Reconstructive Microsurgical Fellowship Program

reconstructive microsurgery fellowship faculty

The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital is offering a one-year clinical reconstructive microsurgery fellowship beginning each July. The fellowship is a one-year program directed at surgeons who have completed a plastic surgery residency. One fellow is accepted each year. The fellow will work with all levels of a large, diverse and highly motivated group of integrated and independent plastic surgery residents. The fellowship offers the trainee the ability to progress through the year with rapid progressive autonomy and decision-making. 

Core microsurgical faculty include Kristen Broderick (Bayview and Downtown Campus), Damon Cooney (Downtown Campus and Greater Baltimore Medical Center), Gedge Rosson and Michele A. Manahan. However, there are no restrictions to working with other faculty in our Department who also perform complex microsurgical reconstruction.

Neil O’Kelly, M.D.

Reconstructive Microsurgery Fellow

Program goals

Goals of this fellowship include teaching, research, and patient care with a focus on complex microsurgical oncological and reconstructive cases. The fellowship encompasses the “head to toe” philosophy that exemplifies a busy academic multi-disciplinary practice. Briefly, typical cases covered include a wide range of facial trauma and cutaneous malignancy reconstructions. All aspects of state-of-the art microsurgical breast reconstruction, specifically focusing on perforator flap breast reconstruction involving DIEP, SIEA, SGAP and TUG flaps, are experienced. All aspects of microsurgical lymphedema reconstruction are performed utilizing lymphticovenous bypass and lymph node transfers using donor sites from the neck, groin and abdomen (laparoscopic and open omental transfers). A full exposure is offered in orthopedic oncological reconstruction utilizing both soft-tissue and vascularized bone flaps.  In addition, there are collaborative opportunities with our head and neck surgery colleagues to assist with complex microvascular oropharyngeal reconstructions. We have an active pediatric facial reanimation service lead by Richard Redett, and opportunities to participate in cases on peripheral nerve for chronic pain and migraine surgery. We have IRB approved studies in face, hand and genital reconstruction. The fellow can participate in all aspects of operational planning and procedures within the vascularized  tissue allotransplantation program. In addition, our gender affirmation clinic was recently initiated at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the fellow is encouraged to participate in these transformative surgical procedures.

Volume for free tissue transfers range from 100-200 cases depending on fellow motivation. Non-microsurgical oncological and traumatic cases are at the preference of the fellow learner. 

The program will prepare the fellow for a successful career entering into an academic, hospital-based or private practice position with advanced skills in reconstructive microsurgery.

Clinical, translational and basic science opportunities are available for the motivated fellow. 


Candidates eligible for this fellowship must have completed a plastic surgery residency program.

How to apply

We participate in The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) match program and encourage applicants to register on the ASRM website as early as possible.  Three letters of recommendation, a letter of intent as well as a copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae are required for consideration. Contact Helena Johnson for application information.

Contact information

Program Director: Gedge Rosson, M.D.
Program Coordinator: Helena Johnson
Phone Number: 410-955-9471
E-mail: [email protected]

The 2022-2023 Reconstructive Microsurgical Fellowship is generously supported by AbbVie, Incorporated. We are grateful for their partnership in developing the bright future of reconstructive microsurgery at Johns Hopkins.