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Slezak named chief of plastic surgery at UM med school

Dr. Sheri Slezak has been named chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has been with the division since 1989. Slezak is renowned for her work in breast reconstruction and is one of only a handful of women who have risen to be plastic surgery division chiefs in the country. Slezak is a passionate teacher and mentor who considers professional cultivation an important part of her job as division chief. Slezak will continue to lead the division in basic and clinical research, including studying the role of stem cells from fat as soft tissue fillers.

The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the School of Medicine includes a total of six faculty physicians, including two new faculty physicians joining this summer. Slezak will continue to lead this expanding team in performing plastic and reconstructive surgeries across a variety of specialties in patients who have had cancer treatment, burns, congenital defects and trauma.

Slezak is presently the only female plastic surgeon on the leadership board of American Board of Plastic Surgery and is author of the CoreQuest curriculum of plastic surgery, which has been adopted as the teaching text in many plastic surgery training programs throughout the country. In 2011, Slezak was named a “top doctor” by U.S. News and World Report, indicating that she is in the top one percent of their specialty field. In 2010, Slezak was selected by her peers to Baltimore Magazine’s list of top doctors.

Slezak attended Harvard Medical School, followed by a residency in general surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. She completed an immunology research fellowship and plastic surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.