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James Butterworth, MBBCh, FACS

Associate Professor, and Program Director, Integrated Residency Program
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Residency: Mayo Clinic Plastic Surgery
Residency: Mayo Clinic General Surgery
Fellowship: MD Anderson Cancer Center Microsurgery

Clinical Interests:

Breast Reconstruction - DIEPs/PAPs/SGAPs/Stacked Flaps
Breast Reconstruction - Implants
Lymphatic Surgery - Lymphovenous Bypass, Vascularized Lymph Node Transfers, Excisional Procedures


  • FACS (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons)
  • ASRM (American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons)
    • Executive Council
    • Chair - Young Microsurgeons Group
  • ACAPS (American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons)
    • Boot Camp Committee
    • Medical Student Outreach Task Force
  • ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
    • Education Committee
    • Curriculum Development Subcommittee
    • In-service Examination Subcommittee
  • KCPSS (Kansas City Plastic Surgery Society)

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 and combinations. 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. This practice and providing considerable input and ownership to the residents have paid off generously to make our program top-notch. 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.

Last modified: Sep 18, 2020

James Butterworth


James Butterworth, MBBCh, FACS
Associate Professor, and Program Director, Integrated Residency Program

Mail Stop 3015
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160

P: 913-588-2000