Brown University Alpert Medical School | Rhode Island Hospital

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery






The Integrated Plastic Surgery program at Brown University/Rhode Island Hosital is committed to providing a comprehensive foundation for its graduating residents in both aesthetic and reconstructive scenarios. Success is defined as the production of capable, independent practitioners who will actively contribute to the field. The clinical half is bolstered by an increasingly high and broad surgical volume, while its academic counterpart continues to grow with frequent contribution to scholarly journals and participation in regional and national conferences. Additionally, numerous faculty are active participants in multiple academic societies, including the Plastic Surgery Research Council.


In line with this philosophy, interns are identified as plastic surgery residents from their first steps into the hospital. Protected time is given while off-service in order for residents to participate in a variety of weekly academic conferences and visiting professorships. The program stresses the continuity of these six years of training, as the constant communication and interaction among plastic surgery residents is critical to developing a sense of identity and the unique clinical acumen required of the plastic surgeon.



Highlights of our clinical program include

• 18 months of General Surgery experience distributed among PGY1-3 years. Rotations are carefully selected to optimize the development of clinical skills and judgment necessary for the safe and effective practice of plastic surgery.


• Our program draws on all the resources of a major academic medical center to provide off-service rotations in select surgical subspecialties. These complementary experiences highlight the inherently interdisciplinary nature of plastic surgery.


• Residents PGY 3-6 follow a rotating apprenticeship model, with operating room and clinic responsibilities dependent on the particular attending with whom they are training. Attending assignments are 3-months in duration.



  • PGY-1

  • PGY-2

  • PGY-3

  • PGY-4, 5, 6


One month of each year PGY4-6 is spent on away rotations to complement their experience in Rhode Island. These rotations are organized with the assistance of department personnel and may include a variety of domestic or international experiences, including mission trips like Operation Smile. Recent graduates have used this time to train at the following institutions:


o Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (Taipei, Taiwan)

o MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, Texas)

o Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, New York)

o The Buncke Clinic (San Francisco, California)

o The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada)

o Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts)

o Asan Medical Center (Seoul, South Korea)

o Seoul National University Hospital (Seoul, South Korea)

o Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (Barcelona, Spain)




A comprehensive didactic/conference schedule complements clinical experiences


Mondays: weekend review, where consults from the weekend are reviewed with attendings and discussed regarding evaluation and operative planning


Tuesdays: Combined Orthopedic-Plastic Surgery Hand Conference attended by plastic surgery staff as well as orthopedic staff including Dr. Edward Akelman (former president of ASSH)


Wednesdays: Grand Rounds and Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN) review


Monthly: Trauma-Plastic Surgery Combined Burn Conference, ENT-Plastic Surgery Combined Craniofacial Trauma Conference


Quarterly: Journal Club


Annually: The Versaci and Sexton Lectureships. Recent speakers include Dr. Andrew Lee (Johns Hopkins) and Dr. Julian Pribaz (Brigham and Women’s Hospital)







*Brown University Alpert Medical School Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery