Welcome to Stanford Plastic Surgery's Residency Program

Letter From the Residency Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Plastic Surgery Training Program at Stanford. Stanford has a long history of educating the best and brightest in plastic surgery.  With one of the first integrated training programs in the United States, since 1965 we have been training outstanding clinical surgeons, scientists, and innovators who are shaping the field of plastic surgery.  

Our residents have six years of outstanding clinical training at Stanford Hospital and our affiliated training institutions: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, The Buncke Clinic, Kaiser Santa Clara and the Plastic Surgery Center.  These institutions provide an unparalleled breadth and depth of exposure to all of plastic surgery.  Additionally, each site offers a unique and diverse patient population.

Education and research are top priorities in our program.  Our residents have protected educational time weekly in addition to site specific conferences.  Educational opportunities range from didactic lectures, anatomy dissections, and journal clubs to world-renowned visiting professorships.  These formal conferences complement the hands-on education occurring in the operating room, clinics, and wards on a daily basis.  Most residents complement their education and clinical training with research.  We have over 50 core faculty at all sites allowing residents to work on a project with a mentor that aligns with their interests in clinical, basic, or translational research. Residents average 15 publications during residency.

In addition to 6 years of clinical training, our residents have 1 year of dedicated professional development time between their 3rd and 4th clinical years.  During this time, residents can opt to pursue a number of different opportunities to shape their plastic surgery training and, ultimately, position them for their ideal job.  Graduates from our program are well prepared to become Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, enter practice directly, or continue training in an advanced fellowship program.  

On behalf of the entire faculty we appreciate your interest in Stanford and look forward to meeting you.

Paige Fox, MD, PhD
Residency Program Director
Stanford Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

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