Department of Plastic Surgery

Education & Training


Residency Program in Plastic Surgery (ACGME)
Vanderbilt University offers a balanced plastic surgery residency program conforming to the requirements of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The program is of three years duration, with prerequisites for entrance as specified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Major resident educational experience is centered in such categories as microvascular, craniofacial, congenital anomalies, head and neck cancer and its reconstruction, facial trauma and its reconstruction, aesthetic surgery and hand surgery, as well as a variety of problems requiring conventional musculocutaneous flap reconstruction. The Vanderbilt Burn Center provides total acute and reconstructive care of the burned patient.

Plastic Surgery Research Fellowship
Research laboratory facilities are available and expanding. Residents are encouraged to participate, and there is a separate appointment available for a Research Fellowship. The laboratory, under the direction of Lillian B. Nanney, Ph.D., is focused to investigate molecular mechanisms controlling cutaneous repair and regeneration in mice, pigs and humans. Wesley Thayer, M.D., Ph.D. directs a program that investigates novel approaches to the repair of peripheral nerves after injury. The facilities include a histopathology lab, molecular biology lab, microscope with computerized morphometry and small animal surgery area and tissue culture facilities. Research opportunities for residents can also be arranged across the broad spectrum of settings throughout the medical center.

Reuben A. Bueno, Jr., M.D., Director
Kent K. 'Kye' Higdon, M.D., Associate Program Director

Jammie Baber, Coordinator
Phone: (615) 936-0198
E-mail:  jammie.baber@vanderbilt.edu

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