As the Division Chief for Oncologic Plastic Surgery at the OSUCCC – James, I focus on reconstruction for cancer patients, particularly microsurgery and surgical treatment for lymphedema.
I am one of only a few surgeons in the country who can perform two breakthrough surgical treatments to relieve lymphedema. These micro-vascular surgeries treat symptoms of lymphedema by re-routing lymphatic channels to allow proper fluid drainage or re-introducing lymph nodes to the affected region. In addition, The James is one of the few hospitals in the country that has a comprehensive team of lymphedema doctors.
Since I work with cancer patients from the moment they receive their diagnosis, I especially enjoy getting to know them and accompanying them on their journey to recovery. To ensure the highest quality level of treatment, I work with physicians from all specialties to create a targeted treatment plan for the oncologic, physical and psychological needs of each of my patients.
I particularly enjoy working at Ohio State because of our multidisciplinary approach to patient care. The combination of outstanding scientific expertise and focus on research, enthusiasm, professionalism and compassion from all members of our treatment team, makes our organization an obvious choice for patients and care providers alike.
I have published almost 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and three book chapters, along with co-editing the textbook Advanced Therapy of Breast Diseases published in 2012 and a textbook on head and neck reconstruction, pending publication. I serve as an editorial board member for the Archives of Clinical and Experimental Surgery (ACES) and as a guest reviewer for the Annals of Plastic Surgery. I also hold several offices in national professional organizations.
When not working, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful wife and two boys and training for Pelotonia.