Dr. Sam Fuller

As a Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with Subspecialty Certification in Surgery of the Hand (SOTH), based in South Bend, Indiana, I understand the overwhelming nature of this process. I can offer clarity in the field. My consultations are concise yet thorough, providing reassuring information and answers to your surgical questions.

My dedication and contributions have reaped numerous accolades, including being a three-time winner of South Bend Tribune’s “Best Plastic/Cosmetic Surgeon." I've been featured in numerous publications, and participated in presentations, teaching and volunteer experiences. My commitment extends to medical missions, regional cadaver dissection courses, and enlightening lectures. 

Choosing a plastic surgeon can be a complex journey, full of confusion and stressful choices. 

Pushing My Craft, and Inspiring Your Confidence

My multifaceted path began with a double major in Pre-Med and Spanish at the University of Notre Dame, accompanied by a transformative study abroad experience in Spain. I then attended medical school at the prestigious University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where I explored several specialties within medicine, yet the allure of anatomy and surgical procedures remained elusive. 

A turning point emerged during a plastic surgery rotation, as the exposure to burn surgery and hand surgery ignited my intrigue. This fascination aligned with my desire for a diverse skill set, spanning skin, muscles, tendons, nerves, and bones. Embracing this anatomical diversity, I charted my course towards plastic surgery, training at the University of Chicago in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency program. 

To strengthen my training, I then spent one year as an Upper Extremity Fellow at the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, Maryland, receiving expert training and mentoring with orthopaedic and plastic surgeons.

Rejecting a traditional surgical career, I returned to the midwest and established a dual practice focused on hand surgery and body contouring, a realm I find captivating due to its intricate anatomy and case variety. My practice gracefully weaves together a wide-ranging array of medical problems, welcoming patients seeking urgent and elective care, from traumatic injuries to cosmetic enhancements. Initially wary, I found gratification in my patients' appreciation for my versatile proficiency. Driven by passion, I have curated a medical career that thrives on the challenges and opportunities within the diverse realm of plastic surgery. 


What initially drew me to plastic surgery was the chance to treat the entire body, truly from head to toe, adding complex variety and a dynamic dimension to my practice.


I'm dedicated to comprehensive, personalized patient care, valuing inclusivity for diverse individuals regardless of age, origin, or injury.


I consistently work relentlessly to stay updated with innovation and advancements in my field. I consciously prioritize procedures where I can excel and ensure optimal outcome.

Allie Hartman

Allison Hartman received her Bachelor of Nursing at Indiana University South Bend and received her Masters of Science in Nursing with a focus as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Goshen College. She first got her start in nursing as a surgical registered nurse where she assisted in the operating room in a wide variety of specialties.

She has experience in orthopedics where she specialized in total joint replacements and general orthopedic injuries. In addition to orthopedic care she has professional experience in Urology as a nurse practitioner. Allison enjoys a "hands on approach" that is focused around patient centered care. She enjoys taking time with educating patients and working with them on their personal goals. She holds a national certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  

nurse practitioner



I just had surgery from Dr. Fuller him and his staff are amazing. They have answered all questions I have had. I know once I am all healed I will feel and look amazing thank you guys so much! I can’t wait to share my results with everyone.

Jessica R.

I knew he was the right surgeon

After my consultation with Dr. Fuller, I knew he was the right surgeon to do my drainless tummy tuck, lipo, muscle repair, and hernia repair. He took his time answering all my questions and told me what results I could expect. I have some health issues, and yet after surgery I had no complications and healed faster than anyone thought I would. It has been 5 weeks since my surgery and I am beyond happy with my results.

Adolph S.

does a good job at explaining his thoughts

When Dr. Fuller is discussing my diagnosis with me, I feel as though he truly is working to make sure I understand the problem and the various options open to me. I also feel as though he does a good job at explaining his thoughts to me in a way I can understand.


Whether Your Goal Is...

I'll help you achieve it.

Why did I choose this unique path? It's simple—passion.

I'm not just a plastic surgeon; I'm an architect of transformation. With every procedure, I channel my passion for skin, muscles, tendons, nerves, and bone, crafting a masterpiece of renewal.

My practice is not confined to one specialty or one body part; it's a symposium of experiences that enriches both my expertise and your results.


The recognition garnered through these publications has been humbling, as it underscores the importance of the work I do and the lives I touch. As I continue on this fulfilling path, my hope is that my contributions will continue to resonate with both my esteemed colleagues and the wider public, leading to even more opportunities to share insights and inspire others in the realm of plastic surgery.

south bend tribune:

THe observer:

Journalist who spent a week with Muhammad Ali speaks at Bengal Bouts finals

South Bend Regional Chamber honors 2022 40 under 40 class

fox 47:

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