to have versatility in what I do and also the constant challenge and collaboration. Plastic surgery is a varied field with many solutions for any given concern. It’s very collaborative and you get to work with a lot of different age groups and people.
Martin: I knew I liked the idea of being a surgeon with the ability to solve a problem fairly rapidly and get results, versus managing a condition for years and years such as internal medicine or primary care. What attracted me to plastic surgery was the complexity of it. We approach solving these problems like a puzzle, and every day is a new challenge. I’ve not been disappointed.
Q: What’s the best part of your job?
Martin: I love meeting new patients in the office and getting to know new people. Working in the operating room is an oasis — it’s where I feel like I’m at my best, working with other specialists on a certain case in a collegial environment.
Q: How do you connect with patients?
Shashikant: I’ve had a lot of physicians in my family: my dad, my mom, grandfather, and great-grandfather who I’ve learned from. To me it’s very straightforward — you treat patients like they’re your family. I spend a lot of time listening and coming up with a plan with the patient. I want people to know that we’re not interested in finding ways to change them. Our job is to listen and learn about their goals.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
Shashikant: When I’m not working I like to go fishing and I also hunt a little. I spend a lot of time with my wife and four young kids.
Martin: I’m an avid cyclist. I don’t drive vehicles very often and I bike to work every day. If I’ve had a long day I’d rather be outside or in the gym. It’s a great way to start my day. I have four kids so I don’t have a lot of extra time anyway.
To schedule an appointment today, call 605-322-4130.