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Speaker Topics: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Speaker Topics: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


  • Free Tissue Transfer in Craniofacial Surgery
  • Virtual Surgical Planning in Craniofacial Surgery
  • Total Face, Double Jaw and Tongue Transplantation: An Evolutionary Concept

Amir Dorafshar, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Dorafshar graduated from the University of Manchester School of Medicine in the United Kingdom.� He trained in both general surgery and plastic surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.� Dr. Dorafshar then proceeded to complete a fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center/University of Maryland and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Dorafshar holds a joint appointment at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.� He specializes in adult and pediatric craniofacial surgery and microsurgery following congenital, oncologic, or traumatic conditions.� He was a member of the University of Maryland's facial transplant team, which performed the most extensive transplant completed to date, including total face, double jaw and tongue at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Dr. Dorafshar is a member of numerous societies including the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.� Dr. Dorafshar has received a number of awards including the Best Reconstruction/Burn Award for his research in subatmospheric wound therapy by the American�Society of Plastic Surgeons Senior Residents Conference.� Dr. Dorafshar has authored a number of book chapters�and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in basic and clinical sciences focusing on craniomaxillofacial and microsurgical reconstructive surgery, and most recently on facial transplantation.

Lisa Kay Jacobs, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Oncology

Dr. Jacobs specializes in melanoma and breast cancer.  Her initial practice was at the University of Missouri at the Ellis Fischel State Center, which is the designated cancer center for the state.  Since joining Johns Hopkins in 2004, she has taken a leadership role regarding clinical research trials for the surgical division of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center.

Dr. Jacobs has a clinical interest in treatment of early stage melanoma.  She has worked closely with dermatologists and medical oncologists at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Missouri to improve awareness and care of melanoma patients by participating in educational programs and clinical research trials.

Breast cancer care has also been a focus of Dr. Jacobs' clinical practice since finishing her surgical oncology fellowship.  Her primary clinical interest is in improving overall quality of life for breast cancer patients.  To achieve that goal, she has initiated research programs in lymphedema and oncoplastic surgery, which attempts to increase the number of women eligible for breast preservation by combining lumpectomy with plastic surgery techniques to reshape the breast.



  • Melanoma


Julie Robin Lange, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Associate Professor of Oncology
Co-Director of the Melanoma Program

Dr. Lange joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins in 1994 and subsequently earned a Sc.M. in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.� She focuses on the care of melanoma and breast cancer patients.� Dr. Lange was one of the original members of the Johns Hopkins melanoma group when it was first formed in 1995 and now serves as a clinical co-director of the Melanoma Program.� Dr. Lange introduced the sentinel node technique to Hopkins for both melanoma and breast cancer in the 1990s and has extensive experience with this technique.� She has particular interest in melanoma at extremes of age, and the factors associated with variance in melanoma care.� She has published the largest study of melanoma in children, adolescents and young adults.� She recognizes that melanoma in the older patient is a growing epidemic and has investigated the socioeconomic, demographic and healthcare factors that influence the treatment of melanoma in older persons.� She is a member of the melanoma panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a group that annually evaluates and revises national treatment guidelines for melanoma.


  • Breast reconstruction after breast cancer

Michele Ann Manahan, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Michele Manahan, M.D. is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon practicing reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the breast as well as face, abdomen, and extremities. She serves in national leadership positions in medical organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and state leadership positions in medical organizations such as MedChi. Her passion is patient care. She is dedicated to providing the highest levels of plastic surgical techniques. She is actively researching operative methods to maximize results and minimize complications. She has published multiple book chapters and scientific papers in national peer-reviewed journals. She performs all aspects of plastic surgery with a special focus on the unification of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast.

Dr. Manahan is originally from Atlanta, GA, where she graduated as Valedictorian from Norcross High School. She attended Harvard University and graduated in three years, obtaining summa cum laude honors, and she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honors society.�

Jason David Prescott, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Dr. Jason Prescott specializes in the surgical management of benign and malignant diseases of the parathyroid, thyroid and adrenal glands.  His expertise includes laparoscopic adrenalectomy, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, as well as central and lateral neck dissection for metastatic thyroid cancer.

An alumnus of the National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training Program, Dr. Prescott leads a dedicated basic science research team that focuses on the mechanisms of thyroid oncogenesis, specifically studying the molecular underpinnings of tumor invasion and metastasis.  Dr. Prescott's work in this area has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and he has written numerous book chapters on the surgical management of endocrine disease.

Dr. Prescott's primary language is English, but he is also proficient in German.

On a personal level, Dr. Prescott attempts to remain well-rounded outside of the hospital, participating in activities such as underwater archaeological excavation of bronze-age Mediterranean cities and Tae Kwon Do, in which he holds a Black Belt.



  • State-of-the-art microsurgical techniques in breast reconstruction
  • Local and microsurgical perforator flap techniques in lower extremity reconstruction

Ariel Niroomand Rad, M.D. Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Dr. Rad is a plastic surgeon specializing in microvascular breast reconstruction and aesthetic surgery. His focus for breast cancer patients is providing state-of-the-art free flap procedures (DIEP flap, SGAP flap, TUG flap, and SIEA flap). He also performs cosmetic surgery. He participates in surgical missions dedicated to helping patients with cleft lip and palate, burn scars, and birth deformities in underserved countries.

Dr. Rad has published in major peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at national meetings. At the 2009 American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery meeting, he received a national award for his work on perforator flaps.

Dr. Rad graduated magna cum laude in mechanical engineering at Princeton where he was captain of the NCAA Division I swim team. While at Duke, he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar and studied immunology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He continued this research for three years in London, England where he became highly accomplished in professional Ballroom and Latin dance. His dance skills were featured in the hit ABC television documentary Hopkins.


  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Pediatric Burns
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy (Erb's palsy)
  • Facial reconstruction in adult and children
  • Nasal reconstruction

Richard J. Redett, M.D.
Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Redett obtained his bachelors degree in biology in 1987 from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.� After serving four years in the United States Peace Corps in Central Africa, he developed an interest in pursuing a medical career.�

In 1995, he received his medical degree with honors from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire.� Dr. Redett has been a member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine since 1995, and has completed residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery in conjunction with the University of Maryland Shock Trauma.� Dr. Redett completed a fellowship in pediatric plastic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario.

In 1998, Dr. Redett was awarded the Baltimore Academy of Surgery Resident Research Award, the John Stage Davis, Maryland Plastic Surgery Society and the National Capital Washington, DC Plastic Surgery Society Resident Research Award.�

Dr. Redett has held professional memberships in the Plastic Surgery Research Council, the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Burn Association and the American Cleft Palate Association.� He is a frequent presenter and has published over 20 peer reviewed scientific papers and several chapters.��

Dr. Redett’s clinical interests include cleft lip and palate and craniofacial disorders, pediatric and adult nerve injuries and pediatric burns.� He is the director of the Johns Hopkins Cleft Lip and Palate Center and the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Burn Unit.� Through his work in the US and in developing countries abroad, he is dedicated to providing healthcare to children in need.


  • Breast reconstruction after breast cancer

Justin Michael Sacks, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Sacks is an expert in head to toe reconstructive surgery of the body, including the head and neck, breast, chest,abdomen, pelvis and extremities.� Among his specialties is reconstructive surgery following post-traumatic injury and oncologic surgery. He is fellowship trained in both hand and microvascular reconstructive surgery.

His research interests involve modalities to induce donor-specific tolerance in composite tissue allograft constructs, such as the face and hand.

Dr. Sacks comes to Johns Hopkins from a faculty appointment at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He is an associate fellow member of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery and Plastic Surgery Research Council.� He is a founding member of the American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation.

Jaimie Shores, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Clinical Director of Hand Transplantation

Dr. Jaimie Shores is a founding member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Hand Transplant Program, serving as clinical director of hand transplantation. Before his appointment at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Shores was a core member of the University of Pittsburgh Hand Transplant Program and co-investigator on the IRB-approved clinical study using a novel immunomodulation protocol for hand allotransplantation, which resulted in the first bilateral hand transplant and the first arm transplant in the United States, and the most hands transplanted in the country.

In addition to hand transplantation, Dr. Shores performs general plastic and reconstructive surgery and specializes in microsurgery and surgery of the hand and upper extremity. With his combined orthopedic and plastic surgery hand and upper extremity fellowship training, he is an expert on fractures of the forearm, wrist, and hand, as well as vascular, tendon and nerve injuries and conditions. He also sees general hand surgery conditions such as carpel tunnel syndrome, trigger finger and arthritis.

Matthew John Weiss, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Dr. Matthew Weiss specializes in surgery for pancreatic and liver cancer, as well as benign hepatopancreatobiliary diseases, including cystic lesions of the pancreas.  In addition to performing the Whipple procedure, he has particular expertise in minimally invasive pancreatic resections.  Dr. Weiss' clinical interests also include colorectal metastases to the liver, hepatocellular carcinomas, intrahepatic cholangiocarcinomas, bile duct cancers (Klatskin tumors), intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms of the pancreas, neuroendocrine tumors, and gallbladder cancers.

His research interests include examining the outcomes following the utilization of minimally invasive and robotic surgery in pancreatic and liver surgery.  He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

Christopher Lee Wolfgang, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Professor of Oncology
Associate Professor of Pathology
Co-Director, Pancreatic Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic
Director, Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery

Christopher L. Wolfgang, M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an attending surgeon at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Dr. Wolfgang obtained his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and residency training in General Surgery at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  In addition, Dr. Wolfgang has obtained a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, also from Temple University School of Medicine.  Dr. Wolfgang has completed a research fellowship in surgical oncology from Penn State and a clinical fellowship in gastrointestinal surgery at Johns Hopkins.  His primary clinical interests are cancers and benign disease of the liver, pancreas, bile duct and gallbladder.  His major scientific interest is in the biological behavior of pancreatic cancers.


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