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Plastic & Reconstructive
Surgery Residency

Message from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Plastic Surgery Residency at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). The residency is a fully accredited ACGME three-year independent program with two available positions per year. Graduates of the program would be eligible for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

The mission of the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery plastic surgery residency program is to train residents to become outstanding comprehensive plastic and reconstructive surgeons. The training program aims for each resident to develop sound surgical judgment and technical ability by developing graduated responsibility in all aspects of patient care. The program provides a range of clinical and academic experiences to foster competence and independence in the preoperative evaluation, clinical decision making, operative skills, and postoperative management of the plastic surgery patient.

Our residents are a culturally diverse group from all regions of the United States. We seek candidates who are independent, hard-working, goal driven, and possess strong academic and clinical skills. We prepare and support our residents in a variety of career goals including further fellowships, employment in an academic setting, or private practice opportunities.

The DMC is the largest healthcare provider in southeast Michigan with more than 2,000 licensed beds and 3,000 affiliated physicians. Our residents have the benefit of interacting with many of our medical experts, who are nationally recognized with a reputation for excellence that draws patients to many world-class programs. The DMC is also the leading academically integrated system in the metropolitan Detroit region.

The DMC and other affiliated rotation sites serve a diverse socioeconomic demographic including urban and suburban patient populations as well as United States Veterans. The DMC serves as an essential referral network for the southeastern Michigan region. Residents care for patients at multiple level one trauma centers as well as an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center. The Detroit Medical Center has academic affiliation both with Wayne State University School of Medicine & Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“The DMC’s record of service has provided medical excellence throughout the history of the Metropolitan Detroit area. From the founding of Children’s Hospital in 1886, to the creation of the first mechanical heart at Harper Hospital 50 years ago, to our compassion for the underserved, our legacy of caring is unmatched.”

— Dr. Guillermina Nava
Program Director, Plastic and Reconstructive Residency Program

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Application Process:  Application is through the San Francisco Match –https://sfmatch.org/

Prospective Residents

Our Mission Statement

The Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency offers a strong academic and clinical foundation to train residents to become outstanding comprehensive plastic and reconstructive surgeons. The training program seeks to develop in its residents sound surgical judgment and technical ability by developing graduated responsibility in all aspects of patient care. The program provides a range of clinical and academic experiences to foster competence and independence in the preoperative evaluation, clinical decision-making, operative skills and postoperative management of the plastic surgery patient. The educational curriculum is designed to expose the resident to all relevant aspects of plastic surgery.

Program Coordinator

Lori McParlane
Harper Professional Building
4160 John R, Suite 400
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313)745-7514
Email: lmcparlane@med.wayne.edu

Activities and Facilities

Education Activities

  • Grand Rounds are held weekly. In this conference, residents and faculty present lectures on specified topics based on a three year rotating curriculum. These lectures may also include talks from our colleagues in other specialties including, Surgical Oncology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Dermatology, etc. Our Grand Round lecture series also includes invited Visiting Professors.
  • Morbidity & Mortality conference is held monthly. The goal of the conference is the prevention of complications by problem based learning improvement and changes in patient care, procedures, and effective communication among providers ultimately to reduce complications.
  • Journal club is held monthly to discuss recent articles from recent publications in the plastic surgery journals.
  • Indications/Interesting Cases conference is held monthly. Residents are expected to prepared to present 1-2 interesting cases for discussion regarding management of common and unusual plastic surgery problems.
  • Core Curriculum Conferences – Weekly conference discussing specified topics on a three year rotating curriculum. This is resident driven and utilizes many of the available plastic surgery educational resources including PSEN, CoreQuest, PRS Grand rounds, In-service questions, etc.
  • Microsurgery skills course is offered to the junior residents through the Beaumont Health system under the guidance of Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate.
  • Hands on Workshops – Splinting workshop & Plating Courses (Maxillofacial and Hand), Nerve Repair workshop, Injectables Training Sessions
  • Cadaver Courses – Affiliation with the Wayne State University School of Medicine has afforded the program the ability to set up cadaver dissection sessions. Previous courses include flap dissections, facial aesthetic, rhinoplasty and upper extremity.
  • Business Meetings – A series of meetings regarding the business of Plastic Surgery have been a yearly endeavor initiated and supported by Dr. Michael Busuito, a graduate of our Plastic Surgery residency and affiliate community faculty member. Previous sessions have included discussions with contract lawyers, practice managers, billers/coders, etc. These meetings have also included Q&A sessions with recent graduates of the program who offer their insights/pearls into life after residency.
The Division of Plastic Surgery has a strong relationship with the Wayne State University School of Medicine and aside from the teaching of medical students and rotating junior residents that is done at bedside, clinic and in the operating room; our faculty and residents participate in formal teaching sessions as well. We participate in a yearly Nerve Conference for the first year medical students during their dissection of the upper extremity in Gross Anatomy. This conference includes faculty and resident run presentations of common peripheral nerve upper extremity conditions with real patient participants, who facilitate the illustration of clinical exams and physical findings. Our faculty also participates in the Surgical Skills course developed by the Department of Surgery. This course is offered to the 4th year medical students and the surgical interns.

January 2021 – “Transgender Surgery”
Curtis Crane, MD – Crane Center for Transgender Surgery

May 2020 – “Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma”
Patricia A. McGuire, MD – American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

October 2020 – “Ethnic Rhinoplasty”, Nathaniel Villaneuva, MD
Ordon-Chopra Plastic Surgery, Beverly Hills, CA

September 2020 – “Awake Liposuction”, Justin Yovino, MD
Ideal Face & Body, Beverly Hills, CA

October 2019 – “Minority Report: Implicit Bias in Plastic Surgery
Starting a Private Practice from Scratch: Pearls & Pitfalls”
Katerina Gallus, MD, FACS, Plastic Surgery Foundation Visiting Professor

April 2019 – “Breast Augmentation”, Dennis Hammond, MD, Plastic Surgery Foundation Visiting Professor

November 2018 – Peter Neligan, M.D., ASRM Visiting Professor, Professor of Surgery, University of Washington
“Lymphovenous Surgery”, “The Role of Plastic Surgery with other Surgical Disciplines”

May 2017 – Ergun Kocak, M.D.
‘Microsurgery in Academic and Private Practice”

December 2016 – Daniel Kapp, M.D.
“Antimicrobial Wound Management”

November 2016 – Edward Chang, M..D, Associate Professor, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
“Novel Innovations to Resorting Lives in Patients Undergoing Treatment for Breast Cancer”
“Improving Clinical Outcomes through a Comprehensive Plastic and Reconstructive Solution”

October 2016 – Ian Valerio, M.D., Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, Ohio State University
“Soft Tissue Injuries and Regenerative Medicine”
“Battle-side to State-side: The Reconstructive Journey of the Wounded Warrior”

September 2016 – Maurice Nahabedian, M.D., Georgetown University
“Examining the Role of Acellular Dermal Matrices in the Prevention and Correction of Capsular Contracture in Breast Reconstruction”

July 2016 – Ivan Ducic, M.D., George Washington University
“Understanding Nerve Injuries and Treatment Options: Evidence Based Review”

June 2016 – Anthony Smith, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Phoenix Arizona
“Upper extremity burn reconstruction, Pre-op planning for free tissue transfer, The Use of the Digit-Widget for treatment of sever Dupuytren’s PIP contracture”

April 2016 – Devinder Singh, M.D. – NAACCME Visiting Professor –University of Maryland
“Incision Management: The Final Step for Complex Surgical Procedures”

Februrary 2016 – Constantino Mendietta, M.D., ASAPS Visiting Professor
“Gluteal Augmentation”

January 2016 – Troy Pittman, M.D., Assistant Professor Plastic Surgery, Georgetown University
“The evolution of nipple sparing mastectomy, how technology changed my practice”

November 2015 – John C. Lantis, M.D. – Professor of Surgery, Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai
“Managing Wound Infection – Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation”

October 2015 – Steven Jacobson, M.D. – Mayo Clinic
“Subcutaneous Implant Based Breast Reconstruction”

September 2015 – Ian Valerio, M.D., Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, Ohio State University
“Trunk and Lower Extremity Reconstruction”

June 2015 – Dennis Hammond, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor MSU, Grand Rapids, MI
“Revisionary Breast Surgery”

May 2015 – David Chang, M.D., PSEF Visiting Professor, Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago Medicine
“Lymphovenous Bypass Surgery and lymph node transfer in the treatment of Lymphedema”

October 2014 – Dennis Hammond, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor MSU, Grand Rapids, MI “Breast Reconstruction Techniques”

Spring 2018 – Mark Constatian, MD – Rhinoplasty Course Cadaver Lab

May 2016 – Bauback Safa, MD – Nerve repair and Reconstruction Cadaver Lab

Our Facilities

The Detroit Medical Center’s (DMC) record of service has provided medical excellence throughout the history of the Metropolitan Detroit area. From the founding of Children’s Hospital in 1886, to the creation of the first mechanical heart at Harper Hospital 50 years ago, to our compassion for the underserved, our legacy of caring is unmatched.

Our medical experts are nationally recognized and each year, hundreds of DMC doctors are included in the list of America’s Best Doctors™. A reputation for excellence draws patients to programs in oncology, organ transplant, cardiology, women’s services, neurosciences, stroke treatment, optometry, orthopaedics, pediatrics and rehabilitation.

We are a leading academically integrated system in metropolitan Detroit and the largest healthcare provider in southeast Michigan. The DMC has more than 2,000 licensed beds and 3,000 affiliated physicians.

Harper University Hospital was established in 1863 and is among the oldest U.S. medical teaching institutions. Its first patients were civil war soldiers. It is a 450-bed private tertiary hospital facility that offers services in a broad range of clinical areas, including cardiology, neurology, neurosurgery, organ transplant, plastic surgery, general surgery, bariatric (weight loss surgery) endocrinology and sleep disorders.
Detroit Receiving Hospital (DRH) was founded in 1915 as a city owned hospital dedicated to caring for everyone regardless of ability to pay. It moved to its present location in 1980 in the heart of the DMC downtown campus. DRH is a 320 bed facility and is the state’s first Level I Trauma Center DRH’s emergency department treats more than 105,000 patients annually, and nearly 60% of Michigan’s emergency physicians are trained at Receiving. Receiving also features the state’s largest burn center, Michigan’s first hospital-based 24/7 hyperbaric oxygen therapy program, and Metro Detroit’s first certified primary stroke center. As a major trauma center for the city, it offers a variety of clinic experiences in maxillofacial trauma, hand trauma, complex reconstruction of the Head and neck, trunk and lower extremity as well as secondary burn reconstruction.
Sinai Grace Hospital (SGH) is the largest of the eight hospitals that comprise the Detroit Medical Center. Located in northwest Detroit, Sinai-Grace provides health care services in over 40 specialties and has 334 inpatient beds, is a full-service hospital including comprehensive cardiac care, stroke, surgical intensive care, medical intensive care, trauma and emergency medicine, cancer treatment, general and robotic surgeries, women’s health, urology, gastrointestinal, gerontology, obstetrics/gynecology and cosmetic/plastic surgery.
Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM) is the first and largest children’s hospital in the state of Michigan founded in 1886. It is an international provider of pediatric neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology, oncology and diagnostic services including Positron Emission Tomography and MRI. It is the only freestanding pediatric Level One Trauma Center in Michigan. It is a 228 bed facility offering a variety of clinical specialties including the care of the Pediatric Plastic Surgery patient. CHM is home to a team of pediatric subspecialists who are part of the multidisciplinary Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery team that cares for many conditions including, hemangiomas and vascular malformations, craniosynostois, plagiocephaly, pediatric burns, Craniofacial Anomalies, Cleft lip and palate, multiple congenital anomalies including hand , ear and breast, and craniofacial trauma.

Affiliated Hospitals

Ascension Michigan is a non-profit corporation that owns and operates four hospitals and 125 medical facilities in south east Michigan. It is a community-based, teaching system, merging compassion and patient-centered care with university expertise and treatment. Affiliations with this hospital system afford the resident exposure to community based care of the plastic surgery patient including cosmetic procedures.
Beaumont Health is not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Hospital and Oakwood Health System in southeast Michigan. It consists of eight hospitals with 3,337 beds, 168 outpatient sites and nearly 5,000 physicians. In 2014, the combined organizations had 174,675 inpatient admissions, 16,229 births and 492,148 emergency visits. Beaumont serves as a teaching hospital through an exclusive partnership with Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and also through partnerships with Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Wayne State University School of Medicine. Affiliations with this hospital system afford the resident exposure to community based care of the plastic surgery patient including cosmetic procedures.
Karmanos Cancer Institute, headquartered in Detroit, is the largest cancer research and provider network in Michigan and has 14 treatment locations. It is one of 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer treatment and research centers in the United States. Affiliated with Wayne State University School of Medicine, the institute has 1,000 staff members, including 300 doctors, and 100 researchers. The staff treats approximately 12,000 patients each year. Its downtown facility resides within the DMC campus.
Founded in 1915 by auto pioneer Henry Ford, Henry Ford Hospital (HFH) is an 877-bed tertiary care hospital, education and research complex at the western edge of the New Center area in Detroit, Michigan. Henry Ford Health System is a not-for-profit corporation who annually trains more than 500 residents and 125 fellows in 46 accredited programs. Through its affiliation with Wayne State University, more than 400 medical students train at the hospital each academic year. Plastic Surgery Residents also rotate to Henry Ford West Bloomfield & the Columbus Center facility located in the northern suburbs of Detroit.

Our Current Residents

Junior Residents — Class of 2023

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Senan Abdul-Hamed
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Medical School: College of Medicine, Baghdad-Iraq,
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Lauren Sall
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, General Surgery Residency: St. John Hospital, Detroit, MI
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Gretchen Stieg
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Junior Residents — Class of 2024

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Ashraf Elzanie
Medical School: New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY General Surgery Residency: Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
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Mandy Flor
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, NY General Surgery Residency: University at Buffalo, NY

Our Recent Graduates

Class of 2021

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Parham Mafi, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, 2012

Residency: University at Buffalo - Buffalo, NY

Class of 2020

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Dean Bowker, MD

Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 2012

Residency: St Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center - Phoenix, AZ

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Ryan Eubanks, DO

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2012

Residency: Maricopa Integrated Health System - Phoenix, AZ

Class of 2019

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Jennel Carreras, MD

Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine, 2011

Residency: Baylor University Medical Center - Dallas, TX

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Catherine McGee, MD

Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, 2011

Residency: Louisiana State University Health Science Center - New Orleans, LA

Class of 2018

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Diana Flis, M.D.

Apprenticeship:  Aesthetic (6 month) – Los Angeles, CA

Current Position: Private Practice – Jackson, MI

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Mohamed Barry, M.D.

Fellowship: Hand Surgery – San Antonio, TX

Class of 2017

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Christian Yi, M.D.

Fellowship: Microsurgery – University of California – San Francisco 

Current Position: Private Practice – Austin, TX

Program Directors & Faculty