Preparing the Next Generation of World-Class Plastic Surgeons

We are internationally recognized for teaching expertise and robust research programs that shape the future of patient care. We train rising surgeons in every pathology in plastic surgery, preparing them to become tomorrow’s leaders in plastic surgery.

The Washington University Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery education programs are part of the academic medical center that comprises Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Siteman Cancer Center.

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Integrated Residency Program

Our highly specialized plastic surgery training program includes a broad scope of patient care.

As a resident, you will join a cohort of more than 1,400 residents within the Washington University School of Medicine. Your peers and world-renowned faculty will stand behind you as you hone your skills and complete the plastic surgery residency track.

Premier Hospital Training

Our resident rotation tracks tap into the expertise available at a top-rated tertiary hospital.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the main teaching hospital for the residency program. U.S. News & World Report consistently includes Barnes-Jewish on its Honor Roll among the nation’s top hospitals. Barnes-Jewish is a state-of-the-art medical facility with operating rooms running at capacity every day.

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Groundbreaking Research

Our research lab inspires learning and innovative collaboration among students and faculty.

Current investigations span all of the clinical programs in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, from Aesthetics to Limb Salvage and from Pediatrics to Peripheral Nerves.

“Residents and fellows come from around the world to train here. There’s great opportunity here to learn from the world’s most innovative surgeons, develop skills in a subspecialty of your choosing and prepare for a career as a top surgeon in your field.”

Justin M. Sacks, MD, MBA, FACS | Division Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Shoenberg Professor

Advanced Plastic Surgery Education


Hand Surgery Fellowship

Learn advanced surgical techniques for routine and complex hand and upper-extremity conditions.


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Develop interdisciplinary expertise in complex head-to-toe reconstruction with an additional focus on limb reconstruction surgery.


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Peripheral Nerve

Refine your specialty in nerve regeneration and advanced nerve transfer techniques.

Research Fellow

The Plastic Surgery Research Laboratories in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine are looking for a research fellow to join the multi-disciplinary research team. A successful candidate will be involved in creating bioengineering platforms for tissue regeneration, focusing on head-to-toe basic science and preclinical research topics relevant to plastic surgery. A successful candidate will spend at least one dedicated year to full time research in this domain working with faculty including Drs. Justin Sacks, Xiaowei Li and Matthew Wood.

This position is for graduate or medical students or recent medical school graduates still seeking residency who are coming to Washington University to work on a research project as part of practical training or for thesis/dissertation research while maintaining student status with their home university. These students are not enrolled at Washington University. Please send your resume or CV to

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