Currently the full time clinical faculty includes Drs. Linda G. Phillips, John D. Bauer, Eric L. Cole, Robert L. McCauley, Kevin D.J. Murphy, Karen L. Powers, and Andrew Y. Zhang. Drs. Phillips, Bauer, Cole, McCauley, Powers, and Zhang are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Linda G. Phillips earned her M.D. at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her general surgery residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and her plastic surgery residency at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois and Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Phillips joined the Division of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1988 and became Chief of Plastic Surgery in 1994. She also holds the position of Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at UTMB. Dr. Phillips was named a "Top Doc" by US News and World Report in September 2012. Her special clinical interests include: healing of difficult wounds; burn reconstruction; and reconstruction of genitalia. Her research projects are: biology of surgical infection; normal skin bacteria; and growth factors in diabetic wound healing.
Dr. John D. Bauer earned his M.D. at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his general surgery residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and his plastic surgery residency at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. As an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Dr. Bauer's special interests are general plastic surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, liposuction, cosmetic and therapeutic BOTOX, laser hair and tattoo removal, and cosmetic and therapeutic hair transplantation. His research project is gene and cytokine induction of collagen synthesis, scarless fetal wound healing.
Dr. Eric L. Cole earned his M.D. at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina. He completed his general surgery and otolaryngology head and neck surgery residencies at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina. He completed his plastic surgery residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Cole completed a fellowship in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at the University of Southern California and Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, California. As an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Dr. Cole's special interests are aesthetic surgery, pediatric and adult craniofacial surgery, skin cancer, MOHS reconstruction, and nasal obstruction and repair. His research project is salvage of infected implants with delayed regional flap coverage.
Dr. Robert L. McCauley has been a member of the faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston), Division of Plastic Surgery since July, 1986. His primary responsibility is to serve as the administrative Chief of Plastic Surgery Services at the Shriners Burns Institute. There he coordinates plastic surgery services, completing the operative assignments and performing outreach clinic activities. Dr. McCauley attends the Plastic Surgery clinic at Shriners Burns Institute on Tuesday afternoons. He reviews plastic surgery patients and accepts or denies them for admission into the program at the Shriners Hospital at Galveston. In addition, Dr. McCauley rotates with remaining faculty in the plastic surgery call schedule at John Sealy Hospital. He has regular outpatient office on Thursday morning at John Sealy Hospital. He is assigned a wide variety of plastic surgery cases, concentrating on burn reconstruction and proliferative scar disorders. At the Shriners Hospital, he has recently instituted a laser program for vascular malformations and has now gotten approval for an expansion of services to include osseo-integrated implants. Dr. McCauley was promoted to full Professor in September, 1995. He is geographically full time and has no outside appointments.
Dr. Kevin D.J. Murphy earned his M.D. at the University College Cork School of Medicine in Cork, Ireland. He completed his residency at Northern Ireland Plastic and Maxillofacial Service in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dr. Murphy completed fellowships in hand surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, pediatric plastic surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and microsurgery at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama. As an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Dr. Murphy's clinical interests include: fracture and dislocations of the hand and wrist, microsurgery, reconstructive surgery of the upper and lower extremities, pediatric hand surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and medical education. His research interests include: traumatic and degenerative hand and wrist disease.
Dr. Karen L. Powers earned her M.D. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She completed her general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Powers completed a fellowship in breast microsurgery at the University of Utah, Division of Plastic Surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah. As an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Dr. Powers's special interests are breast reconstruction, microsurgery, wound healing, and medical education. Her research projects include: utilization and outcomes of breast reconstruction; national practice patterns and disparities in care among patients with breast cancer; and effects of radiation on reconstructed breasts.
Dr. Andrew Y. Zhang earned his M.D. at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California. He completed his general surgery residency and hand surgery fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California. As an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Dr. Zhang's special interests are brachial plexus injury and reconstruction, Dupuytren's Disease, peripheral nerve injury and reconstruction, and muscle denervation/reinnervation. His research project focuses on denervated skeletal muscle physiology.
Dr. Ted T. Huang is a member of the clinical faculty. Prior to 1979, Dr. Huang was a geographic full time member of The University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston). Dr. Huang has a national reputation for clinical plastic surgery research and publications. He has particular expertise in the area of burn reconstruction. He has a private practice centered on Galveston and the nearby mainland. He is the only private plastic surgeon in the area.
Dr. Thomas Baker oversees the rotation in his private office in Miami, Fla. A former graduate of the UTMB program, Dr. Baker has been awarded the distinguished service award by the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation as well as by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. The Baker/Gordon conference is one of the most respected aesthetic conferences yearly. The month long rotation at his office (housing is provided) affords the residents an intensive aesthetic surgery experience as well as knowledge of the working of a well run private practice.
Dr. Geoffrey Robb is Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the M.D. Anderson Hospital. He is certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He has also had a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in Microvascular and hand surgery. He is a well respected plastic surgeon who has served many visiting professorships particularly for head and neck cancer and cancer reconstruction. Dr. Robb is active in the committee structure of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation. He is on numerous editorial boards and is an active member of his local and regional medical association and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Faculty at participating institutions are selected and supervised by the Program Director. Dr. Phillips remains the geographic Program Director for the Shriners Hospital and at the John Sealy Hospital. In addition, she closely oversees the residents' activity on their rotations with Drs. Baker and Stuzin in Miami in their private offices and Dr. Robb in Houston at the M.D. Anderson rotation. The rotation with Drs. Baker and Stuzin is intended to broaden the second year residents' experience in aesthetic surgery. The experience at the M.D. Anderson Hospital is expected to strengthen the microsurgical reconstruction experience of the plastic surgery residents, particularly in the area of the head and neck reconstruction, under the direct supervision of Dr. Geoffrey Robb who is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at that institution.