Plastic Surgery

At the University of Michigan Section of Plastic Surgery, our biggest export is knowledge. Our research and clinical breakthroughs improve how plastic surgeons practice everywhere, and our training programs produce the next experts in the field.

With more than 40 faculty and trainees, the University of Michigan Section of Plastic Surgery is one of the largest divisions of its kind in the country. In our busy and rewarding practice, we perform over 4,000 major operative procedures and see nearly 30,000 patients in clinic each year — providing each one with skilled team-based care for both routine and serious conditions.

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Clinical Strengths

We have extensive depth and breadth in multiple specialties, including cleft lip and palate and craniofacial surgery; hand surgery, including treatment of congenital conditions and rheumatoid arthritis; and gender-affirming surgery — our comprehensive destination program serves patients from nearly 40 states and 3 countries. We have a highly regarded reconstructive program which helps to treat patients with congenital anomalies and functional deficits following trauma or cancer operations. Our singular focus on excellence is demonstrated in all of our programs. 



Our training programs begin at the undergraduate level and extend to advanced fellowships. At each stage, we invite trainees to learn side-by-side with faculty who are international leaders as well as great teachers. We provide graduate medical education through an integrated plastic surgery residency program, a craniofacial surgery fellowship, and a hand surgery fellowship.



Plastic surgery research at Michigan focuses on improving the quality of surgical outcomes in order to restore patients’ quality of life. Our research efforts include: development of prosthetic limbs that allow patients to control a device through nerve signals; studying patient outcomes following mastectomy reconstruction; and understanding the biology of bone in order to enhance healing.