Education & Training

Residency Program in Plastic Surgery (ACGME)

A Vanderbilt Plastic Surgery residency offers a robust surgical program lead by seasoned faculty teaching complex surgical procedures, cosmetic surgery and reconstruction for adults and children. Extensive research opportunities exist in dedicated laboratory space and campus wide resources. Annually Vanderbilt accepts three residents totaling nine. The three-year program meets and establishes prerequisites for entrance as specified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The Vanderbilt University Medical Center landscape provides rich experiences collaborating with the Burn Center, Veterans Hospital, Surgical Oncology, Orthopaedics, Trauma Unit and more. Section of Surgical Sciences website

Applicants must submit an application through the San Francisco Residency and Fellowship Matching Services (SF Match).

Plastic Surgery Research Fellowship

This Research Fellowship opportunity allows access to dedicated laboratory facilities as well as access to many cross campus scientific resources at the medical center and university. Working with award winning senior faculty and the laboratory director will provide a research experience rich with relevant discoveries to be presented, submitted for publication and shared with colleagues. The focus of the labs director is investigating molecular mechanisms controlling cutaneous repair and regeneration in mice, pigs and humans. Also a current study that investigates novel approaches to the repair of peripheral nerves after injury. The facilities include a histopathology lab, molecular biology lab, microscope with computerized morphometry and small animal surgery area and tissue culture facilities. Research opportunities for residents are plentiful throughout the medical center as well as independent studies. Many of these research fellows have distinguished themselves nationally with awards. All have authored multiple basic and clinical manuscripts from their experience in this research environment. Vanderbilt is among the nations top 10 grant awardees by the NIH. Applicants must submit an application through the Office of Graduate Medical Education

Director, Kent K. Higdon, M.D.
Associate Director Brian C. Drolet, M.D.