Henry Vasconez, MD, FAAP

Bio / Education: 

Medical School
Central University Medical School, Quito, Ecuador

Residency
University of Illinois, Chicago, IL – General Surgery 
Emory University, Atlanta, GA – Plastic Surgery

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

Fellowship
International Craniofacial Institute, Dallas, TX – Craniofacial Surgery

Surgical Interests
Craniofacial surgery 
Pediatric plastic surgery 
Breast reconstruction 
Aesthetic surgery

PubMed Publications: 

  • Buseman, J.;Wong, L.;Kemper, P.;Hill, J.L.;Nimtz, J.;Rinker, B.;Vasconez, H.C. "Comparison of sterile versus nonsterile acellular dermal matrices for breast reconstruction." Annals of plastic surgery 70, 5 (2013): 497-9. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Pollock, R.A.;Hill JL, J.;Davenport, D.L.;Snow, D.C.;Vasconez, H.C. "Cranialization in a cohort of 154 consecutive patients with frontal sinus fractures (1987-2007): review and update of a compelling procedure in the selected patient." Annals of plastic surgery 71, 1 (2013): 54-9. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Hill, J.L.;Wong, L.;Kemper, P.;Buseman, J.;Davenport, D.L.;Vasconez, H.C. "Infectious complications associated with the use of acellular dermal matrix in implant-based bilateral breast reconstruction." Annals of plastic surgery 68, 5 (2012): 432-4. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Wong, L.;Vasconez, H.C. "Patient satisfaction after Nd:YAG laser-assisted lipolysis." Annals of plastic surgery 66, 5 (2011): 561-3. [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 ]
  • Vasconez, H.C.;Buseman, J.L.;Cunningham, L.L. "Management of facial soft tissue injuries in children." The Journal of craniofacial surgery 22, 4 (2011): 1320-6. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Rinker, B.;Amspacher, J.C.;Wilson, P.C.;Vasconez, H.C. "Subatmospheric pressure dressing as a bridge to free tissue transfer in the treatment of open tibia fractures." Plastic and reconstructive surgery 121, 5 (2008): 1664-73. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Ferguson, R.E.;Cui, X.;Fink, B.F.;Vasconez, H.C.;Pu, L.L. "The viability of autologous fat grafts harvested with the LipiVage system: a comparative study." Annals of plastic surgery 60, 5 (2008): 594-7. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Vasconez, H.C. "50-year history of the SESPRS." Annals of plastic surgery 60, 5 (2008): 545-58. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Rinker, B.;Cui, X.D.;Cibull, M.L.;Fink, B.F.;Gao, D.Y.;Vasconez, H.C. "Cryopreservation of composite tissue transplants." Hand (New York, N.Y.) 3, 1 (2008): 17-23. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Vasconez, H.C.;Nisanci, M.;Lee, E.Y. "Giant cell tumour of the flexor tendon sheath of the foot." Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS 61, 7 (2008): 815-8. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Rinker, B.;Donnelly, M.;Vasconez, H.C. "Teaching patient selection in aesthetic surgery: use of the standardized patient." Annals of plastic surgery 61, 2 (2008): 127-31; discussion 132. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Pollock, R.A.;Donnelly, M.B.;Plymale, M.A.;Stewart, D.H.;Vasconez, H.C. "360-degree evaluations of plastic surgery resident accreditation council for graduate medical education competencies: experience using a short form." Plastic and reconstructive surgery 122, 2 (2008): 639-49. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Ferguson RE, J.;Schuler, K.;Thornton, B.P.;Vasconez, H.C.;Rinker, B. "The effect of saliva and oral intake on the tensile properties of sutures: an experimental study." Annals of plastic surgery 58, 3 (2007): 268-72. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Rinker, B.;Cui, X.D.;Fink, B.F.;Gao, D.Y.;Vasconez, H.C. "Cryopreservation of composite tissue flaps: experimental studies in the rat." Annals of plastic surgery 58, 6 (2007): 656-60. [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 ]
  • Thornton, B.P.;Marek, C.;Stewart, D.H.;Vasconez, H.C. "Doppler signal interpretation in free tissue transfer: a computer simulator for resident and nursing education." Journal of reconstructive microsurgery 23, 2 (2007): 75-8. [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 ]
  • Cui, X.;Gao, D.Y.;Fink, B.F.;Vasconez, H.C.;Rinker, B. "Cryopreservation of composite tissues and transplantation: preliminary studies." Cryobiology 55, 3 (2007): 295-304. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Cui, X.D.;Gao, D.Y.;Fink, B.F.;Vasconez, H.C.;Pu, L.L. "Cryopreservation of human adipose tissues." Cryobiology 55, 3 (2007): 269-78. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Pu, L.L.;Cui, X.;Fink, B.F.;Gao, D.;Vasconez, H.C. "Adipose aspirates as a source for human processed lipoaspirate cells after optimal cryopreservation." Plastic and reconstructive surgery 117, 6 (2006): 1845-50. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Ferguson RE, J.;Vasconez, H.C. "Laser treatment of congenital nevi." The Journal of craniofacial surgery 16, 5 (2005): 908-14. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Rinker, B.;Valerio, I.L.;Stewart, D.H.;Pu, L.L.;Vasconez, H.C. "Microvascular free flap reconstruction in pediatric lower extremity trauma: a 10-year review." Plastic and reconstructive surgery 115, 6 (2005): 1618-24. [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 ]
  • Ferguson, R.E.;Critchfield, A.;Leclaire, A.;Ajkay, N.;Vasconez, H.C. "Current practice of thromboprophylaxis in the burn population: a survey study of 84 US burn centers." Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries 31, 8 (2005): 964-6. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Pu, L.L.;Medalie, D.A.;Rosenblum, W.J.;Lawrence, S.J.;Vasconez, H.C. "Free tissue transfer to a difficult wound of the lower extremity." Annals of plastic surgery 53, 3 (2004): 222-8. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Rinker, B.;Vasconez, H.C.;Mentzer RM, J. "Replantation: past, present, and future." The Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association 102, 6 (2004): 247-53. [PubMed Link] |
  • Pu, L.L.;Vasconez, H.C. "Large recurrent plexiform neurofibroma of the foot and ankle." Microsurgery 24, 1 (2004): 67-71. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Pu, L.L.;Medalie, D.A.;Lawrence, S.J.;Vasconez, H.C. "Reconstruction of through-and-through gunshot wounds to the feet with free gracilis muscle flaps." Annals of plastic surgery 50, 3 (2003): 286-91. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Thornton, B.P.;Minion, D.J.;Quick, R.;Vasconez, H.C.;Endean, E.D. "Pseudoaneurysm of the lateral plantar artery after foot laceration." Journal of vascular surgery 37, 3 (2003): 672-5. [PubMed Link] |
  • Schrier, J.A.;Fink, B.F.;Rodgers, J.B.;Vasconez, H.C.;DeLuca, P.P. "Effect of a freeze-dried CMC/PLGA microsphere matrix of rhBMP-2 on bone healing." AAPS PharmSciTech 2, 3 (2001): E18. [PubMed Link] |
  • Woo, B.H.;Fink, B.F.;Page, R.;Schrier, J.A.;Jo, Y.W.;Jiang, G.;DeLuca, M.;Vasconez, H.C.;DeLuca, P.P. "Enhancement of bone growth by sustained delivery of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 in a polymeric matrix." Pharmaceutical research 18, 12 (2001): 1747-53. [PubMed Link] |
  • Kirn, D.S.;Vasconez, H.C.;Cibull, M.L.;Fink, B.F. "Skin contraction with pulsed CO2 and erbium:YAG laser." Plastic and reconstructive surgery 104, 7 (1999): 2255-60. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Rodgers, J.B.;Vasconez, H.C.;Wells, M.D.;DeLuca, P.P.;Faugere, M.C.;Fink, B.F.;Hamilton, D. "Two lyophilized polymer matrix recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 carriers in rabbit calvarial defects." The Journal of craniofacial surgery 9, 2 (1998): 147-53. [PubMed Link] |
  • Keller, K.;Vásconez, H.C. "Customized composite reconstruction of extensive midfacial defects." Annals of plastic surgery 40, 3 (1998): 291-6. [PubMed Link] |
  • Sloan, D.A.;Donnelly, M.B.;Schwartz, R.W.;Vásconez, H.C.;Plymale, M.;Kenady, D.E. "Critical assessment of the head and neck clinical skills of general surgery residents." World journal of surgery 22, 3 (1998): 229-33; discussion 234-5. [PubMed Link] |
  • Martello, J.Y.;Vasconez, H.C. "Supraorbital roof fractures: a formidable entity with which to contend." Annals of plastic surgery 38, 3 (1997): 223-7. [PubMed Link] |
  • Vásconez, H.C.;Shockley, M.E.;Luce, E.A. "High-energy gunshot wounds to the face." Annals of plastic surgery 36, 1 (1996): 18-25. [PubMed Link] |
  • Holley, D.T.;Toursarkissian, B.;Vásconez, H.C.;Wells, M.D.;Kenady, D.E.;Sloan, D.A.;McGrath, P.C. "The ramifications of immediate reconstruction in the management of breast cancer." The American surgeon 61, 1 (1995): 60-5. [PubMed Link] |
  • Vásconez, H.C.;Sengezer, M.;McGrath, P.C. "Flap coverage of a large defect after excision of a massive dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans." Plastic and reconstructive surgery 95, 1 (1995): 136-41. [PubMed Link] |
  • Vásconez, H.C.;Holley, D.T. "Use of the tram and latissimus dorsi flaps in autogenous breast reconstruction." Clinics in plastic surgery 22, 1 (1995): 153-66. [PubMed Link] |
  • Martello, J.Y.;Vásconez, H.C. "Vulvar and vaginal reconstruction after surgical treatment for gynecologic cancer." Clinics in plastic surgery 22, 1 (1995): 129-40. [PubMed Link] |
  • Nelson, K.R.;Vasconez, H.C. "Nerve transection without neurotonic discharges during intraoperative electromyographic monitoring." Muscle & nerve 18, 2 (1995): 236-8. [PubMed Link] |
  • Wells, M.D.;Luce, E.A.;Edwards, A.L.;Vasconez, H.C.;Sadove, R.C.;Bouzaglou, S. "Sequentially linked free flaps in head and neck reconstruction." Clinics in plastic surgery 21, 1 (1994): 59-67. [PubMed Link] |
  • Vasconez, H.C.;Donnelly, M.B.;Mayo, P.;Schwartz, R.W. "Student perceptions of the effectiveness of a problem-based surgery curriculum." Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 68, 10 Suppl (1993): S28-30. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Vasconez, H.C.;Oishi, S. "Soft-tissue coverage of the shoulder and brachium." The Orthopedic clinics of North America 24, 3 (1993): 435-48. [PubMed Link] |
  • Sadove, R.C.;Vasconez, H.C.;Arthur, K.R.;Draud, J.W.;Burgess, R.C. "Immediate closure of traumatic upper arm and forearm injuries with the latissimus dorsi island myocutaneous pedicle flap." Plastic and reconstructive surgery 88, 1 (1991): 115-20. [PubMed Link] |
  • Vasconez, H.C.;Nicholls, P.J. "Management of extremity injuries with external fixator or Ilizarov devices. Cooperative effort between orthopedic and plastic surgeons." Clinics in plastic surgery 18, 3 (1991): 505-13. [PubMed Link] |
  • Luce, E.A.;Vasconez, H.C.;Young, A.B. "Maxillofacial trauma." The Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association 88, 1 (1990): 21-8. [PubMed Link] |
  • Rinker, B.;Vasconez, H.C. "Constriction band syndrome occurring in the setting of in vitro fertilization and advanced maternal age." The Canadian journal of plastic surgery = Journal canadien de chirurgie plastique 14, 1 (1969): 41-4. [PubMed Link] |
  • Pu, L.L.;Thornton, B.P.;Vasconez, H.C. "The educational value of a resident aesthetic surgery clinic: a 10-year review." Aesthetic surgery journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery 26, 1 (1969): 41-4. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
  • Sloan, D.A.;Vasconez, H.C.;Weeks, J.A. "Mediastinal dissection and reconstruction for recurrent Hürthle cell carcinoma of the thyroid." Head & neck 16, 1 (1969): 64-71. [PubMed Link] |
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