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Plastic Surgery Division kickstarts regional society

Devil's Thumb Ranch

Devil's Thumb Ranch will be the location of the first annual meeting of the Mountain West Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Our Division has spearheaded the formation of a new regional organization, the Mountain West Society of Plastic Surgeons (MWSPS). The MWSPS will include plastic surgeons and plastic surgery programs in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

The mission of this regional society is to promote research and support education in the field of plastic surgery and foster the development of plastic surgery in the western region of the United States.

The four institutions with plastic surgery training programs in the region (Mayo Scottsdale, University of Colorado, University of Nevada, and University of Utah) have all committed to support this new society and to participate in an annual meeting. The University of Colorado will provide the CME credit for the meeting.

The first annual meeting will be held from March 3rd to March 6th, 2016, at Devil's Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado. The meeting will provide a vehicle for scientific interchange and for networking of surgeons, residents, nurses, researchers, and guests who are involved in plastic surgery.

(December 2015)

Dr. Mathes appointed PSF Visiting Professor

Dr. Peter Rubin, Chair of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburg (center), recognizes visiting professors Peter C. Johnson, MD (left) and David Mathes, MD (right).

Dr. David Mathes has been named a Visiting Professor for the coming year by The Plastic Surgery Foundation, a national organization dedicated to fostering innovation and improving the quality of life of plastic surgery patients through research and development, charitable care, and enhanced public-awareness campaigns.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Dr. Mathes will visit the following universities to share his expertise:

  • St. Louis University
  • University of Utah
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Chicago

Visit the PSF website for details on Dr. Mathes' lecture topics, as well as information on all eight of the 2015-2016 PSF Visiting Professors.

(June 2015)

Dr. Mathes publishes book chapter

Book Cover: The Science of Reconstructive Transplantation

Congratulations to Dr. Mathes on his recent publication in The Science of Reconstructive Transplantation (Springer, 2015).

Dr. Mathes co-authored a chapter with Dr. Bruce Swearingen and Dr. Jeff Chang of the University of Washington, Seattle.

More information is available on the publisher's website: see The Science of Reconstructive Transplantation.

(June 2015)

Bear-attack survivor receives state-of-the-art
facial reconstruction

Grizzly bear (stock photo)

Nic Patrick was out for a walk in a meadow near his ranch in Wyoming when he rounded a hill and found himself face to face with a female grizzly bear. The bear, fearful for the safety of the two cubs that were with her, attacked Patrick directly in the face. The struggle was brief and one-sided, leaving Patrick alive but missing his nose and most of his right cheek.

Patrick was first treated at a nearby hospital in Cody, Wyoming, then airlifted to the University of Colorado Hospital, where Dr. Frederic Deleyiannis took on the daunting task of reconstructing Patrick's ravaged face.

The challenge facing Dr. Deleyiannis and his team was a serious one: Patrick's entire nose and most of his right cheek were completely gone, leaving little to build on. To solve this problem, Dr. Deleyiannis worked out a plan to transfer tissue and blood vessels from Patrick's back to his face. A prosthetic nose and eight additional procedures were needed to give Patrick the most natural appearance possible.

Remarkably, Patrick says he feels no bitterness toward the bear that attacked him. A longtime conservationist, he continues to advocate for the protection and preservation of the grizzly bear in Wyoming. Rather than dwelling on his misfortune, he says, he has chosen to focus on gratitude to Dr. Delyiannis and his surgical team, who gave him the chance to go on with his life.

Read the full story in UCH Insider.

(April 2015)

Dr. Tae Chong joins P & R Faculty

Dr. Tae ChongThe Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is pleased to introduce our newest faculty member, Dr. Tae Chong.

Dr. Tae Chong is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Colorado, Dr. Chong was the director of reconstructive surgery at Parkland Hospital and was the associate program director at the University of Texas Southwestern (Dallas). There he taught the latest techniques in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. His focus on both the functional and aesthetic restoration of the patient is tailored for each individual.

Dr. Chong trained in general surgery at the University of Virginia and continued his plastic surgery training at the University of Pittsburgh. He continues to be involved in basic science and clinical research in cosmetic surgery, cancer reconstruction, wound healing, and transplantation.

(March 2015)

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