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Paul Cederna, MD, Elected President Of Plastic Surgery Foundation
Leading Surgeon, Professor to Lead Research and International Volunteer Organization of American Society of Plastic Surgeons

CHICAGO, IL – Paul S. Cederna, MD, Chief of the Section of Plastic Surgery, Professor in the Department of Surgery, and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, today was elected president of the Plastic Surgery Foundation of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons and foremost authority on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Cederna took office at Plastic Surgery The Meeting, the Society's annual scientific meeting, in Los Angeles and will serve for one year.

"As an active researcher myself, I'm proud to lead an organization who mission is to support and improve patient results through research and development. I'll be eager to work with my dedicated colleagues around the world to reach our goals," noted Dr. Cederna.

Paul S. Cederna, M.D. is the Chief of the Section of Plastic Surgery, Professor in the Department of Surgery, and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan who specializes in reconstruction of complex wounds. By combining his clinical training in general surgery, microsurgery, and plastic surgery, he is able to incorporate creative solutions with technically challenging operations to solve the most difficult problems resulting from trauma, cancer, or burns. Dr. Cederna specializes in burn reconstruction, minimally invasive plastic surgery, and cosmetic surgery. He has a particular interest in finding new, innovative and minimally invasive approaches to treating clinically difficult problems. In addition, he enjoys utilizing his microsurgical training in solving complex wound problems requiring free tissue transfer.

Dr. Cederna received his Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and his MD degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. Thereafter, he completed a residency in General Surgery and a fellowship in Microsurgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He then returned to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he completed his Plastic Surgery Fellowship training at the University of Michigan Health System. He then completed two additional years of basic science research training as a post doctoral research fellow within the Muscle Mechanics Lab of the at the University of Michigan. He has since joined the faculty at the University of Michigan where he has been a full time academic surgeon since 1999.

Academically, Dr. Cederna has a very active basic science research lab investigating mechanisms of peripheral nerve regeneration following nerve injury and repair. He has received grants from the Department of Defense, Army Research Office, and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency; to date, he has been awarded over $19,000,000 in research funding, authored over 137 scientific manuscripts, published 20 book chapters, presented his work over 430 times at national and international meetings, and has been asked to give over 220 extramural presentations. He has mentored 56 students, 36 research fellows, and 15 postdoctoral fellows from various backgrounds including biomedical engineering and physiology. He has received over 62 national research awards either as first author or mentor of the research work. Dr. Cederna has been the Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, President of the Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons, is on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Plastic Surgery Foundation.

About ASPS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. 

About The PSF

The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF), founded in 1948, supports research, international volunteer programs and visiting professor programs. The foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life of patients through research and development. The PSF accomplishes its mission by providing invaluable support to the research of plastic surgery sciences through a variety of grant programs. The PSF works in concert with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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