Fall 2018
Message from the President

Babak Mehrara, MD
President

Last year was a fantastic year for the NESPS starting with a very successful Annual Meeting in Newport, Rhode Island. Thanks to our Past President, Dr. Jeffery Ascherman and our Program Chair, Christine Rhode, the program was an academic and financial success. Our meeting was well attended with numerous fantastic panels, guest lecturers, and scientific presentations. The President's Run was a huge success with many teams competing and enjoying the run along the beach.

More recently, we had our 2nd Annual NESPS Spring Symposium in New York City. The symposium on Peri-Orbital and Forehead Rejuvenation at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel was also very well attended and well received. I had the honor to be the Chairman of the meeting and am indebted to Dr. David Otterburn, the Program Chair, PRRI our management company, and our esteemed faculty Drs. Alan Matarasso, Henry Spinelli, Richard Warren, Glenn Jelks, Charlie Thorne, David Hidalgo, Craig Dufrense, and Richard Lisman. We look forward to our 3rd Annual NESPS Spring Symposium (March 2, 2019 at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel). This symposium will cover all aspects of Rhinoplasty and be chaired by Dr. Peter Taub (President-Elect, NESPS) and Dr. David Otterburn (Program Chair). Drs. Taub and Otterburn have worked very hard to organize this program and have already confirmed participation by many acclaimed faculty (including Alan Matarasso, Mark Sultan, Steven Baker, Mark Constantian, Edmund Kwan, Jess Ting, and Peter Taub). We look forward to finalizing the program and hope that you will join us at this exciting event. Space will be limited so please reserve your spot!

The 35th Annual Meeting of the NESPS will take place on October 26-28 at the Renaissance Hotel Boston, MA. I have had the pleasure of working together with Dr. Evan Matros, our Program Chair, and we have put together an exciting program. The venue is a five-star water front hotel located minutes from downtown Boston and Cambridge. The program includes many exciting panels including Breast Reconstruction: Pre-Pectoral vs. Retropectoral Breast Reconstruction; Neck and Male Rejuvenation, Pros and Cons of Sub Specialization and Fellowship Training for Residents; Transgender Surgery, Practice Management Hot Topics with a Focus on Social Media and Reputation Management, Improving Abdominal Wall Contour in DIEP Surgery, Abdominoplasty, and Total Body Lift. We are indebted to our esteemed panelists who promise to deliver exciting and engaging presentations.

The Eugene Courtiss Memorial Lecture this year will be delivered by Karl-Heinz Breuing, MD. Dr. R. Barret Noone will deliver our Founders Address and Dr. Arin Green will deliver the Residents Best Paper Award Alumni Lecture. The Member luncheon and Annual Business Meeting will be on Friday, October 26 at 12:30pm and the Presidentís Reception and Banquet will take place on Saturday, October 27. We are excited also to have our first annual NESPS Women in Plastic Surgery Luncheon on Saturday, October 27.

I look forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting!

Best Regards,

Babak Mehrara, MD
NESPS President


Editor's Corner

David Otterburn, MD
Editor

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Enclosed you will find this years edition of the Fall Newsletter. The past year has been a busy and productive year for the Society, highlighted by the fantastic Annual meeting in Newport, RI and the Spring Symposium on Periorbital rejuvenation in New York City. Please read Dr Babak Mehrara's President's Address for full details of the year. I hope you will attend the 2018 Annual Meeting later this month, in Boston. The agenda is packed full of innovative and exciting topics, and as we are all aware it's meeting colleagues we do not see frequently enough which makes the meetings special. Please come to catch up, relive old and make new memories.

This year the Spring Meeting will be co-hosted with the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgery on March 2nd at the Lotte New York Palace. The topic will be rhinoplasty and the invited faculty is outstanding. Please support the program and encourage your faculty and residents to participate. The meeting is 1 day long but packs in the essentials of the chosen topic focusing on clinical pearls and interactive discussions among regional and national experts.

From the enclosed Program Update you will see that the Northeastern programs are leading the nation, the level of research grants awarded and honors bestowed are second to none. I would like to thank the busy Chairpersons, Program Directors and Coordinators who took the time to complete the survey: I know it takes significant time to do this thoroughly. It is great to get this snapshot of what each program is doing so again, thank you!

I would like to invite our members in private practice to submit updates to me via my email, dmo9004@med.cornell.edu. They will be included in next years Program Update in a Private Practice Update section.

I look forward to seeing you in Boston,

Sincerely,

David Otterburn, MD
Editor


Program Round-Up

Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?
Dr. Siba Haykal left the faculty at the start of 2018 to return to the University of Toronto. Dr. Kristen Rezak has departed to join the faculty at Duke University. We were fortunate to have had them both on our faculty and look forward to their continued success in the future.

Three new surgeons have joined the faculty. Dr. Christie Bialowas joined us from the faculty at the University of Texas – San Antonio. While she was there she won numerous prizes for her dedication to teaching both residents and medical students, and we are excited about her contributions to this in Albany. Saratoga, NY native Dr. Casian Monaco joins us to lead our expansion in breast reconstruction services at our affiliated institution, Saratoga Hospital. Dr. Monaco completed his residency at NYU, and a microsurgery fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Joseph Ricci who joined us after completing residency at Harvard University and microsurgery fellowship at NYU has been appointed Director of Clinical Research.

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?
Dr. Patel has succeeded Dr. Malcolm Roth as Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Patel is currently continuing as residency program director, and we look forward to continued growth of the division and residency program under his leadership.

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?
We hosted Dr Julie Park of the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston and Dr Larry Gottlieb of the University of Chicago earlier this year.

Dr Richard Korentager, Chair of Plastic Surgery at the University of Kansas will be visiting in September 2018. He is the visiting speaker for the Department of Surgery faculty retreat, which is focused on physician wellness.

Dr Mark Clemens of MD Anderson Cancer Center will be visiting us in November.

Have any faculty or residents won awards over the past year?
Kristen Rezak, MD, received a Hope Award from the Susan B. Komen Foundation at its 24th Annual Northeastern New York Survivor Luncheon in April. Dr. Rezak was honored for the significant impact she has made in the lives of breast cancer survivors in the Capital Region.

Dr Seun Adetayo was selected among the 40 under 40 by the Albany Business Review in honor of her dedication and hard work establishing the Cleft-Craniofacial Center at the Bernard and Millie Duker Children’s Hospital.

PGY-3 Resident James Drinane was awarded a scholarship to attend the ASSH annual meeting in September 2018.

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
We will have one graduate in 2019 and two each year beginning in 2020.

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Dr. Emily Van Kouwenberg graduated in 2018
Plans after residency/fellowship: currently in a hand fellowship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Name: Dr. Paschalia Mountziaris will graduate in 2019
Plans after residency/fellowship: After graduation she will begin a Reconstructive Microsurgery Fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center


How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
2

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Jonathan Bass, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Hand Fellowship- NYU

Name: Sun Hsieh, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Craniofacial Fellowship – Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?
We were approved to start a new integrated program, and will be participating in this year’s match to start in July 2019. The plan is to phase out the independent program over a 6 year period.

New faculty member: Dorothy Bird, MD.
She is a graduate of our program, did a micro fellowship at Pitt, specialty in Microsurgery

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?
Amy Moore- Feb 2018 Washington University.

Are there any research projects or grants which have been received which you would like to share with the membership?
Steve Bonawitz is involved in a research project looking at canabanoids and their effect on microvascular surgery and stem cells.

Dorothy Bird will be reactivating research she started during her residency on Epigenetics of stem cells in regenerative medicine in breast cancer patients.

Have any faculty or residents won awards over the past year?
Kate Rodby MD was the recipient of an ASPS travel scholarship to attend the Annual Meeting.

Martha Matthews was the recipient of Cooper University Hospital Senior Physician of the Year.

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
one

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Mohamed Elfar, MD graduated june 2018
Plans after residency/fellowship: Currently looking for a position with specialization in Burns and Complicated Wounds

Name: Vinod Chopra, MD graduates 6/19
Plans after residency/fellowship: Aesthetic fellowship

Name: Kate Rodby, MD graduates 6/20
Plans after residency/fellowship: Breast/Micro fellowship

Name: Kamal Addagatla MD graduates 6/21
Plans after residency/fellowship: undecided


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?
Leslie Cohen Joined the faculty in August 2018 after completing her residency with us and completing the Microsurgery Fellowship at NYU.

Her focus will be on Microsurgery and Transgender surgery.

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?
Fu-Chan Wei, Mark Urata

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
Two

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Rose Fu, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Completed U Penn Microsurgery Fellowship, Joined the Permanente Medical Group – San Francisco, CA

Name: John Bast, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Completed USC Microsurgery Fellowship, Joined the U Penn Faculty

Name: James Lee, Class of 2019
Plans after residency/fellowship: Craniofacial fellowship

Name: Adam Levy, Class 2020
Plans after residency/fellowship: Microsurgery Fellowship

Name: Andrew Weinstein, Class 2020
Plans after residency/fellowship: undecided

Name: Philip lotfi, Class 2020
Plans after residency/fellowship: undecided


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?
MedSTAR has added several new faculty members:
Dr. Gabriel Del Corral is the Director of the Franklin Square rotation in Baltimore. Dr. Del Corral was in a very busy private practice and has joined our department incorporating his practice and skills into the residency.

Dr. Laura Tom is a new faculty member at MedSTAR Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Tom trained in Seattle at the University of Washington and will be officially joining our faculty in September 2018.

Dr. Zachary Martin of Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore has been at Good Samaritan and has moved into our department this year.

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?
The MedSTAR department of plastic surgery has initiated a microsurgical fellowship that started this year with its first fellow, Dr. Ken Fan. The fellow will work primarily at Georgetown University Hospital as well as Washington Hospital Center; however there will also be an opportunity to work in the Baltimore region as well. The microsurgical cases will include lower extremity, lymphatic, breast, head and neck, and general microsurgical reconstruction. Any plastic surgery residents interested in the microsurgery fellowship should contact our department for information regarding the application process.

A new rotation for the residents has been set up in Baltimore at Franklin Square Hospital. This is a busy microvascular surgery service with 2 new faculty performing high-volume microvascular cases. This is also close to the Curtis national hand center which is another MedSTAR hospital that affords the residents the opportunity to do fresh cadaver dissections as well as a microvascular skills lab on live animals while on their Baltimore rotation. The residents are excited for the new Baltimore rotation as they have a beautiful 2 bedroom apartment with a swimming pool, exercise center, and on-site recreational lounge at the living facilities.

Additionally we have opened our new McLean, Virginia office which is a combination of women's health and plastic surgery in downtown McLean Virginia. We are also excited to be completely renovating our Georgetown Department of Plastic Surgery clinical facility and we have started the initial stages of construction of a brand-new hospital that will future 35 new operating rooms and over 150 private patient rooms.

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?
Bill Hoffman as visiting professor

Have any faculty or residents won awards over the past year?
Dr. Stephen Baker completed his term as president of the American Society of craniofacial surgery at the past annual meeting.

Drs. Karen Evans, Elizabeth Castillo-Marshall, were asked to be new Oral Board Examiners

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
We currently graduate 3 residency/year. However starting in 2018 we have begun matching 4 residents per year.

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Michael DeFazio
Plans after residency/fellowship: Microvascular surgery fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Name: Kapli Verma
Plans after residency/fellowship: Private practice Northern Virginia

Name: Ken Fan
Plans after residency/fellowship: Microvascular Surgery fellowship Medstar Plastic Surgery

Is there anything else about your program that you would like to share with the NESPS members in the next newsletter that is not mentioned above?
As Dr. David Song expands the presence of MedSTAR plastic surgery in the greater DC Metropolitan area, including Baltimore and Virginia, job opportunities will be available. If any members of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons are aware of exceptional candidates looking for a position in the Washington DC area, please have them contact Morgan Gonzales within our department at 202-444-8751.


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?
BIDMC
Dr. Edward (Chip) W. Malin, MD will join the BIDMC plastic surgery faculty in January, 2019.

Dr. Samuel Lin is Program Director of the BIDMC/HMS Plastic Surgery Residency Program starting in July, 2019.

BWH
Lydia Helliwell, MD, joined the faculty of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in September 2017 and is an Instructor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. On July 1 2018, she was appointed the Site Director.

Andrea L. Pusic, MD, was named the Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for Brigham Health in March 2018. Dr. Pusic is Co-Director of the newly formed Patient-Reported Outcomes, Value & Experience (PROVE) Center as well as President-Elect of the Plastic Surgery Foundation and the Joseph E. Murray Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Chris Gibbons, PhD, joined the faculty of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as an Investigator in March 2018 as Co-Director of the Patient-Reported Outcomes, Value & Experience (PROVE) Center and is a Member of the Faculty at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Stephanie Caterson was appointed an Associated Program Director on July 1, 2018.

CHB
No

MGH
Dr. Kyle Eberlin was appointed an Associate Program Director on July 1, 2018.

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?
BIDMC
In January, 2018, BIDMC was approved by the ACGME for an Independent Plastic Surgery Residency Program. The program will have its first two residents starting in July, 2019.

GRADUATED FELLOWS
Dr. Kevin D. Han graduated from the BIDMC Hand / Microsurgery Fellowship. He accepted an appointment at the Arizona Center for Hand Surgery, Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Munique P. Maia graduated from the BIDMC Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Fellowship. She accepted an appointment in a private Aesthetic & Reconstructive Practice, in the Washington, DC Area (McLean, VA).

Dr. Andreas Lamelas graduated from the BIDMC Breast Reconstructive & Microsurgery Fellowship. He accepted a private practice position in Connecticut.

CURRENT BIDMC FELLOWS (2018-2019)

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Dr. Laurel K. Chandler, a graduate of the Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School

Breast Reconstructive / Microsurgery
Dr. Brady A. Sieber, a graduate of the combined Harvard plastic surgery residency program.

Hand / Microsurgery Fellowship
Dr. Marissa E. Baca, a graduate of the plastic surgery residency program from Michigan State

BWH
Co-Directors Andrea Pusic, MD, and Chris Gibbons, PhD, opened the Patient-Reported Outcomes, Value & Experience (PROVE) Center in March 2018. The PROVE Center’s mission is to leverage leading-edge techniques to transform the collection, analysis and feedback of patient-reported data at Brigham, Partners and around the World. Their strategic focus is based on four interwoven themes:

  1. Develop new measurement tools and techniques.
  2. Transform patient-reported data into actionable insights.
  3. Integrate innovative new systems to simplify data collection.
  4. Demonstrate the value of PROMs (Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures) for clinical practice, outcomes research, benchmarking and quality improvement.

CHB
Oren Ganor, MD, has established the Center for Gender Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, the first pediatric center in the country dedicated to the surgical care of transgender patients.

MGH
GRADUATED FELLOWS
Dr. Catherine Chang graduated from the MGH craniofacial surgery fellowship and has joined a private practice in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Matthew McLeod graduated from the MGH breast/aesthetic surgery fellowship and has joined a private practice in Savannah, Georgia.

Dr. William Knaus graduated from the MGH hand surgery fellowship and has accepted an academic faculty position at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

CLINICAL FACULTY
Dr. Heather Faulkner was named the Chief of Plastic Surgery at North Shore Medical Center

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?

BIDMC
BIDMC Plastic Surgery held its first annual international Lymphedema Symposium in November, 2017. About 250 people attended the conference. The second annual conference, held at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at HMS, will take place on November 2-3, 2018. The conferences also include a patient symposium. Dr. Dhruv Singhal was the key organizer of the conference.

Dr. Joseph Upton was the Robert M. Goldwyn Visiting Professor in April, 2017.

BIDMC is hosting the 5th annual Microvascular Oncology Course in December. Dr. Bernard Lee and Dr. Samuel Lin are organizing this meeting.

BWH
BWH will host Dr. Gregory Dumanian in March 2019 as the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Visiting Professor and Joseph E. Murray Lecturer.

CHB
No

MGH
The MGH hosted Dr. Chris Pederson as the combined Plastic Surgery / Orthopaedic Surgery Hand Surgery Visiting Professor.

The MGH hosted the 5th Annual Dr. Jesse B. Jupiter Hand Forum in April 2018, entitled “A Twist in the Wrist”

Are there any research projects or grants which have been received which you would like to share with the membership?

BIDMC
Dr. Dhruv Singhal, and his research team, obtained two grants for their ongoing work on lymphedema and lymphatic surgery.

  1. ASRM/PSF LE&RN combined pilot grant
  2. Harvard Osher Center Research Pilot Grant

BWH
Matt Carty: $3M Grant funded by Department of Defense (specifically, the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, CDMRP) titled “A Novel Approach to Upper-Extremity Amputation to Augment Volitional Motor Control and Restore Proprioception.”

This project will build on the current work we are doing with modified lower extremity amputation and apply the AMI technique (modified surgery) to upper extremities. This will be a phase I/pilot clinical trial to be performed over a three-year period as a collaborative initiative involving Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and MIT. Ten patients who have been recommended for elective amputation due to trauma or infection will undergo the proposed novel amputation procedure at either the above-elbow or below-elbow level. The goals of the project are:

  1. To define a standardized approach to the performance of a novel operative procedure for both below elbow (BEA) and above elbow amputations (AEA)
  2. To measure the degree of volitional motor activation and excursion achievable in the residual limb constructs, and to determine the optimal configuration and design of such constructs
  3. To describe the extent of proprioceptive feedback achievable through the employment of these modified surgical techniques
  4. To validate the functional and somatosensory superiority of the proposed amputation technique over standard approaches to BEA and AEA
  5. To develop a modified acute postoperative rehabilitation strategy suited to this new surgical approach

Bohdan Pomahac: New Grants Totaling $1.9M:

  1. “T Cells and Rejection in Vascularized Composite Allotransplants”
  2. “Harnessing Single Cell Technologies to Understand and Diagnose Rejection in Clinical VCA Transplants”
  3. “Emotions” (assessing the ability to form identifiable facial emotional expression as a functional outcome of face transplantation)

Indranil Sinha:
2018-2019 IGF-1 embedded muscle scaffolds for volumetric muscle loss treatment
Brigham and Women’s Innovator Award (Stepping Strong)
Role: Principal Investigator ($42,500)
Goal: Restore IGF-1 levels to improve muscle recovery following volumetric loss
2018-2023 3D printed muscle-bone organ implant for treating large injuries
NIAMS R01AR073135 (PI: Khademhosseini)
Role: Co-Investigator, 0.6 Calendar Months ($125,000 available to Sinha Lab)
Goal: Establish a scaffold with variable rigidity to bridge composite muscle/bone lower extremity defects.
2018-2023 Aging-associated dysfunction of hypoxia pathway limits skeletal muscle regeneration
NIA K76AG059996
Role: Principle Investigator, 9.0 Calendar Months ($1,125,000)
Mentors: Amy J. Wagers, PhD and Shalender Bhasin, MD
Goal: Investigate whether loss of hypoxia signaling limits skeletal muscle regeneration in a murine model of aging.
2018-2023 Microengineered scaffolds carrying patient-specific cells and growth factors for treatment of volumetric muscle loss
NIAMS R01AR073822 (PI: Tamayol)
Role: Co-Investigator, 1.2 Calendar Months ($165,000 available to Sinha Lab)

CHB
Arin Greene, MD, MMSc: Dr. Greene recently was awarded an NIH R01 grant to study arteriovenous malformations. He also has an NIH R01 titled “Capillary malformation: From somatic GNAQ mutations and disrupted endothelial biology” and 2 NIH R21 grants: “Determining the mechanism for infantile hemangioma: follicle-stimulating hormone” and “Determining the mechanism for arteriovenous malformation”. He is a Co-Investigator on an NIH R01, “Vascular niche bioengineering for human bone regeneration” and has additional funding through the Translational Research Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Carolyn Rogers-Vizena, MD, received a K National Endowment for Plastic Surgery grant to study "high fidelity simulation for education and competence assessment in cleft lip surgery.

MGH
Dr. Eric C. Liao, MD PhD was named the prestigious Tengalia MGH Research Scholar, in recognition of his contributions in investigative and collaborative research. His lab recently reported functional analysis of IRF6 mutations in orofacial clefts, demonstrating that functional tests are imperative in human genetics.

Dr. Kyle R. Eberlin MD was asked to guest edit an issue of Hand Clinics entitled “Replantation and Revascularization in the Hand”

Dr. Richard Ehrlichman MD has received IRB approval for a large investigational study investigating the use of CO2 laser therapy on chronic wounds.

Have any faculty or residents won awards over the past year?

BIDMC
Dr. Bernard T. Lee was appointed a Professor of Surgery at HMS.

Dr. Donald J. Morris was the 2018 recipient of the Julian J. Pribaz, MD Teaching Award from the Combined Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Program.

Dr. Samuel Lin received 2 awards related to publications:

  1. Plastic and Reconstructive Journal award- Best International Collaboration – Bronze, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open. Plastic Surgery Training Worldwide: Part 1. The United States and Europe
  2. 2018 Robert Ebert Prize for Health Care Delivery Research or Service. 78th Annual Soma Weiss Student Research Day. Racial Disparities in Complication Occurrence Among Lower Extremity Trauma and Flap Reconstruction Patients.

BWH
Matt Carty, MD, received the Julian J. Pribaz teaching award.

EJ Caterson, MD, received the “Heroes Among Us” Award from the Boston Celtics in April 2018 for his Stop the Bleed training efforts in which he and his team have trained over 1,500 people to safely apply tourniquets during trauma situations. https://www.nba.com/celtics/community/heroes-2018-04

CHB
Arin Greene was promoted to Professor of Surgery.

MGH
Dr. William G. (“Jay”) Austen MD was promoted to Professor of Surgery.

Dr. Kyle R. Eberlin MD was selected as the 2018-2019 American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Plastic Surgery Visiting Professor, and was also named to the ASSH Young Leaders Forum. He was named the Junior Director-at-Large for the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) Board of Directors from 2018-2020. In addition, he has been named the Vice Chair of the Hand Surgery Committee for the Annual ASPS Meeting Educational Program.

Dr. Eric C. Liao MD PhD was named a section editor for the American Cleft Palate Association Journal; and his review “CRISPR Craft, DNA Editing the Reconstructive Ladder” will be featured on the cover of the upcoming November 2018 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr Yaremchuk was the 2018 Wilhelmsen Lecturer in the Craniofacial Sciences, Thursday May 17, 2018 at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
Independent: 3; Integrated: 3

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Independent:
Ramon Arscott, MD
Destination: Bermuda & Jamaica
Position: A combination of:

  • Private practice
  • Faculty at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mona
  • Affiliate Surgeon to the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Global Health

Erez Dayan, MD
Fellowship: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery - Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute, Dallas, Texas

Christopher David Hughes, MD, MPH
Fellowship: Pediatric Craniofacial - Boston Children's Hospital

Integrated:

Edward M. Kobraei, MD
Fellowship: Hand Surgery - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Nicole Alexis Phillips, MD
Fellowship: Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship -- Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland, Australia

Brady Sieber, MD
Fellowship: Microsurgery - BIDMC

Is there anything else about your program that you would like to share with the NESPS members in the next newsletter that is not mentioned above?
Matt Carty, MD, is featured in a STAT documentary titled “Augmented.” https://www.statnews.com/2018/05/30/pioneering-amputation-surgery-prosthetic-foot/


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?

  1. Denis Knoble, MD: Head and Neck Microsurgical Reconstruction
  2. James P Bradley, MD: Craniofacial Surgery

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?

  1. First Robotic Mastectomy/Reconstruction in US
  2. Start of Lenox Hill Hospital Cleft Craniofacial Program
  3. Development of Transgender Program (Top, Bottom, FFS)

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?

  • April 6, 2017: Louis Strock, MD
  • August 24, 2017: Bruce Bauer, MD
  • December 7, 2017: Joseph Serletti, MD
  • April 26, 2018: Jeffrey Kenkel, MD
  • May 17, 2018: Matthew Hanasono, MD
  • June 21, 2018: Lawrence Gottlieb, MD
  • August 9, 2018: Henry Kawamoto, MD

Upcoming:

  • October 25, 2018: Peter Neligan, MD
  • November 29, 2018: Brian Carlsen, MD
  • April 4, 2019: Rod Rohrich, MD
  • June 13, 2019: Richard Warren, MD

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
2

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Lauren Shikowitz-Behr, MD - Graduated June 2018
Fellowship: Reconstructive & Aesthetic Breast Surgery Fellowship at Mass General/Harvard

Name: Irena Karanetz, MD - Graduated June 2018
Fellowship: Aesthetic & Reconstructive Breast Surgery Fellowship at Northwell/Lenox Hill Hospital

Name: Ashley Chandler, MD - Graduated June 2017
Fellowship: Aesthetic & Reconstructive Breast Surgery Fellowship with Dr. Dennis Hammond
Currently: Private Practice

Name: Munique Maia, MD - Graduated June 2017
Fellowship: Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/ Harvard
Currently: Private Practice


Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year, which you would like to share with your colleagues? We were honored this past year to host Dr. Amy Colwell as our Annual Arthur Barsky Lecturer in the winter and Dr. Mark Urata in the in the spring.

Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?
Our Barsky lecturer for this year is Dr. Christopher Attinger, MD of Georgetown.

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
Two currently.

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Alex Facque, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Transgender fellowship in Chicago with Loren Schecter, MD.

Name: Jonatan Hernandez Rosa, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Craniofacial fellowship at Miami Children’s Hospital with S. Anthony Wolfe, MD.

Is there anything else about your program that you would like to share with the NESPS members in the next newsletter that is not mentioned above? Dr. Taub will serve as the Chair of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons and Chair of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons this coming year.


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?
No, except one surgeon on medical leave.

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?
We have switched one of our away rotations from Brigham and Women’s to Beth Israel and Deaconess Medical Center

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?
Only local speaker for teaching conferences

Have any faculty or residents won awards over the past year?
Dr. Guo was given the Dean’s Most Outstanding Mentor Award by the School of Medicine at Tufts University.

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
Two

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Juan Mella (current)
Plans after residency/fellowship: MD Anderson microsurgery fellowship

Name: James Kotick (current)
Plans after residency/fellowship: Florida, private practice

Name: Anaeze Offodile (recent)
Plans after residency/fellowship: Johns Hopkins, MPH, MD Anderson microsurgery fellowship. On staff at MD Anderson.

Name: Rosie Roeder (recent)
Plans after residency/fellowship: North Carolina, private practice

Is there anything else about your program that you would like to share with the NESPS members in the next newsletter that is not mentioned above?
We have recently converted half of our Independent program to Integrated track. So now we have dual tracks of one each, meaning six Integrated and three Independent residents at any given time. We participate in both matches.


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?
Dr. Yee-Cheng Low, MD has been appointed to the teaching faculty this past year. He brings his microsurgical skill and training from the Vanderbilt and has been an invaluable addition to the program.

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?
The addition of two plastics surgeons to the teaching faculty.

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?
Dr. Maurice Nahabedian, MD participated as a visiting professor to LVHN this past year.

Are there any research projects or grants which have been received which you would like to share with the membership?
None

Have any faculty or residents won awards over the past year?
None

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
1

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Jarom Gilstrap, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Completed his microsurgery training at Stanford and is currently helping to develop a plastic surgery residency at the University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor of Surgery.

Name: M. Shuja Shafqat, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Previous microsurgery fellow at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, and recently took an appointment as faculty as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Name: Bharat Ranganath, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Most recent graduate of the LVHN plastic surgery program and is currently doing a microsurgery fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC.

Name: Nathan Miller, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Current chief resident of the LVHN plastic surgery program and will be completing a Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microsurgery fellowship at the University of Maryland / Shock Trauma Center Program.

Name: Sean Wallace, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Current fifth year resident of the LVHN plastic surgery program and will be applying to microsurgery programs this year.

Name: Robert Teixeira, MD - Current fourth year resident of the LVHN plastic surgery program.

Name: Mamtha Raj, MD - Current third year resident of the LVHN plastic surgery program.

Name: Andrew Steele, MD - Current second year resident of the LVHN plastic surgery program.

Name: Ahmed Mansour, MD - Current first year resident of the LVHN plastic surgery program.


How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
2

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Sean Figgs, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Microsurgery fellowship – Ohio State University

Name: Sana Bhatti, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Craniofacial fellowship – University of Miami


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?
Dr. Michelle Coriddi, Assistant Member

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?
Dr. Andrea Pusic has departed to become chief at BWH

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?
In Spring of 2019, Dr Fu-Chan Wei will be the AAPS visiting professor to Sloan Kettering

Are there any research projects or grants which have been received which you would like to share with the membership?
No

Have any faculty or residents won awards over the past year?
No

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
4

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Michelle Corridi
Plans after residency/fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering

Name: Imran Ratanshi
Plans after residency/fellowship: Clinical Fellow | Adult Craniomaxillofacial Reconstruction & Aesthetic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital

Name: Deana Shenaq
Plans after residency/fellowship: Assistant Professor Rush University

Name: Akil Seth
Plans after residency/fellowship: NorthShore University HealthSystem, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago

Is there anything else about your program that you would like to share with the NESPS members in the next newsletter that is not mentioned above?
No


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?

  1. Dr. Edward Davidson who graduated from a craniofacial fellowship at Johns Hopkins joined the full-time faculty in July 2017.
  2. Dr. Matthew Treiser who graduated from a Hand Surgery fellowship at MedStar Union Memorial – Curtis National Hand Center, joined the full-time faculty in September 2018.
  3. Dr. J. Alejandro Conejero left the full-time faculty in June 2018 to return to Chile.

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?

  1. We are phasing out the independent residency program and currently have two senior residents and 2 chief residents remaining.
  2. In its place, we will have a six-year integrated program, which currently has two residents in each of the PGY1, PGY2, PGY3 and PGY4 years.
  3. Drs. Evan Garfein and Oren Tepper established the Montefiore Einstein 3D Laboratory in the use of medical 3D imaging and modeling.

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?
We were honored to host the following invited professors this past academic year:

  1. Maurice Nahabedian, MD, Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, Georgetown University. Lecture: Advanced Pre-pectoral Breast Reconstruction: Strategies, Techniques and Outcomes
  2. Clara Lee, MD, PSF Visiting Professor, The Ohio State University. Lectures: 1) How to Obtain Research Funding and 2) Do Patients Make Good Decisions about Breast Reconstruction?
  3. Jamie Levine, MD, New York University. Lecture: Advanced Techniques for Improved Accuracy and Outcomes in Reconstructive Surgery
  4. Lorne K. Rosenfeld, MD, FACS, ASAPS Visiting Professor, Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at UCSF and Stanford University Medical Centers. Lecture: My Learning Curve with the Face, Breast & Abdomen: How to Wisely Cull, Safely Cut and Comprehensively Care for the Aesthetic Patient
  5. Raymond Dunn, MD, Chief, Plastic Surgery, UMASS Memorial Medical Center. Lectures: 1) Biomaterials in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction: Rationale for Selection and Outcomes and 2) Lower Extremity Reconstructive Microsurgery: Managing and Avoiding Disasters

We are delighted to announce that the following invited professors will be visiting us in the coming months:

  1. Anand Kumar, MD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, Division Chief, Pediatric Plastic/Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital.  Lecture: Advances in Pediatric Sleep Apnea
  2. Scott Hollenbeck, MD, PSF Visiting Professor

Have any faculty or residents won awards over the past year?
Carrie Stern, MD, Chief Resident, received the 2018 Leo M. Davidoff Society Award of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for outstanding achievement in the teaching of medical students.

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
This past year we had three residents graduating.  Going forward we will have two residents graduating each year.

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Sean Herman, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Cleft and Craniofacial Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellow at The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical center.

Name: Carrie Stern, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Microsurgery Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Name: Jordan Terner, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Private Practice, Manhattan, New York

Is there anything else about your program that you would like to share with the NESPS members in the next newsletter that is not mentioned above?
We have a thriving transgender program.


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?
We have the pleasure to announce the addition of two new first year Plastic Surgery residents, Caroline McLaughlin from Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, MD and Andrea Hiller, MD from Louisville School of Medicine; they began with us July 1, 2018.

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?
We welcomed a new program coordinator, Sarah Wallace, April of this year.

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?
We have hosted three visiting professors in the past academic year, Dr. Chris Forrest, Dr. Sheri Slezak and Dr. Roger Levin. For the 2017-2018 academic year, we are scheduled to host Dr. Zin on November 1, 2018 and Dr. Neligan on November 29, 2018.

Are there any research projects or grants which have been received which you would like to share with the membership?
Donald Mackay, Thomas Samson and Cathy Henry are participating in the Cornet Cleft Outcomes Registry, an NIH funded, multi-center study which will track specific outcomes such as fistula rates and speech outcomes amongst the nineteen participating centers.

Have any faculty or residents won awards over the past year?
Dr. Dino Ravnic won 1st Place Clinical Science Presentation at the 64rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Robert H. Ivy Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2018.

Ashley Leberfinger won 1st Place Clinical Science Presentation at the 64rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Robert H. Ivy Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2018.

Jeffrey Fornadley PGY 1 won the Ballantine Award for Surgical Residents.

Sameer Massand PGY 1 Ballantine Resident Award, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital – 2nd place

Inducted to Gold Humanism Society

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
We have two graduates each year.

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Brittany Behar, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: In July 2018 she will be transitioning to a Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

Name: Stacy Henderson, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: In August 2018 she will be transitioning to a Fellowship in Microsurgery at the University of Pennsylvania.


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?
The Division of Plastic Surgery has hired Dr. Jonathan Leckenby, a fellowship-trained microsurgeon from the UK. He has outstanding credentials and has a clinical interest in facial nerve repair as well as brachial plexus injuries and lower extremity reconstruction. These are areas in which our resident corps relates relatively low numbers related to their cases minimums. Dr. Leckenby also brings with him a dedicated basic science lab with grant funding. This represents a tremendous addition to the Division as well as to the residency program.

The Division of Plastic Surgery has hired Dr. Elaina Chen to join the clinical faculty. Dr. Chen brings with her a tremendous experience in general plastic surgery with a specific focus on wound healing, general reconstruction and breast reconstruction.

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?
There has been formalization of a 7 week microsurgery curriculum under the guidance of Dr. Leckenby and Dr. Christiano. The curriculum is comprised of single day sessions for 7 weeks during which the residents participate in microsurgical practice under the direct guidance of Dr. Leckenby. There is graded responsibility culminating in 2 weeks of live surgery on rats in the lab. This microsurgery experience is fully protected time for the residents where their pagers will be signed out and they will be excused from all clinical duties. There will be a pre test and a post test to measure the progress of the residents through this course.

Have any faculty or residents won awards over the past year?
Dr. Ronald Bossert, the Program Director for the integrated plastic surgery residency program was awarded the prestigious Dean's Teaching Fellowship for 2018-2020. This fellowship is awarded to only 4 faculty members across the University enterprise. Dr. Bossert is the only surgeon to be awarded this distinction for the 2018-2020 session. His project will focus on best practices for establishing plastic surgical trainee competency and is entitled "Surgical Sport: Improving Surgical Education Through Task-Specific Skill Acquisition and Coaching"

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
Currently one graduate

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Elaina Chen, MD (graduated June 2018)
Plans after residency/fellowship: Joined our Division of Plastic Surgery Faculty as Assistant Professor.

Name: Paige Myers, MD (to graduate June 2019)
Plans after residency/fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Reconstructive Microsurgery Fellowship


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?
Christine Jones, MD –began August 2018
James Bradley, MD – left December 2017

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?
No

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?
We hosted Amy Moore, M.D from Wash U St. Louis, she was a visiting professor from the ASSH March 2018

Are there any research projects or grants which have been received which you would like to share with the membership?
We are investigating pain control in the breast reduction analysis of fat tissue.

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
2

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Jose Munoz, MD (2018)
Plans after residency/fellowship: Private Practice, Miami, FL

Name: John Gillespie III, MD (2018)
Plans after residency/fellowship: Private Practice Delaware

Name: Richard Tyrell, MD (2019)
Plans after residency/fellowship: Craniofacial Fellowship

Name: Judy Pan, MD (2019)
Plans after residency/fellowship: Craniofacial Fellowship


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?

Arrivals: Scott Hultman. Hooman Soltanian
Departures: Amir Dorafshar

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?
We will be starting the competency based training program on July 1, 2019

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?

Visiting Professors 2017-18:

  • Shai Rozen, MD
  • Maurice Nahabedian, MD
  • Christopher Attinger, MD
  • E. Bradley Strong, MD
  • Gregg Semenza, MD
  • Aron Wahrman, MD
  • Michael Yaremchuk, MD
  • G. Patrick Maxwell, MD

Are there any research projects or grants which have been received which you would like to share with the membership?
Nima Khavanin, MD – Plastic Surgery Foundation Scott Spear Innovation in Breast Reconstruction Fellowship

Have any faculty or residents won awards over the past year?

Best basic science paper, Brian Cho, MD.  Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons 2017 Annual Meeting, Newport, RI

Presidential Quinquennial Lecture. C. Scott Hultman, MD, MBA. “Shine On: The Efficacy of Laser and Light-based Technologies for Burn Scar Resurfacing and Remodeling: The 10 Year Experience at the University of North Carolina,” 50th Annual Meeting of the American Burn Association, Chicago, IL, April 9, 2018​

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
5 normally, 3 in June 2019

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Karan Chopra
Plans after residency/fellowship: Aesthetic Surgery fellowship

Name: George Kokosis
Plans after residency/fellowship: Microsurgery fellowship

Name: Raghu Nandan
Plans after residency/fellowship: Private Practice


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?
New Facility: John Bast, MD, Evan Katzel, MD

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?
New Program Director: Joshua Fosnot, MD, July 1, 2018

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?
October 4th 2018 –Ivy Lectureship– Dr. James Higgins

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
3

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Fares Samra, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Microsurgery Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Name: Jason Yu, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Microsurgery Fellowship at New York University

Name: Michael Mirzabeigi, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Practice – Atlanta, Georgia


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?
New faculty include Dr. Devra Becker, Associate Professor and former Program Director at University Hospitals Cleveland, brought to expand the clinical environment to our community hospitals in the region (i.e., UPMC Passavant); and Dr. Dan Murariu, Clinical Assistant Professor/Volunteer, expanding the clinical volume at the Allegheny General Hospital clinical site.

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?
Authorization by the Plastic Surgery RRC to initiate the Competency-Based Plastic Surgery Training Program – this represents a four-program consortium application to the ACGME Advancing Innovation in Residency Education (AIRE) pilot program, initiating an experimental program in competency-based, time-variable training in plastic surgery.

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?

Visiting professors this year included the following:

  • October 25, 2017 - Visiting Professor, Dr. Maurice Nahabedian
  • January 31, 2018 – Visiting Professor, Dr. Dennis Hammond
  • March 14, 2018 - Goldwyn Visiting Professor, Dr. Joseph Serletti
  • March 21, 2018 – Visiting Profess, Dr. Garrett Vangelisti
  • April 4, 2018 - Visiting Professor, Dr. Rod Rohrich
  • April 18, 2018 – Visiting Professor, Dr. Malcolm Paul
  • May 9, 2018 – Visiting Professor, Dr. Robert Weber
  • May 23, 2018 – Visiting Professor, Dr. Ivona Percec
  • May 30, 2018 – ASMS Visiting Professor, Dr. Amir Dorafshar
  • June 6, 2018 – Vecchione Lectureship, Former Craniofacial Fellows (12)
    • Laura Monson, MD
    • Shao Jiang, MD
    • Renata Maricevich, MD
    • Mimi Chao, MD
    • Seun Adetayo, MD, FAAP
    • Ahmed Afifi, MD
    • Caty Garland, MD
    • Matt Grieves, MD
    • Alex Lin, MD
    • Johnathan Lee, MD
    • Lorelei Grunwaldt, MD, FACS, FAAP
    • Alex Davit, MD
  • June 13, 2018 – Visiting Professor, Dr. Brian George
  • June 22, 2018 – Resident Research Day, Visiting Professor, Dr. Jay Austen

Our upcoming annual Musgrave Lecturer in October 2018 will be Dr. Elizabeth Hall-Findlay

Have any faculty or residents won awards over the past year? Too many to mention, but notables include:
Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting – winner of the annual Ohio Cup 15 years in a row.

  • Best overall presentation – Francesco Egro. Clinical trial to determine safety of allograft adipose matrix for soft tissue reconstruction.
  • Best basic science presentation – Wendy Chen. Whole eye transplantation: allograft survival with tacrolimus immunosuppression and comparison to synergistic transplantation.
  • Best poster presentation – Wendy Chen. Mandibular distraction and long-term dental morbidity.

Robert H. Ivy Pennsylvania Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting

  • Best Overall Paper and the George Manstein Award - Chiaki Komatsu. Assessment of Retinochoroidal Circulation Using Fluorescein Angiography in Rodent Whole Eye Transplantation Model.
  • First Place Basic Science - Joshua Barnett. FK506 Releasing Nerve Wraps Accelerate Nerve Regeneration.
  • Second Place Basic Science - Asher Schusterman. Adipose-Derived Stem Cells Delay Muscle Atrophy after Peripheral Nerve Injury in the Rodent Model.

Innovation Program Grant. $10,000 grant awarded by The Beckwith Institute.
2017-2018- Francesco M. Egro

Best Paper at Plastic Surgery the Meeting October 2017- Stephanie E Dreifuss

How many graduates do you have each year from your program? 3 graduate within the Integrated program and 2 within the Independent program.

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Debra A. Bourne (Smith)
Plans after residency/fellowship: UPMC Hand Fellowship

Name: Jordan Fishman
Plans after residency/fellowship: UPMC Microvascular Fellowship

Name: Jessica A. Lee
Plans after residency/fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship

Name: John Pang
Plans after residency/fellowship: Mount Sinai Transgender Surgery Fellowship

Name: Edward J Ruane
Plans after residency/fellowship: Joined St. Clair Plastic Surgery Associates, Pittsburgh, PA


The 2018 academic year has been stellar for Rutgers Plastic Surgery. Both campuses – Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) and New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) added new faculty members. Dr. Jeremy Sinkin at RWJMS completed his plastic surgery training at Georgetown University and a microsurgery fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Dr. Ashley Ignatiuk at NJMS completed his plastic surgery training in Ottowa and two hand fellowships – pediatric hand surgery at Scottish Rite and the hand surgery fellowship at UT Southwestern. Both new surgeons are welcome additions to the academic group with unique subspecialty training.

This year we graduated our first class of Integrated Plastic Surgery residents - Dr. Laurel Karian Chandler and Dr. Alexis Lanteri Parcells. Laurel is pursuing an aesthetic fellowship in Boston. Alexis is joining Dr. Scott Spiro in private practice in New Jersey. We’re looking forward to seeing both of their careers develop and will miss them both.

Our residency program has had a busy year. We’ve added an additional clinical site – St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. We also welcomed Bao Tran who transferred into our program as a PGY2 resident. Our incoming interns include John Chao from Ohio and Amon Ra Gama from Tufts.

Dr. Jonathan Keith at NJMS founded the Rutgers Center for Transgender Health. He has been a staunch advocate for transgender rights and is an expert in gender affirmation surgery. He performed the first phalloplasty in New Jersey at St. Barnabas Medical Center and hopes to follow with many more.

Dr. Mark Granick opened the Wound Care Center at University Hospital. He leads a multisdisciplinary team including Dr. Oscar Alvarez, a well-known palliative wound care specialist. Together, they have pioneered the use of Skin TE and other wound care technologies.

Dr. Edward Lee will be taking over as Division Chief as Dr. Granick pursues his clinical passion and research interests in wound care technology.


Have there been any new additions or faculty changes to your program within the last year?
Dr. Tomer Avraham – specializes in breast reconstruction
Dr. Adnan Prsic – hand surgery

Have there been any developments/changes within your division/department within the last year?
No

Has your program held any events or hosted any speakers over the past year which you would like to share with your colleagues? Are there any coming up in the fall or winter?
No

Are there any research projects or grants which have been received which you would like to share with the membership?

Principal Investigator:
Plastic Surgery Foundation:
National Endowment for Plastic Surgery
Title: iPSC based Tissue Engineered Graft for Wound Healing

Co-Investigator:
Rutgers:
Department of Defense:
Spinal Cord Injury Research Program
Title: Nanoparticle Systems for Pressure Wound Healing

NIH:
Exploration of the Diabetic Foot Ulcer Niche - Collaborative Pilot Program
Title: Characterization of cellular and molecular heterogeneity in human diabetic foot ulcers

How many graduates do you have each year from your program?
3

What are the names of your current and recent graduating residents/fellows and what are their current plans/positions?

Name: Marc Walker, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Hand Surgery Fellowship, Yale

Name: Sabrina Pavri, MD
Plans after residency/fellowship: Private practice, Orlando, Florida


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Resident Award Winners Poster Award Winner
Brian H. Cho, MD
A Novel Biomaterial Approach to Improve the Survival of Human Fat Graft
Andrew A. Marano
Effect of MRI on Breast Tissue Expanders and Recommendations for Safe Use
 
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Evolution in the Monitoring of Free Flap Autologous Breast Reconstruction in Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy: Is There a Best Way?

2018 Annual Business Meeting Notice

The NESPS Annual Business Meeting will be held on Friday, October 26, at 12:30 PM in the ROOM of the Renaissance Boston Hotel.

View the minutes of the 2017 Annual Business Meeting minutes of September 9, 2017, in Newport, Rhode Island.

A proposed bylaw amendment will be voted on at this business meeting which will eliminate the requirement of ASPS membership to be a member of NESPS. Your Board has approved this bylaw amendment and is recommending your approval.

The following slate of nominations will be voted on:

NESPS NOMINATING COMMITTEE SLATE
2018-2019
 
OFFICE INCUMBENT NOMINEE
President Babak Mehrara Peter Taub
Vice President Peter Taub Brian Glatt
Secretary Brian S. Glatt
Serving 3rd term, ineligible for re-election
Deepak Narayan
Treasurer John Potochny
Serving 1st term, eligible for re-election
John Potochny
Historian Jeffrey Gusenoff
Serving 1st term, eligible for re-election
Jeffrey Gusenoff
Member-at-Large Deepak Narayan
Completing 2nd year - ineligible for re-election
Howard Langstein
Member-at-Large Janice Lalikos
Term ends 2019
Janice Lalikos
Trustee Steven Baker Jeffrey Ascherman
Trustee Raymond Dunn
Term ends 2019
Raymond Dunn
Immediate Past President Jeffrey Ascherman Babak Mehrara

Welcome New Members

Keith S. Berman - Staten Island, NY
Sana Bhatti - Worcester, MA
Jerome Chao - Latham, NY
Shawn Diamond - Boston, MA
Alphonsus L. Doerr, Jr. - Clifton, NJ
James Economides - Washington, DC
Heather R. Faulkner - Danvers, MA
Philipp Franck - New York, NY
Jordan D. Frey - New York, NY
Louis Iorio - Colts Neck, NJ
Badar Jan - Allentown, PA
Melissa Johnson - Springfield, MA
Mehul Kamdar - Morristown, NJ
Arjun Kanuri - Washington, DC
Marc D. Liang - Pittsburgh, PA
Philip Lotfi - New York, NY
Umbareen Mahmood - New York, NY
Derek Masden - Washington, DC
Martha S. Matthews - Camden, NJ
Paschalia Mountziaris - Albany, NY
Karoline Nowillo - Carmel, NY
Shwetambara Parakh - Paramus, NJ
Amy Quan - Baltimore, MD
Benjamin Schlechter - Wyomissing, PA
Sachin M. Shridharani - New York, NY
Aleksandr Shteynberg - Brooklyn, NY
Richard Sleeper - New Hartford, NY
Ji Son - Cleveland, OH
Ran Y. Stark - Ardmore, PA
Andrew W. Steele - Allentown, PA
Karen Szymanski - Paterson, NJ
David Tauber - Albany, NY
Elizabeth G. Zellner - Valhalla, NY

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