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Expert in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Surgery of the Hand

Expert ID: 726753 Washington, USA

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Expert is a board certified plastic surgeon with 20 years of experience and has surgical expertise with almost all areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is also an expert in microsurgery and has used his training to transplant tissues from one part of the body to another to reconstruct traumatic as well as surgical defects. He is an expert in both reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery. Expert has testified in numerous legal cases.

BREAST RECONSTRUCTION: Expert has experience in the techniques of breast reconstruction and is familiar with common problems that occur during general breast reconstruction surgery such as breast reconstruction after mastectomy, breast augmentation, mammary vein surgery and protocol, and transaxillary endoscopic-assisted breast augmentation.

HAND/FOOT SURGERY: He is familiar with microsurgery contribution to emergency hand surgery, reconstructing the hand with partial or multiple toe transplants, bypass revascularization of lower extremity, other upper and lower extremity re-plantation processes, Ilizarov distraction osteosynthesis in the lower extremity, digital replantation in infants and children, bone anchoring system in upper extremity reconstruction, foot and ankle trauma, treatment of mutilating hand injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, stable fixation of hand fractures, plating, and rigid fixation in toe-to-hand re-plantation.

SKIN/TRAM FLAP RECONSTRUCTION: He is familiar with management and using free flaps in surgery, scalp and forehead avulsion, and treatment of chronic osteomyelitis. He is also familiar with skin cancer management and surgical management of melanoma.

MUSCLE/TISSUE GRAFTING: He has clinical experience with microvascular muscle transplantation, muscle and myocutaneous flaps (trials on rats), microvascular transplantation of the Serratus Anterior muscle, facial re-animation, microsurgical replantation, transplants using quantitative fluorometry, chronic osteomyelitis with debridement caused by muscle transfer, re-planting the avulsed scalp, orthopedic surgery using soft-tissue reconstruction, vein grafting in the head and neck, calcified myonecrosis (necrotic damage to muscle tissue), compartment syndrome, and re-operative aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. He has also presented several presentations and symposiums on topics such as Gracilis muscle in microsurgical transplantation and free tissue transfer.

WOUND HEALING: He has published articles on wound healing including specific topics such as wound salvaging after failed tissue transplantation, managing and reconstructing failed tissue transplantations and post-surgical management.

OTHERS: He is familiar with head and neck contour defects in transplantation, infections and problems with surgery, standard laboratory techniques using fluorescein measurement of digoxin levels and other serum assays used during reconstructive and transplantation surgeries, microvascular anastomosis, reconstruction of the esophagus and trachea, adrenal myelolipoma and endocrine dysfunction and hepatic tuberculosis.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Spokane, Washington

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1990 Degree: Fellowship Subject: Microsurgery Institution: Davies Medical Center, San Francisco
Year: 1989 Degree: Residency Subject: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Year: 1987 Degree: Residency Subject: General Surgery Institution: University of Illinois-Cook County Hospital
Year: 1982 Degree: MD Subject: Medicine Institution: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Year: 1978 Degree: BA Subject: Biology Institution: St. Louis University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1994 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Surgeon Department: Responsibilities: Private practice, plastic surgery, Spokane, WA
Years: 1990 to 1994 Employer: Buncke Clinic Title: Surgeon Department: Responsibilities: Clinical and academic surgeon, provide training to residents and fellows in microsurgery and plastic surgery.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American College of Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Aesthetic Surgery
American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Licenses / Certifications
State of Washington Medical License 1994
License Number MD 32173
Professional Appointments
Deaconess Medical Center, Spokane, WA
Attending Staff 1994 to present
Chairman, Department of Surgery 1996-1998
Member-at-Large, Executive Committee 1996-2007

Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, WA
Attending Staff 1994 to present

Awards / Recognition
Phi Beta Kappa
St. Louis University 1977

Summa Cum Laude
St. Louis University 1978

President’s Award, Best Paper 1991
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
41st Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Best Overall Paper 1993
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
43rd Annual Meeting, Monterey, CA

Medical / Professional
General Surgery Residency, Cook County Hospital 1982-1987
Plastic Surgery Residency, Univ of Calif, San Francisco 1987-1989
Fellowship in Microsurgery, Davies Medical Center, San Francisco 1989-1990
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has authored or co-authored 29 medical papers in peer review journals and four chapters in surgical textbooks.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Approximate 40 case experience with review of records, deposition and court appearances.
Training / Seminars
Presented articles and lectured at local, national, and international meetings and symposia.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Italian Expert is proficient in Italian.

Fields of Expertise

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