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.

Clinical Challenge

Chest masses in female patients raise immediate consideration for breast cancer. Although very common, breast cancer is not the only pathology that can be encountered, with other entities requiring consideration. One such entity is granular cell tumor (GCT) of the breast. Here Drs. Chris Reid, Zach Collier, and Anne Wallace present the first reported case of recurrent breast GCT with malignant transformation and metastases in juxtaposition to an occipital nerve stimulator.

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Resident Life

Global Surgery

Surgical Safaris: The Potentials—and Pitfalls—of International Surgical Missions

Volunteer medical missions are all the rage—but do they harm more than help? UCSD professor of surgery and interim chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery, Amanda Gosman, talks about how her collaboration with surgeons in low- and middle-income countries, through an organization she founded called ConnectMed International, avoids the pitfalls, delivers quality care to underserved patients, and strengthens health systems while educating surgeons on both sides of the border.

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