A plastic surgeon deals with the repair, reconstruction, or replacement of physical defects of form or function involving the skin, musculoskeletal system, craniomaxillofacial structures, hand, extremities, breast and trunk, and external genitalia. Reconstructive challenges include complex tissue loss from oncologic ablation, children with congenital defects, and tissue injuries after trauma or burns to the extremities.

Special knowledge and skill in the design and surgery of grafts, flaps, free tissue transfer and replantation is necessary. Plastic surgeons have been prominent in the development of innovative techniques such as microvascular and craniomaxillofacial surgery, liposuction and tissue transfer. Anatomy, physiology, pathology, and other basic sciences are fundamental to the specialty.

Competency in plastic surgery implies an amalgam of basic medical and surgical knowledge, operative judgment, technical expertise, ethical behavior, and interpersonal skills to achieve problem resolution and patient satisfaction. This information was adapted from the American Board of Medical Specialties website.


  • Length of training: 6 years of integrated training
  • Match: NRMP
  • Application service: ERAS

Ohio State Department of Plastic Surgery

  • Chair: Amy Moore, MD
  • Residency Director: Gregory D. Pearson, MD
  • Residency Coordinator: Stacey Seibert, 614-293-9030
  • Medical Student Education Coordinator: Sarah Grindley, 614-366-1705

Learn more about the Department of Plastic Surgery

Specialty Champions

  • Rajiv Chandawarkar, MBBS
  • Amy Moore, MD
  • Gregory D. Pearson, MD
  • Robert Ruberg, MD


AAMC Careers in Medicine: Plastic Surgery