The Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery remains on the cutting edge of the evolving fields of aesthetic, reconstructive and minimally invasive surgery. With five full-time faculty members representing a broad spectrum of expertise, the division saw more than 7,500 patients and performed over 1,200 surgeries in 2012.
The division continues to maintain a robust collaboration with the U-M Department of Dermatology, one of the busiest Mohs surgical practices in the nation and the second busiest melanoma practice in the world behind the University of Sydney in Australia. This unique and dynamic relationship helps position the division to continue to lead the world in innovations involving facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Our relationship with the Department of Neurosurgery has remained strong, and the emerging emphasis on endoscopic skull base surgery has reinforced U-M as one of the world leaders in the treatment of tumors involving the anterior skull base. In addition to these well-established initiatives, the U-M Facial Nerve Disorders Clinic is becoming a regional powerhouse for the management of these difficult conditions. Collaborations with our world-renowned U-M Biomedical Engineering are just beginning to show glimpses of the future management of facial paralysis that will undoubtedly involve reinnervation.
Education continues to be a core mission of the division, with all faculty members committing numerous hours to teach practicing physicians, fellows, residents and medical students. In addition to lecturing both globally and nationally, the division maintains an active learning environment at U-M through the Center for Facial Cosmetic Surgery, the Multidisciplinary Cranial Base Clinic and the Facial Nerve Disorders Clinic.
We offer two outstanding and highly-coveted facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship opportunities to graduating otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residents through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Our faculty also remain active in microvascular surgery and contribute to the training of fellows who seek to specialize in free tissue transfer.
Active research projects in the division include the economic analysis of endoscopic and open skull base surgery, novel treatments for facial nerve disorders and improving reconstructive outcomes following Mohs surgery. Even in the era of single-digit funding from the National Institutes of Health, the division continues to be successful in obtaining funding for core research missions.
The division is committed to providing high-quality, cutting-edge, patient-centered care both at home and around the world. From our faculty involvement in the low-income Hope Clinic@UMHS to microtia reconstruction in Peru and Guatemala, the division remains committed to reaching out to all patients with complex reconstructive and surgical needs regardless of socioeconomic or geographic disparities.