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Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS, Named Chair of Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center

NYU Langone Medical Center announced today that Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS, a world- renowned plastic surgeon and expert in reconstructive and craniofacial plastic surgery has been appointed as the new Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery. His appointment is effective November 1, 2013.

“We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Rodriguez to our world-class team of physicians and surgeons in the field of plastic surgery,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO at NYU Langone Medical Center. “His depth of experience is unmatched, and we are confident that with his decades of proven leadership, academic achievement and hands-on experience, he will lead the department to even greater success and continue his groundbreaking work in the care of patients living with severe facial deformities.”

An internationally recognized leader in reconstructive, craniofacial and plastic surgery, Dr. Rodriguez joins NYU Langone from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, where he was Chief of the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive & Craniofacial Surgery and Professor of Surgery. Dr. Rodriguez was also the inaugural Paul N. Manson, MD, Distinguished Professor in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the program director of the combined Craniofacial Fellowship at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

During his tenure at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Rodriguez led a team of 150 medical experts to perform the most extensive and comprehensive full face transplant completed to date in a marathon 36 hour surgery in March 2012. A groundbreaking and risky procedure, the successful surgery represents a significant advance in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

For this accomplishment, he and his surgical team were honored by the Maryland House of Delegates and the Senate of Maryland with House Resolution 437 and Senate Resolution 677, respectively. He was also awarded the prestigious “Harry Strusser Memorial Award for Promoting Public Health Awareness” by his alma mater, the NYU College of Dentistry. To honor Dr. Rodriguez’s achievements, the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Education Based Latino Outreach established “The Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez Science & Robotics Academy.” Dr. Rodriguez brings this legacy of excellence to his new position, where he will continue his clinical research and perform life-changing craniofacial microsurgical reconstructive surgeries.

Dr. Rodriguez was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is the son of Cuban immigrants. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology from the University of Florida in 1988 followed by a DDS degree from New York University in 1992. He completed his residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1997 and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1999. In 2003, he graduated from the combined plastic surgery program at Johns Hopkins Hospital / University of Maryland Medical Center. He subsequently completed an International Reconstructive Microsurgery Fellowship at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan in 2004. He is dually boarded by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and American Board of Plastic Surgery.

In addition to his pioneering clinical experience, Dr. Rodriguez has authored 94 peer-reviewed journal articles and 20 book chapters. He is a member of numerous national and international professional societies and is a founding member of the American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation.

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