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James A. Butterworth, MBBCh, FACS

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Associate Professor, Plastic, Burn and Wound Surgery

Program Director, Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency , SOM-Kansas City, Plastic, Burn and Wound Surgery

Professional Background

My clinical and academic interests stem from a love of microsurgery and commitment to education. As a result, a large part of my practice is devoted to autologous breast reconstruction through a variety of flaps. Additionally, we have worked hard to build a thriving multidisciplinary lymphatic program aimed at both prevention and symptom management through conservative and surgical measures. Research opportunities coming from these arenas are abundant due to such high-volume practices and we have many faculty members and residents, who are passionate about moving the needle forward based on our experiences. As the program director of our residency program, educational efforts are at the forefront of my daily life. I work closely with other faculty members and trainees to continue to make improvements to all aspects of our training program. Stagnation is regression, so constant change is implemented and trialed. Providing considerable input and ownership to the residents has paid off generously by making our program an incredible place to train. This commitment has naturally lent itself to becoming involved in educational efforts at a national level, which is where the focus of my societal involvements in ACAPS, ASPS, and ASRM lie.

Education and Training
  • BA, Chemistry, Biology , University of Northern Iowa (December graduation), Cedar Falls, IA
  • MBChB, Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  • Residency, General Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Residency, Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Clinical Fellowship, Microsurgery, UT Houston MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery , American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery , American Board of Surgery
  • State of Kansas
Professional Affiliations
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Member, 2021 - Present
  • Young Microsurgeons Group Steering Committee, President, 2020 - Present
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow, 2014 - Present
  • American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons, Member, 2014 - Present
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member, 2014 - Present
  • American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Kansas City Plastic Surgery Society, Member, 2014 - Present

  • Sutherland, Amanda, Wagner, Korentager, Sabrina, Butterworth, James., A, Amin, Amanda, Balanoff, Christa, Hangge, Amanda, Larson, Kelsey. 2021. Is Bioimpedance Spectroscopy a Useful Tool for Objectively Assessing Lymphovenous Bypass Surgical Outcomes?. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
  • Egan, Katie, Lai, Eric, Holding, Julie, Butterworth, James., A. 2021. A Comparative Analysis of Outcomes of Free Nipple Areolar Grafting in Autologous Breast Reconstruction. J Recon Microsurgery, 37 (5), 458-464
  • Braun, Sterling, Cullom, Melissa, Hornick, Margaret, O'Connor, Michaella, Butterworth, James., A. 2021. Plastic Surgery and Social Media: A Global Analysis of Content. J Aesth Surg
  • Sterling, D., A, Grow, J., N, Vargo, J., D, Nazir, N, Butterworth, J., A. 2020. Happiness in Plastic Surgery: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of 595 Practicing Plastic Surgeons, Fellows, Residents, and Medical Students.. Annals of plastic surgery, 84 (1), 90-94
  • Larson, K., E, Braun, S, Butterworth, J., A. 2020. ASO Author Reflections: Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy with Prepectoral Versus Submuscular Reconstruction: Postoperative Complications.. Annals of surgical oncology, 27 (Suppl 3), 703-704
  • Egan, Katie, Cullom, Melissa, Nazir, Niaman, Butterworth, James., A. 2021. Patient Satisfaction Increases with Nipple Reconstruction Following Autologous Reconstruction. Plast Recon Surg
  • Clary, Zachary, Nazir, Niamann, Butterworth, James., A. 2020. Transversus Abdominis Plane Block with Liposomal Bupivacaine versus Thoracic Epidural for Postoperative Analgesia Following DIEP Flap-Based Breast Reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg, 85 (6), e24-26
  • Butterworth, J., A, Huynh, T., T, Lewis, V., O, Chang, E., I. 2020. Phlegmasia cerulea dolens following internal hemipelvectomy: Case report and literature review.. Injury, 51 Suppl 4, S68-S70
  • Mitchell, Meredith, Wagner, Jamie, Butterworth, James., A. 2018. Subcutaneous implant-based breast reconstruction, a modern challenge in post mastectomy radiation planning. Pract Radiat Oncol, 8 (3), 153-156
  • Lee, C, Butterworth, James., A, Stephens, R, Wright, B, Surek, Christopher. 2018. Location of the Internal Mammary Vessels for Microvascular Autologous Breast Reconstruction: The “1-2-3 Rule”. Plast Reconstr Surg