Philosophy of Program
The plastic and reconstructive surgery training program at USC is designed and committed to training our residents to become
the next generation of leaders in our specialty.
To accomplish this, we have capitalized on the breadth and expertise of multiple venues and faculty available in the greater
Los Angeles area. The program is based on the USC Health Sciences Campus near downtown Los Angeles includes core rotations at
the USC University Hospital, Norris Cancer Center and the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. These hospitals combine a
total of 1200 beds and allow our residents to participate in the treatment of complex tertiary reconstructive care at UH, world
class cancer treatment and reconstruction at Norris and active involvement in treating patients at one of the oldest and largest
public hospitals in the country.
With 21 residents, the size of our residency allows us to partner with many of the best plastic surgeons and hospitals in the
region including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Kaiser Permanente, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, City of Hope Medical Center,
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, and Shriner's Hospital Los Angeles. These centers combine for an additional
2500 beds for which our residents provide plastic surgical care under close mentorship.
Our residents receive extensive training experiences in general reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, post-oncologic
reconstructive surgery, aesthetic surgery, acute and reconstructive burn care, treatment of craniofacial deformities and congenital
deformities of the hand, treatment of vascular malformations, wound care and treatment of acute and chronic hand disease.
We utilize both fully Integrated and Independent models for training plastic surgeons. The Integrated path matches trainees after
graduation from accredited medical school and lasts 6 years. The Independent path requires a minimum of 3 years of training after
training in another surgical discipline. Although it varies from year to year, we typically match 3 Integrated and 1 Independent
trainees into each program respectively and finish 4 residents each year.
The program stresses excellence in surgical treatment with sufficient, supervised "hands-on" experience to ensure that our residents
leave the program with the technical surgical skills and medical treatment skills needed to successfully treat patients through our
the breadth of plastic surgery. The diverse venues within our system provide this broad experience. The many surgeons on full-time
and clinical faculty demonstrate a variety of techniques and approaches which increase the opportunities for learning.
Graduates from the USC Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery program practice in a mix of academic, managed and private environments.
When a graduate is seeking advanced or specialized training in a subspecialty area, our trainees have been very successful in matching
into top tier fellowships in hand surgery, craniofacial surgery, microsurgery and burn surgery.
I hope the gives you a sense of what our program is about. We all believe that there is not a better training program in the country.
Contact us for information or any questions.
Warren Garner, M.D.
Mark Urata, M.D., D.D.S.