Plastic Surgery Residency Full Description

The Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Washington aims to train physicians in all aspects of plastic surgery practice. As such, the program will produce independent, safe, effective, and conscientious plastic surgeons that are credits to their communities, the specialty, and the University of Washington.

Program Faculty

Craig B. Birgfeld, MD

Associate Professor,
Craniofacial Fellowship Director, Site Director Seattle Children’s

Dr. Birgfeld joined the faculty in 2007. He completed his plastic surgery training at the University of Pennsylvania and a craniofacial surgery fellowship at the University of Washington. Dr. Birgfeld's area of specialty is adult and pediatric craniofacial surgery. He practices at both Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center. He is the residency site director at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Shannon M. Colohan, MD

Associate Professor,
Director, UW Microsurgical Flap Course

Dr. Colohan joined the faculty in 2011. She completed her plastic surgery training at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia followed by a fellowship in breast and microsurgery at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX. During her residency, Dr. Colohan also spent a year at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she completed a Master of Science in Epidemiology. Her clinical interests include reconstruction of cancer defects including microsurgical techniques to reconstruct the breast, and general reconstruction using free flaps, pedicled flaps and perforator flaps. Her research interests include clinical outcomes in reconstructive surgery. She practices at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Jeffrey B. Friedrich, MD

Residency Program Director, Site Director Harborview Medical Center

Dr. Friedrich joined the faculty in 2007. He was appointed Residency Program director in 2011. He completed his plastic surgery training at the University of Washington and a fellowship in hand surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Friedrich’s practice focuses on adult and pediatric hand surgery, brachial plexus surgery, burn hand reconstruction, lower extremity reconstruction and microvascular reconstruction. He has an academic appointment in Orthopedics and is one of 7 plastic and orthopedic surgeons that comprise the University of Washington Combined Hand Surgery program. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Urology and performs urologic reconstruction at Harborview. Dr. Friedrich is active nationally in multiple societies, and has been active in educational efforts with organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, AO North America and the American Association of Hand Surgeons. Finally, Dr. Friedrich has developed a research program in patient-reported outcomes following hand injury.

Richard A. Hopper, MD

Professor, Marlys C. Larson Professor of Craniofacial Surgery & Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Dr. Hopper trained at the University of Toronto and was a craniofacial fellow at NYU before joining the faculty in 2001. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in congenital craniofacial reconstruction, especially distraction osteogenesis. He has a basic science research program, focusing on the molecular basis of craniosynostosis, and he serves as an important research mentor to the residents. His practice includes congenital craniofacial and pediatric plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital as well as maxillofacial trauma and facial reconstructive surgery at Harborview. He is the Surgical Director of Craniofacial Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital and is the Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is highly regarded for his teaching abilities and has been a leading force in expanding the didactic teaching program for the division and is a leading force in the craniofacial education program. He is also the director of the UW’s Craniofacial Surgery fellowship.

Dennis Kao, MD


Dr. Kao is a plastic surgeon at Harborview Medical Center and the Hand, Elbow, and Shoulder Center at Northwest Hospital. He is also a UW assistant professor of Plastic Surgery and an adjunct assistant professor of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. He specializes in hand and wrist reconstructive surgery. Dr. Kao believes it is important for patients to understand all the treatment options available, and he helps patients choose options that will work best for their individual circumstances. He earned his MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese. Dr. Kao is experienced in treating common hand problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome and finger fractures, as well as complex hand issues such as finger replantation, toe-to-hand transfer, and brachial plexus reconstruction.

Kari A. Keys, MD

Associate Professor,
Assistant Program Director, Site Director and Chief, Seattle VA

Dr. Keys joined the faculty in 2012. She trained at the University of Washington. As she establishes her practice, she is deeply interested in Resident Education with plans to complete a Master’s Degree in Surgical Education. Her clinical practice divides between the Veterans’ Affairs Hospital and Harborview Medical Center where she has a broad-based practice covering a wide scope of general reconstructive surgery including microsurgery, complex wounds from both trauma and infection, and facial skin cancer reconstruction.

Otway Louie, MD

Associate Professor,
Medical Student Director

Dr. Louie joined the faculty in August 2008. He is the medical student clerkship director for our faculty. He received his plastic surgery training at New York University and then completed a fellowship in microsurgery at the University of California, Los Angeles. His clinical practice is at the University of Washington Medical Center and focuses on reconstructive microsurgery. Dr. Louie is the medical student director for plastic surgery, He also manages plastic surgery quality improvement initiatives at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Peter C. Neligan, MB

Director UW Center for
Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Neligan joined the faculty in 2007. He is well regarded as an international leader in the field of microvascular reconstruction and facial reanimation and co-authored the definitive text on perforator flap reconstruction. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, Dr. Neligan was chief of plastic surgery at the University of Toronto. He is the Chief of Plastic Surgery and the site director at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) and is the Director of the new UWMC Center for Reconstructive Surgery, a regional complex reconstruction center akin to the regional programs that currently exist within UW Medicine for burn and hand surgery. He holds leadership positions in plastic surgery at the national and international level. He is the Editor of the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery and is the Past President of both the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. Dr. Neligan is also the Editor of the comprehensive text for the field of Plastic Surgery, the multi-volume Textbook of Plastic Surgery.

Hakim K. Said, MD

Associate Professor,
Microsurgery Fellowship Director, Site Director University Hospital

Dr. Said joined the faculty in August, 2006. He completed his plastic surgery training at Northwestern in 2005 and recently completed the prestigious reconstructive microsurgery fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer. He is based clinically at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) and is the residency site director there. With his excellent reconstructive microsurgery training, he is a vital addition to the UWMC service. With his computer science and engineering background, his research focus is in the area of 3-D modeling of tissue flap reconstruction as well as clinical outcomes research in reconstructive surgery. Dr. Said is also the director for the Microsurgical fellowship based at UWMC.

Srinivas Susarla, MD, DMD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Dr. Susarla is a plastic and craniofacial surgeon at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center. He is also a UW Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Susarla's clinical practice focuses on pediatric and adult craniomaxillofacial reconstructive surgery, including management of craniosynostosis, cleft lip and palate, congenital and acquired facial skeletal differences, maxillofacial pathology, and primary and secondary reconstruction following craniomaxillofacial trauma. He obtained his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, dental degree at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and a master of public health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed surgical residencies in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Plastic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. This was followed by fellowship training in Craniofacial Surgery at Seattle Children's Hospital/University of Washington - Harborview Medical Center.  He is board certified in both Plastic Surgery and Oral-Maxillofacial surgery.

Raymond Tse, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Tse joined the faculty in 2009. He completed his plastic surgery training at the University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada in 2005. He completed a fellowship in hand surgery at Stanford in 2006 and a fellowship in pediatric plastic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada in 2007. Dr. Tse practices at both Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center. He comes to the University of Washington with extensive education and experience in academic plastic surgery and in cleft lip and palate surgery and microsurgical soft tissue reconstructions of congenital deformities. The academic environment of Seattle Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Center will allow his academic interest in clinical outcome analysis of cleft lip surgery to flourish. As he develops the pediatric brachial plexus program, Dr. Tse plans to follow an outcome-based care model that will be synergistic with academic productivity in this field.

Nicholas B. Vedder, MD

Chief of Plastic Surgery, Associate Chair of Surgery, Associate Program Director

Dr. Vedder’s role is Chief of the Division and associate program director. He joined the faculty in 1990 as only the second faculty member in the division at that time, along with Dr. Loren Engrav. He is an internationally recognized expert in the area of hand and extremity reconstruction and in the basic science of ischemia-reperfusion injury. His primary practice is in hand, upper and lower extremity reconstruction at Harborview and also practices at the UW Medical Center’s Bone & Joint Center and at the Puget Sound Health Care System/Veteran’s Administration Hospital. In addition, he holds a joint appointment in Orthopaedics and he co-founded the University of Washington’s Unified Hand Surgery Service. He holds leadership positions in plastic surgery at the national level. He is the Past Chair of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Past Director of the American Board of Surgery, and her serves on the Plastic Surgery.