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Dr. Bruce C. Martin is appointed to the faculty. Dr. Martin earned his medical degree from Washington University, and trained in general surgery and plastic surgery at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, under the tutelage of Dr. James Barrett Brown. He had served in the United States Army during World War II prior to coming to Ohio State. Dr. Martin was appointed to serve under Dr. Robert Zollinger, who began his long and distinguished career as chair of the Department of Surgery at OSU in January 1947.


Dr. John Charles Trabue, an Ohio State University graduate, is added to the plastic surgery faculty as an instructor. Dr. Trabue did his residency under Dr. W. Brandon Macomber in Albany, New York and served in the U.S. Army at Dibble General Hospital during World War II. 


Dr. Zollinger created a separate Division of Plastic Surgery within the Department of Surgery. Dr. Martin was promoted from instructor to assistant professor and appointed as the division’s first director. At the same time, a clinic in plastic surgery was established at the University Hospital under the direction of Drs. Martin and Trabue.

Dr. Martin’s is appointed as chief of the division. A residency program (approved at that time by the American Board of Plastic Surgery) was established. The program was two years in duration, with six months of assignment to Children’s Hospital (including assignments to Plastic Surgery Clinic and Cleft Palate Clinic) and the remainder of the time at University Hospital. 


Dr. Mary M. Martin, a graduate of The Ohio State University General Surgery Program, who had spent some time in plastic surgery training at Presbyterian Hospital in New York, served as the first OSU resident in plastic surgery. After “graduation,” Dr. Martin moved to Cincinnati and established a busy private practice, which she maintained for more than 40 years.


Four more residents trained in plastic surgery at Ohio State – Dr. Thomas R. Leech, Dr. John L. Terry, Dr. Rufus E. Craven and Dr. Leonard King. Dr. Leech went on to practice in Lima, Ohio for many years. Dr. Craven went on to practice in Memphis, Tennessee and Dr. King opened a practice in Albany, New York. Dr. Terry, after an additional year of training in Pittsburgh and some time spent in research with Dr. Jonas Salk, eventually returned to Columbus and served as a valuable, long-time member of the community faculty.


Dr. Duran was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma who had trained at the Mayo Clinic. Members of the division were active in research and published between three and five papers per year. Most of the papers dealt with clinical topics (upper extremity infections, facial trauma, Pierre Robin sequence). Also during this interval, the plastic surgery service was expanded and assigned its own beds in University Hospital (as opposed to earlier years when the service shared bed assignments with general surgery). In addition, the Ohio Society of Plastic Surgeons was established, and all the faculty became members of the society. A monthly journal club was initiated during the 1958-1959 academic year.


The Department of Family Medicine establishes the East Central HIV/AIDS Education and Training Center (ECAETC) serving Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.


Dr. Bruce Martin’s illness forced his retirement, and Dr. Trabue was named acting director of the division. In this transition period, Drs. Hugh Beatty and Donald Pelliciari assisted with some of the plastic surgery care at the University Hospital.


Dr. Beatty retired and Dr. Pelliciari left the community in 1960. Dr. Duran replaced Dr. Trabue as the acting director. Shortly thereafter, Dr. H. William Porterfield, a graduate of Jefferson Medical College with a special interest in the care of children with cleft lip and palate, was added to the clinical faculty.


The first full-time director of the division, Dr. James E. Bennett, joined the Ohio State faculty in July 1961 (previous directors all also had outside private practices). Dr. Bennett had trained in general surgery at the University of Michigan and then in plastic surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston under the tutelage of Dr. Truman G. Blocker, Jr. In that same year, Dr. Trabue was elected to membership in the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the first Ohio State surgeon to achieve this distinction.

During Dr. Bennett’s tenure as director, the division offices and clinics were established in the north wing of University Hospital, and the activities of the service were greatly expanded. A weekly plastic surgery conference was initiated. The number of publications grew substantially (nine in the 1961-1962 academic year). Dr. Bennett chose to suspend resident appointments while he worked to strengthen the clinical and academic productivity of the division; therefore, there were no more residents in plastic surgery during this time.


Dr. Bennett left OSU to assume the directorship of plastic surgery at the University of Indiana. Dr. Duran returned to his role of acting director while the division searched for a new permanent director. In that same year, Dr. Clarence A. Maxwell, an graduate from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, was appointed to the clinical faculty.


Dr. Ronald B. Berggren was appointed by Dr. Zollinger to a full-time position as director of the division. Dr. Berggren had trained in general surgery and plastic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His mentors included Dr. Henry Royster and Dr. Peter Randall. With the appointment of Dr. Berggren, research, clinical care and student teaching efforts greatly expanded. Dr. Berggren established a burn unit at University Hospital, which remained under the direction of the Division of Plastic Surgery until 2006.


Under Dr. Berggren’s direction, the residency program in plastic surgery was reactivated and Dr. Richard Mattison was appointed to begin training in July.

  Dr. Anthony Sokol is appointed. The program was approved for a total of three residents, with assignments to University Hospitals and Children’s Hospital.

The Ohio State University hosted the Plastic Surgery Research Council meeting in 1974, with Dr. Berggren as chair. Between 1965 and 1975, a number of additional plastic surgeons were added to the clinical faculty, including Dr. Robert G. Houser, Dr. Lester R. Mohler, Dr. James A. Lehman, Jr. and Dr. James W. Ferraro.


Dr. Robert Ruberg joined the full-time faculty in July, after completing training in general and plastic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. With an additional full time faculty member, an expansion of teaching, research, publication and clinical care occurred. Multiple additional appointments to the clinical faculty were made over the next five years, including Dr. Michael S. Lehv, Dr. Judith B. Zacher, Dr. Gerald Drabyn and Dr. Arthur G. Bing.


For a number of years, a separate residency program existed at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Much of the educational component of the Riverside program was conducted at The Ohio State University. The leaders of the two programs recognized the value of a joint effort, and a city-wide program including Riverside and Mt. Carmel Medical Center, along with OSU Hospitals and Children’s Hospital, was established. This city-wide program was approved for training a total of five residents, with alternating “classes” of two or three residents.


Dr. James Nappi, a graduate of the Plastic Surgery Residency Program at The Ohio State University, who had also completed hand fellowship training at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, served as a full-time faculty member between 1983 and 1986, then moved to Riverside as a member of the clinical faculty.

Dr. Henry R. Redmon served as a junior faculty member for a year after completing the residency in 1983, then returned to Tampa, Florida to establish a private practice. Dr. Jeremy Burdge finished his residency in 1984, and worked at The Ohio State University for several years as assistant director of the burn unit.


Dr. Ronald Berggren resigned as chief of the division. Dr. Ruberg was appointed as the division chief and residency program director.


Dr. Brentley A. Buchele joined the full-time faculty in 1987, having completed his training in general surgery at the University of Iowa and in plastic surgery at Southern Illinois University under the direction of Dr. Elvin Zook. Dr. Buchele immediately assumed a major role in the division’s educational program, and also developed a very busy practice in all aspects of plastic surgery, including hand surgery.


Dr. Milton B. Armstrong was added to the faculty as the third full-time member. Dr. Armstrong added another dimension to the teaching program, and took a leadership role in the hand surgery program. He served as a faculty member in the joint Orthopedic Surgery/Plastic Surgery Hand Fellowship.

With the support and encouragement of the chief of surgery, Dr. Olga Jonasson, a combined general surgery/plastic surgery track was established as part of a special, “coordinated” six-year curriculum. The Ohio State University was one of the first two institutions to match residents directly out of medical school for “combined” plastic surgery training—four years of specially structured general surgery rotations followed by two years of plastic surgery.


The Ohio State University Division of Plastic Surgery underwent significant expansion starting in 1997. By the turn of the century, Dr. Rafael E. Villalobos, Dr. Gayle M. Gordillo and Dr. Bivik Shah had all been appointed to the full-time faculty. All three were graduates of the Ohio State's Plastic Surgery Residency. Drs. Villalobos and Shah focused principally on clinical care, while Dr. Gordillo worked to establish what was to become a highly productive research program, both in the laboratory and clinical settings, ultimately culminating in NIH funding. In addition, Dr. Gordillo initiated a new multidisciplinary Vascular Malformations Clinic at Children’s Hospital.


Dr. Ruberg stepped down after 19 years as chief and was replaced by Dr. Buchele. Dr. Buchele had already assumed responsibility as program director for the residency program two years before. Dr. Buchele successfully established an off-campus office for the division, greatly improving the clinical environment of the practice. Dr. Gregory D. Pearson, a graduate of OSU's Plastic Surgery Residency, returned from craniofacial fellowship training in Indiana to join the full-time faculty at both The Ohio State University and Children’s Hospital in 2005.


Dr. Buchele resigned as chief of the division and left Ohio State in February. Dr. Ruberg was appointed as interim chief, and a national search was undertaken. The search culminated in the appointment of Dr. Michael J. Miller, a 1989 graduate of the OSU program, as chief in February 2007. Dr. Miller, an internationally recognized figure in reconstructive surgery, had completed a fellowship in microsurgery at Tulane and was serving as vice chair of plastic surgery at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas.


New full-time faculty appointed later in 2007 included Dr. Pankaj Tiwari, who had completed a microsurgery fellowship at M.D. Anderson Hospital, Dr. Anne Taylor, who joined the faculty to assume responsibility for the aesthetic program after 10 years of private practice in Columbus and Dr. William Wallace, a graduate of Ohio State's Plastic Surgery Residency Program, whose special role was to interface with the bariatric surgery program. A complex wound service, under the direction of Dr. Gordillo, was established at University Hospitals.


Dr. James Boehmler, also an M.D. Anderson-trained microsurgeon, was brought on board to help support the growing reconstructive surgery program.

The division was poised to enter the next phase of its development. The program received permanent approval from the Residency Review Committee for Plastic Surgery to train and “graduate” three residents every year. Later in 2008, the program applied for, and received permission to convert to a fully integrated program and to increase the length of plastic surgery training to three years.


Under this plan there were now two “integrated” residents per year in a six-year program, and one “independent” resident per year in the final three years of training. When fully activated, the program encompassed a total of 15 residents in plastic surgery over six years of training. Drs. Ergun Kocak, Brian Janz and Brian Porshinsky were added to the full-time faculty.

The first Annual Ruberg Symposium, featuring guest speakers as well as alumni of The Ohio State University Plastic Surgery Residency, was held in September.


Plastic surgery was granted departmental status by the university in October. Dr. Ellison again was a strong supporter and helped to facilitate this important transition. Dr. Miller was named acting chair of the department, and ultimately was officially appointed chair.

Dr. Ruberg stepped down as the chief of plastic surgery at the newly renamed Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) and Dr. Richard E. Kirschner was recruited to serve as the new chief.

 2011   The full-time faculty at The Ohio State University was expanded to include Dr. Albert Chao, another Anderson-trained microsurgeon, Dr. Alok Sutradhar, a PhD whose role was to continue the basic science research in biomechanical modeling that he and Dr. Miller had been pursuing for years and Dr. Melissa Kinder, a graduate of the OSU residency who served a support role on the faculty for a year before beginning her hand surgery fellowship in Oregon.

The Stephanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center opened in close proximity to the plastic surgery offices at Gowdy Field, and The Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery assumed a permanent, daily presence at this new center. 

The plastic surgery presence at NCH expanded by adding Dr. Adriane Baylis, a speech scientist, and Dr. Maya Spaeth, a hand surgery specialist and former OSU plastic surgery resident, to the full-time faculty. Dr. Sonu Jain, a fellowship-trained hand surgeon, was appointed to the university faculty (in both orthopaedics and plastic surgery).

  Dr. Peter Spalding, a nationally-recognized cleft and craniofacial orthodontist, joined the rapidly-expanding team at NCH. Dr. David Dean, a PhD with expertise in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, supplemented the growing research division of the department and Dr. Jeffrey Janis, a highly-acclaimed educator and surgeon, was brought on to serve as executive vice chair of the department.

In addition, Dr. Canice Crerand, a psychologist with special expertise in facial appearance and cleft care joined The Ohio State University faculty with a joint appointment in pediatrics and plastic surgery. Dr. Rajiv Chandawarkar, another M.D. Anderson microsurgery-trained plastic surgeon, moved from the University of Connecticut to The Ohio State University.
 2014   Dr. David Cabiling, a recent fellowship graduate, and Dr. Roman Skoracki, a highly-respected senior surgeon joined the faculty. Dr. Skoracki immediately instituted an innovative program in lymphedema surgery. In addition, Dr. Ian Valerio, a decorated U.S. Navy veteran, joined the faculty, bringing a special interest in limb preservation and reconstruction. In the following year, the faculty added two more microsurgeons – Dr. Noopur Gangopadhay and Dr. Maristella Evangelista. Dr. Maya Spaeth left the Nationwide Children’s Hospital hand faculty and was replaced by Dr. Kim Bjorklund. Also, Dr. Michelle Scott was hired at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to direct the Craniofacial Orthodontics Program.