Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery


The microvascular reconstructive surgery program was initiated in 1988. To date, there have been over one hundred forty individuals who have completed the training program. MD Anderson has been one of the top-ranked cancer center in the country for several years running. The Department of Plastic Surgery has 18 nationally and internationally recognized faculty members who do a wide variety of oncology-related reconstructive surgery with emphasis on microvascular techniques. Primary areas of involvement include head and neck, breast, chest wall, abdominal wall, pelvic, and extremity reconstruction, with an average of over 600 microvascular procedures performed yearly.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must 1) be board eligible in plastic surgery or its foreign equivalent, 2) have completed a formal plastic and reconstructive surgery training program or its foreign equivalent. All applicants must register for the Microsurgery Fellowship Match through the SF Match website.  Additional details regarding the Microsurgery Fellowship Match can be found on the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery website.

Program Description

The Department of Plastic Surgery is accepting applications for a one-year fellowship program in microvascular reconstructive surgery. This educational program involves training in advanced microvascular and complex reconstructive surgery techniques for 12 months, along with the requirement for completion of a clinical or basic science research project during that time. The fellowship is designed to provide advance postgraduate training for plastic surgeons in microvascular reconstructive surgery specifically related to the oncology patient. The MD Anderson Cancer Center offers the unique opportunity for the training of board eligible plastic surgeons interested in microvascular and complex reconstructive surgery involved in the definitive care of all types of cancer treatment. Further information about our Department and Faculty can be found on our website.

Goals and Objectives

The Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship exposes the trainee to a wide range of both ablative and reconstructive surgery for oncology patients and allow them to act as consultants to all of the clinical services of the hospital for reconstruction of wounds of the head and neck, chest wall, abdomen, perineum and extremities. The objectives of the Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship are to: to become familiar with the multi-disciplinary approach to the cancer patient as practiced at MD Anderson Cancer Center; to acquire a special expertise in the evaluation and definitive management of difficult wound problems related to cancer and its care; to develop a practical expertise with many varieties of microvascular flaps for reconstruction in all areas of the body; to complete at least one research project in either clinical research or basic science.

Criteria for Selection of Trainees

Selection will be supervised by the program director with the consultation of other faculty members in the department. Materials solicited for review will include a CV, medical school transcripts, residency and fellowship program director’s recommendation, other letters of reference and a personal statement. Interviews will be required. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Basic Curriculum – Duties and Responsibilities

The fellow is expected to be actively involved in patient care in the clinic, operating room, and hospital floors at the working level of a fully trained plastic surgeon. Under the supervision of the faculty surgeons, the fellow is directly responsible for the primary post-operative management of the microvascular flap reconstructions. He or she will also work closely with the referring physicians in the overall definitive care of the cancer patient. Supplementing the surgical experience gained from over 5000 cases performed annually, there are weekly didactic lectures and teaching conferences as well as a monthly Houston Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Conference hosted by our institution featuring visiting professors as well as our teaching faculty. The trainee is expected to demonstrate improving microvascular skills throughout the year and additional practice time in our microsurgery laboratory can be arranged as needed. As the trainee demonstrates increasing expertise in surgical technique, he or she will progressively advance in the level of surgical case participation. The trainee will also have the opportunity both in the clinic, seeing the preoperative patient consult, and also while presenting the patients at Surgical Indications Conference, to develop microvascular surgery planning skills. The fellow will be required to undertake at least one research project, related to the training.

Curricula vitae and requests for applications should be sent to:

Matthew M. Hanasono, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Professor of Plastic Surgery
Director, Microsurgery Fellowship Program
Department of Plastic Surgery - Unit 1488
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
P.O. Box 301402 Houston, Texas 77230-1402
Telephone: 713-794-1247
E-mail: MHanasono@mdanderson.org

Patrick B. Garvey, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
Associate Director, Microsurgery Fellowship Program
Department of Plastic Surgery - Unit 1488
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
P.O. Box 301402 Houston, Texas 77230-1402
Telephone: 713-794-1247
E-mail: PBGarvey@mdanderson.org

Alternate Program Contact:
Leanne Frazer, Program Coordinator

Telephone: 713-794-1247
E-mail: lfrazer@mdanderson.org

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