The fellow works closely with facial plastic surgeons Drs. Rhee and Pawar and microvascular reconstruction surgeon Dr. Zenga.
Sachin Pawar, MD
Associate Professor & Chief, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Fellowship Director
John Rhee, MD, MPH
Professor & Chair, Fellowship Co-Director
Joseph Zenga, MD
Assistant Professor & Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology & Reconstruction
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Overview
The fellowship aims to provide subspecialty training in the full breadth of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, including microvascular reconstruction, through a variety of clinical settings and experiences. It is expected that the fellow will assist in patient evaluation and surgical and aesthetic patient management, increasing autonomy throughout the course of the year as appropriate. The fellow will have core otolaryngology privileges at all associated institutions and their clinics and surgical centers.
Health & Dental: Provided
Stipend: $75,710/year (2023-2024)
- Malpractice: Provided
- Tail Coverage: Provided
- Three weeks paid vacation
- One-week education leave
- Paid educational opportunities (i.e., meeting attendance, courses, etc.) on an individual basis
- Paid meeting reimbursement when presenting
Operative and Clinical Experience
Facial trauma: Froedtert Hospital is southeastern Wisconsin’s only Level I trauma center and the Otolaryngology department shares facial trauma call coverage on a weekly rotation with plastic surgery and oral surgery. The fellow will help taking primary facial trauma call in addition to assisting the director, co-director, and other faculty members as needed with facial trauma cases.
Microvascular reconstruction: The fellow will assist Dr. Joseph Zenga in microvascular cases including flap harvest, anastomosis, and inset. Approximately 80-100 head and neck reconstructive cases are performed annually, and the fellow can expect to participate in 30-50 cases, with the possibility of more depending on interest and goals. The fellow should expect to become facile in microvascular anastomosis, including hand-sewn and coupler anastomoses. By the time of graduation, the fellow should be well-versed in harvest and inset of radial forearm and perforator-based anterolateral thigh free flaps. There will be opportunity for additional experience in vascularized bone reconstruction including fibula and subscapular system flaps. In addition to free tissue, the fellow will be exposed to regional flap reconstruction of the head and neck including pectoralis, supraclavicular, submental island flaps.
Mohs reconstruction cases weekly with Drs. Pawar and Rhee at the outpatient Skin Cancer Center in collaboration with our two Mohs surgeons in Dermatology. Multidisciplinary cases with other otolaryngology faculty, oculoplastic surgery, and OMFS as needed.
Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital
Primary OR for Dr. Pawar’s cases including rhinoplasty, aging face surgery, skin cancer reconstruction, facial reanimation, etc.
Froedtert Surgery Center
Primary ambulatory surgery center for Drs. Rhee and Pawar for rhinoplasty and other outpatient facial plastic surgery procedures.