Riley Rees

Riley S. Rees, MD

Professor of Surgery
Emeritus, Plastic Surgery


Dr. Riley Rees is a Professor in the Section of Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan and holds a joint appointment in the division of Surgical Oncology. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is the former Director of the University of Michigan Wound Care Program and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Dr. Rees received his M.D. from the University of Utah, School of Medicine. He completed his general surgical residency at Louisiana State University, and his plastic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Rees was a faculty member at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine eight years before joining the faculty of the University of Michigan in the Section of Plastic Surgery in 1988.

Dr. Rees is a member of many national specialty societies including: the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Association of Plastic Surgeons, The Plastic Surgery Research Council, the Wound Healing Society, and Society of Head and Neck Surgeons. Dr. Rees has served on the board of directors for the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation. He has been president of the Plastic Surgery Research Council.

Dr. Rees is an internationally known authority in wound healing and has authored multiple articles on wound healing. He specializes in the treatment of pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, and chronic leg ulcers. He has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters on a wide spectrum of plastic surgery topics, and has given keynote lectures at many universities and scientific meetings.

He is a founder of the Biotechnology company, KeraCure and the author of multiple patents on cell coated supports.