The Plastic Surgery Residency

The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School Plastic Surgery Residency is a 3-year independent training program in plastic & reconstructive surgery.  The primary focus of the program is to train competent and board-eligible plastic and reconstructive surgeons. 

BIDMC - Harvard Medical School Plastic Surgery ResidencyEligibility: The program is available to residents who have completed a formal training program (and are board admissible or certified) in general surgery, otolaryngology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, urology, or oral and maxillofacial surgery (the latter requiring 2 years of general surgery training in addition to an MD/DDS). Successful completion of these ACGME or ADA accredited programs fulfills the PREREQUISITE training requirement. Foreign Medical Graduates are ONLY eligible if they have completed the ACGME or ADA prerequisite.

The BIDMC plastic surgery residency participates in the San Francisco Match. For information on the match, please contact: The match takes place more than a year before the official start date.

Program focus: In addition to teaching the required 6-core competencies of the ACGME, the residency program provides a thorough foundation, in both adults and children, in the anatomy, the classical principles, surgical techniques and practices in the major areas of plastic surgery:

  • Aesthetic Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Craniofacial Reconstruction
  • Extremity Surgery
  • General Plastic Surgery / Microsurgery

Rotations: In addition to the BIDMC main campus in Boston, rotations take place at Children’s Hospital, BIDMC-Needham and BIDMC-Milton Hospitals. Rotations in Aesthetic Surgery also occur at off site surgery centers and in the private office practices of private aesthetic plastic surgeons in the community. In the final year of residency, a 2-month clinical elective rotation is also included during the Chief Resident year.

Didactics and research: Throughout the residency, there are weekly didactics that incorporate a Core Curriculum, Plastic Surgery Division Rounds, Surgical Indications, and Mortality and Morbidity Conferences. These conferences help prepare the resident for board certification, training in the high quality care of patients, life-long learning, as well as a building a successful plastic surgery practice in an academic or private practice setting.

The residency also emphasizes academic research in each of the three years of training. Research faculty mentors are assigned to residents. The program has a lab which is utilized for basic science and clinical research. The lab is also used to teach microsurgical skills and techniques. There is an expectation that all residents will participate in academic research, and learn the principles for successful publication. The Plastic Surgeon as a teacher of his/her colleagues, junior residents, medical students, other health care professionals, and the community-at-large is also emphasized throughout the residency program.

Program Director: Samuel J. Lin, MD

Incoming Fellows (2019-2020)

Arthur Celestin, MD, General Surgery Residency Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Brandon M. Elnekaveh, MD, General Surgery Residency Program, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY