William M. Kuzon, Jr, MD. PhD, FRCSC, FACS

william-kuzonDr. William M. Kuzon, Jr. is the Reed O. Dingman Professor of Surgery in the Section of Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan. He is certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He served as the Section Head for Plastic Surgery from 2001 to 2012. Dr. Kuzon directed the Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program at Michigan from 2001-2010 and he continues to the present as associate director of the program.

Dr. Kuzon received his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and his Ph.D. in Community Health from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Nancy McKee. Dr. Kuzon was one of the original surgeon-scientist trainees and an early prototype of the training model initiated by Dr. Bernie Langer, Chair of the Department of Surgery at the time. He completed his plastic surgery residency at the University of Toronto in 1991 and received additional training in hand surgery and in microvascular reconstruction in Toronto and at the University of Pittsburgh before joining the faculty of the University of Michigan Section of Plastic Surgery in 1992. Dr. Kuzon was the first recipient of the highly successful Academic Scholar Program instituted by the American Association of Plastic Surgeons in 1992.

Dr. Kuzon has an active research program related to skeletal muscle and peripheral nerve physiology as it relates to reconstructive surgery. His current focus of interest is the biomechanical pathophysiology of ventral hernias. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals on a wide spectrum of plastic surgery topics and has given keynote lectures at many universities and scientific meetings.

Dr. Kuzon is a member of many national specialty societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (currently serving on the Board of Directors), the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (past-president), The American Association of Plastic Surgeons (past-president), The Plastic Surgery Research Council (currently serving as Historian), the American Society for the Peripheral Nerve (past president), and the Michigan Association of Plastic Surgeons (past president), the American Surgical Association, and the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. He is currently a Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and serves as chair of the ABPS Oral Examination Committee. Like his colleague and friend, Dr. Susan Mackinnon, Bill is a remarkable alumnus of the University of Toronto Plastic Surgery Training Program and has had an enormous influence on the structure and direction of the specialty and helped shape the careers of dozens of students and residents.