Brian Rinker, MD

Bio / Education: 

Medical School
Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut

Residency
Plastic Surgery Residency, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY

Fellowship
Hand Surgery Fellow, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY

Certification
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand

Surgical Interests
Hand surgery
Breast reconstruction

Microsurgery

Cleft lip and palate surgery

Body contouring

Aesthetic surgery

Research Description: 

Research interests include: Tendon injury and repair, Biology of the peripheral nerve, Tissue engineering

Selected Publications: 

Publications:

Shi CQ-X, Sinusas AJ, Dione DP, Singer MJ, Young LH, Heller EN, Rinker B, Wackers FJ, Zaret BL. Technetium-99m Nitroimidazole (BMS 181321): A positive imaging agent for detecting myocardial ischemia. J Nucl Med, 36:1078, June 1995.

Rinker B, Bahtijarevic Z, Spinelli HM. Reconstruction of upper cranial and cranial base defects utilizing the scalping flap. Plast Reconstr Surg, 101:930, April 1998.

Rinker B, Ginsburg HB, Genieser NB, Gittes GK. Obstructive jaundice caused by placement of a nasogastric feeding tube. J Pediatr Surg, 35:619, April 2000.

Grau J, Rinker B, Sidhu G, Kim A, Newman, E. Acute appendicitis secondary to metastatic carcinoma of the prostate. Contemporary Surgery, 58:518, October 2002.

Rinker B, Karp N, Margiotta M, Blei F., Rosen R, Rofsky N. The role of magnetic resonance imaging in the management of vascular malformations of the trunk and extremities. Plast Reconstr Surg, 112(2):504, August 2003.

Rinker B, Effron CR, Beasley RW. Proximal radial compression neuropathy. Ann Plast Surg, 52(2):174-180, February 2004.

Hausman MR, Rinker BD. Intractable wounds and infections: the role of impaired vascularity and advanced surgical methods for treatment, Am J Surg, 187(5A):44S-55S, May 2004.

Rinker B, Vásconez HC, Mentzer RM. Replantation: past, present, and future, Journal of the KMA, 102:247-253, June 2004.

Rinker BD, Valerio IL, Stewart DH, Pu LLQ, Vásconez HC. Microvascular free flap reconstruction in pediatric lower extremity trauma: a 10-year review. Plast Reconstr Surg. 115(6):1618-1624, May 2005.

Jack JM, Stewart DH, Rinker BD, Vásconez HC, Pu LLQ. Modern surgical treatment of complex facial fractures: A 6-year review. J Craniofac Surg. 16(4):726-731, July 2005.

Ferguson RE, Rinker B. The use of a hydrogel sealant on flexor tendon repairs to prevent adhesion formation. Ann Plast Surg. 56(1):54-58, January 2006.

Rinker B, Vásconez HC. Constriction band syndrome occurring in the setting of in-vitro fertilization and advanced maternal age. Canadian J Plast Surg. 14:41-4, Spring 2006.

Rinker B, Liau JY, Vásconez HC. Wringer washer injuries: not necessarily a thing of the past. Journal of the KMA. 104(6):231-234, June 2006.

Rinker B. Fingertip reconstruction with the laterally-based thenar flap: indications and long-term functional results. Hand. 1(1):2-8, June 2006

Thornton BT, Sloan D, and Rinker B. Squamous cell carcinoma arising from an arteriovenous malformation of the scalp. J Craniofac Surg. 17(4):805-809, July 2006.

Rinker B, Stewart DH, Pu LLQ, and Vásconez HC. Role of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator in free flap salvage. J Reconstr Microsurg. 23(2):69-73, February 2007.

Rinker B, and Jack JM. Subpectoral breast augmentation through the abdominoplasty incision. Ann Plast Surg. 58(3):241-245, March 2007.

Ferguson RE, Schuler K, Thornton BT, Vásconez HC, and Rinker B. The effects of saliva and oral uptake on the tensile properties of sutures: an experimental study. Ann Plast Surg. 58(3):268-272, March 2007.

Habash A, and Rinker B. Dupuytren’s disease involving the wrist. J Hand Surg. 32A(3):352-354, March 2007.

Rinker B, Cui XD, Fink BF, Gao DY, and Vásconez HC. Cryopreservation of composite tissue flaps: experimental studies in the rat. Ann Plast Surg. 58(6):656-660, June 2007.

Rinker B, Bowling JT, Vásconez HC. Blood transfusion and risk of metastatic disease or recurrence in patients undergoing TRAM flap breast reconstruction: a clinical study and meta-analysis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 119(7):2001-2007, June 2007.

Rinker B. Injuries of the radial artery: to repair or not to repair. ASSH Correspondence News. Issue 2007-42, July 2007.

Cui XD, Gao DY, Fink BF, Vásconez HC, and Rinker B. Cryopreservation of composite tissues and transplantation: preliminary studies. Cryobiology. 55(3):295-304, December 2007.

Rinker B, Cui XD, Cibull ML, Fink BF, Gao DY, and Vásconez HC. Cryopreservation of composite tissue transplants. Hand 3(1):17-23, March 2008.

Rinker B, Amspacher JC, Wilson PC, and Vásconez HC. The subatmospheric pressure dressing as a bridge to free tissue transfer in the treatment of open tibial fractures. Plast Reconstr Surg 121(5):1664-73, May 2008.

Rinker B, Donnelly M, and Vásconez HC. Teaching patient selection in aesthetic surgery: use of the standardized patient. Ann Plast Surg 61(2):127-31, August 2008.

Rinker B, Veneracion M, and Walsh CM. The effect of breastfeeding on breast aesthetics. Aesthet Surg J. 28(5):534-7, Sep-Oct 2008.

Wilson PC, and Rinker B. The incidence of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus in community-acquired hand infections. Ann Plast Surg. 62(5):513-516, May 2009.

Thomson JG, Liu YJ, Restifo RJ, Rinker BD, and Reis A. Surface area measurement of the female breast: phase 1. Validation of a novel optical technique. Plast Reconstr Surg. 123(5):1588-96, May 2009.

Rinker B. Cryopreservation and the age of the allotransplant. Organogenesis. 5(3):85-9, July 2009.

Rinker B, Fink BF, Barry NG, Fife JA, and Milan ME. The effect of calcium-channel blockers on smoking-induced skin flap necrosis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 125(3):866-71, March 2010.

Rinker B, Veneracion M, and Walsh CM. Breast ptosis: causes and cure. Ann Plast Surg, 64(5):579-84, May 2010.

Rinker B, Fink BF, Barry NG, Fife JA, Milan ME, Stoker AR, and Nelson PT. The effect of cigarette smoking on functional recovery following peripheral nerve ischemia/reperfusion injury. Microsurgery, 31(1):59-65, January 2011.

Rinker B. Extensor tendon injury during cesarean delivery. J Hand Surg, 36(1):125-8, January 2011.

Walter CM, Kirby EJ, Vásconez HC, Rinker BD. Hepatocellular carcinoma metastatic to the scalp. J Craniofacial Surg, 22(2):720-1, March 2011.

Rinker B and Liau JY. A prospective randomized study comparing woven polyglycolic acid and autogenous vein conduits for reconstruction of digital nerve gaps. J Hand Surg, 36(5):775-81, May 2011.

Kirby EJ, Oldham JS, Rinker B. “Babysitting” the flap: a novel approach to chimeric flap transfer. J Reconstr Microsurg, 27(6):365-72, July 2011.

Hill J, and Rinker BD. Microsurgical reconstruction of large, locally advanced cutaneous malignancy of the head and neck. Int J Surg Oncology, vol. 2011, Article ID 415219, pp 5, October 2011.

Brooks DN, Weber RV, Chao JJ, Rinker BD, Zoldos J, Robichaux MR, Ruggeri SB, Anderson KA, Bonatz EE, Wisotsky SM, Cho MS, Wilson C, Cooper EO, Ingari JV, Safa B, Parrett BM, Buncke GM. Processed nerve allografts for peripheral nerve reconstruction: A multicenter study of utilization and outcomes in sensory, mixed, and motor nerve reconstructions. Microsurgery. 32(1):1-14, January 2012.

Kobraei E, Nimtz J, Wong L, Buseman J, Kemper P, Wright H, and Rinker B. Risk factors for adverse outcome following skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate prosthetic reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg, 129(2):234e-241e, February 2012.

Chung M, Wilson P, and Rinker B. Community-acquired methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus hand infections in the pediatric population. J Hand Surg, 37(2):326-31, February 2012.

Kobraei E, Kenady D, Rogers WB, and Rinker B. Cancer recurrence involving a TRAM flap and abdominal donor site following mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction: a case report. Ann Plast Surg, 68(6):559-61, June 2012.

Kobraei E, and Rinker B. Reply: Risk factors for eventful outcomes following skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate prosthetic reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg, 130(4): 615e-616e, October 2012.

Cho MS, Rinker BD, Weber RV, Chao JD, Ingari JV, Brooks D, Buncke GM. Functional outcome following nerve repair in the upper extremity using processed nerve allograft. J Hand Surg, 37(11):2340-9, November 2012.

Rinker B. The use of dermal autograft as an adjunct to breast reconstruction with tissue expanders. Plast Reconstr Surg, 130(6):1179-85, December 2012.

Rinker B, Fink BF, Stoker AR, Milan ME, and Nelson PT. Calcium channel blockers reduce the effects of cigarette smoking on peripheral nerve ischemia/reperfusion injury. Ann Plast Surg, 70(2):222-6, February 2013.

Rinker B. Lowering revision rates in medial pedicle breast reduction by the selective addition of 'inverted T' technique. Aesthetic Plast Surg, 37(2):341-8, April 2013.

Buseman J, Wong L, Kemper P, Hill JL, Nimtz J, Rinker B, Vásconez HC.
Comparison of sterile versus nonsterile acellular dermal matrices for breast reconstruction.
Ann Plast Surg, 70(5):497-9, May 2013.

Rinker B. The evils of nicotine: An evidence-based guide to smoking and plastic surgery. Ann Plast Surg, 70(5):599-605, May 2013.

Rinker B. Thomas Jefferson and the wrist injury that changed American history. ASSH Correspondence News. Issue 2013-13, May 2013.

Rinker B. Reply: The use of dermal autograft as an adjunct to breast reconstruction with tissue expanders. Plast Reconstr Surg, 131(6):928e-929e, June 2013.

Lynch MP, Chung MT, Rinker B. Dermal autografts as a substitute for acellular dermal matrices (ADM) in tissue expander breast reconstruction: a prospective comparative study. J Plast Reconstr Aesth Surg, 66(11):1534-42, November 2013.

Buseman J, Rinker AB, Rinker B. Amniotic fluid for ex-vivo skin preservation: a comparative study of tissue preservation solutions. Ann Plast Surg, 71(6):643-5, December 2013.

Turner JB and Rinker B. Melanoma of the hand: Current practice and new frontiers. Healthcare. 2(1), 125-138, March 2014.

Rinker B, and Thornton BT. Skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate tissue expander breast reconstruction in the macromastia patient using the Passot breast reduction pattern. Ann Plast Surg, 72 Suppl 2:S158-64, June 2014.

Kobraei EM, Ricci JA, Vasconez HC, Rinker BD. A comparison of techniques for myelomeningocele defect closure in the neonatal period. Childs Nerv Syst. 2014 May 7. [Epub ahead of print]

Book Chapters:

Rinker B and Vyas KS, Clinical applications of autografts, conduits, and allografts in repair of nerve defects in the hand. In: Clinics in Plastic Surgery (in press)

Rinker B. Dermal autograft as an adjunct to breast reconstruction with tissue expanders. In: Breast Reconstruction: Art, Science, and New Clinical Techniques, Melvin A. Shiffman, Ed. (in press)

PubMed Publications: 

  • Lynch, M.P.;Chung, M.T.;Rinker, B.D. "A Comparison of Dermal Autograft and Acellular Dermal Matrix in Tissue Expander Breast Reconstruction: Long-term Aesthetic Outcomes and Capsular Contracture." Annals of plastic surgery (2014): [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Lynch, M.P.;Chung, M.T.;Rinker, B.D. "Dermal autografts as a substitute for acellular dermal matrices (ADM) in tissue expander breast reconstruction: a prospective comparative study." Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS 66, 11 (2013): 1534-42. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Kobraei, E.M.;Kenady, D.E.;Rogers WB, 3rd;Rinker, B.D. "Cancer recurrence involving a TRAM flap and abdominal donor site following mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction: a case report." Annals of plastic surgery 68, 6 (2012): 559-61. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Kobraei, E.M.;Nimtz, J.;Wong, L.;Buseman, J.;Kemper, P.;Wright, H.;Rinker, B.D. "Risk factors for adverse outcome following skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate prosthetic reconstruction." Plastic and reconstructive surgery 129, 2 (2012): 234e-241e. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Walter, C.M.;Kirby, E.J.;Vasconez, H.C.;Rinker, B.D. "Hepatocellular carcinoma metastatic to the scalp." The Journal of craniofacial surgery 22, 2 (2011): 720-1. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Rinker, B.D.;Bowling, J.T.;Vasconez, H.C. "Blood transfusion and risk of metastatic disease or recurrence in patients undergoing immediate TRAM flap breast reconstruction: a clinical study and meta-analysis." Plastic and reconstructive surgery 119, 7 (2007): 2001-7. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Rinker, B.D.;Stewart, D.H.;Pu, L.L.;Vasconez, H.C. "Role of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator in free flap salvage." Journal of reconstructive microsurgery 23, 2 (2007): 69-73. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Jack, J.M.;Stewart, D.H.;Rinker, B.D.;Vasconez, H.C.;Pu, L.L. "Modern surgical treatment of complex facial fractures: a 6-year review." The Journal of craniofacial surgery 16, 4 (2005): 726-31. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
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