Meet Dr. Paul Warner Papillion


Dr. Paul Warner Papillion is a double board-certified Nashville Plastic Surgeon dedicated to surgical excellence. His extensive training covers all aspects of aesthetic, cosmetic, as well as reconstructive surgery. His technical skills along with his education and passion for excellence place him in a unique category among plastic surgeons.

“Thank you so much for choosing Cool Springs Plastic Surgery. Your safety and satisfaction are of the utmost importance. I assure you that I will do everything in my power to make sure your experience here is second to none. I humbly look forward to taking care of you. My goal is to offer a relaxed, safe environment, where you can feel at ease and rest assured that all of your needs will be met.”
–Dr. Papillion

An Education That Inspires Trust

Dr. Papillion attended medical school at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana. After graduating, he trained in General Surgery for six years in Chattanooga, Tennessee under the esteemed Dr. Philip Burns and received his board certification. He then moved to Nashville to complete a three-year fellowship at Vanderbilt for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery where he practiced under the renowned R. Bruce Shack.

  • Board Certified: Plastic Surgery (2015)
  • Board Certified: General Surgery (2011)
  • MD: State of Tennessee (2007-current)
  • Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery: Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2011-2014)
  • General Surgery Residency: University of Tennessee Medical College at Chattanooga (2005-2011)
  • Medical School: LSU Health and Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA (2001-2005)
  • BS: NorthwesternState University, Natchitoches, LA (1997-2001)

A Professional Commitment

In addition to studying under many acclaimed plastic surgeons, Dr. Papillion has presented at several national surgical conferences and has made a commitment to furthering plastic surgical education by remaining involved in research and academic circles. Dr. Papillion attends several plastic surgery conferences a year to stay up-to-date with advancements in surgical procedures and patient care. His goal is to provide patients with the latest information on all aspects of plastic surgery as well as excellent surgical care.

Member of:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  •  Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  •  Tennessee Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

A Personal History

Dr. Papillion was born in New Orleans and grew up in Central Louisiana. He spent much of his youth enjoying the southern outdoors and learned to hunt and fish at an early age.

While in school he pursued and excelled in athletics. He went to Northwestern State University on a football scholarship, but injuries led him to Track and Field, where he became All Conference Decathlete. He also received two academic scholarships and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Immediately after college, Dr. Papillion married his high school sweetheart. They have two beautiful children.

Interests: Fitness. Golf. Running. Fishing. Hunting. Biking. Snowboarding.

Actively Involved: Cross Point Church Nashville.

Meet Dr. Papillion

If you could have any other profession, what would it be?

I would be a chef and food critic. I love to cook, and I love to eat more. The combinations are endless. If you have the ingredients, your imagination is the only limiting factor. As far as the food critic…I think that takes a person who again loves food, but more importantly has wide variety of likes. I grew up in Louisiana…if it walks, crawls, swims, or flies, I have probably had a bite or two. I have been very fortunate in getting to travel across the country and taste dishes from different cultures and regions. This question has made me hungry.

What is your favorite thing about plastic surgery?

My favorite thing about plastic surgery is the artistic nature and challenge of the field. In other fields of surgery you fix problems. If you break your arm…they fix your bone. If your gallbladder needs to come out…they take it out. Plastic surgery also addresses functional problems…but the aesthetic side allows you to make aesthetic judgments about what is needed and how can you best achieve a beautiful outcome. The challenge of taking something that already looks good and making it look better is a challenge like no other.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working?

I enjoy spending time with my family. We love to ride bikes on the greenways and enjoy the outdoors. Aside from family time – golf, working out, and fishing would be my activities of choice.

If you could be on a reality show, which one would you choose? Why?

“DR 37211” its a Nashville plastic surgery reality show…. I would choose this show, so that the world could see that not all plastic surgeons are crazy. It seems that nearly every single plastic surgeon tv show has a questionable doctor at the helm. I guess it helps with ratings…but it gives the normal plastic surgeons a bad name.

What is on your OR playlist?

My music variety is just as wide as my food…
Country: Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Flordia Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, and so on..
Alt: Jack White, Beck, Death Cab, Lorde, The Head and The Heart, Lana del ray, Kings of Leon, Alt J
Rock: U2, Imagine Dragons, Paramore, Foo Fighters, alter bridge
Rap: Kendric Lamar, Mac Miller, Mackelmore, Big Sean, Rae Sremmurd, Kevin Gates
Metal: Deftones, Chevelle, August Burns Red, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Pantera, Static X
Religious: Hillsong U, Needtobreathe, Chris Tomlin
Oldies: Johnny Cash, Elvis, Billy Joel

…the list goes on. Spotify is awesome.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?

I have received so much valuable advice from mentors over the years. I could write a few pages.
Best Advice: Take care of your family. At the end of the day, they are what matters the most. I often have to remind myself of that. 

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