New Chair of Plastic Surgery Named at UR Medical Center

February 19, 2001

Brighton resident, Joseph M. Serletti, M.D., F.A.C.S., has been named professor of surgery and chair of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

A member of the University faculty since 1988, Serletti is also a recently appointed professor of oncology at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center. An internationally recognized plastic surgeon, Serletti specializes in reconstructive microsurgery following cancer surgery, focusing mainly on breast reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, and extremity reconstruction. He is best known for autogenous breast reconstruction, which involves creating a natural breast from the patient's own tissue.

Serletti's research efforts focus on advanced surgical techniques for reconstruction in breast cancer, and head and neck cancer. His other research includes some of the first outcome studies within plastic surgery, which have demonstrated excellent function following advanced reconstructive techniques for breast, head and neck, and sarcoma cancer surgery.

An author of numerous publications in his field, Serletti is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.

Serletti completed his undergraduate work at Northwestern University and earned his medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed a residency in plastic surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Serletti also completed a craniofacial fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He previously served as acting chair of the Division of Plastic Surgery since September 1998.

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