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Keywords

Surgery, Surgeon, Board Certified Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgeon, Professor of Plastic Surgery, Medical Examiner, Reconstructive Microsurgery, Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Laser Medicine, Hand Surgery, Hand Reconstruction, Decubitus Ulcers, Pressure Ulcers, Wound Care, VAC, Vacuum Assisted Closure, Alloderm, Graftjacket, Microbiology, Virology, Immunobiology, Digit Reattachment, Replants, Fingers, Cancer, Breast Cancer, Cosmetic Reconstructive Surgery of the Hand, Upper Extremity, Aesthetic Reconstructive Breast Surgery, Body Contour Surgery,

California

Expert Witness No.1441

Education

7/89-6/93 New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York.
M.D. degree, Medical Scientist Training Program (1993)

7/89-5/91 New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York.
M.S. – Microbiology (1992)
Thesis - Neurobiology of HIV Infections.

6/85-7/89 University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida.
Combined M.D./Ph.D. Degree Program.

9/80-6/84 Stanford University, Stanford, California.
B.A. - Psychology: Emphasis in cognitive and neuropsychology.
B.S. - Biology: Emphasis in molecular genetics and immunology.
Graduated with Honors.

Fellowship Training

7/98-6/99 NYU Medical Center, Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, New York, NY.
Hand Surgery Fellowship;  CAQHS eligible

Internship and Residency Training

4/98-6/98 Manhattan Eye Ear Throat Hospital, New York, NY.
Chief Resident, Plastic Surgery

7/96-6/98 NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center, Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, New York, NY. Plastic Surgery Residency

7/93-6/96 NYU Medical Center, Department of Surgery, New York, New York.
General Surgery Residency

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Appointments

Current Position: Associate Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery at a University in Southern California

8/99-6/04 Assistant Professor, Director of Hand and Microsurgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, University located in Texas

Awards and Honors

2000             UTSW Plastic Surgery Eduacation Award

1999             New York Hand Surgery Society – Fellow’s Research Award, 2nd Place

1998             New York Regional Society for Plastic Surgery - Resident’s Research Award, 2nd Place

1998             IRPS - NYU Resident’s Night Basic Science Research Award

1997             New York Regional Society for Plastic Surgery - Resident’s Research Award, 1st Place

1997             IRPS - NYU Resident’s Night Basic Science Research Award

1989             Iron Arrow Award - Highest honor given by University of Miami

1989             Eastern Student Research Forum - Excellence in Research Award

1988             John G. Beach Excellence in Research Award

1987             Forest Whitaker Research Scholarship

1980-1984    Heritage Fund Scholarship, Stanford University

1980             City of Beverly Hills Community Service Award

1976             American Legion Medal of Distinction

Society Memberships

American Society for Plastic Surgeons   Am Soc.for Reconstructive Microsurgery

Am. Soc. Laser Med & Surgery    Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

Plastic Surgery Research Council American College of Surgeons

San Diego Society of Plastic Surgeons

Research Experience

7/96-6/98 Plastic Surgery Resident, Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center.

Developed an in vitro tri-laminar human cell culture system to study cranial suture fusion.  Examined various growth factors to promote/inhibit cranial suture fusion.

1/90-6/93 Graduate Student, New York University School of Medicine, Departments of Pediatrics and Microbiology.

1/86-1/90 University of Miami School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
Investigations of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) and its effects on the central nervous system.  Development and characterization of human fetal glial cell lines.  Elucidated neurodevelopmental pathways for central nervous system cells.

9/84-6/85 Research Assistant, Stanford University Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases.  Projects included developing a recombinant vaccine for Hepatitis B, detection assay for Hepatitis C, and developing a continuous cell line for the production of  HIV.

6/82-6/84 Undergraduate Researcher, Stanford University Medical Center, Department of Pathology.  Recombinant DNA research on gene expression and deletion.  Devised a technique for diagnosis of B-cell lymphoma using immunoglobulin gene rearrangements.  Work involved gel electrophoresis, Southern blot hybridization, Ig probe construction, immunofluorescent staining, and tissue culture.

Administrative and Committee Responsibilities 

1999-2004 Director – Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship, Department of Plastic Surgery, -Medical Center in Southwest California.

2000-2004 Institutional Review Board. -Medical Center in Southwest California.

2000-2004 Admissions Interview Committee, -Medical Center in Southwest California.

2000-2004 Cancer Committee, Medical Center in Southwest California.

1988-1989 Recruiting and Admissions Committee, Physician-Scientist Training Program, University of Miami School of Medicine.

1987-1989 M.D./Ph.D. Student Representative, Medical Student Council, University of Miami School of Medicine.

1987 Biohazard and Safety Committee, Department of Microbiology, University of Miami School of Medicine.

1986-1988 Director and Committee Member, Eastern Student Research Forum, American Medical Association Research and Education Foundation.

Teaching Responsibilities

2004 Human Anatomy Lab “Finish Orbit & Eye Lecture, UCSD

2000-Present Mentor – STARS Program, -Medical Center in Southern California.

1999-Present 3rd Year Surgery Core Rotation – Plastic Surgery Lecture, -Medical Center in Southern California.

1987-1989 Medical Microbiology - Virology, Section leader, University of Miami School of Medicine.

1987 Immunobiology, Group discussion leader, University of Miami School of Medicine.

Symposium Faculty and Invited Lectures 

2000 UT-Southwestern Clinical Symposium- Plastic surgery for the primary care physician
Common Pediatric Hand Injuries, Dallas, TX

2001-2004 UTSW Rhinoplasty Symposium
Anatomy and Course Faculty, Dallas, TX

2001-2004 UTSW Aesthetics Symposim
Anatomy and Course Faculty, Dallas, TX

2002 UT-Tyler Breast Cancer Conference
Reconstructive breast surgery options in 2002, Tyler, TX

2004 CMC Arthritis Cadaveric Workshop (Wright Medical Technology)
"Open Treatment of CMC Arthritis" Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN

ASSH CMC Arthritis Meeting (Wright Medical Technology) New York, NY

Hot Topics in Orthopaedics (Wright Medical Technology) New York, NY

2005 Wound Management Workshop, UCSD School of Medicine
Common Hand Injuries, Animal (including Humans) Bites,Teating Every Day Burns & Cadaver Lab
La Jolla, Ca

Breast Reconstruction Surgeons Forum (LifeCell) Chicago, IL

Mentoring of Laboratory Students

1999-2001    Postdoctoral Fellow
2000-2001    Postdoctoral Fellow
2001             UTSW Medical Student
2001             Postdoctoral Fellow
2002             Postdoctoral Fellow
2002             STARs Student
2002-2004    Postdoctoral Fellow
2003             STARs Student
2003-2004    Postdoctoral Fellow

Mentoring of Hand/Microsurgery Fellow

2000             Private practice and clinical faculty UTSW, Dallas, TX
2001             Assistant Professor, Univ of Washington, Seattle, WA
2002             Private practice, Wichita, KS
2003             Private practice and clinical faculty UCSF, Oakland, CA
2004             Private practice, Dallas, TX

Consulting

Scientific advisor for alloderm use in hand reconstruction, New Jersey

Scientific advisor for graftjacket use in hand reconstruction, Tennessee

Patents

Available Upon Request

Grants Received

Available Upon Request

Publications

Available Upon Request

Published Abstracts

Available Upon Request


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