Clinical Instructorship in Microsurgery


Stanford Plastic Surgery is a tertiary care referral center and major microsurgical center in Northern California. Patients are referred to Stanford from all around the San Francisco Bay Area, but also come as far as Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Southern California. At Stanford, patients are also occasionally seen from Asia and Europe. The Stanford medical campus has both a Comprehensive Cancer Center, Women’s Cancer Center, and is a Level I Trauma Hospital. This provides for exposure to a broad range of reconstructive challenges. Clinical Instructors in Microsurgery are exposed to every area of microsurgery including breast reconstruction, head & neck, extremity, hand, replantation, peripheral nerve, etc. Stanford performs a large volume of flaps, including D.I.E.P., S.I.E.A., S.G.A.P., T.R.A.M., A.L.T., fibula, parascapular, radial forearm, etc. Stanford Plastic Surgery performs over 200+ microsurgical cases per year. Clinical Instructors are also exposed to a large volume of non-microsurgical reconstructions. Clinical Instructors finish the program with the skills and abilities to manage any reconstructive challenge that they may face in practice. Stanford Plastic Surgery has eight full-time faculty who perform microsurgery.


Stanford is a recognized leader in research. Clinical Instructors are given opportunities to participate in a broad range of research and academic opportunities, which can be tailored to the interests of the individual. Stanford’s unique location in Silicon Valley allows for exposure to the biotech and medical device industry. The Bio-X, Bio-Design, and Bio-Innovation programs at Stanford create a rich environment for developing novel ideas and innovations. Clinical Instructors have opportunities to participate in some of these programs during their time here. Clinical Instructors often complete the program having authored or co-authored 3-5 manuscripts.


Stanford has a strong commitment and tradition of educating and training future leaders in plastic and reconstructive surgery. There are weekly educational conferences. Grand Rounds conferences include invited distinguished speakers, journal club, didactic sessions, anatomy labs, small group workshops, case presentations, quality improvement, quality assurance, and outcomes sessions. Clinical Instructors are involved in the teaching program and work with residents and students. Clinical Instructors are also encouraged to attend the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and California Society of Plastic Surgeons annual meetings.

Gordon K. Lee, M.D.
Director of Microsurgery



Applications for the 2020-2021 year are being accepted. 

Date available: August 1, 2020 - July 31, 2021.

Requirements (prior to start of fellowship August 1st):

• Completion of a Plastic Surgery Residency program
• California medical license

Please register and submit the application on sfmatch.

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

Stanford Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
770 Welch Road, Suite 400
Palo Alto, CA 94304-5715

Dr. Gordon Lee, Director of Microsurgery, assists Clinical Instructors with microsurgical education.

Dr. Gordon Lee, Director of Microsurgery, demonstrates microsurgical techniques.

Additional Information

Complex Reconstruction and Microsurgery in the news - Microsurgery Essentials

Informational Videos - Breast Reconstruction