Wei F. Chen, MD


Assistant Professor of Surgery  - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Contact Information

Primary Office: 1537 JCP
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-384-8129



BS, Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley
MD, College of Medicine, State University of New York at Brooklyn

Chief Resident, General Surgery, Department of Surgery, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Residency, Plastic, Reconstructive, and Cosmetic Surgery, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Fellowship, Reconstructive Microsurgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Division of Plastic Surgery, Taipei, Taiwan

Licensure and Certifications

Medical Licensure, Physician & Surgeon, Iowa Board of Medicine
Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery

Research Summary

Vascularized lymph node transfer, lymphaticoveno-anastomosis in treatment of refractory lymphedema; Near-infrared laser-assisted indocyanine green imaging in microsurgery; Virtual surgery and stereolithographic modeling in reconstruction of complex facial trauma; Perforator-based free-style free flap and pedicle flap.

All Publications

Heineman J, Chen W.  Ultrasonic Evidence of Vascular Augmentation of Reverse Sural Artery Flap after the Vascular Delay Procedure.  Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery.  2015 December. 67(12):1767-9.

Chen W, Zhao H.  Transit-time ultrasound technology-assisted lymphatic supermicrosurgery..  Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS.  2015 November 1. 68(11):1627-8.

Yamamoto T, Chen W, Yamamoto N, Yoshimatsu H, Tashiro K, Koshima I.  Technical Simplification of the Supermicrosurgical Side-to-End Lymphaticovenular Anastomosis Using the Parachute Technique.  Microsurgery.  2015 February. 35(2):129-34.

Chen W, Fisher M, Carr J.  The "Octopus" Lymphaticovenular Anastomosis - Evolving Beyond the Standard Supermicrosurgical Technique..  Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery.  2015 January 5. 

Chen W.  How to Get Started Doing Supermicrosurgical Lymphaticovenular Anastomosis for Treatment of Lymphedema.  Quality Medical Publishing Plastic Surgery Pulse News.  2015. 6(2).

Chen W, Eid A, Yamamoto T, Keith J, Nimmons G, Lawrence W.  A Novel Supermicrosurgery Training Model: The Chicken Thigh.  Plast Reconstr Surg.  2013 June. 

Chen W, Kung Y, Kang Y, Lawrence W, Tsao C.  An Old Controversy Revisited – One versus Two Venous Anastomoses in Microvascular Free Flap Surgery.  Head and Neck.  2013 April. 

Chen W, Keith J, Eid A.  Uptake of Indocyanine Green by Groin Lymph Node Flap after Autologous Transfer for Treatment of Secondary Arm Lymphedema.  Annals of Plast Surg.  2013 April. 

Chen W, Kang C, Lee S, Tsao C.  Quadriplegia Secondary to Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy – A Rare Complication of Head and Neck Surgery.  Head and Neck.  2013 February. 35(2):e49-51.

Chen W, Chang K, Kao H.  Outcomes of Anterolateral Thigh Flap Reconstruction for Salvage Laryngopharyngectomy after Preoperative Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy for Patients with Hypopharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma.  PLoS One.  2013 January 8. 8(1):e53985.

Kao H, Chen W, Chen C, Shyu V, Cheng M, Chang K.  The Roles of Albumin Levels in Head and Neck Cancer Patients with Liver Cirrhosis Undergoing Tumor Ablation and Microsurgical Free Tissue Transfer.  PLoS One.  2012 December 28. 7(12):e52678.

Tsai C, Chang K, Hung S, Chen W, Kao H.  Postoperative Morbidity in Head and Neck Cancer Ablative Surgery Followed by Microsurgical Free Tissue Transfer in the Elderly.  Oral Oncol.  2012 September. 48(9):811-6.

Chen W, Kung Y, Kang Y, Eid A, Tsao C.  Protocolization and Endpoint in Free Flap Salvage.  J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg.  2012 September. 65(9):1272-5.

Hsieh Y, Chen W, Huang J, Wu C, Cheng M.  Vascularized Bone Marrow Allotransplantation and Low-Dose Cyclosporin A Prolonged the Survival of Adipose Tissue Allotransplantation.  Plast Reconstr Surg.  2012 July. 130(1):64-72.

Chen W, Tsao C, Cheng M.  A Novel Salvage Approach for Pedicle Axial Flap – Free-ization of Pedicle Internal Mammary Artery Perforator Flap.  Microsurgery.  2012 May. 32(4):314-7.

Yang J, Yang S, Chen W.  Newly Designed “Onion” Flap for Reconstruction of Burn Nail Deformities.  J Trauma Acute Care Surg.  2012 May. 72(5):1424-8.

Tsao C, Wan D, Chen W, Kao D, Levi B.  The Commissure-Based Triangular Flap for Lip Revision Following Reconstruction of a Through-and-Through Defect.  J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg.  2012 February. 65(2):271-3.

Antony A, Chen W, Kolokythas A, Wiemer K, Cohen M.  A Novel Method of Free Fibula Contouring using Virtual Surgery and Stereolithography-Guided Osteotomy for Mandibular Reconstruction.  Plast Reconstr Surg.  2011 November. 128(5):1080-1084.

Chang N, Wang C, Chen W.  Does Hematoxylin-Eosin Stain Provide Reliable Diagnosis of Abdominal Wall Leiomyoma?.  2011. 

Lin Y, Chen W.  Penrose Drain Interposition – A Novel Approach of Preventing Adhesion Formation after Tenolysis.  2011. 

Chen W, Barounis D, Kalimuthu R.  A Novel Cost Saving Approach to the Use of Acellular Dermal Matrix in Post-Mastectomy Breast and Nipple Reconstruction.  Plast Reconstr Surg.  2010. 125(2):475-478.

Chen W, Poulakidas S, Kowal-Vern A, Villare R.  Trephination and Subatmospheric Pressure Therapy in the Management of Extremity Exposed Bone.  J Trauma, Injury, Infection, and Critical Care.  2010. 69(6):1591-1596.

Chen W, Cheng M.  3-Dimensional Orientation of Fibular Flap and Its Pedicle – An Outcome Study based on 207 Cases. 

Chen W, Tsao C, Cheng M.  Intraoperative Pauses during Microsurgical Procedures – A Commendable Practice?. 

Chen W, Kao S, Lee C, Kee K, Cheng M.  Molecular and Physiologic Influences of External Tissue Expansion (BRAVA). 

Hsu C, Wei F, Chen W.  Pedicled Perforator Flaps.  Quality Medical Publishing, Inc. 

Date Last Modified: 06/06/2016 - 13:17:48