Project Description

Wendy Chen, MD


Wendy Chen received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she studied Biochemistry, Public Health, and East Asian Languages and Cultures. She then earned a Master’s of Science from Georgetown University and spent time at the National Institutes of Health investigating upper extremity lymphedema and function in post-mastectomy breast cancer patients. She attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Chen is now training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She completed a year of basic science research in Dr. Kia Washington’s laboratory, investigating whole eye transplantation.

Why Pitt?
Pittsburgh has a long history of excellent plastic surgery training that prepares residents for any fellowship, job, or challenge they may be interested in pursuing after graduation.


  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center research grants
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 2012
  • Intramural Research Training Award Fellow, National Institutes of Health, 2008
  • Dr. Chen had won multiple awards and grants for her research


Li R, Chen W, Yanes R, Lee S, Berliner JA. OKL38 is an oxidative stress response gene stimulated by oxidized phospholipids. J Lipid Res. 2007 Mar;48(3):709-15.

Chen W, Wagner L, Boyd T, Nagarajan R, Dasgupta RA.Extralobar pulmonary sequestration presenting with torsion: a case report and review of literature. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Oct;46(10):2025-8.

Patel PA, Chen W, Wilkening MW, Uribe-Rivera A, Racadio JM, Gordon CB. The Extended Composite Temporoparietal Fascial Flap: Clinical Implications for Tissue Engineering in Mandibular Reconstruction.  J Craniofacial Surg Accepted Aug 2012.

Chen W, Adams D, Gupta A, Dasgupta RA. Generalized lymphatic malformation involving chylothorax: long-term management of a highly morbid condition in a pediatric patient. J Pediatr Surg. 2013 March; 48(3): e9-e12.

Runyan CM, Ali ST, Chen W, Calder BW, Rumburg AE, Billmire DA, Taylor JA. Bone tissue engineering by way of allograft revitalization: mechanistic and mechanical investigations using a porcine model. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2014 May; 72(5): e1-1000. e11.

Vu A, Patel P, Chen W, Wilkening MW, Gordon CB. Pediatric Frontal Sinus Fractures: Outcomes and Treatment Algorithm. J Craniofac Surg. 2015 May;26(3):776-81.

Baskin SM, Abboud C, Chen W, Tolchin E, Kelly RW, Aballay AM. Subcutaneous Injection of Percocet: A Case of Severe Soft Tissue Loss. WOUNDS: A Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice. 2015 Jul;27(7):174-9.

Chen W, Davidson EH, MacIsaac ZM, Kumar AR. Mapping the Mandibular Lingula: A Guide to the Inverted-L Osteotomy. J Craniofac Surg, 2015 Sep;26(6):1847-52.

Argenta AE, Chen W, Davis A, Losee JE, Davit A, Grunwaldt L. A Review of Eight Unusual Pediatric Skin and Soft-Tissue Lesions: Diagnosis, Workup, and Treatment. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2015 Dec;68(12):1637-46.

Bykowski MR, Emelife PI, Emelife NN, Chen W, Panetta NJ, DeLaCruz C. Nipple-Areola Complex Reconstruction Improves Psychosocial and Sexual Well-Being in Women Treated for Breast Cancer. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2017 Feb;70(2):209-214.

Bourne D, Li Y, Komatsu C, Miller MR, Davidson EH, He L, Rosner IA, Tang H, Chen W, Solari MG, Schuman JS, Washington KM. Whole-eye transplantation: a look into the past and vision for the future. Eye (Lond). 2017 Feb;31(2):179-184.

Please see PubMed for the most up-to-date listing of Dr. Chen’s publications.