Medical College of Wisconsin Microsurgery Fellowship

About the Program

The Department of Plastic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin offers a one-year fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery. The program which started in 2009 offers advanced training in microvascular technique and complex reconstruction. The fellowship encompasses the entire breadth of reconstructive procedures both oncologic and traumatic. Fellows will have in-depth involvement with preoperative planning, a high-volume operative experience, and post-operative continuity of care.

This comprehensive fellowship includes a broad range of direct clinical experience in the reconstruction of acquired mastectomy defects following breast cancer surgery (free TRAM, DIEP, SIEA, PAP), lymphedema surgery, reconstruction of head and neck deformities traumatic and ablative, reconstruction of sarcoma resections throughout the body, facial paralysis with the use of free functional muscle transfer, and reconstruction of lower extremity deformities and wounds following vehicular trauma.

Training sites: Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Wisconsin

Program Director

Teaching Staff


Erin L. Doren, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor


Patrick C. Hettinger, MD

Assistant Professor

Goals and Objectives

  • To be able to evaluate and provide multiple reconstructive options for complex surgical defects of the head and neck, trunk or extremities
  • Understand the technologic, pharmacologic, and physiologic principles and postoperative monitoring of free flaps
  • Understand how to recognize, trouble shoot, and treat microsurgical complications, such as flap thrombosis
  • Explain the preoperative workup necessary to perform microsurgical procedures and recognize anatomic problems that would limit or alter the patient's ability to undergo a microsurgical procedure
  • Master the basic microsurgical techniques, including microneural repair and microsurgical anastomosis with opportunity to sharpen microsurgery skills in plastic surgery laboratory
  • Attendance is required at preoperative indications conference, tumor board, plastic surgery grand rounds, and our monthly journal club
  • Fellow will complete at least one scholarly research project during the fellowship year
  • Fellow will give one grand rounds lecture on any topic within the realm of reconstructive microsurgery

How to Apply

To apply please visit the San Francisco match website

All applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae, medical school transcripts, letter of recommendations (including current program director), and personal statement.

Applicants must be a board-eligible graduate of an ACGME-accredited plastic surgery residency or foreign equivalent. International applicants are required to be certified by the ECFMG. Applicants must qualify for licensure in Wisconsin.

Microsurgery Fellowship Contact Information

John LoGiudice, MD

Program Director

(414) 955-3851

Mary Gleason

Medical Education Coordinator

(414) 955-3851