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Glenn R. Carwell, M.D.
Surgeon, husband, father, aviator

Dr. Glenn R. Carwell grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from Vanderbilt University Medical School and completed postgraduate residency training at Duke University; Eastern Virginia Medical School; and the University of Vienna, Austria. Board Certified in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery as well as the national special certification for Surgery of the Hand, Dr. Carwell has practiced Plastic Surgery in the Tidewater area since 1979. His current practice includes breast surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, liposuction and laser surgery; as well as microsurgery and reconstructive surgery of the hand and lower extremities. His publishing career includes numerous articles and chapters in medical books and journals; as well as presentations to medical and surgical conferences throughout the country over the last 25 years.

Today, Dr. Carwell continues to serve as designated Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the FAA. He holds an Air Transport Pilots Certificate and has over 5,000 hours of flight time. He currently owns a Cessna 340 aircraft which he enjoys flying to special destinations. He has been a board member and past president of The Military Aviation Museum Board; and is a city-appointed Commissioner of the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission.

Dr. Carwell is married to the former Lynn Chapman and together they have four children and five grandchildren.

Curriculum Vitae

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons
  • Certified Hand Surgeon
  • Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, FAA
  • Hand Surgery Association


  • Diplomate American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Diplomate American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Medical Examiners
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Bigger-Lehman Award for Surgical Research, Virginia Surgical Society
  • International College of Surgeons Fellowship Award for Microsurgical Training, Vienna Austria
  • Virginia Medical Association
  • Virginia Beach Medical Association
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Virginia Surgical Society
  • American Association of Hand Surgeons
  • Flying Physicians Association
  • Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
  • International Microsurgical Society
  • International Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Virginia Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  • Sentara Norfolk General, Norfolk
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk
  • Sentara Bayside Hospital, Virginia Beach
  • Virginia Beach General Hospital, Virginia Beach
  • Virginia Beach Ambulatory Surgery Center, Virginia Beach
  • Chesapeake General Hospital, Chesapeake
  • Childrens Hospital of the Kings Daughters, Norfolk
  • FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner

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