Since 1943, the KU Department of Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program has followed a long tradition of excellence. Over the years, it's boasted some of the most nationally recognized leaders in the field — leaders like David Robinson, M.D., Frank Masters, M.D. Earl Pagett, M.D. and Glenn Jelks, M.D.
The current faculty continues this tradition. Our faculty come from all over the world and have trained at some of the most prominent programs in the world. They are active in professional associations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation and the American Burn Association.
All of our faculty are involved in clinical and/or basic science research projects. Many basic science and clinical projects are being done in conjunction with other KU and KUMC departments.
Residents are required to participate in at least one scholarly activity per year in the form of clinical research, performance improvement project, basic science research or other educational projects and to submit their work for presentation at regional and national meetings. There is a dedicated 2 month research block during the PGY 3 year. Project assignments during the research block are arranged through the Department of Plastic Surgery.
Residents have twice yearly meetings with Dr. Bhavsar and Dr. Andrews to evaluate the progress that is being made on their projects and to ensure that they have adequate resources to complete their projects.
The Department of Plastic Surgery provides support for qualified residents to attend meetings at which they have had a project accepted for presentation. The chief residents are given the opportunity to attend one major conference during their final year.
Our faculty is regularly published in peer-reviewed publications and journals for their work in many areas including breast reconstruction, burn and complex wound management, and pediatric and adult cranio/maxillofacial.