Residency Program

Dr. Pierre Saadeh has been the residency program director of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at the New York University Medical Center since 2009. Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez is the Department Chairman, and there are 32 plastic surgeons and associated specialists in head and neck surgery, orthodontics, prosthodontics, and psychology on faculty.

Comprehensive training is achieved by rotations through six hospitals: NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital, the Manhattan Veterans Administration Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Burn Unit at New York Hospital.

Residents obtain exposure to all aspects of plastic surgery including: aesthetic surgery, breast reconstruction, cleft lip and palate surgery, craniofacial and maxillofacial surgery, extremity reconstruction, facial trauma, hand surgery, head and neck reconstruction, microsurgery, non-surgical aesthetics, and ophthalmic plastic surgery. Each resident performs approximately eight hundred to a thousand surgical procedures in each year of training. The program is accredited for three years and graduates four chiefs per year. There are three Integrated residency positions and one "traditional" Independent residency position per year.


Candidates are referred to the ACGME and American Board of Plastic Surgery ( websites for current eligibility requirements.


For applications to the Integrated program visit and click on the ERAS Registration Link. You will need your medical school ID and password.

Applications to the "traditional" Independent program are made through the San Francisco matching program.

The Program

The Plastic and Hand Surgery Services at our six hospital training sites run an average of 25-30 operating rooms each day, and the inpatient census approximates 50-75 beds. All major teaching sites have active resident clinics.

In addition to bedside, operating room, and clinic teaching, educational activities include formal conferences, weekly lectures, visiting professorships and guest lectures, and attendance at special courses and symposia organized by members of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery including the annual Cutting Edge Aesthetic Symposium and NYU Breast Symposium.

All residents are encouraged to participate in clinical and basic science research, and the Department provides financial support for resident paper presentations at regional and national meetings. Moreover, residents are sent, at the Department's expense, to the American Association of Plastic Surgeons annual meeting, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual meeting. As of 2015, an on-site dedicated cadaver laboratory hosts cadaver dissection courses. Fully equipped laboratories are available for research in composite tissue allotransplantation, microsurgery, wound healing, craniofacial growth and development, computer imaging, and fat grafting.

The Department's Bogert Education center, the hub of our didactic program, boasts a collection of landmark books and journals, is fully connected to NYU School of Medicine's comprehensive electronic library, and houses conference rooms and a microsurgery laboratory.

The Department graduates four residents per year, three from the six-year Integrated pathway and one from the three-year Independent pathway. The Integrated pathway is open to applicants who have completed prerequisite medical degree training at an ACGME approved institution. The three-year Independent pathway is open to applicants who have completed prerequisite surgical training as defined by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. There are thus three residents in each of the first three years of training and four residents in each of the final three years.

NYU Langone Dental Medicine, Postdoctoral Residency Program

NYU Langone Dental Medicine- Postdoctoral Residency Program (or NYU Langone Dental) formerly NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine is the educational sponsor of seven postdoctoral dental residency training programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

For over 40 years, NYU Langone Dental’s pioneering “dental institution without walls” has trained dental residents in one- , two-, and three-year programs. True to its mission, our goal is to ensure access and equity in oral health care for all communities around the United States.

Residents who complete our program gain real-world experience and a sense of certainty and confidence in how to treat a full spectrum of patients including those with unique oral medical challenges.  Unlike any other dental residency program, the NYU Langone Dental exposes residents to a broad range of complex conditions and medically compromised patients.

NYU Langone Dental educates residents in more than 300 community health center training sites in 27 contiguous states across the United States, as well as in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Trinidad and Tobago. Our program is the largest of its kind in the world with new opportunities being created every year.

Integrated Pathway

The six-year integrated training program is designed to provide each resident with progressive responsibility and the fullest possible experience in all areas of plastic surgery.

Following the Integrated training paradigm, the first three years of residency training are spent completing 15 months of Core Surgery rotations, 9 months of rotations defined as “strongly recommended” by the Plastic Surgery RRC and 12 months dedicated to Plastic & Hand Surgery rotations. The “strongly recommended” rotations include: Anesthesia, Dermatology, ENT, Orthopedics, Oral & Maxillofacial and Occuloplastic Surgery. The Core Surgery rotations include: Breast & Oncologic Surgery, Abdominal & Alimentary, Pediatric, Vascular, Cardiothoracic, Transplant, and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Trauma and Critical Care, and Emergency Medicine.

In the fourth year, residents rotate for periods of three months on each of the following: Plastic Surgery Service at NYU Langone Medical Center, Plastic Surgery Service at Bellevue Hospital, Hand Surgery Service at Bellevue Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

During the fifth year, residents spend three months as Chief Resident at both the Manhattan Eye Ear & Throat Hospital and the Manhattan VA Hospital/Bellevue Hand Surgery Service and rotate for six months on the Plastic Surgery Service at NYU Langone Medical Center.

By design, the Chief/sixth year is structured similarly to the fourth year. The resident serves as Chief Resident for three months on each of the following: Plastic Surgery Service at NYU Langone Medical Center, Plastic Surgery Service at Bellevue Hospital, Hand Service at Bellevue Hospital and the outpatient NYU Aesthetic Surgery Service.

Rotation schedule for the six-year Integrated Residency Training Program.

Independent Pathway

The three-year Independent training pathway is identical to the fourth, fifth and Chief/sixth years of the Integrated pathway, with the exception that 1 month is spent at the Cornell/New York Hospital Burn Unit during the first year.

Rotation schedule for the three-year Independent Residency Training Program.


NYU School of Medicine subsidized housing is available to plastic surgery residents. Residents matching from out of the region receive priority while wait-listed residents generally receive subsidized housing after the first academic year. NYU School of Medicine compensation is relatively generous in recognition of the regional cost of housing and most residents live in off-campus apartments.

Faculty Members

For Residency Information, please contact:

Carla Navarro
Residency Program Coordinator
NYU Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery
Bellevue Hospital Administrative Office
462 First Avenue
New York, NY, 10016
Phone: 212-263-8279
Fax: 212-263-3279

Residency Graduates

Donald Wood-Smith, MD 1963
Cary Guy, MD 1963
Denis Dionne, MD 1964
John Strong, MD 1964
Phillip Casson, MD 1965
Joan Platt, MD 1965
Toyomi Fujino 1965
Jose Delgado, MD 1966
Jose Fernandez-Villoria, MD 1966
Abdulhamid Hedo, MD 1966
Gaspar Anastasi, MD 1967
Michel de Cordier, MD 1967
Christian Dupuis, MD 1967
Richard Kostecki, MD 1968
Jorge Luhan, MD 1968
Andries Molenaar, MD 1968
Robert Rhodes, MD 1968
Avron Daniller, MD 1969
Orrin Stern, MD 1969
Stephen Flagg, MD 1970
Alan Rhinestone, MD 1970
Philip Bonanno, MD 1970
Cauley Hayes, MD 1970
Denys Montandon, MD 1970
John Clarke, MD 1971
Richard Coburn, MD 1971
Barry Davidson, MD 1971
Chester Thompson, MD 1971
Stephen Scully, MD 1972
Raymond Betson, MD 1972
Jack Norman, MD 1972
James Stalling, MD 1972
Sam Hamra, MD 1973
Joseph G. McCarthy, MD 1973
Henry Kawamoto, MD 1973
Bruno Ristow, MD 1973
David Knize, MD 1974
Robert Bernard, MD 1974
Jack Friedland, MD 1974
Milton Rowley, MD 1974
Sherrell J. Aston, MD 1975
David Connors, MD 1975
Hissamuddin Maiwandi, MD 1975
Jorge Lopez-Garcia, MD 1975
Fritz Barton, MD 1976
Jeffrey Benjamin, MD 1976
Daniel Morello, MD 1976
Alan Shons, MD 1976
Daniel Baker, MD 1977
Aaron Borenstein, MD 1977
Gerald Pitman, MD 1977
William Shaw, MD 1977
Richard Factor, MD 1978
David Lipson, MD 1978
Robert Reber, MD 1978
David Lipson, MD 1978
Jesusito Zubiri, MD 1978
Thomas Crais, MD 1979
Richard Hawrylo, MD 1979
Neil Klein, MD 1979
Robert Reiffel, MD 1979
Norman Godfrey, MD 1980
Glenn Jelks, MD 1980
Mauro Romita, MD 1980
Sumner Slavin, MD 1980
Stephen Colen, MD 1981
Susan Craig, MD 1981
Richard Karpinski, MD 1981
Fredric Newman, MD 1981
Craig Foster, MD 1982
Gerald Ginsberg, MD 1982
Alex Keller, MD 1982
Court Cutting, MD 1983
Joseph Jabbour, MD 1983
Richard Marfuggi, MD 1983
Walter Sullivan, MD 1983
Richard Basuk, MD 1984
Craig Dufresne, MD 1984
G. Wesley Price, MD 1984
Carlin Vickery, MD 1984
David Hidalgo, MD 1985
Paul Parker, MD 1985
David Taylor, MD 1985
Frederick Valauri, MD 1985
Linda Durand, MD 1986
Lloyd Hoffman, MD 1986
Bernard Markowitz, MD 1986
James Stuzin, MD 1986
Charles Eaton, MD 1987
Joseph Fischer, MD 1987
Gregory LaTrenta, MD 1987
Barry Press, MD 1987
Rosa Razaboni, MD 1988
John Siebert, MD 1988
Douglas Wagner, MD 1988
Christopher Attinger, MD 1989
Constance Barone, MD 1989
Armen Kasabian, MD 1989
R. Kendrick Slate, MD 1989
Richard Bartlett, MD 1990
George Peck, MD 1990
Henry Spinelli, MD 1990
Michael Stevens, MD 1990
Peter Cordiero, MD 1991
Nolan Karp, MD 1991
Marshall Partington, MD 1991
Stephen Pratt, MD 1991
Issa Eshima, MD 1992
Wm. Scott McDonald, MD 1992
Goesel Mohamed, MD 1992
David Rapaport, MD 1992
Lawrence Bass, MD 1993
Arnold Breitbart, MD 1993
Joanne Jannetta, MD 1993
Hyrar Shahinian, MD 1993
Benjamin Chang, MD 1994
Arthur Flynn, MD 1994
Howard Langstein, MD 1994
Jonathan Schreiber, MD 1994
Geoffrey Fenner, MD 1995
Rob Freund, MD 1995
Roy Hong, MD 1995
Michael Longaker, MD 1995
Adam Basner, MD 1996
Andrew Elkwood, MD 1996
Paul Glat, MD 1996
Scott Shumway, MD 1997
Jane Rowley, MD 1997
Alexander Digenis, MD 1997
Rafael Cabrera, MD 1997
Tracey Pfeifer, MD 1998
James Chao, MD 1998
Douglas Roth, MD 1998
James Bradley, MD 1999
Loren Borud, MD 1999
Geoffrey Gurtner, MD 1999
Jamie Levine, MD 2000
Wendy Olivier, MD 2000
Andrew Matthews, MD 2000
Douglas Chin, MD 2000
Alexes Hazen, MD 2001
Brian Rinker, MD 2001
David Stoker, MD 2001
Babak J. Mehrara, MD 2001
Ray Chang, MD 2002
Ernest Chiu, MD 2003
Andrew Klapper, MD 2003
Norman Rowe, MD 2003
Pierre Saadeh, MD 2004
Sean Boutros, MD 2004
Douglas Steinbrech, MD 2004
Jason Spector, MD 2005
Sheel Sharma, MD 2005
Silvio Podda, MD 2005
Alfred Culliford IV, MD 2006
Robert Galiano, MD 2006
Peter Ashjian, MD 2006
Roberto Flores, MD 2007
Timothy W. King, MD, PhD 2007
Otway Louie, MD 2007
Kari L. Colen, MD 2008
Joseph Michaels V, MD 2008
Naveen Setty, MD 2008
David M. Adelman, MD, PhD 2009
Daniel Ceradini, MD 2009
Oren Z. Lerman, MD 2009
Jennifer M. Capla, MD 2010
Christopher A. Derderian, MD 2010
Oren M. Tepper, MD 2010
Nicholas Haddock, MD 2011
Nicholas Bastidas, MD 2011
Jordan Jacobs, MD 2011
Steven Levine, MD 2012
Lawrence Draper, MD 2012
Keith Blechman, MD 2012
Vishal Dev Thanik, MD 2012
Wojceich Dec, MD 2013
David Ehrlich, MD 2013
Lisa F. Schneider, MD 2013
Katie Weichman, MD 2013
Michael W. Chu, M.D. 2014
Mark McRae, M.D. 2014
Tomer Avraham, M.D. 2014
Patrick L. Reavey, M.D. 2014
Jamie C. Zampell, M.D. 2015
Robert J. Allen Jr., M.D. 2015
Leo J. Urbinelli, M.D. 2015
Michael Alperovich, M.D. 2015
Horatiu Muresan, MD 2016
Derek D. Reformat, MD 2016
Scott M. Reis, MD 2016
Marc A. Soares, MD 2016
Alyssa Reiffel Golas, MD 2017
Joshua Tyler Mirrer, MD 2017
Casian J. Monaco, MD 2017
Sammy Sinno, MD 2017