The Department of Plastic Surgery consists of seven active practitioners. All aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery are performed. All physicians are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. At present, we are able to evaluate and manage patients at the University of Virginia Hospital, Martha Jefferson Hospital, Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville, VA, and at UVa/HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlottesville. Please visit  Patient Information for detailed information.

The Aesthetic Center

This clinic focuses on the comprehensive care of the patient seeking cosmetic surgery. A comprehensive treatment program is available to all patients that includes facial aesthetic surgery such as facelifts and collagen or fat injections, body contouring with traditional and ultrasonic liposuction, use of lasers, and many reconstructive procedures.

The Hand Center

The University of Virginia Hand Center is a comprehensive, multifaceted Medical Facility dedicated to the care of the hand and upper extremity.  We specialize in all disorders of the hand, wrist, and elbow and treat a wide spectrum of disorders from carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis to complex fractures, sports injuries, neurovascular injuries, and congenital hand differences.

The DeCamp Burn & Wound Healing Center

The DeCamp Burn & Wound Healing Center is a 6-bed extension of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit on the 5th floor of the University Hospital. The Center is composed of a multidisciplinary staff engaged in treating acute thermal, chemical, and electrical burn injuries. The Center is also dedicated to the treatment and management of complex wounds, both acute and chronic. The focus is on the thorough physiologic and psychosocial rehabilitation of the patient across the care continuum.

The Burn Support Laboratory

The Burn Support Laboratory is staffed by members of the Wound Healing Laboratory. Presently, we bank harvested autografts, prepare a topical antimicrobial cream extensively used in the DeCamp Burn & Wound Healing Center and in the Chronic Wound Care Clinic, and perform quantitative bacteriology on clinical biopsies. For further information, call the Burn Support Laboratory at (434) 924-2126.

The Preventive Foot Care Clinic

The Preventive Foot Care Clinic is an expansion of services offered by Catherine Ratliff, PhD, RN of the Chronic Wound Care Clinic. The purpose of the clinic is to provide care for foot wounds and toenails, give advice on proper footwear, and generally focus on wound prevention in patients at risk for developing foot wounds. In addition to this clinic’s success in our hospital, Dr. Ratliff has developed a successful program with the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) to provide service and education on foot care to the elderly population and their care providers in our community. For more information, or to make an appointment, contact the Chronic Wound Care Clinic at (434) 982-2922 (982-CWCC).

The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic

This clinic offers a full range of oral & maxillofacial surgical services. Dentoalveolar surgery (wisdom teeth, preprosthetic and implant surgery) can be performed on-site using the latest techniques in intravenous sedation and pain control. Consultative services are also available for the surgical treatment of congenital and developmental jaw anomalies, jaw reconstruction, facial trauma, oral and jaw tumors, corrective and cosmetic jaw surgery and other related concerns. The clinic is directed by Martin A. Hoard, DDS, MD. Call (434) 924-5301 for inquiries or appointments. Further information of interest to patients of this clinic can be found from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons’ web site. Click here.

The Chronic Wound Care Clinic (CWCC)

The goal of the Chronic Wound Care Clinic since its beginning has been to coordinate all aspects of patient evaluations regarding their wounds within a single clinic. To accomplish this goal, the CWCC has organized a multidisciplinary team of plastic surgeons, wound-care specialists, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, and specialists in rehabilitative medicine, prosthetic and orthotic services, and home health services. Additionally, the CWCC consults frequently with many other departments at the University of Virginia Health System and uses the newest technology and scientific advances to enhance the care provided to our patients. These advances include digital photography to monitor the size and status of each wound, growth-factor therapy to stimulate healing, skin oxygen level measurement to assess the health of the skin and underlying tissue, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. A web page devoted to our CWCC can be seen by clicking  here.

The Chief Residents’ Clinic

This clinic offers patients quality service and care at a significantly reduced rate. When a patient elects to have a resident as his/her primary surgeon, 40% or more of the surgeon’s fee is often waived. More importantly, the operation is done under the guidance of a faculty physician, who is present to teach and assist throughout the procedure. The faculty physician is also involved in preoperative visits and postoperative care. The full spectrum of plastic surgery is offered through the Chief Residents’ Clinic, including aesthetic surgery and procedures.

Plastic surgery residents are physicians who have completed prerequisite training in general surgery or related fields and have elected to continue training in plastic surgery. During the plastic surgery residency, the knowledge and skills to perform various reconstructive and cosmetic procedures are imparted to the resident. All instruction is done by board-certified plastic surgeons, most of whom have additional training in highly specific areas of plastic surgery.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to be seen at the Chief Residents’ Clinic, please contact Cindy Shannon at (434) 924-2413.

The Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Center

The Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Center offers two state-of-the-art services to both inpatients and outpatients at the University: hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy and transcutaneous oximetry (often referred to as TCOM). TCOM is a noninvasive way of measuring oxygen tension in the body tissues. HBO therapy is a way of delivering great amounts of oxygen to the body tissues by breathing 100% oxygen in a chamber that has been pressurized to more than atmospheric pressure. HBO has been proven to be beneficial for patients diagnosed with the following conditions:

  • chronic wounds
  • compromised skin grafts or flaps
  • necrotizing soft tissue infection
  • gas gangrene
  • osteomyelitis
  • carbon monoxide or cyanide poisoning
  • decompression sickness
  • air or gas embolism
  • crush injuries
  • radiation tissue damage

For more information or to schedule a patient for a consultation, please call the Hyperbaric Oxygen Service at (434) 982-3999.