Summary: Plastic surgery is presently typified by the existence of discrete clinical identities, namely that of the cosmetic plastic surgeon and the reconstructive plastic surgeon. The emergence of vascularized composite allotransplantation has been accompanied by the development of a third distinct clinical identity, that of the restorative plastic surgeon. The authors describe the core competencies that characterize this new identity, and discuss the implications of the advent of this new professional paradigm.
From the Division of Plastic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Received for publication April 4, 2013; accepted June 4, 2013.
Disclosure: This work was supported in part by U.S. Department of Defense Contract W911QY-09-C-0216. Dr. Pomahac receives salary support from this contract. None of the participating authors has a conflicting financial interest related to the work detailed in this article.
Matthew J. Carty, M.D., BWH/FH Division of Plastic Surgery, 1153 Centre Street, Suite 21, Jamaica Plain, Mass. 02130, firstname.lastname@example.org