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Mount Sinai’s Dr. Peter Taub visits Division of Plastic Surgery

Editor’s note: This summary of Dr. Taub’s visit was written by Christopher Parham, MD, Penn State College of Medicine plastic surgery resident.

Dr. Peter Taub visited us in the Division of Plastic Surgery on Nov. 3, 2016. He is the program director at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a very busy clinician. During his visit, he was able to share with the residents his rather unique insight into academic plastic surgery and residency management that we don’t always get to experience. He spoke with us about the challenges and successes he has experienced in the transition of the program from an independent fellowship to an integrated residency, and then growing that program into a prestigious one with a robust staff that serves six hospitals and multiple private practices across the New York City landscape. His advice and perspective regarding success in an academic plastic surgery setting were invaluable.

As previously stated, Dr. Taub currently serves as the plastic surgery residency program director at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. He previously studied biology at Brown University and went on to study medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He trained in general surgery at Mount Sinai and then did plastic surgery training at UCLA, with a further craniofacial fellowship under Dr. Henry Kawamoto. Shortly afterwards he returned to New York City to serve as Chief of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery. His clinical interests are broad ranging from aesthetics to microsurgery to advancements in craniofacial surgery, and he has written extensively on these subjects.

With his extensive training and background in craniofacial surgery, he gave us robust lectures on the inherent challenges that cleft patients present to the plastic surgeon, as well as the role of alveolar bone grafting for overcoming some of these hurdles. He also presented an exciting Grand Rounds regarding adult cranioplasty and the options that are at the forefront of reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Taub’s unique background and wide ranging clinical skills made for an exciting and invaluable learning experience for all of the residents and faculty.

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