The Division of Plastic Surgery focuses on patient care, teaching, and research. Our faculty members, residents, fellows, and visiting scientists provide services through the UW's four affiliated hospitals: University Hospital Medical Center (UWMC); Harborview Medical Center (HMC); Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH); and the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS). Patient care, teaching, and research activities focus on burns, hand surgery, microsurgery, craniofacial surgery, breast reconstruction, and all aspects of reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.
Physicians at the UW Medicine Center for Reconstructive Surgery understand how important your body is to you. Our mission is to restore its form and function to the greatest possible extent for patients whose bodies are changed by disease, trauma or congenital deformity. We also provide cosmetic surgery to patients who want to transform their appearance.
Deep knowledge of anatomy guides our surgeons to recognize bodies’ structural and functional deficits, and locate replacement tissues, such as skin, blood vessels, muscles, tendons and fat, that best match the need. Our surgeons perform complex microvascular surgeries in which a flap of skin and underlying tissue is moved, with blood vessels intact, to a new site. Such procedures give patients the best chance for restored function, sensation and appearance and require expertise not broadly available in the Pacific Northwest.
Our team specializes in repairing complex and large wounds that result from trauma or cancer’s removal. This includes reconstruction of the head and neck, thrum and extremities. As a center of excellence for breast and nipple reconstruction, we care for cancer patients after mastectomy to restore lost form. Our surgeons routinely perform the deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap for breast reconstruction, which uses patients’ own tissue while preserving abdominal muscle.
Back in the Saddle: Lily James’ Story
It's More Than Skin Deep
Trauma and infection can destroy the body’s most complex systems. Rebuilding nerves, blood vessels, tissues, skin and bones is an intricate process – and a challenge UW Medicine physicians conquer every day. Warning: This program includes explicit...Read More...
The UW Regional Burn Center Burn Outcomes Research Program
By Matthew B. Klein, MD, MS
The mission of the UW Regional Burn Center burn outcomes research program is to improve the lives of those who survive burn injury by optimizing acute care treatment and long-term psychosocial and functional outcomes. Our research program has been supported over the years by funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Washington State Council of Firefighters Foundation, the International...
The Division of Plastic Surgery continues to grow and expand in all three of our academic missions: patient care, education, and research. Read More >>
• Nicholas Vedder, MD, Chief
Administrative Offices (HMC)
329 Ninth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104-9796
Administrative Offices (UWMC)
1959 NE Pacific
Seattle, WA 98195-6410
Chief of Plastic Surgery
Nicholas Vedder, MD
Kira Martin, MHA, MBA
Clinical Burn Fellowship
Nicole Gibran, MD, Director
Ann Haven, Manager
Richard Hopper, MD, Director
Tiffany McCullough, Manager
Hand Surgery Fellowship
Microvascular Surgery Fellowship
Hakim K. Said, MD, Director
Kate Rimmer, Manager
Please use Plastic Surgery UWMC Admin address.