Training Sites


University of Minnesota Health

Residents spend time here during their first three years rotating on general surgical services such as acute care surgery, ICU, laparoscopic/pediatric/thoracic/vascular services; as well as specialist services such as OMF surgery, occuloplastics and plastic surgery. In your last three years you will be consistently on the plastic surgery service when at this site. Your Time will be spent in the outpatient clinic, surgery centers, and the main hospitals, exposing residents to a wide variety of plastic surgery problems seen at tertiary care centers. This service concentrates on breast reconstruction, microsurgery, hand surgery, aesthetic/body-bariatric surgery, craniofacial surgery, and chronic wound management.


Regions Hospital

Regions Hospital is a Level I trauma center serving the East Metro area.  Residents will see a full spectrum of plastic and hand surgery with exposure to general trauma and oncologic reconstruction of the face, trunk and extremities. Maxillofacial trauma is common and residents will have exposure to primary and secondary trauma reconstruction. Regions is home to a tertiary burn center and residents take care of acute burns as well as reconstructive procedures. With a busy orthopedic trauma service, complex lower extremity wounds are frequent.  Microsurgery is often involved in their treatment. The Breast Health Center creates a demand for breast reconstruction including microsurgical. The chief at Regions is in charge of rotating junior residents, PAs, numerous interns (orthopedic, ENT, podiatry), oral surgery fellows and students. Curriculum-based rotations offer exposure to all major aspects of plastic surgery during all six years of residency.

Minneapolis VA Medical Center

VA Healthcare System

Residents are in charge of the service which consists of basic and complex reconstructive challenges. The residents are exposed to wide spectrum of cases, including hand, head/neck and microsurgical reconstruction. Graduated responsibility includes running the service and performing cases in the OR occurs as the resident moves through the final three years.


North Memorial Medical Center

North Memorial Medical Center is an Independent Level I Trauma Center. The clinical faculty at North provide a broad spectrum of Plastic Surgery’s capabilities in a private practice setting. The clinical faculty provide knowledge and experience in reconstructive plastic surgery, aesthetic plastic surgery and managing a private practice. A typical operating day schedule includes procedures like face lift, neck lifts, rhinoplasty, liposuction, breast enhancement, body contouring and other examples of aesthetic type procedures. Reconstructive procedures would center on breast reconstruction, microsurgical procedures, hand surgery, and facial surgery. Plastic Surgery problems frequently seen in Level I Trauma Center challenge and foster the resident’s and staff’s abilities. The problem solving for these circumstances create an exciting learning sphere for everyone.


Hennepin County Medical Center

This is the third Level I trauma center in the Twin Cities, and it is home to several community-based residencies.  Plastic Surgery residents at this institution gain exposure to general breast and body surgery, lower extremity, secondary burn, and head and neck reconstruction. This hospital historically provides increased autonomy to its residents.  Our residents rotate through HCMC during the RL4-RL6 years.