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Department of Plastic Surgery

Research Fellows


Joseph A. Greco III, MD served through July 2007. He completed his medical education with honors at the Medical College of Georgia in 2002. He is a general surgery resident, post-graduate year four, at Vanderbilt University who is taking two years in the midst of clinical surgical training to pursue research endeavors. He is currently working on using oligonucleotide microarray to analyze genetic expression changes in burn wounds. Joe is also assisting in several prospective clinical protocols within the department, including a study aimed at determining the cause of wound complications after body contouring surgery in patients who have undergone gastric bypass.

Martina Okweuze, MD served as a Research Fellow in Plastic Surgery from 2003-2005. During her tenure she was the recipient of the Glancy Award for Best Resident presentation at the Southeastern Society for Plastic Surgeons. In addition, she won 3rd place mention in the National Essay Contest sponsored by the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.

Nadeem Ajmal, MD served as a Research Fellow in Plastic Surgery from 2001-2002. Nadeem is back in Ireland completing his plastic surgery training.

Colin Riordan, MD served as a Research Fellow in Plastic Surgery from 2000-2001. During his tenure, he received the Anastasia Award for Best Resident Presentation from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He also won the Glancy Award for Best Resident presentation at the Southeastern Society for Plastic Surgeons and the Young Investigator Award from the Wound Healing Society. Colin is currently completing the Plastic Surgery Residency Program in Dublin, Ireland.

David Adcock, MD served as a Research Fellow in Plastic Surgery from 1998-2000. During his tenure he received an award for the best resident presentation at the American Society for Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Adcock completed a surgical residency in Ohio and completed the Plastic Surgery Residency Program at Vanderbilt. He is currently a board-certified plastic surgeon in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Steve Paulsen, MD served as a Research Fellow in Plastic Surgery from 1997-1998. During his tenure he was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Investigator Award by the Wound Healing Society. Dr. Paulsen returned to the University of Oklahoma to complete his general surgery residency. He has since completed a Hand Fellowship at the University of Alabama and completed his Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of South Carolina. He is presently a board-eligible Plastic Surgeon in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Chris Schaffer, MD served as a Research Fellow in Plastic Surgery from 1995-1996. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Vanderbilt and his Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Alabama. He is currently a board-certified Plastic Surgeon at Aesthetic Institute of West Florida in Largo, Florida.

James P. Roesel, MD served as a Plastic Surgery Research Fellow from 1992-1993. He then completed his General Surgery requirements at Vanderbilt and both his Microvascular Fellowship and Plastic Surgery Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was a board certified Plastic Surgeon in Houston, Texas. Dr. Roesel died in 2004.

Barbara Wenczak, MD, PhD served as a Plastic Surgery Research Fellow from 1991-1992. She completed Plastic Surgery Residency at the Bowman Grey School of Medicine in North Carolina. She is a board certified Plastic Surgeon who treated burn patients in Florida for many years and is now in a private Plastic Surgery practice.

Awards to Plastic Surgery Residents, Other Trainees in Plastic Surgery Research

Richard Rosenblum, MD – During his tenure as a Plastic Surgery Resident, Dr. Rosenblum received the Glancy Award for the Best Resident Paper at the Southeastern Society for Plastic Surgeons at the Bermuda meeting in 2000.

Timothy Katzen, MD – During his tenure as a Plastic Surgery Resident, Dr. Katzen received the Glance Award for the Best Resident Paper at the Southeastern Society for Plastic Surgeons at the Boca Raton, FL meeting in 1999.

MEDICAL SCHOLARS

Karen Meier - Served as a Vanderbilt Medical Scholar during 2004 - 2005. She is finishing her fourth year of Medical School and has applied for a residency in emergency medicine.

Andrew Zwyghuizen, MD - Served as a Vanderbilt Medical Scholar during 2002-2003. He is completing a Plastic Surgery Residency at University of Michigan.

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