This January marked the one-year anniversary of the rebirth of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program at Banner - University Medicine. Over the last 12 months, we‘ve accomplished multiple new firsts thanks to the efforts of many in the Department of Surgery, the University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson, Banner - University Medical Center North, Banner University Medical Center Wilmot, Children’s Rehabilitative Services, and the Veteran’s Administration Tucson.
Some of these include the reboot of the Breast Reconstruction Program, which complements the needs of women surviving breast cancer; the creation of a robust out-patient adult plastic surgery team at B-UMCN that includes an office manager, nurse, physician assistant, medical assistant, and surgical scheduler; a pediatric plastic surgery program at B-UMCW; a roll-out of a multidisciplinary craniofacial program in partnership with Children’s Rehabilitative Services; and the posting for new positions in plastic surgery with the university and Banner.
The unit grows as is needed to meet the expansive reconstructive needs for the greater Tucson and surrounding areas. I am so proud of and thankful for all who have contributed, supported, and counseled me in organizing our programming and building a robust unit in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Arizona. Our efforts are recognized as we proudly have 26 medical students and residents interested in plastic surgery! A true testament of our team’s discipline and the worthwhile efforts in persisting toward the goal at hand. I eagerly look to what the next 12 months bring!
Aaron Mason, MD, FACS, FAAP
Section Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Professor of Surgery