Welcome to the Saint Louis University Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery! We strive to provide exceptional medical training while using innovative techniques and technology to take the best care of our patients. The division's major interests include the full spectrum of Plastic Surgery including hand surgery, adult and pediatric craniofacial surgery, pediatric Plastic Surgery, microsurgery, breast and oncologic reconstruction, aesthetic surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, lymphatic surgery, wound care, and acute and reconstructive burn care. Our residents and faculty seek excellence both in and out of the operating room. Whether you are searching for a Plastic Surgeon or considering training in Plastic Surgery, Saint Louis University Division of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery can help you reach your goals.
Mission and Values
The mission of Saint Louis University School of Medicine is the pursuit of excellence in education, research, clinical care, and community engagement through professional development, collaboration and social justice. The school’s educational approach embraces integrated activities in basic and clinical research, in provision of clinical care, and in involvement with the regional and national community through public service. These diverse educational experiences prepare individuals for careers and leadership roles in medicine and the medical sciences through training grounded in an understanding of the scientific method and an appreciation for personal commitment and service to others. In pursuit of its mission, the Saint Louis University School of Medicine seeks to impart to its students the following values:
- A concern for the sanctity of human life.
- A commitment to dignity and respect in the provision of medical care to all patients.
- A devotion to social justice, particularly as regards inequities in availability of
to health care.
- Humility in awareness of medicine's inherent limitations in the cure of illness.
- An appreciation for all of the factors that affect a person's state of health or illness.
- A mature and well-balanced professional behavior that derives from comfortable relationships with members of the human family and one's Creator.
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital is the home base of the program. Experience is primarily in the areas of facial and general trauma, reconstructive surgery of all types, and hand surgery. There are two major general plastic surgery/hand clinics every week at the hospital and three at other locations in the city.
At SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, residents gain experience in congenital disorders, clefts, burns, pediatric reconstructive surgery and hand surgery. There are two general plastic surgery clinics every week and a cleft palate/craniofacial clinic twice a month. Both SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital have Level 1 Trauma Centers with a wide variety of trauma and hand surgery patients.
The VA Saint Louis Health Care System - John Cochran Division provides experience in head and neck, hand, and reconstructive surgery as well as wound care. There is a general plastic surgery clinic once a week and a hand clinic every two weeks.
At SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, residents will mostly interact with private patients who have problems in general reconstructive plastic surgery and aesthetic surgery. This setting provides the residents experience in treating and processing patients in a private practice atmosphere.
Residents also have a rotation at Mercy Hospital St. Louis where they gain further experience in the private setting as well as in resuscitation of acute burns and operative burn treatment, in addition to hand surgery and breast surgery, including microsurgical breast reconstruction.
All of these hospitals are within in a 14-mile radius and can be reached in less than 20 minutes driving time.
The supervision and degree of independent operative experience during this program is carefully graduated to meet the abilities, initiative and educational needs of each resident. Our overriding concern in all operative activities is the quality of our service and the safety of the patient. These are never compromised for the sake of independent operative experience by residents.
Excellence in patient care is a prerequisite to excellence in teaching and surgical education. As a Jesuit institution, we provide a great deal of compassionate charity care and the residents experience the gratification of having new abilities to help the less fortunate.