Clinical Board of Advisors

Wayne J. Saunders, DMD

Wayne J. Saunders, DMD

Dr. Saunders is the Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry at St. Luke’s University Hospital, where he oversees a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, including the largest oral surgery practice in the Lehigh Valley. Previously, Dr. Saunders served as chief resident of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Dr. Saunders is board certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as Dental Anesthesiology. Dr. Saunders earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tulane University. Dr. Saunders is a well-respected expert in his field and has held leadership roles at several professional societies, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Michael P. Grant, MD, PhD, FACS

Michael P. Grant, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. Grant is the Paul N. Manson Distinguished Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, and Professor of Surgery, Program in Trauma, University of Maryland School of Medicine. As one of the few dual-trained plastic surgeons and ophthalmologists, Dr Grant’s specializes in complex craniomaxillofacial reconstruction of the facial skeleton, and soft tissue of the periorbital region.  This includes eyelid reconstruction, reconstruction of the internal orbit, and lacrimal system following trauma, removal of tumors, and congenital malformations. Working closely with industry partners Dr. Grant is developing and optimizing the application of computer assisted design of patient specific (custom) implants.  Dr. Grant is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of primary and secondary orbital reconstruction, computer assisted surgery, and facial aesthetic surgery.

Dr Grant’s research interests include applying innovative solutions to difficult clinical problems.  He is actively engaged in the development of biomaterials for conjunctival reconstruction, utilizing progenitor cells for regeneration of bone in the craniofacial skeleton, and the use of computer-aided design for more predictable surgery.

Dr Grant was selected as a trainee in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Case Western Reserve University, receiving a M.D., and Ph.D. in neurosciences.  He completed the Ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a General Plastic Surgery residency in the Johns Hopkins/University of Maryland Training Program.  Dr. Grant is one of only a few surgeons in the country that is board certified in both disciplines.   He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Society of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Anand R. Kumar, MD, FACS, FAAP

Anand R. Kumar, MD, FACS, FAAP

Anand R. Kumar, MD, FACS, FAAP is a Professor in the Departments of Plastic Surgery and Pediatrics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. A pediatric plastic/craniofacial surgeon and basic science researcher, he conducts investigation into the cellular biology of muscle derived progenitor cells as a source of pathologic heterotopic ossification and for novel regenerative medicine applications. His clinical practice focuses on cleft and craniofacial surgery. Dr. Kumar as authored over 50 original scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to multiple plastic and orthopedic surgery textbooks over the last 10 years. He currently serves as Vice President of Communications on the board of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS).

Dr. Kumar received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic Rochester and later completed a second residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He subsequently completed a pediatric plastic/craniofacial surgery fellowship after his residency at UCLA. In 2004, prior to his academic appointment, Dr. Kumar volunteered for military service and joined the United States Navy until 2010. In Bethesda, MD, he served as director and staff pediatric plastic surgeon of the Military Craniofacial Unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He served as division chief in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and on board the United States Naval Support Hospital Ship Comfort. In 2010, Dr. Kumar was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh and the Johns Hopkins Hospital prior to his appointment as Division Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital of Case Western University.

Martin C. Robson, MD, FACS, Hon. FRCS, Hon. FRACS

Martin C. Robson, MD, FACS, Hon. FRCS, Hon. FRACS

Emeritus Professor at the University of South Florida, Dr. Robson previously served as President of the American Burn Association, where he received its Distinguished Service Award, and as President of the Wound Healing Society. Dr. Robson also has been Chairman of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Chairman of the Residency Review Committee for Plastic Surgery, Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Research Council and President of the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Robson received his Doctorate of Medicine from the Johns Hopkins University and completed his general surgery residency at the Brooke Army Medical Center, and his plastic surgery residency at Yale. He has served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at the University of Chicago, Wayne State University, and the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and holds Honorary Fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Scientific Achievement Awards from the Wound Healing Society, the Association of Advanced Wound Care and the World Union of Wound Healing Societies. He has authored over 650 publications mostly devoted to wound healing, wound infection, burns and proliferative scarring. Dr. Robson has made numerous contributions to the growth of importance for wound and skin injuries, and he "hopes to inspire today's generation to revolutionize the treatment, care and methods behind skin-related injuries through the scientific pioneers that exist today."

William L. Hickerson, MD, FACS

William L. Hickerson, MD, FACS

Dr. William L. Hickerson is currently the Chief of Burn Surgery and the Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Tennessee-Health Science Center College (UTHSC). He is also the Medical Director of the Firefighters' Burn Center in Memphis, TN, which is the region's only comprehensive burn care unit. At UTHSC, Dr. Hickerson earned his Doctorate of Medicine, served as chief resident of general surgery and completed his plastic surgery residency. Dr. Hickerson is certified by the American Boards of General Surgery and Plastic Surgery. Dr. Hickerson has authored and co-authored over 40 medical articles about trauma, plastic surgery, skincare and wound cares. He is a well-respected expert in the field of burn surgery and has professional memberships with the American Burn Association, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery.

Jeffrey W. Shupp, MD

Jeffrey W. Shupp, MD

At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Jeffrey W. Shupp is the lead investigator of the Firefighters' Burn and Surgical Research Laboratory as well as the Director of the Burn Center. Dr. Shupp also directs the department of Burn Research at MedStar Health Research Institute. Outside of his leadership roles, Dr. Shupp is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. and an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The Catholic University of America, also in Washington, D.C. After earning his Doctorate of Medicine from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Dr. Shupp joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center to complete his residency in general surgery and his three-year fellowship in burn surgery. Dr. Shupp has done extensive research in a wide range of topics such as: burn surgery, thermal injury, burn injury and molecular pathology. His research has resulted in over 65 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Shupp is highly recognized for his help in developing and designing MedStar Washington Hospital Center's Burn and Surgical research program, a nationally renowned institution that encompasses all aspects of burn research: multi-center clinical trials, pre-clinical, translational, and basic science research.

Mark S. Granick, MD

Mark S. Granick, MD

Dr. Mark Granick is currently the Professor and the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Granick is affiliated with St. Barnabas Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and University Newark Hospital, all of which are in New Jersey. Dr. Granick has over 40 years of experience in plastic surgery, and he specializes in complex reconstructive surgery and surgical wound care. Dr. Granick received his B.A. from Cornell University and his Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency and fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively. Dr. Granick is certified by the American Boards of Plastic Surgery and of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Granick has edited nine textbooks, written 50 book chapters and authored 150 peer-reviewed scholarly publications. As demonstrated by his lifetime appointment to Strathmore's Who's Who and Castle Connelly's mention of Dr. Granick in Top Doctors in the New York Metropolitan Area for the last nine consecutive years, Dr. Granick is internationally and nationally recognized as a top plastic surgeon.

David J. Smith, Jr., MD

David J. Smith, Jr., MD

Dr. David J. Smith, Jr. is currently the Richard G. Connar Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of South Florida, and serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation. Dr. Smith previously enjoyed a long career at the University of Michigan where, among other roles, he was a Professor of Surgery and Section Head for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Associate Chairman for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Smith received his B.A. from Wesleyan University, and his Doctorate of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in plastic surgery at the University of Indiana Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in hand surgery at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, KY. Among his many appointments and memberships, Dr. Smith is the past President of the American Association for Hand Surgery, the past Chairman of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and past President of the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery. He has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed publications in prominent medical journals, in addition to more than 40 book chapters. He has served on numerous editorial boards for peer-reviewed medical journals, including Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery, and the Journal of Surgical Research.

Gerhard S. Mundinger, MD

Gerhard S. Mundinger, MD

Dr. Gerhard S. Mundinger is the Director of Plastic Surgery at the Children's Hospital of New Orleans, and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery and Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. From 2014 to 2015, he served as Administrative Chief of Service for the Johns Hopkins Department of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Mundinger received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his Doctorate of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, where he also completed his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Mundinger then completed a fellowship in pediatric and adult craniofacial surgery at Seattle Children's Hospital. He has received numerous awards, including the Johns Hopkins Frank L. Coulson Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Mundinger has authored over 60 peer-reviewed original publications in prominent medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine. He is a nationally and internationally respected expert in his field, as evidenced by invitations he has received to speak at worldwide conferences on reconstructive microsurgery, surgical education, craniofacial surgery, aesthetic surgery, and vascularized composite tissue (face and hand) transplantation. www.nolacraniofacial.com

Anthony P. Tufaro, MD, DDS, FACS

Anthony P. Tufaro, MD, DDS, FACS

Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Associate Professor of Oncology
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Trinity J. Bivalacqua, MD, PhD

Trinity J. Bivalacqua, MD, PhD

Trinity J. Bivalacqua, M.D., Ph.D., is the R. Christian B. Evensen Professor of Urology and Oncology and Director of Urologic Oncology at the James Buchanan Brady Urologic Institute at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from Tulane University with undergraduate, graduate and medical degrees. He joined the faculty after completing his General Surgery and Urology training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also completed an American Urological Association (AUA) Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the AUA Care Foundation. 

Dr. Bivalacqua has an active clinical practice in Urologic Oncology and Sexual Dysfunction. As a member of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Dr Bivalacqua participates in multidisciplinary approaches to the treatment of a variety of genitourinary cancers. He has a special interest in cancers of the prostate and bladder with an emphasis on organ sparing therapies, minimally invasive techniques, and orthotopic bladder substitution (neobladder). Although he has a busy surgical practice, he maintains an active research portfolio in order to improve outcomes of cancer patients. A major focus of his research lab is development of pre-clinical models of urothelial carcinoma to test systemic and intravesical immunotherapies and nano-particular based chemotherapies. Also, he heads the tissue-engineering lab which focuses on regenerative approaches to enhance autonomic nerve function and development of tissue-engineered urinary tissue with the ultimate goal of production of a neo-urinary conduit and bladder.

Shannath L. Merbs, MD, PhD, FACS

Shannath L. Merbs, MD, PhD, FACS

Professor of Ophthalmology
Professor of Oncology
Wilmer Eye Institute
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Rachel Bluebond-Langner, MD

Rachel Bluebond-Langner, MD

Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Transgender Surgery
Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery
New York University School of Medicine
NYU Langone Medical Center

 Ryan Katz, MD, FACS

Ryan Katz, MD, FACS

Dr. Katz trained in plastic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Maryland Medical School.  Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and Fellowship trained in hand surgery at the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, Dr. Katz searches for innovative solutions to complex surgical problems.  He specializes in microsurgery, reconstructive surgery, tissue transfer, orthopedic trauma of the upper extremity, and surgery of the peripheral nerve.