Dear Faithful Patient,

As you may know, our world was rocked in August with the passing of Dr. J. Craig Merrell. Although it was his dream to retire to his beautiful farm in West Virginia, the Lord had a different plan and instead transferred Dr. Merrell to Heaven, the Lord’s beautiful home.

Although we worked hard to keep Dr. Merrell’s thirty-six year practice open, we have not been able to find a way to make that happen without him. Consequently, our family has made the extremely difficult decision to forever close the doors of Plastic Surgery Associates of Tidewater (PSAT).

For over 15 years, Centurion Document Management has safely and professionally stored our medical records. If you would like a copy of your medical records from the past six years, please complete the following form (Word format) (PDF format) entitled “Request for Copies of Medical Records”, which also identifies the costs associated with such copies.

Many of Dr. Merrell’s patients enjoyed receiving skin cancer preventative care with our Fotofinder mole mapping device. We are pleased to inform those patients that Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Dermatology Department now has the same technology, and they would be happy to receive PSAT’s FotoFinder patients. Please contact them at 757-446-5629 for more information.

Dr. Merrell took great joy in providing care to you! We are grateful for the many sincere expressions of sympathy and appreciation you have shared with us during this difficult time. Thank you for your support and for allowing Dr. Merrell and our family to be part of your lives!

As a final note, we know that many of you who wanted to come to his funeral were unable to do so. Additionally, many who came have asked to hear the music and talks again. Gratefully, the funeral was recorded and we would be honored to share the recording with those who would like one. Send your request, including your street address to:  This is our gift to you and we pray for Heaven’s blessings to grace your lives forever!


Plastic Surgery Associates of Tidewater


The Family of Dr. J. Craig Merrell