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Plastic Surgeon Upper Lower Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Plastic Surgeon, Hand, Wrist, Wound Care, Presure Sores, Burns, Scars, Nerve Damage, Upper, Lower Extremities

Education

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor September 1989 – December 1993
    & Training Bachelors of Science in Biology and German (Dec 1993)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine August 1996 – May 2000
    Doctor of Medicine (June 2000)
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill July 2000 – July 2003 General Surgery Residency
    Department of General Surgery
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center July 2003 – July 2004
    Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship – Joseph E. Imbriglia, MD and W.P. Andrew Lee, MD
    Departments of Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery
  • Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center July 2004 – July 2006
    Plastic Surgery Fellowship – Eti Gursel, MD
    Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Thomas Jefferson University – Philadelphia, PA August 2006 – August 2007
    Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship – A. Lee Osterman, MD
    Department of Orthopaedics

Appointments & Positions

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine June 2019 – present
    Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine June 2019 – present
    Department of Orthopaedics
    Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine June 2019 – present
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine June 2012 – present
    Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine February 2012 – present
    Department of Orthopaedics
    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
  • University of Pittsburgh Department of Plastic Surgery March 2013 – present
    Co-Director UPMC Center for Nerve Disorder
  • University of Pittsburgh Department of Plastic Surgery June 2012 – present
    Division Chief of Hand Surgery
  • University of Pittsburgh Department of Surgery December 2011 – June 2012 Division of Plastic Surgery
    Section Chief of Hand Surgery
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine December 2011 – June 2012
    Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and General Surgery August 2007 – December 2011
    Allegheny General Hospital – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Clinical Faculty
  • Temple University School of Medicine May 2011 – December 2011
    Department of Surgery
    Assistant Professor of Surgery (Adjunct)

Hospital Appointments

  • UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside (2012 – present)
  • UPMC Mercy (2012 – present)
  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (2012 – present)
  • VA Hospital – University Drive, Pittsburgh (2012 – present)
  • UPMC Passavant/Cranberry (2011-present)
  • Magee Women’s Hospital (2015-present)
  • St. Margaret’s Hospital (2015-present)
  • St. Clair Hospital (2008 – 2012)
  • West Penn Allegheny Health System (2007-2011)

Certification & Licensure

  • Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, 2009
  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery, 2010
  • State of Pennsylvania, MD 427996, expires 12/31/2020 Initial apply 2007.

Societies

  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2003
  • American Society of Plastic Surgery, 2004
  • American Association of Hand Surgery, 2007
  • American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons, 2012
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council, 2012
  • American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation, 2012
  • American Society of Peripheral Nerve, 2016
  • American Association of Plastic Surgery, 2017

Honors

  • UPMC Faculty Leadership Academy – 2019
  • ASPS Essentials of Leadership Program – 2017
  • UPMC/Pitt Katz Businaess School Marshall Webster Physician Leadership Program – 2015
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2000

Professional Activities

Teaching

Pitt Plastics Hand Fellowship director

  • 2012-13 Galen Wachtman – Texas – private practice
  • 2013-14 Alex Davit, III – UPMC – Pediatric hand
  • 2014-15 Brent Schultz – Pheonix – Private practice hand and micro
  • 2015-16 Jigs Unadkat – UPMC – VA Hospital
  • 2016-17 AJ Blackburn (Ortho) – Private practice – Port St. Lucie, FL
  • 2017-18 Wes Sivak – Prividemic practice Ohio Health – Columbus, OH
  • 2018-19 Debra Bourne – Academic practice – U Kentucky
  • 2019-20 Travis Boyd – Academic practice – UTSW
  • 2020-21 Tom Suszynski, MD – Academic Practice – UMinn

Scholarly

project mentor – University of Pittsburgh SOM

2016 – Chibueze Alaoma Nwaiwu (2018)
2019 – Alyssa Brisbin

Summer Research Project – University of Pittsburgh SOM

2019 – Alyssa Brisban – Certificate of Merit Award Summer 2019

First Experiences in Research – Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

2019 – Natalie Britton

Grand Rounds

1. Grand Rounds, Department of Plastic Surgery. Current treatment of complex peripheral nerve dysfunction. UPMC. Feb 5, 2014.

2. Grand Rounds, Trauma Surgery, Department of General Surgery. Upper extremity replantation.
UPMC. May 29, 2014

3. Grand Rounds Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds. Common Hand and Wrist Disorders. UPMC, June, 12, 2014.

4. Grand Rounds Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds. Common Wrist and Elbow Disorders. UPMC, June, 11, 2015.

5. Grand Rounds, Department of Plastic Surgery. Thumb Reconstruction. UPMC. July 1, 2015.

6. Grand Rounds Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds. UPMC, December 10, 2015.

7. Grand Rounds, Department of Plastic Surgery. Current treatment of complex peripheral nerve dysfunction. UPMC. May 11, 2016.

8. Grand Rounds, Trauma Surgery, Department of General Surgery. Upper extremity replantation. UPMC. Oct 22, 2019.

Visiting Professor

1. Visiting Professor Department of Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon,
NH. Current treatment of complex peripheral nerve dysfunction. July 25, 2014

Residency and Fellowship

1. Co-Director, Annual Hand and Upper Extremity Conference
Allegheny General Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA (annually), 2007 – 2011

2. Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds / M&M
Allegheny General Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA (weekly), 2007 – 2011

3. Orthopaedic Surgery Hand Conference
Allegheny General Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA (weekly), 2007 – 2011.

4. Course Director, Plastic Surgery Hand Conference
University of Pittsburgh Department of Plastic Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA (2 hours weekly/4 months/year), 2011 – present
Responsible for teaching approx. 25 plastic surgery residents

5. Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds / M&M
University of Pittsburgh Department of Plastic Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA (2 hours weekly), 2011 – present
Responsible for teaching approx. 25 plastic surgery residents

6. Combined Plastic Surgery / Orthopaedic Surgery Hand Conference
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA (weekly), 2011 – present
Responsible for teaching 10 hand surgery fellows and approx. 5 plastic and orthopaedic surgery
residents

7. Combined Plastic Surgery / Orthopaedic Surgery Journal Club
University of Pittsburgh (yearly), 2011 – present
Responsible for teaching 10 hand surgery fellows and approx. 5 plastic and orthopaedic surgery
residents

8. Pitt Department of Plastics Surgery Hand Rotation Director (2011- present) – PGY 4, PGY 2 – 30 hours/wk year round.

9. Pitt Plastic Surgery Hand Fellowship director – teach fellows 8 hours/wk year round.

10. Pitt Plastic and Orthopaedic Hand Surgery Fellowship Microsurgical course – 6 hours/year.

11. Department of Plastic Surgery Upper Extremity course – (2012 – present)
Responsible for teaching approx. 25 plastic surgery residents

Research (Composite tissue transplant immunosuppression, nerve regeneration)

Advisory Board:

Coulter Translational Research Partners II (TPII) Program at the University of Pittsburgh (2016)
Medical Advisory Board – Renerva

Grant support:

1. Axogen Educational Grant – November 2013 – $2700

2. 2014 Basic Science Grant from the ASSH/AFSH. “Site specific immunosuppression for hand reconstruction.” Aug 2014 – Aug 2015. $20,000.

3. Medartis Educational Grant – June 2015 – $2592

4. Scleroderma Treatment with Celution Processed Adipose Derived Regenerative Cells (STAR): A Randomized, Double-Blind, PlaceboControlled Trial with Incomplete Crossover. STAR; Version A FINAL Cytori Therapeutics, Inc. 3020 Callan Road San Diego, CA 92121. May 2016 start.

5. Axogen Educational Grant – May 2016 – $2592

6. A Multicenter, Prospective, Randomized, Subject and Evaluator Blinded Comparative Study of Nerve Cuffs and Avance® Nerve Graft Evaluating Recovery Outcomes for the Repair of Nerve Discontinuities (RECON). Protocol No. ANG- CP-007. L Scott Levin MD, Jonathan Isaacs, MD – Co PI’s. Start May 2016. Approved Budget $70,000.

7. Integra Educational Grant – July 2017 – $3000

8. Axogen Educational Grant – May 2018 – approx. $2500

9. 2018 AFSH Basic Science Grant – Improving peripheral nerve regeneration and functional return by sustained local delivery of tacrolimus with an injectable hydrogel applied along the length of the nerve. $20,000

Research Awards:

1. Chibueze Alaoma Nwaiwu. Seroconversion Rates Among Healthcare Workers Exposed to Human ImmunodeficiencyVirus and Hepatitis C Contaminated Body Fluids: The University of Pittsburgh Experience. Texas HIV/STD conference, Austin, TX next week, Oct. 3-6, 2016. Student Research Award First Place – $2500

2. Tyler Bray. Pitt Swanson School of Engineering Summer Research Fellowship. Summer 2017. $4000.

Service

Journal Contributions

  • Plastic Surgery Resident – Chief Medical Editor (2016 – 2018)
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Essentials for Students – Upper Extremity chapter editor, 2011.
  • Plastic Surgery News – Editorial Board – Section Co-Editor, YPS Perspectives (2013- 2016)
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open – Editorial Board – Associate Editor (2014-2018)
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Manuscript Reviewer (2013-present)
  • Journal of Hand Surgery – Manuscript Reviewer (2013-2016)

Committees

Society Board Appointments:

Robert Ivey Society Board Member – Member at Large (2019-20, 20-21)
AAHS Board member – Nominating Committee (2019-20)
ASPS Board member – Nominating Committee (2019-20)
American Board of Plastic Surgery
– Oral Board examainer 2017, 2018, 2020
American Association of Plastic Surgery
– Research & Education Committee (2018-19)
American Society of Peripheral Nerve Surgery
– Program Committee (2018-20)
American Association of Hand Surgery
– Hand Transplant Taskforce (2012 – 2015)
– Nominating Committee (2013-14, 2019-20)
– Tech Committee (2020-)

American Society of Plastic Surgery
– Government Relations Committee (2009 – 2011)
– Health Policy Committee (2009 – 2012)
– Young Plastic Surgeons Steering Committee (2010 – 2016)
– In service examination Committee (2012 – present)
– In Service examination Committeee – Vice Chair – Hand and Lower extremity subcommittee (2019 – 2021)
– In Service examination Committeee – Chair – Hand and Lower extremity subcommittee (2021-24)
– PSEN Editorial Subcommittee – Hand/Peripheral Nerve Work Group (2014 – present)
– PSEN Editorial Subcommittee – Co-Chair, Hand/Peripheral Nerve Work Group (2016 – 2019)
– PSEN Editorial Subcommittee – Chair, Hand/Peripheral Nerve Work Group (2019-present)
– Nominating Committee (2019-20)
– Northeast Region COVID-19 Coalition Taskforce (2020-21)
– ASPS Publications Committee (2020-21)

American Society of Surgery of the Hand
– Young Members Steering Committee (2009 – 2014)
– YMS Committee Chair (2012-14)
– Young Leaders Program (2012-13)
– Nominating Advisory Group (2012-13)
– Shuehorn Committee (2013)
– Annual meeting committee (2015-18)
– Commercial Support Committee (2015-2018)
– Self Assessment Exam Committee (2016-present)
– Resident Education Committee (2017-2020)
– International Relations Committee (2019-20)
– H-FDA Executive Committee (2020-)

American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons
– Education Committee (2017-18)
– Resident Selection Committee (2017-18)

University of Pittsburgh SOM
– UPSOM Faculty Assembly (2020-2021)
– UPSOM Senate Benefits and Welfare (2021-2024)
– Pitt SOM Admissions Committee Member (2016 – present)
– University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board (2015 – present)
– Medical School Admissions Interviewer (2012 – present)
– Department of Plastic Surgery Clinical Competency Committee (2013 – present)
– UPMC Graduate Medical Education Committee – Accreditation Review and Quality Committee (2013 – present)
– UPMC SHY Credentialing Committee (2021-)
– UPMC Professional Practice Evaluation Committee (2021-)

Mission Work

Dartmouth Univeristy mission trip to Hanoi, Vietnam. RICE group.
2014 – Sarah Morcheid
2015 – Oguz Acarturk
2016 – Jignesh Unadkat
2017 – none
2018 – Wes Sivak
2019 – Guillermo Barreiro

Groups

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