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 renowned 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.


Microsurgery Helps Prevent Complications Following Lymph Node Dissection - UC San Diego Health News Nov 5, 2019

Novel Surgery May Prevent Lymphedema in Patients with Breast Cancer


Dr. Amanda Gosman receives Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, UCSD School of Medicine 2019 ~ gives keynote speech to UC San Diego School of  Medicine White Coat  Ceremony Class of 2023

Congratulation to Amanda Gosman, MD, who was the keynote speaker at the UC San Diego School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony August 30, 2019 on the commencement lawn. In addition to leading the Class of 2023 in reciting the Oath of Hippocrates, she received the Leonard Tow Humanism Award. Dr. Gosman was nominated for this award by her peers and chosen by a sub-committee of the UC San Diego Health Sciences Faculty Council.

The purpose of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards is to recognize the value of humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families. These awards, presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, have been established to recognize and honor faculty members who demonstrate the highest standard of compassion and sensitivity in their interaction with patients.

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.