Building on a Legacy

Our surgeons and researchers have led with excellence for more than a century. Breakthroughs in treatment from within the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery have greatly advanced the field since the early days, when one of our own helped form a virtually new field of medicine. Today, our specialists treat people with techniques that offer promise far beyond what our predecessors might have imagined. But our purpose remains the same: offering compassionate care that can be life changing.

“My vision for the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a vision of becoming the number one plastic surgery program in the United States. It’s an audacious vision, but with the infrastructure, support and colleagues here, it is a vision we are headed for.”

Justin Sacks, MD, MBA | Division Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Black and white photo of Blair and nurses in operating room painted by Gisella Loeffel.

Visionary–Dr. Blair

A true pioneer in plastic surgery, Vilray Blair, MD, was the first of many Washington University greats to treat patients and teach new techniques.

Plastic surgery as a specialty evolved during the 20th Century in this country. One of the founders of the specialty — Dr. Vilray Blair — served as the first chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the medical school.

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