When Mark S. Elliott was born in Jackson, Mississippi, both his parents were training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, his father in general surgery residency, and his mother in medical school. Dr. Elliott graduated from Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, where received all-city and all-state honors in basketball, while competing regionally in javelin. Forgoing a college basketball career, Dr. Elliott attended Louisiana State University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Choosing a career in medicine, he was accepted into Tulane Medical School with an honors scholarship. He received the anatomy award and the pathology award. As a junior, he was one of only five in a class of 150 elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. Additionally, he was elected president of the honor society his senior year. At graduation, Dr. Elliott received the Isadore Dyar medal for finishing as the top graduate in his medical school class and the Oscar Creech Award as the top student in surgery.
While beginning his training at Parkland Hospital, he started his family, and his oldest son, Parker, and only daughter, Ally, were born. After five years of successful residency, Dr. Elliott scored in the top 1% of applicants on his board certification exam. It was then that he decided to pursue his career as a plastic surgeon and attend the most renowned plastic surgery training program in America at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Elliott continued his outstanding record and left with the honor of being named Chief Resident his final year of training.
After training, Dr. Elliott joined Dr. Thornton and the practice in Meridian, Mississippi. Since then, he has flourished both professionally and personally. The practice continues to grow, and he and his wife, Brooke, welcomed another son, Salone, to the family in 2006.
An avid sports fan, Dr. Elliott has completed 11 marathons, including the New York and Boston marathons. Additionally, he has won the Mississippi State Games 5K twice. The dedication and tenacity he demonstrates on the athletic field have transferred directly to his professional life.
His practice specializes in general plastic and reconstructive surgery, but Dr. Elliott is well known for breast surgery. In 2012, he was voted Best Plastic Surgeon in Meridian by the city’s largest newspaper. He was also selected as one of the top 10 Best Plastic Surgeons in Mississippi in 2015. He prides himself on treating patients as he would his own family.
American Board of Plastic Surgery
American College of Phlebology
American College of Surgeons
Mississippi State Medical Association
Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgery
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
I was greeted cordially and treated with upmost respect. The wait was less than 15 minutes, and I was really surprised since the waiting room was full. My visit was on Monday and on Tuesday I received the call with the good biopsy report. I will definitely not hesitate to use Dr. Thornton should the need arise in the future.