Best Medical Schools for Plastic Surgery: List of Top Schools

Plastic surgery is surgical procedure that corrects or restores an area of the body. Plastic surgeons complete a 4-year graduate medical school Doctor of Medicine program, and then participate in a hospital residency program with a focus on plastic or reconstructive surgery. Concentrations are available in adult or pediatric plastic surgery specialties for residents, such as cosmetic surgery, craniofacial surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery, post-bariatric surgery, burn treatment and various reconstructive surgeries.

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Top Medical Schools with Plastic Surgery Residencies

1. University of Washington in Seattle

The University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine encourages its students to focus on serving underserved populations, such as rural towns, inner cities and developing countries. Residents in the plastic surgery program are trained in surgical and medical care, patient care, research and administration during a 6-year residency. The first three years are spent learning general surgery and the final three are spent in a plastic surgery residency. Fellowships are also available in pediatric craniofacial and maxillofacial surgery, hand and microsurgery and burn reconstruction for those who have completed a plastic surgery residency.

Residents may practice at UW Medical Center, ranked 12th among best hospitals in 2010-2011 by U.S. News & World Report, where the focus is on cosmetic surgery, breast reconstruction, trunk surgeries and microsurgery. The UW plastic surgery program is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Contact Information

  • Address: 1400 N.E. Campus Pkwy., Seattle, WA 98195
  • Phone Number: (206) 543-2100

2. University of California in San Francisco

The University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, which was founded in 1864, was the fifth best medical school as ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2010. Founded in 1951, the plastic surgery program is one of the oldest in the country, accredited by the ACGME.

The 6-year clinical training program highlights extremity reconstruction, complex wounds, burn care and reconstruction, facial fractures, breast reconstruction, abdominal wall reconstruction and hand surgeries. Residents of the plastic surgery program may practice at the UCSF Medical Center, which was ranked seventh among all hospitals in 2010 by U.S. News & World Report.

Contact Information

  • Address: 500 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94143
  • Phone Number: (415) 476-9000

Good Medical Schools for Plastic Surgery

College/University Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 51,659 100 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-5000
University of Washington - Seattle Campus 45,943 1400 N.E. Campus Pkwy., Seattle, WA 98195 (206) 543-2100
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 41,674 Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734) 764-1817
University of Wisconsin - Madison 41,654 500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706 (608) 262-1234
University of California - Los Angeles 38,550 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095 (310) 825-4321
Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis 30,383 425 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202 (317) 274-5555
University of Iowa 28,987 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242 (319) 335-3500
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 28,916 103 South Bldg., CB 9100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (919) 962-2211
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus 28,328 4200 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (412) 624-4141
Harvard University 27,651 Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-1000
University of Pennsylvania 24,599 1 College Hall, 34th and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 898-5000
University of Colorado Denver 23,715 Denver, CO 80217 (303) 556-5600
University of Alabama at Birmingham 16,874 Admin. Bldg., Ste. 1070, Birmingham, AL 35294 (205) 934-4011
University of Vermont 13,391 85 S. Prospect St., Burlington, VT 05405 (802) 656-3131
University of Rochester 9,506 203 Wallis Hall, Rochester, NY 14627 (585) 275-8063
University of Nebraska Medical Center 3,237 987815 Nebraska Medical Ctr., Omaha, NE 68198 (402) 559-3937
University of California - San Francisco 3,119 500 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94143 (415) 476-9000
Oregon Health & Science University 2,583 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97239 (503) 494-7800
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas 2,459 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390 (214) 648-3606
University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester 1,091 55 Lake Ave. No., Worcester, MA 01655 (508) 856-2000
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