Dr. Robert J. Havlik appointed Chair of Plastic Surgery
This memo is from Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President
Jan. 21, 2013 College News - I am pleased to announce the appointment of Robert J. Havlik, MD, as Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Havlik currently serves as Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, James J. Harbaugh, Jr. Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also serves as Chief of Plastic Surgery, Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery Program and Director of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
Dr. Havlik’s appointment as Chair, which was approved by the Medical College’s Board of Trustees at its January 18 Board Meeting, is effective April 15, 2013. Dr. Havlik was identified as the top candidate for this role after a comprehensive national search process. I would like to extend my gratitude to John Rhee, MD, MPH, Chair of the search committee – as well as to the full committee membership – for their unwavering dedication of time, insights and thoughtfulness in undertaking this key recruitment effort.
Dr. Havlik graduated from the University of Michigan in 1979 and received his MD degree from Yale University School of Medicine in 1984. From 1984-1988, Dr. Havlik served an internship and residency in General Surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital; he served as Chief Resident in General Surgery from 1988-1989. Also at Yale-New Haven Hospital, from 1989-1990, Dr. Havlik served a residency in Plastic Surgery and was Chief Resident of Plastic Surgery from 1990-1991. Dr. Havlik completed his Hand and Microvascular Fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, from 1991-1992, and his Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, from 1992-1993. Dr. Havlik is currently certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, with a subspecialty in Surgery of the Hand. His peers also have selected him to be included in the Best Doctors in America database.
Dr. Havlik joined the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1993 as an assistant professor, and progressed within the department/division in the following roles: 1) Associate Professor (1999-2005); 2) Associate Professor with Academic Tenure (2000-2005); 3) Professor with Academic Tenure (2005- ); 4) James J. Harbaugh, Jr., Professor (2009- ); 5) Vice-Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery (2006- ); and 6) Interim Chair, Department of Surgery (2011-12).
Dr. Havlik’s research focuses on the fields of cleft palate repair, and maxillofacial and craniofacial disorders. He has received National Institute of Health grants from the National Institute of Deafness and Communicative Disorders and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Dr. Havlik has participated in a significant number of invited lectures, workshops, site visits and grand round presentations, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Havlik currently serves as Immediate Past-President of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons and is Past President of the American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons. Additionally, Dr. Havlik serves as a Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and recently served for five years as the Chair of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Plastic Surgery. He is active in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, American College of Surgeons, American Surgical Association, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation. Dr. Havlik possesses an extremely strong publication record including original peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and abstracts.
At the Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Havlik participated in multiple university community activities. These efforts included the Executive Committee, Dean’s Clinical Chairs Committee, President of the Faculty, Secretary of the Faculty, Student Surgical Education Committee, Surgery Resident Education Committee, and the Pediatric Trauma Committee.
Dr. Havlik will be relocating from Indianapolis with his wife, Nancy, a dermatologist, and children, John and Anne.
I want to express my gratitude to William W. Dzwierzynski, MD, Acting Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery, for stepping into this leadership role upon the October 2, 2012, retirement of David Larson, MD, and for his commitment to ensuring that departmental matters would be handled seamlessly during the transition to a new chair. Dr. Dzwierzynski will continue as Acting Chair through Dr. Havlik’s arrival on April 15.