Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Establishes Department of Plastic Surgery

Case Western Reserve University Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., has announced the establishment of the department of plastic surgery at the school of medicine. Bahman Guyuron, M.D., distinguished faculty member who holds the Clifford L. Kiehn M.D., – John D. DesPrez M.D. Professorship of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has been named chair of the newly-created department. The department is a joint academic and clinical department between Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and its primary clinical affiliate, University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

As chair of the department of plastic surgery, Guyuron will coordinate the re-establishment of the plastic surgery residency program, collaborate with Case affiliate hospital institutions to attract accomplished mid-level faculty and promote advances in translational research within the department.

“Plastic surgery is an area of unique emphasis and expertise,” Eastwood said. “Bahman Guyuron and his team represent the best in both clinical skills and the advancement of science through translational and basic research. We are pleased to establish a department dedicated to this area of medicine.”

Pamela B. Davis, Interim Dean of the school of medicine, agreed. “We are thrilled the University and Board of Trustees have endorsed this department and have selected Dr. Guyuron to lead the initiatives,” she said. “Dr. Guyuron is passionate about his work and is prepared to implement the foundational components needed to establish an innovative plastic surgery education and research program.”

Guyuron currently serves as director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a member of 19 professional societies, holding leadership offices in many of them, and is a scientific reviewer for leading journals in the field. In addition, he is an international authority and leader in the field of facial aesthetic and reconstructive surgery and has authored 159 peer-reviewed articles, two books, 32 chapters along with five chapters ‘at press’ in the field of reconstructive surgery. His primary research focus is migraine headaches and cartilage growth and he currently has a $3 million clinical and basic science grant from the Prentiss Foundation.

“I am delighted to provide leadership to this newly established department of the School of Medicine,” Guyuron said. “I look forward to pursuing our academic, research and clinical missions jointly as part of the Case Medical Center.”

About Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Founded in 1843, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is the largest medical research institution in Ohio and 12th-largest among the nation’s medical schools for research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Eleven Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with the school.

The School of Medicine is recognized throughout the international medical community for outstanding achievements in teaching and in 2002, became the third medical school in history to receive a pre-eminent review from the national body responsible for accrediting the nation’s academic medical institutions. The school’s innovative and pioneering Western Reserve2 curriculum interweaves four themes–research and scholarship, clinical mastery, leadership and civic professionalism–to prepare students for the practice of evidence-based medicine in the rapidly changing health care environment of the 21st century.

Annually, the School of Medicine trains more than 600 M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students and ranks in the top 25 among U.S. research-oriented medical schools as designated by U.S. News and World Report Guide to Graduate Education.

The School of Medicine’s primary clinical affiliate is University Hospitals Case Medical Center and is additionally affiliated with MetroHealth Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, with which it established The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in 2002.

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