Brian D. Rinker, MD, FACS

Director of Hand Service
Plastic Surgery Residency Program Director

Clinical interests

  • Aesthetic Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Microsurgery

Awards

"Best Paper" designation, 2014, American Society of Plastic Surgeons


Brian D. Rinker, MD, FACS

Director of Hand Service
Plastic Surgery Residency Program Director

Biography

Dr. Brian D. Rinker is a graduate of the Yale University College of Medicine and completed both his residency and a hand surgery fellowship at New York University Medical Center. He received training in adult and pediatric plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery under Joseph McCarthy, MD, at the world-renowned Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in New York City. Rinker’s clinical interests include aesthetic surgery, hand and microsurgery, correction of congenital hand anomalies, and cleft lip and palate surgery. A recognized leader in his specialty, Rinker has over sixty published articles and is a regular presenter at national and international plastic surgery meetings.

Personal statement

My job is different than other kinds of surgeons because, in general, I'm not saving lives. What I'm doing is restoring lives. I'm restoring people back to the way they were, restoring their function, their appearance and their body image after an injury or after a loss due to cancer surgery. It’s very inspiring to see the type of impact you can have in people's lives. We're operating on people's body image, their self-image and, in a way, we're operating on the soul. My goal is a happy patient. I’m trying to make that patient feel better and happier about themselves, and I don't stop until we have that.

Faculty rank

Professor of Surgery

Education

Degree
Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

Residency
General Surgery, New York University Medical Center
Plastic Surgery, New York University Medical Center

Fellowship
Hand Surgery, New York University Medical Center

Certifications or Special training
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Association of Plastic Surgeons

Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Kentucky Clinic
Second Floor, Wing C
740 S. Limestone
Lexington KY 40536-0284

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Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery Associates

UK Good Samaritan Medical Office Building
Suite 303
125 E. Maxwell St.
Lexington KY 40508-2678



Plastic Surgery

Kentucky Clinic
First Floor, Wing C, Room E101
740 S. Limestone
Lexington KY 40536-0284

Call 859-323-8082
Fax 859-257-5901

Amenities
Dining, Internet/Wi-Fi, Information desk, Pharmacy services, Wheelchairs

Kentucky Clinic Map (PDF, 616 KB) »
Directions to Kentucky Clinic Parking »



Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Shriner's Hospital for Children
1900 Richmond Road
Lexington KY 40502


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  1. Rinker BD, Vyas KS. Do Stem Cells Have an Effect When We Fat Graft? Ann Plast Surg. 2016 Jun;76 Suppl 4:S359-63.
    View in: PubMed
  2. Means KR, Rinker BD, Higgins JP, Payne SH, Merrell GA, Wilgis EF. A Multicenter, Prospective, Randomized, Pilot Study of Outcomes for Digital Nerve Repair in the Hand Using Hollow Conduit Compared With Processed Allograft Nerve. Hand (N Y). 2016 Jun;11(2):144-51.
    View in: PubMed
  3. Vyas KS, Snapp WK, Rinker BD, Vasconez HC. A Critical Analysis of the 2012 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Provider Use and Payment Database. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Feb;137(2):462e-473e.
    View in: PubMed
  4. Rednam RS, Rinker BD. Reconstruction of posterior compartment of lower extremity using a functional latissimus dorsi free flap: A case report. Microsurgery. 2016 Jan;36(1):77-80.
    View in: PubMed
  5. Turner JB, Corazzini RL, Butler TJ, Garlick DS, Rinker BD. Evaluating adhesion reduction efficacy of type I/III collagen membrane and collagen-GAG resorbable matrix in primary flexor tendon repair in a chicken model. Hand (N Y). 2015 Sep;10(3):482-8.
    View in: PubMed
  6. Rinker B, Fink BF, Stoker AR, Milan ME, Nelson PT. Calcium channel blockers reduce the effects of cigarette smoking on peripheral nerve ischemia/reperfusion injury. Ann Plast Surg. 2013 Feb; 70(2):222-6. PMID: 22395053.
    View in: PubMed
  7. Rinker B. The use of dermal autograft as an adjunct to breast reconstruction with tissue expanders. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Dec; 130(6):1179-85. PMID: 23190802.
    View in: PubMed
  8. Cho MS, Rinker BD, Weber RV, Chao JD, Ingari JV, Brooks D, Buncke GM. Functional outcome following nerve repair in the upper extremity using processed nerve allograft. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Nov; 37(11):2340-9. PMID: 23101532.
    View in: PubMed
  9. Kobraei EM, Kenady DE, Rogers WB, Rinker BD. Cancer recurrence involving a TRAM flap and abdominal donor site following mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction: a case report. Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Jun; 68(6):559-61. PMID: 21587038.
    View in: PubMed
  10. Kobraei EM, Nimtz J, Wong L, Buseman J, Kemper P, Wright H, Rinker BD. Risk factors for adverse outcome following skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate prosthetic reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Feb; 129(2):234e-241e. PMID: 22286439.
    View in: PubMed
  11. Chung MT, Wilson P, Rinker B. Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus hand infections in the pediatric population. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Feb; 37(2):326-31. PMID: 22192163.
    View in: PubMed
  12. Brooks DN, Weber RV, Chao JD, Rinker BD, Zoldos J, Robichaux MR, Ruggeri SB, Anderson KA, Bonatz EE, Wisotsky SM, Cho MS, Wilson C, Cooper EO, Ingari JV, Safa B, Parrett BM, Buncke GM. Processed nerve allografts for peripheral nerve reconstruction: a multicenter study of utilization and outcomes in sensory, mixed, and motor nerve reconstructions. Microsurgery. 2012 Jan; 32(1):1-14. PMID: 22121093.
    View in: PubMed
  13. Kirby EJ, Oldham JS, Rinker BD. "Babysitting" the flap: a novel approach to chimeric flap transfer. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2011 Jul; 27(6):365-72. PMID: 21717395.
    View in: PubMed
  14. Rinker B, Liau JY. A prospective randomized study comparing woven polyglycolic acid and autogenous vein conduits for reconstruction of digital nerve gaps. J Hand Surg Am. 2011 May; 36(5):775-81. PMID: 21489720.
    View in: PubMed
  15. Walter CM, Kirby EJ, Vasconez HC, Rinker BD. Hepatocellular carcinoma metastatic to the scalp. J Craniofac Surg. 2011 Mar; 22(2):720-1. PMID: 21415643.
    View in: PubMed
  16. Rinker B, Fink BF, Barry NG, Fife JA, Milan ME, Stoker AR, Nelson PT. The effect of cigarette smoking on functional recovery following peripheral nerve ischemia/reperfusion injury. Microsurgery. 2011 Jan; 31(1):59-65. PMID: 21207501.
    View in: PubMed
  17. Rinker B. Extensor tendon injury during cesarean delivery. J Hand Surg Am. 2011 Jan; 36(1):125-8. PMID: 21131138.
    View in: PubMed
  18. Rinker B, Veneracion M, Walsh CP. Breast ptosis: causes and cure. Ann Plast Surg. 2010 May; 64(5):579-84. PMID: 20354434.
    View in: PubMed
  19. Rinker B, Fink BF, Barry NG, Fife JA, Milan ME. The effect of calcium channel blockers on smoking-induced skin flap necrosis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Mar; 125(3):866-71. PMID: 20195113.
    View in: PubMed
  20. Rinker B. Cryopreservation and the age of the allotransplant. Organogenesis. 2009 Jul; 5(3):85-9. PMID: 20046669.
    View in: PubMed
  21. Thomson JG, Liu YJ, Restifo RJ, Rinker BD, Reis A. Surface area measurement of the female breast: phase I. Validation of a novel optical technique. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 May; 123(5):1588-96. PMID: 19407633.
    View in: PubMed
  22. Wilson PC, Rinker B. The incidence of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus in community-acquired hand infections. Ann Plast Surg. 2009 May; 62(5):513-6. PMID: 19387151.
    View in: PubMed
  23. Rinker B, Veneracion M, Walsh CP. The effect of breastfeeding on breast aesthetics. Aesthet Surg J. 2008 Sep-Oct; 28(5):534-7. PMID: 19083576.
    View in: PubMed
  24. Rinker B, Donnelly M, Vasconez HC. Teaching patient selection in aesthetic surgery: use of the standardized patient. Ann Plast Surg. 2008 Aug; 61(2):127-31; discussion 132. PMID: 18650601.
    View in: PubMed
  25. Rinker B, Amspacher JC, Wilson PC, Vasconez HC. Subatmospheric pressure dressing as a bridge to free tissue transfer in the treatment of open tibia fractures. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 May; 121(5):1664-73. PMID: 18453991.
    View in: PubMed
  26. Cui X, Gao DY, Fink BF, Vasconez HC, Rinker B. Cryopreservation of composite tissues and transplantation: preliminary studies. Cryobiology. 2007 Dec; 55(3):295-304. PMID: 17963742.
    View in: PubMed
  27. Rinker B, Cui XD, Cibull ML, Fink BF, Gao DY, Vasconez HC. Cryopreservation of composite tissue transplants. Hand (N Y). 2008 Mar; 3(1):17-23. PMID: 18780115.
    View in: PubMed
  28. Rinker BD, Bowling JT, Vasconez HC. Blood transfusion and risk of metastatic disease or recurrence in patients undergoing immediate TRAM flap breast reconstruction: a clinical study and meta-analysis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Jun; 119(7):2001-7. PMID: 17519691.
    View in: PubMed
  29. Rinker B, Cui XD, Fink BF, Gao DY, Vasconez HC. Cryopreservation of composite tissue flaps: experimental studies in the rat. Ann Plast Surg. 2007 Jun; 58(6):656-60. PMID: 17522490.
    View in: PubMed
  30. Ferguson RE, Schuler K, Thornton BP, Vasconez HC, Rinker B. The effect of saliva and oral intake on the tensile properties of sutures: an experimental study. Ann Plast Surg. 2007 Mar; 58(3):268-72. PMID: 17471130.
    View in: PubMed
  31. Rinker B, Jack JM. Subpectoral breast augmentation through the abdominoplasty incision. Ann Plast Surg. 2007 Mar; 58(3):241-5. PMID: 17471125.
    View in: PubMed
  32. Habash A, Rinker B. Dupuytren's disease involving the wrist. J Hand Surg Am. 2007 Mar; 32(3):352-4. PMID: 17336842.
    View in: PubMed
  33. Rinker BD, Stewart DH, Pu LL, Vasconez HC. Role of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator in free flap salvage. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2007 Feb; 23(2):69-73. PMID: 17330201.
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  34. Thornton BP, Sloan D, Rinker B. Squamous cell carcinoma arising from an arteriovenous malformation of the scalp. J Craniofac Surg. 2006 Jul; 17(4):805-9. PMID: 16877939.
    View in: PubMed
  35. Rinker B. Fingertip reconstruction with the laterally based thenar flap: indications and long-term functional results. Hand (N Y). 2006 Jun; 1(1):2-8. PMID: 18780036.
    View in: PubMed
  36. Ferguson RE, Rinker B. The use of a hydrogel sealant on flexor tendon repairs to prevent adhesion formation. Ann Plast Surg. 2006 Jan; 56(1):54-8. PMID: 16374097.
    View in: PubMed
  37. Rinker B, Vasconez HC. Constriction band syndrome occurring in the setting of in vitro fertilization and advanced maternal age. Can J Plast Surg. 2006; 14(1):41-4. PMID: 19554231.
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  38. Jack JM, Stewart DH, Rinker BD, Vasconez HC, Pu LL. Modern surgical treatment of complex facial fractures: a 6-year review. J Craniofac Surg. 2005 Jul; 16(4):726-31. PMID: 16077328.
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  39. Rinker B, Valerio IL, Stewart DH, Pu LL, Vasconez HC. Microvascular free flap reconstruction in pediatric lower extremity trauma: a 10-year review. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2005 May; 115(6):1618-24. PMID: 15861066.
    View in: PubMed
  40. Rinker B, Vasconez HC, Mentzer RM. Replantation: past, present, and future. J Ky Med Assoc. 2004 Jun; 102(6):247-53. PMID: 15216722.
    View in: PubMed
  41. Hausman MR, Rinker BD. Intractable wounds and infections: the role of impaired vascularity and advanced surgical methods for treatment. Am J Surg. 2004 May; 187(5A):44S-55S. PMID: 15147992.
    View in: PubMed
  42. Rinker B, Effron CR, Beasley RW. Proximal radial compression neuropathy. Ann Plast Surg. 2004 Feb; 52(2):174-80; discussion 181-3. PMID: 14745268.
    View in: PubMed
  43. Rinker B, Karp NS, Margiotta M, Blei F, Rosen R, Rofsky NM. The role of magnetic resonance imaging in the management of vascular malformations of the trunk and extremities. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2003 Aug; 112(2):504-10. PMID: 12900608.
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  44. Rinker B, Ginsburg HB, Genieser NB, Gittes GK. Obstructive jaundice caused by placement of a nasoenteric feeding tube. J Pediatr Surg. 2000 Apr; 35(4):619-20. PMID: 10770398.
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  45. Spinelli HM, Bahtijarevic Z, Rinker B. Reconstruction of upper cranial and cranial base defects utilizing the scalping flap. Plast Reconstr Surg. 1998 Apr; 101(4):930-6. PMID: 9514324.
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  46. Shi CQ, Sinusas AJ, Dione DP, Singer MJ, Young LH, Heller EN, Rinker BD, Wackers FJ, Zaret BL. Technetium-99m-nitroimidazole (BMS181321): a positive imaging agent for detecting myocardial ischemia. J Nucl Med. 1995 Jun; 36(6):1078-86. PMID: 7769431.
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