Department of Plastic Surgery

Fellowship Program

Fellowship Programs 2018-06-15T11:05:36+00:00

Fellowship ProgramS

Body Contouring Fellowship – Read More >

Obesity has become a major chronic health problem in this country, and is second only to tobacco as a cause of premature death. Bariatric surgery has evolved as an effective treatment for morbid obesity, inducing rapid and predictable weight loss within a period of 12 to 18 months following surgery.

The dramatic increase in volume of bariatric surgery procedures in the United States has resulted in a large number of patients with secondary deformities of hanging skin after massive weight loss. Consequently, body contouring after weight loss is emerging as one of the fastest growing fields of plastic surgery.

Patients seek consultation with a plastic surgeon to correct skin laxity of the abdomen, thighs, chest, back, and neck, and often undergo multiple procedures involving lengthy incisions. The Life After Weight Loss program at the University of Pittsburgh is a unique clinical center dedicated to meeting the body contouring needs of the massive weight loss patient

Craniofacial Surgery – Read More >

At the University of Pittsburgh, we seek to attract and train the future leaders in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery, as well as craniofacial biology research. Our fellowship includes the in-depth study of disorders of the soft and hard tissues of the face and cranial areas, such as congenital anomalies, post-traumatic, and other acquired deformities. Fellows trained in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at our institution will be able to manage any craniofacial or pediatric plastic surgery problem, and have the training to pursue an academic surgical career of their choice.

Hand Fellowship – Read More >

The Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery Services at the University of Pittsburgh and the Hand & UpperEx Center have further enhanced the collaboration and cross-fertilization of their respective Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship Programs. This format offers an unparalleled experience in both skeletal and soft tissue aspects of adult and pediatric hand surgery, including microsurgery, conducted in both an academic setting and a private surgery center environment.

Trainees in both fellowship programs will attend joint conferences, didactic lectures, and Journal Clubs together. Rotation through both Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery would result in a diverse experience in all aspects of hand and upper extremity conditions. Between the two fellowships, there are a total of seven positions for candidates completing their residency training in Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, and/or General Surgery. Matched candidates will have the opportunity to be trained by 10 full time faculty members, perform surgical procedures in a state-of-the-art freestanding surgery center, as well as complex upper extremity reconstruction and microsurgical procedures at the University Health Center of Pittsburgh. The faculty members include Joseph Imbriglia, MD, Glenn Buterbaugh, MD, Robert Goitz, MD, William Hagberg, MD, Marshall Balk, MD, Robert Kaufmann, MD, Aaron Grand, MD, Alex Spiess, MD, Alex Davit, MD, and Kia Washington, MD. The majority of physicians have Certificates of Added Qualification in hand surgery or are eligible for the CAQ.

Over the 12-month fellowship-training period, experience and responsibility are gradually increased and by the end of the program each fellow is comfortable and competent in all areas of shoulder, elbow and hand surgery, and microsurgical techniques.

Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship – Read More >

The Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship is an in-depth and comprehensive mentorship experience with the preoperative evaluation, treatment planning, operative treatment, and postoperative management of patients with congenital and acquired defects treatable by conventional and microsurgical techniques.

Over the 12-month fellowship, you will gain formal experience with extremity trauma, post-extirpative head and neck reconstruction with multiple free flaps, microvascular breast reconstruction, surgical and nonsurgical lymphedema management, non-microsurgical reconstruction of the trunk, and microsurgical facial reanimation, as well as weekly outpatient clinic experience in the preoperative evaluation and postoperative management of microsurgical patients.