Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000436806.35294.e0
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The Advent of the Restorative Plastic Surgeon

Carty, Matthew J. M.D.; Pribaz, Julian J. M.D.; Talbot, Simon G. M.D.; Caterson, Edward J. M.D., Ph.D.; Pomahac, Bohdan M.D.

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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.

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