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Microvascular Specialist Leads Plastic Surgery Division at University of Rochester Medical Center

Monday, November 21, 2005

Howard N. Langstein, M.D., has been appointed chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, bringing a wealth of experience to the Rochester area, particularly in microvascular reconstruction. Microvascular procedures are surgeries done through microscopes involving very small blood vessels, often used in reconstruction after cancer treatment.

Langstein came to Rochester from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where he most recently served as associate professor of Plastic Surgery and director of the Department of Plastic Surgery Graduate Medical Education Programs. In addition to microvascular reconstruction expertise, Langstein has special interest in breast, head and neck surgery, as well as cosmetic procedures.

“The Medical Center’s Plastic Surgery program has been well developed and I look forward to leading our team into the next phase of its growth,” said Langstein. “Reconstructive procedures continue to evolve and become more sophisticated, and our team is poised to keep pace as new techniques emerge.”

The Medical Center’s Plastic Surgery team also includes Vincent F. Reale, M.D., John A. Girotto, M.D., and Stephen J. Vega, M.D.

“I look forward to expanding our division by adding several faculty positions, including researchers, and offering the entire array of plastic and reconstructive procedures, while continuously exploring areas of new growth,” Langstein added.

After earning his medical degree at New York University Medical School, Langstein completed residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery at New York University’s Bellevue Hospital Center, and a fellowship in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute. He was a chief resident in general surgery, resident in plastic surgery, and chief resident in plastic surgery at Bellevue before becoming a fellow in microsurgery and cancer reconstruction at M.D. Anderson.

In the mid-1990s, Langstein served in various surgical positions at Mercy Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh. He returned to Houston in 1998 where he was eventually promoted to associate professor at M.D. Anderson and named director of one of the world’s preeminent microsurgical training programs.

Langstein has been editor-in-chief The Internet Journal of Plastic Surgery for five years and has authored more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals, two invited articles, four book chapters, and numerous other publications.

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