Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency Programs


NuHealth’s Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) offers two residency programs in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Both programs are fully accredited by the ACGME and under the guidance and mentorship of faculty from NUMC, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, and Stony Brook University.

The Independent program

established 1954
This is a three-year residency program designed to provide a complete education in all aspects of plastic surgery. The independent program prides itself on a solid foundation of plastic surgical principles and strict attention to detail. The resident’s experience encompasses the full range of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, within a model designed to provide progressive responsibility and independence.

The Integrated program

launched in 2017
Residents are chosen directly following graduation from medical school. For the first three years, residents receive training in all aspects of surgery with specialization in plastic and reconstructive surgery. The majority of these early rotations are with Stony Brook Medicine.  During the final three-year period the resident will complete his/her education in all aspects of plastic surgery, interacting with the Independent residents under the guidance of a diverse faculty.

Resident selection for both programs emphasizes creativity, maturity, diversity of prerequisite training, and accomplished scholarly activity. Our training programs provide a high volume and variety of plastic surgery, hand surgery, and reconstructive procedures, working closely with 30 different attending surgeons in a combination of public, private, and University settings. Residents are held accountable for a high standard of academic and clinical productivity. Resident and faculty interaction is encouraged in an atmosphere of collegiality, professionalism, and respect. The NuHealth program has successfully educated residents in plastic surgery for over 60 years. Graduates have confidently entered private practice and academic practice throughout the US and abroad.

We welcome your interest in our residency programs, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Roger L. Simpson, MD, MBA, FACS
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery 
Long Island Plastic Surgical Group
Director, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Residency Programs

Alexander Dagum, MD, FRCS(C), FACS
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Division Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery                       
Stony Brook Medicine



Program Description

Residents rotate through our affiliated hospitals for a complete spectrum of plastic surgery education.

NUHEALTH (Nassau University Medical Center)

The residents are responsible for the selection and management of their patients in this rotation. This is considered a high point of their rotations. Patients with birth defects of the head and neck, trunk and limbs are managed by the Plastic Surgical service. This includes cleft lip and palate, and other congenital defects requiring complex reconstruction. Soft-tissue reconstruction encompasses a large portion of the residents’ work. Skin tumors of the head and neck are also admitted to the Plastic Surgical division. An excellent and professional working relationship in all areas of reconstruction exists with the orthopedic, general surgical, oral surgery, and neurosurgical divisions.

Acute burn patients are admitted to the Burn Center under the care of the Burn Fellow. Residents will work with attending physicians in burn-wound management, early excision and grafting, and post-burn care. Plastic Surgical residents and the Burn Fellow formulate plans and work together during late-burn-scar reconstruction procedures. The burn experience provides confidence for future wound management under all conditions.

Cosmetic surgical cases are evaluated by the residents with faculty oversight in a resident clinic. The number of patients receiving cosmetic surgery permits the residents to meet and exceed their requirements. Selection of patients and choice of procedure complement the training experience. Cosmetic cases for surgery are discussed at the weekly Grand Rounds. Cases are formally presented with photos and clinical data and discussed with the attending surgeons before the surgery is scheduled.

Resident teaching responsibilities include General Surgical residents rotating through the Plastic Surgical service. Medical students from the State University of New York, as well as those from the New York College of Osteopathy, spend part of their rotations on the Plastic Surgical service. Progressive responsibility and teaching are the key elements to this rotation. Formal attending rounds each week encourage original thinking and decision-making. A higher level of confidence is seen within each resident upon completion of the rotation.


Winthrop is a 600-bed private institution with a large volume of reconstructive Plastic Surgery. The residents are exposed to a wide variety of cases and techniques and build a foundation while participating in the surgery and post-operative care. At Winthrop, the resident also participates in pediatric genito-urinary reconstructions under the guidance of a Pediatric Urologist. The residents’ experience in Facial Paralysis surgery is also unique. Animation exercises and protocol for motion are learned in the office portion of this rotation. The Plastic Surgical resident is also assigned to selected Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical cases and acquires experience in TMJ arthroplasties, mandibular reconstruction, and bone grafting. Planned time for discussion of cephalometrics on selected patients is available with those oral surgeons doing orthognathic reconstruction.


North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Hospital, pillars of the Northwell Health System, are nonprofit tertiary teaching institutions with a large volume of reconstructive and congenital pediatric Plastic Surgery. A clinic in Plastic Surgery, staffed by faculty allows the residents to see patients from the surrounding community with attending supervision.

The Cleft Lip and Palate Center for Nassau County is associated with Cohen Children’s Hospital. A team meeting is held every other week, at which selected patients are reviewed. The residents on service participate in the discussions of the children, as additional treatment plans are developed. This includes speech evaluations, psychology, endoscopy and video fluoroscopy. Dental, orthodontic, and oral surgical evaluation of each child is also performed.

Head and neck ablative surgery has its greatest volume in this institution. The reconstructive work, including flap rotation and free tissue transfer, adds to the resident’s experience. The craniofacial surgery, performed with the plastic surgeons and the pediatric neurosurgeons, takes place here, and priority time is allotted to the resident to participate. A large volume of reconstructive microsurgery and breast reconstruction is performed during this rotation.


The Long Island Plastic Surgical Group and affiliated hospitals make up the majority of the surgical experience on this rotation. The assigned resident spends four months on this rotation. Case assignments are made on the basis of educational interest and importance of the surgery to the resident’s curriculum. The resident is responsible for familiarizing him or herself with the details of the case prior to coming to the operating room. A schedule is distributed in advance of upcoming surgeries over a ten-day period.

Long Island Plastic Surgical Group consists of 22 plastic surgeons. This rotation consists of office exposure, aesthetic surgery as well as general Plastic Surgical cases. The resident is assigned to attendings according to a weekly schedule distributed 10 days in advance. Time permits preoperative discussion on all cases. The resident participates in the surgery in the ambulatory center or the affiliated hospitals. He/she will follow the post-operative care of the patients in the hospital and in the office.


These rotations provide a concentrated experience to the resident’s education. Experience in both acute and reconstructive adult and pediatric hand surgery and all aspects of breast surgery will be provided. The resident will be assigned to selected cases. A busy outpatient department at NuHealth will provide access to a large variety of acute and reconstructive hand pathology. Outpatient experience with plastic surgeons and orthopedists complements the experience. A close cooperation with ablative breast and oncological surgeons allows for efficient design and reconstruction benefiting the patient.


The Stony Brook University rotation adds a large volume of advanced reconstructive experience. The initial three years of the Integrated program curriculum is provided by the rotations encompassing all recommended subspecialty requirements. Residents from both programs rotate through the University with increasing responsibilities including a Chief Resident experience. Additional exposure to cleft lip and palate and craniofacial surgery is part of the curriculum.

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Contact Us

Jeannie Watson, C-TAGME
INDEPENDENT Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: (516) 535-6744

Tiana Martucci, MA
INTEGRATED Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: (631) 444-2037


Other Important Information

  • Application: The Independent Plastic Surgery Residency Program participates in the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Match. Applications for most residency programs can be submitted beginning September 1; however, you can begin the process of preparing your application early by visiting the San Francisco Match website at
    San Francisco Match
    655 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
    Telephone: (415) 447-0350
    Facsimile: (415) 561-8535


  • Application: The Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program
June 7, 2018 ERAS 2019 Begins

Applicants can register on MyERAS and begin working on their application.

September 5, 2018 Applicants start applying to ACGME accredited residency programs only.
September 15, 2018 ACGME-accredited residency programs start receiving applications.

National Resident Matching Program (®) registration opens for the 2019 main residency match.

January 15, 2019 NRMP Match Rank list submissions begin
February 20, 2019 NRMP Match Rank list deadline
March 11, 2019 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP®) main residency match results are available.

For more information, please contact NRMP at 202-400-2233 or

May 31, 2019 ERAS 2019 Season Ends: MyERAS closes at 5 p.m. ET