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Thursday, December 17
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VCU Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Virtual Happy Hour with Plastic Surgery Residents

When: November 18, 2020 6:30–7:30 pm

Where: Link will be provided following Registration

Please email Shaun.McCafferty@vcuhealth.org to receive the registration link.

Join some of our current residents for an overview of the Plastic and Reconstructive Residency Program at VCU!

Overview

The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Integrated Residency Program trains medical school graduates to become expert physicians, skilled plastic surgeons, and leaders in health care.

Plastic surgery offers a unique variety of diverse and stimulating sub-specialties, including burn surgery, cleft and craniofacial plastic surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, wound healing, aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, hand surgery, reconstruction after trauma or oncologic resection, aesthetic surgery of the face and body, oculoplastic surgery and microsurgery.

We offer an integrated plastic surgery training program with a schedule of rotations designed to maximize the resident learning experience. Residents gain experience in all plastic surgery sub-specialties through training at VCU Medical Center, Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, as well as several community hospitals and clinics in the greater Richmond area. Fully accredited, we accept two new residents a year. How to apply.

VCU Plastic Surgery Residents on IG

Why Choose VCU Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery?

On match day before we opened our letters, the dean of student affairs told me and my fellow students "the right program finds you. Seven years later, I couldn't agree more.”

"VCU’s Integrated Plastics program gave me a great foundation of surgical knowledge and skill in a supportive and welcoming environment. During training you experience a broad variety of challenging cases, from head to toe, young and old for reconstruction or aesthetic enhancement. Being in a city that is situated off a major highway but within miles of rural farmland, the patient population is equally diverse. I felt fully prepared upon graduating, and confident in the training I received.

Outside the hospital, living in Richmond is an easy, yet exciting place to live with an abundance of outdoor activities, breweries, and festivals. There is something for everyone and I hope you consider a visit!"

Lauren Nigro, MD
VCU PRS Resident
2013–2019

Meet our current residents

Clinical Experience

Our program exposes you to a wide variety of cases and consults, allowing for a rich and educational experience within the full scope of plastic and reconstructive surgery specialties.

As residents advance in surgical experience they are expected to develop their teaching skills and supervise at least one surgical intern and two-to-three medical students during each monthly rotation.

Senior residents are expected to lead and manage teams in addition to providing educational opportunities, guiding junior residents and rotating interns while on clinical duty, and during operative cases while mentoring on the principles of plastic surgery.

Residents are either on the plastic surgery service or on a service outside of plastic surgery at the direction of the Program Director. Outside rotations include anesthesia, dermatology, breast imaging, upper extremity orthopedics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, otolaryngology, vascular surgery and surgical oncology.

Learn more

Case Log Example

2020 Graduating Chief Actual Cases


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Rotations

Rotations are dedicated to hand surgery, burn surgery, craniofacial/pediatric plastic surgery, cosmetic and general reconstructive procedures.

Research & Conferences

Research

The Plastic Surgery Research Laboratory is located on the MCV campus and provides a setting for the investigation of tissue injury and the process of tissue repair. The lab was founded more than 30 years ago and has received continual funding from the National Institutes of Health ever since.

Dorne Yager, PhD
Associate Professor
Director, Plastic Surgery Research 
Director of the Wound Healing Laboratory
Wound Healing Care at VCU Health

 

Conferences

  • Plastic surgery grand rounds/pre-op conference: This is a weekly presentation of all scheduled cases for the coming week with a discussion of the disease process, indications for surgery and the choice of operation. Hospital wide and division level quality improvement initiatives are also discussed.
  • Hand Journal Clubs: Dedicated hand surgery journal clubs take place monthly at VCUMC as well as quarterly among community hand surgeons. Residents are highly encouraged to attend both.
  • Case presentations: Fellows present four or five cases, with attending supervision, to begin their preparation for the oral board examinations.
  • M&M conference: Conferences are held bimonthly to discuss any complications and/or adverse outcomes and ensure that we meet and exceed the standard of care.
  • Faculty lecture: VCU faculty or visiting professors lecture on various aspects of plastic surgery.

Other conferences

  • Laboratory Research Conference
  • General surgery grand rounds (weekly)
  • Plastic Surgery Journal Club (monthly)
  • Microsurgery lab (monthly)
  • Aesthetic Journal Club
  • Annual Theogaraj Conference
  • Annual Global Surgery Symposium at VCU
  • Plastic Surgery Intern Boot Camp
  • American Society for Maxillofacial Surgery Basic Course

Each chief resident is funded to attend one national conference or course.  Recent examples include: Penn Annual Flap Dissection Course, American Association for Hand Surgery Annual Meeting, and the American Association for Plastic Surgery.

Global Surgery

During the chief year, through a partnership with World Pediatric Project, senior residents accompany core faculty to the island of St Vincent in the Eastern Caribbean for exposure to the practice of plastic surgery in a low-resource setting.

Patients travel from eight different island nations for evaluation and may receive pediatric plastic surgery services at Milton Cato Hospital. Resident are also involved in the care of international patients with a variety of complex craniofacial needs who travel to Richmond for expert services.  Interested plastic surgery residents may earn a global clinical scholar distinction.

VCU Program for Global Surgery

How to apply

All applicants must be licensed or eligible to practice medicine in Virginia. Applicants must also be within four years of graduation from medical or dental school and have three months of clearly documented direct patient care activity in the U.S. or Canada. Clinical rotations at medical and dental schools and externships of direct patient care meet this requirement. Observerships and research fellowships do not qualify.

Applications and other supporting material must be submitted using the ERAS system by October 15.

Requirements include:

  • Three letters of recommendation from U.S. or Canadian physicians, including the chair of surgery or designee dean’s letter (or equivalent)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Results of USMLE, NBME or equivalent (all applicants must have passed Part 1 of the USMLE and must pass Part 2 by June of the end of their first year to avoid probation; there is no minimum board score requirement)

Additional requirements for international applicants include:

  • J-1 Visa
  • ECFMG certificate (interviews can be granted prior to obtaining certification)
  • TOEFL score of at least 600 (if not enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian residency program within 18 months of earning an ECFMG certificate)

Message from the Program Director

From the director

Message from the Program Director

"The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division's Integrated Residency Program is looking for people who have a sincere passion for plastic surgery as well as for serving others. Unique among the surgical disciplines, we do not define ourselves by an organ system but rather by a set of tools effectively applied to meet the individualized needs of each patient. We care for the whole person, helping people to look, feel, and function at their very best."

Brian Q. Le, MD
Program Director

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Faculty Profiles

Surgical Education

Michael J. Feldman, MD

Michael J. Feldman, MD

Professor & Interim Division Chair

Michael J. Feldman, MD

Michael J. Feldman, MD

Professor & Interim Division Chair

Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Medical Director of the Evans-Haynes Burn Center
B.W. Haynes Jr. Professorship in General and Trauma Surgery
Interim Chair, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Phone: 804-828-3033

Address/Location:
VCU Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Box 980154
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0154

Ivette Klumb, MD

Ivette Klumb, MD

Assistant Professor

Ivette Klumb, MD

Ivette Klumb, MD

Assistant Professor

Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

Phone: 804-828-3033

Address/Location:
VCU Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Box 980154
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0154

Brian Q. Le,  MD

Brian Q. Le, MD

Assistant Professor & Residency Program Director

Brian Q. Le,  MD

Brian Q. Le, MD

Assistant Professor & Residency Program Director

Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Assistant Professor of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Interim Program Director, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Reconstructive microsurgeon
Hand and upper extremity reconstructive surgeon
Burn surgeon

Phone: 804-828-3033

Address/Location:
VCU Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Box 980154
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0154

Daniel P. Luppens, MD

Daniel P. Luppens, MD

Assistant Professor

Daniel P. Luppens, MD

Daniel P. Luppens, MD

Assistant Professor

Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Assistant Professor of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon

Phone: 804-828-3033

Address/Location:
VCU Plastic Surgery
7301 Forest Avenue
Suite 100
Richmond, VA 23226

Lauren Nigro, MD

Lauren Nigro, MD

Assistant Professor

Lauren Nigro, MD

Lauren Nigro, MD

Assistant Professor

Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Microsurgery
Breast Surgery
Aesthetic Surgery
Post Traumatic and Oncologic Reconstruction

Phone: 804-828-3033

Address/Location:
VCU Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Box 980154
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0154

Paschalia “Lina” Mountziaris, MD, PhD

Paschalia “Lina” Mountziaris, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Paschalia “Lina” Mountziaris, MD, PhD

Paschalia “Lina” Mountziaris, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Microsurgery
Breast Surgery
Aesthetic Surgery
Post Traumatic and Oncologic Reconstruction
Hand Surgery

Phone: 804-828-3033

Address/Location:
VCU Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Box 980154
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0154

Andrea L. Pozez, MD

Andrea L. Pozez, MD

Leroy Smith Professor of Surgery

Andrea L. Pozez, MD

Andrea L. Pozez, MD

Leroy Smith Professor of Surgery

Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Plastic & reconstructive surgeon specializing in:
Oral and maxillofacial surgery
Reconstructive and cosmetic surgery
Microsurgery
Breast Surgery
Hand Surgery
Wound Healing

Phone: 804-828-3033

Address/Location:
VCU Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Box 980154
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0154

Jennifer L. Rhodes, MD

Jennifer L. Rhodes, MD

Professor

Jennifer L. Rhodes, MD

Jennifer L. Rhodes, MD

Professor

Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Cleft, Craniofacial, and Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Medical Director, Center for Craniofacial Care, Children's Hospital of Richmond
Director Vascular Malformations Multidisciplinary Team

Phone: 804-828-3033

Address/Location:
VCU Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Box 980154
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0154

Contact Us

Brian Q. Le
Program Director
brian.le@vcuhealth.org

Shaun McCafferty
Residency Program Coordinator
shaun.mccafferty@vcuhealth.org
(804) 828-3039


Office Location
West Hospital
16th Floor, North Wing

Mailing address
Box 980154
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0154

Phone: (804) 828-3033
Fax: (804) 828-0489