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Henry C. Vasconez, MD, FACS

William S. Farish Endowed Chair of Plastic Surgery
Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery
Director, Burn and Wound Clinic

Practice areas

  • Cosmetic Surgery Associates
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

Faculty rank

Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics

Clinic information

Clinical interests

  • Aesthetic Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Education

Degree

Central University Medical School, Quito, Ecuador

Residency

General Surgery, University of Illinois Hospitals and Clinics, Chicago, Ill.
Plastic Surgery, Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta

Fellowship

International Craniofacial Center for Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Dallas

Certifications or Special training

American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
American Board of Plastic Surgery Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery

 

Additional information

Profile

Henry C. Vásconez is the William S. Farish Endowed Chair and Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery, Director of the Craniofacial Anomalies Team and Clinic, and a professor in both plastic surgery and pediatrics at the University Of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington.

Vásconez earned his medical degree from Central University Medical School in Quito, Ecuador, after which he received a public health certificate and fellowship in rural and tropical medicine in the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle and the Galapagos Islands. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago, his residency in plastic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta and a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the International Craniofacial Institute in Dallas.

Vásconez is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons, and a Subspecialty Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Among his many professional memberships are the American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery.

Vásconez has published extensively, including more than 60 journal articles and 15 textbook chapters. He is an invited lecturer, visiting professor, and presenter at medical education programs and symposia, both nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of several research grants, and he is currently principal investigator in a national clinical trial in burn treatment.

Personal statement

I provide the kind of care for my patients that I would want my friends or family to have. A patient should come see me for my measured experience and my ability to present many options or at least a few options for their particular case. I identify what works for each patient based on their situation and based on the experience that I have. We focus on finding the problem, trying to come to a solution, and then proceed and strive for a good outcome.

Research/Publications

  1. 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
  2. Vyas KS, Mardini S, Phillips LG, Gosman AA, Vasconez HC. Financial Planning for the Plastic Surgery Residency Applicant. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Feb;137(2):497e-499e.
    View in: PubMed
  3. Atashroo DA, Luan A, Vyas KS, Zielins ER, Maan Z, Duscher D, Walmsley GG, Lynch MP, Davenport DL, Wan DC, Longaker MT, Vasconez HC. What Makes a Plastic Surgery Residency Program Attractive? An Applicant's Perspective. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jul;136(1):189-96.
    View in: PubMed
  4. Ingargiola MJ, Motakef S, Chung MT, Vasconez HC, Sasaki GH. Cryolipolysis for fat reduction and body contouring: safety and efficacy of current treatment paradigms. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jun;135(6):1581-90.
    View in: PubMed
  5. Vyas KS, Vasconez HC. Wound Healing: Biologics, Skin Substitutes, Biomembranes and Scaffolds. Healthcare (Basel). 2014;2(3):356-400.
    View in: PubMed
  6. Hill JL, Wong L, Kemper P, Buseman J, Davenport DL, Vasconez HC. Infectious complications associated with the use of acellular dermal matrix in implant-based bilateral breast reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2012 May; 68(5):432-4. PMID: 22531395.
    View in: PubMed
  7. Vasconez HC, Buseman JL, Cunningham LL. Management of facial soft tissue injuries in children. J Craniofac Surg. 2011 Jul; 22(4):1320-6. PMID: 21772187.
    View in: PubMed
  8. Wong L, Vasconez HC. Patient satisfaction after Nd:YAG laser-assisted lipolysis. Ann Plast Surg. 2011 May; 66(5):561-3. PMID: 21451378.
    View in: PubMed
  9. Kirby EJ, Turner JB, Davenport DL, Vasconez HC. Orbital floor fractures: outcomes of reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2011 May; 66(5):508-12. PMID: 21346525.
    View in: PubMed
  10. 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
  11. Pu LL, Coleman SR, Cui X, Ferguson RE, Vasconez HC. Cryopreservation of autologous fat grafts harvested with the Coleman technique. Ann Plast Surg. 2010 Mar; 64(3):333-7. PMID: 20179486.
    View in: PubMed
  12. Stewart D, Liau J, Vasconez H. Flap pedicle vena comitant as a vein graft donor source. Microsurgery. 2009; 29(2):115-8. PMID: 18946884.
    View in: PubMed
  13. Hidestrand P, Vasconez H, Cottrill C. Carpenter syndrome. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Jan; 20(1):254-6. PMID: 19165041.
    View in: PubMed
  14. Pu LL, Coleman SR, Cui X, Ferguson RE, Vasconez HC. Autologous fat grafts harvested and refined by the Coleman technique: a comparative study. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Sep; 122(3):932-7. PMID: 18766062.
    View in: PubMed
  15. Pollock RA, Donnelly MB, Plymale MA, Stewart DH, Vasconez HC. 360-degree evaluations of plastic surgery resident accreditation council for graduate medical education competencies: experience using a short form. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Aug; 122(2):639-49. PMID: 18626387.
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  16. 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.
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  17. Vasconez HC. 50-year history of the SESPRS. Ann Plast Surg. 2008 May; 60(5):545-58. PMID: 18434830.
    View in: PubMed
  18. Ferguson RE, Cui X, Fink BF, Vasconez HC, Pu LL. The viability of autologous fat grafts harvested with the LipiVage system: a comparative study. Ann Plast Surg. 2008 May; 60(5):594-7. PMID: 18434838.
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  19. 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.
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  20. 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.
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  21. Cui XD, Gao DY, Fink BF, Vasconez HC, Pu LL. Cryopreservation of human adipose tissues. Cryobiology. 2007 Dec; 55(3):269-78. PMID: 17942090.
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  22. 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.
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  23. 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.
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  24. 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.
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  25. Vasconez HC, Nisanci M, Lee EY. Giant cell tumour of the flexor tendon sheath of the foot. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2008 Jul; 61(7):815-8. PMID: 17512270.
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  26. 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.
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  27. Thornton BP, Marek C, Stewart DH, Vasconez HC. Doppler signal interpretation in free tissue transfer: a computer simulator for resident and nursing education. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2007 Feb; 23(2):75-8. PMID: 17330202.
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  28. 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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  29. Pu LL, Cui X, Fink BF, Gao D, Vasconez HC. Adipose aspirates as a source for human processed lipoaspirate cells after optimal cryopreservation. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 May; 117(6):1845-50. PMID: 16651957.
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  30. Ferguson RE, Vasconez HC. Venous thromboembolism in the burn population. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Apr 15; 117(5):1642-3; author reply 1643. PMID: 16641739.
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  31. Pu LL, Thornton BP, Vasconez HC. The educational value of a resident aesthetic surgery clinic: a 10-year review. Aesthet Surg J. 2006 Jan-Feb; 26(1):41-4. PMID: 19338882.
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  32. 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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  33. Ferguson RE, Critchfield A, Leclaire A, Ajkay N, Vasconez HC. Current practice of thromboprophylaxis in the burn population: a survey study of 84 US burn centers. Burns. 2005 Dec; 31(8):964-6. PMID: 16269216.
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  34. Ferguson RE, Vasconez HC. Laser treatment of congenital nevi. J Craniofac Surg. 2005 Sep; 16(5):908-14. PMID: 16192881.
    View in: PubMed
  35. 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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  36. 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.
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  37. Moore FO, Thornton BP, Shiroff AM, Zabel DD, Vasconez HC. Two partially embedded rings resulting in chronic erosion of a finger. Del Med J. 2004 Dec; 76(12):431-4. PMID: 15646079.
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  38. Moore FO, Thornton BP, Zabel DD, Vasconez HC. Autogenous orbital reconstruction in a child with congenital abnormalities of the orbital roof and vertical orbital dystopia. J Craniofac Surg. 2004 Nov; 15(6):930-3. PMID: 15547377.
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  39. Pu LL, Medalie DA, Rosenblum WJ, Lawrence SJ, Vasconez HC. Free tissue transfer to a difficult wound of the lower extremity. Ann Plast Surg. 2004 Sep; 53(3):222-8. PMID: 15480007.
    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. Pu LL, Vasconez HC. Large recurrent plexiform neurofibroma of the foot and ankle. Microsurgery. 2004; 24(1):67-71. PMID: 14748029.
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  42. Thornton BP, Minion DJ, Quick R, Vasconez HC, Endean ED. Pseudoaneurysm of the lateral plantar artery after foot laceration. J Vasc Surg. 2003 Mar; 37(3):672-5. PMID: 12618709.
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  43. Pu LL, Medalie DA, Lawrence SJ, Vasconez HC. Reconstruction of through-and-through gunshot wounds to the feet with free gracilis muscle flaps. Ann Plast Surg. 2003 Mar; 50(3):286-91. PMID: 12800906.
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  44. Woo BH, Fink BF, Page R, Schrier JA, Jo YW, Jiang G, DeLuca M, Vasconez HC, DeLuca PP. Enhancement of bone growth by sustained delivery of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 in a polymeric matrix. Pharm Res. 2001 Dec; 18(12):1747-53. PMID: 11785696.
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  45. Schrier JA, Fink BF, Rodgers JB, Vasconez HC, DeLuca PP. Effect of a freeze-dried CMC/PLGA microsphere matrix of rhBMP-2 on bone healing. AAPS PharmSciTech. 2001; 2(3):E18. PMID: 14727877.
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  46. Kirn DS, Vasconez HC, Cibull ML, Fink BF. Skin contraction with pulsed CO2 and erbium:YAG laser. Plast Reconstr Surg. 1999 Dec; 104(7):2255-60. PMID: 11149795.
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  47. Vasconez HC. The use of bone-like "clay" for contouring. Aesthet Surg J. 1998 May-Jun; 18(3):233-4. PMID: 19328141.
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  48. Rodgers JB, Vasconez HC, Wells MD, DeLuca PP, Faugere MC, Fink BF, Hamilton D. Two lyophilized polymer matrix recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 carriers in rabbit calvarial defects. J Craniofac Surg. 1998 Mar; 9(2):147-53. PMID: 9586544.
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  49. Martello JY, Vasconez HC. Supraorbital roof fractures: a formidable entity with which to contend. Ann Plast Surg. 1997 Mar; 38(3):223-7. PMID: 9088458.
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  50. Elder J, Vasconez H, McKee J, Minder H, Wright S, Kaak HO, Eng E, Engelberg J. The haunting memory of a trauma patient. Hosp Pract (Minneap). 1996 Jul 15; 31(7):147-50, 153-6. PMID: 8682881.
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  51. Nelson KR, Vasconez HC. Nerve transection without neurotonic discharges during intraoperative electromyographic monitoring. Muscle Nerve. 1995 Feb; 18(2):236-8. PMID: 7823985.
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  52. Wells MD, Luce EA, Edwards AL, Vasconez HC, Sadove RC, Bouzaglou S. Sequentially linked free flaps in head and neck reconstruction. Clin Plast Surg. 1994 Jan; 21(1):59-67. PMID: 8112013.
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  53. Sloan DA, Vasconez HC, Weeks JA. Mediastinal dissection and reconstruction for recurrent Hürthle cell carcinoma of the thyroid. Head Neck. 1994 Jan-Feb; 16(1):64-71. PMID: 8125790.
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  54. Vasconez HC, Donnelly MB, Mayo P, Schwartz RW. Student perceptions of the effectiveness of a problem-based surgery curriculum. Acad Med. 1993 Oct; 68(10 Suppl):S28-30. PMID: 8216623.
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  55. Vasconez HC, Oishi S. Soft-tissue coverage of the shoulder and brachium. Orthop Clin North Am. 1993 Jul; 24(3):435-48. PMID: 8341518.
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  56. Vasconez HC, Nicholls PJ. Management of extremity injuries with external fixator or Ilizarov devices. Cooperative effort between orthopedic and plastic surgeons. Clin Plast Surg. 1991 Jul; 18(3):505-13. PMID: 1889161.
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  57. Sadove RC, Vasconez HC, Arthur KR, Draud JW, Burgess RC. Immediate closure of traumatic upper arm and forearm injuries with the latissimus dorsi island myocutaneous pedicle flap. Plast Reconstr Surg. 1991 Jul; 88(1):115-20. PMID: 2052638.
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  58. Luce EA, Vasconez HC, Young AB. Maxillofacial trauma. J Ky Med Assoc. 1990 Jan; 88(1):21-8. PMID: 2295865.
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