Welcome to the Division of Plastic Surgery

As a leader in research and patient care, the UC San Diego Division of Plastic Surgery is committed to providing the latest in expert and compassionate treatment, performing leading-edge research, and training the next generation of top plastic surgeons. UC San Diego Health is currently ranked among America's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

New Faculty

Dr. Frederic Kolb is a Professor of Surgery and internationally known for his contributions in microsurgical reconstruction and oncoplastic treatments in a variety of cancer resection and reconstruction.  Dr. Kolb graduated Xavier Bichat School of Medicine in Paris in 1989.  He has Master Degrees in Biological and Medical Science, Immunology and Immunopathology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He completed his general surgery, plastic surgery, and microsurgery training in Paris.  His Plastic Surgery Chief Residency was at the Gustave Roussy Cancer Center from 1997-2000 and he has stayed at this institution becoming their first reconstructive plastic surgeon.  Dr. Kolb has built a world reknowned Plastic Surgery Department at Gustave Roussy from 2000 to the present day and served as Chief of the Department from 2011-2018.  Dr. Kolb looks forward to establishing a microsurgery clinical practice, as well as a strong research program for our Division focusing on tissue engineering and continuing on composite bioengineered tracheal reconstruction which he has been investigating for the past eight years. Dr. Kolb will also be a surgeon at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Our Division welcomes (back) Dr. Chris Reid to the Division of Plastic Surgery.  Dr. Reid is a San Diego native and a UC San Diego graduate.  He received his medical degree from UC San Diego and went on to complete his General Surgery residency as well as his Plastic Surgery Residency here, graduating June 2018.  He recently completed his Microsurgery Fellowship at UCLA.   Dr. Reid has received many awards for his leadership and research including three years running the Outstanding Clinical Research Award at the annual Dept of Surgery Research Symposiums (2015-2017).   As an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery and Director of Plastic Surgery Medical Students Education Dr. Reid will encourage and advocate for students interested in a career in plastic surgery.  Dr. Reid is an accomplished speaker and researcher with a long standing dedication to teaching and we look forward to his contributions to the Division of Plastic Surgery.


Come join Dr. Amanda Gosman Sunday Sept 22 at  the American Society of Plastic Surgeons "The Meeting"  at the San Diego Convention Center for:

PSF President's Panel: The PSF and Reconstructive Surgery Capacity Building: A New International Initiative

Today, 5 billion people lack access to safe, affordable surgical care according to the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. In recent years, ASPS/PSF has successfully expanded its international membership and enhanced it role as the leading global plastic surgery society. The PSF is excited to launch a new international initiative to help plastic surgeons take their place at the forefront of change in global surgery.

PART I:  1:30 – 3:00 PM

1:30   Introduction

Moderators:  Amanda Gosman, MD  and Andrea Pusic, MD, MHS, FACS, FRCSC

1:40  The College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA): A Model for Surgical  Capacity Building and International Collaboration

Panelist:  Pankaj Jani, MD, PhD

1:55 Plastic Surgery Capacity in Kenya

Panelist:  Peter Nthumba, MD

2:10 PM  ACS Operation Giving Back and Development of an International Surgical Residency Program in Ethiopia

Panelist:  Girma Tefera, MD, FACS

2:25 Building Research Capacity in Low-and Middle0Income Countires 

Panelist:  Stephen Bickler, MD

2:40  Panel Discussion:  What is the Role of International Collaboration in Plastic Surgery Capacity Building?

PART II:  4:00 – 6:00 PM

4:00 pm  Introduction 

Moderators:  Amanda Gosman, MD  and Joyce McIntrye, MD

4:10 Surgical Training Models in the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA)

Panelist:  Pankaj Jani, MD, PhD

4:25 Plastic Surgery Training in Kenya

Panelist:  Peter Nthumba, MD

4:40 Plastic Surgery Training in Ecuador

Panelist:  Jorge Palacios-Martinez, MD

4:55 Plastic Surgery Training in Malawi

Panelist  Wone Badna, MD, FCS Plast, Msc

5:15 Educational Capacity Building in Africa

Panelist:  Kaveh Alizadeh, MD, MSc, FACS

5:25 Resource Sharing for Plastic Surgery Capacity Buldling

Panelist:  Andrea Pusic, MD, MHS, FACS, FRCSC

5:35 Moderated Panel Discussion: Next Steps for Development of Best Practices for International Capacity Building in Plastic Surgery

Resident Life

UC San Diego Plastic Surgery Residency  Program Video

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3rd Annual ACAPS West Coast Plastic Surgery Boot Camp 

August 16-18, 2019 UC San Diego Division of Plastic Surgery hosted the 3rd Annual ACAPS West Coast Plastic Surgery Boot Camp with 43 resident "survivors" and 18 faculty.  There were five objectives.

To introduce first-year Plastic Surgery residents, in both the Integrated and Independent tracks, to core concepts in Plastic Surgery.

To provide standardized and timely exposure to fundamental clinical content in Plastic Surgery.

 To  provide practical, clinically relevant experience and insight into these core topics and procedures.

To establish a collegial, collaborative, and supportive educational environment that fosters learning, as well as the opportunity for dynamic interaction between residents and instructors.

To establish a sense of camaraderie, to foster and build relationships, and to engender professional enculturation amongst Boot Camp participants and with our specialty.