Ronald E. Iverson, MD | President
Dr. Ronald Iverson graduated from Stanford University in 1961, UCLA Medical School in 1965, UCLA Surgical Internship in 1966, and completed the Stanford Plastic Surgery Residency in 1973. He spent 1966-1968 in the U.S. Coastguard at the National Communicable Disease Center (CDC) Atlanta, GA. He founded Zedplast with Howard Holderness, MD and Richard Jobe, MD, and was elected President in 1975. Dr. Iverson has been an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Stanford Medical School since 1995. He was a Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery 2000-2006. He has been the President of the California Society of Plastic Surgery (CSPS), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), American Association for Accreditation of Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), and Surgical Facilities Resources International (SFRI). Dr. Iverson has had a private practice in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the East Bay since 1973. He is an active alumnus of Stanford University and was an Honoree of the Stanford Associates in 2013.
Joshua Korman, MD | Vice President, Treasurer
Joshua Korman is a clinical professor of plastic surgery at Stanford, and has served as Vice President/Treasurer of Zedplast for many years. He studied music and medicine at Cornell, and during his residency at Stanford was a registrar at Canniesburn hospital in Scotland. A member of the class of 1991, his surgery center welcomes residents during their cosmetic rotations. He is the inventor of Blossom® (controlled rapid tissue expansion), and writes for the public and the profession (including two editions of The Business of Plastic Surgery with fellow Zedplast member Heather Furnas).
William McClure, MD | Secretary
Dr. William McClure completed the Stanford Plastic Surgery Residency in 1984. He had done his undergraduate training at UCLA; and graduated from UCSD Medical School in 1978. After completing his plastic surgery training, he joined a private practice in the Napa Valley with two Stanford alumni. He continues to work full time in his group practice. Influenced by his mentor Dr. Donald Laub, Dr. McClure chose a private practice career that would allow him to pursue his passion which has been international humanitarian surgery and teaching. He has led and served on more than 90 volunteer missions to 16 countries on five continents. He has worked with 12 international volunteer organizations, but devotes most of his time to ReSurge International (formerly Interplast) the organization founded by Dr. Laub. Over the years Dr. McClure has had the opportunity to bring more than 25 Stanford residents on team trips. Thanks to support from Zedplast and Stanford Plastic Surgery, he has been able to continue bringing Stanford residents on volunteer missions.
Aaron Berger, MD
Dr. Aaron Berger grew up in Miami, FL and Lexington, KY. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 with BA (Physical Anthropology) and MSc (Medical Anthropology) degrees. He earned MD and PhD (Experimental Pathology) degrees through the Medical Scientist Training Program at Yale University. His dissertation work focused on the development of a biomarker assay to predict metastatic potential in primary melanoma. In 2007, Dr. Berger began his postgraduate training in the Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency at Stanford University Medical Center. These were some of the best years of his life. After residency, Dr. Berger completed fellowship training in Hand and Microsurgery at UCLA Medical Center in 2014. Dr. Berger was later selected as one of the first recipients of the International Hand Surgery Fellowship, sponsored by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, where he trained at centers of excellence in China for the treatment of brachial plexus injuries, complex extremity trauma, and congenital differences of the upper extremity. Currently, Dr. Berger and his family (wife and 2 daughters) are back in Miami. Dr. Berger is based at Nicklaus Children's hospital, and his practice is devoted to the care of pediatric hand and upper extremity problems, including congenital differences, trauma, and brachial plexus injuries. In his current role, he trains residents and fellows from several plastic surgery and orthopedic surgery training programs in South Florida. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his family.
James Chang, MD
Dr. James Chang is currently the Johnson & Johnson Distinguished Professor and Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford. He completed a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford and a Hand & Microsurgery Fellowship at U.C.L.A. Dr. Chang is the Hand Surgery volume editor for Converse’s Plastic Surgery, the authoritative six-volume textbook. Dr. Chang was the Vice-Chair of the Plastic Surgery Residency Review Committee of the ACGME and Secretary/Treasurer of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In these positions, Dr. Chang has been very involved in the training and certification of plastic surgeons and hand surgeons on the national level. He was elected to the American Surgical Association in 2010. In 2018, Dr. Chang was President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. As C.M.O. of ReSurge International (formerly Interplast), Dr. Chang manages the service and educational programs of this charitable organization that delivers reconstructive surgery to the underserved throughout the world.
Paige Fox, MD, PhD
Dr. Fox graduated from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2000 and Medical College of Virginia with her MD/PhD in 2007. She completed the Stanford Plastic Surgery Residency in 2014 and a hand fellowship at Mayo Clinic in 2015. Dr. Fox returned as faculty at Stanford in 2015 where she currently is an Associate Professor of Surgery and the Plastic Surgery Residency Program Director. She is a Member at Large on the Council for American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and is an active member of PSRC, ASPS, and ASPN. Her practice focuses on hand surgery, nerve surgery and complex limb reconstruction. She has a basic science lab at the VA Palo Alto where she researches wound healing and chronic nerve compression.
Heather Furnas, MD
Heather J. Furnas, MD, is a clinical associate professor at Stanford and co-founder of the Northern California Aesthetic Fellowship. Along with fellow Zedplast member Joshua Korman, she co-edited and co-authored the book The Business of Plastic Surgery, 2nd Edition (Thieme, 2019). She has chaired multiple committees for ASPS, ASAPS, and AAPS, served as the Plastic Surgery Focus and Social Media Section Editor for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and also served on the Cosmetic Surgery Advisory Council for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She looks forward to the Stanford residents’ visits and enjoys co-authoring papers with them. She is married to Zedplast member Paco Canales, and together they raised Diego and Siena.
Vincent Hentz, MD | Emeritus
Dr. ‘Rod’ Hentz graduated from Davidson College in 1964, and the School of Medicine University of Florida in 1968. He completed the Stanford plastic surgery residency in 1974 and a fellowship in hand surgery with Dr J William littler in New York City in 1975. Dr. Hentz joined the faculty in the Department of Surgery at Stanford University in 1975 as Assistant, then Associate and in 1990, Professor of Surgery and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, by courtesy. At Stanford he served as the first chief of the Division of Hand Surgery, later Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery and Chief of the Hand Center at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Hentz was elected president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in 19 98. Dr Hentz became Professor Emeritus in 2015. He continues to be active with the Division of Plastic Surgery at Stanford and the Hand Center at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Debra Johnson, MD
Debra Johnson graduated from UC Irvine in 1977. She then attended Stanford University School of Medicine, where she fell in love with plastic surgery, graduating in 1981. She entered the Stanford Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency, but had to leave after her internship to serve two years as a primary care physician to Northern California Native Americans to pay back her National Health Service Corps scholarship. She returned to Stanford in 1984 as a second year resident. In 1985, she became the first woman plastic resident to have a baby. Stanford had no maternal leave policy at the time, but granted her 20 days off (she worked until the day Gabriela was born!). Her 5th “free” year was spent in Europe, learning rhinoplasty with Jaime Planas in Barcelona and hand and micro with Raoul Tubiana and Alain Gilbert in Paris. Since residency, she has practiced in Sacramento and became involved in legislative advocacy. She has served as president of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. She is currently Chair of the Trustees for ASPS. She serves as a Director, Secretary-Treasurer, and Chair of the Continuing Certification Committee of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She is an avid gardener of succulents, and grows fruits, vegetables, olives, and Cabernet grapes at her small farm in Napa.
Gordon Lee, MD
Dr. Gordon Lee is Professor and Associate Chief of Plastic Surgery at Stanford University. Dr. Lee completed his undergraduate at UCLA and medical school at Stanford. He completed a combined residency in General Surgery & Plastic Surgery at UCLA. After residency, he completed a microsurgery fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston. Dr. Lee has a broad practice in reconstructive surgery of the head and neck, breast, extremity, and body. He directs the microsurgery fellowship program at Stanford.
Travis Miller, MD
Dr. Travis J. Miller received his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago in 2010. He graduated with honors with three majors in three years. He graduated valedictorian from his medical school, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, in 2015. He is currently a chief resident in the Stanford Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program. He has completed a mid-residency microsurgical fellowship a the Buncke Clinic from 2018 to 2019, and he will be training as a hand surgery fellow at the University of Washington from 2022 to 2023.
William Umansky, MD
Dr. William Umansky graduated from Cornell University in 1984, UCLA Medical School in 1988, and completed the Stanford Plastic Surgery Residency in 1994. He joined his father in private practice in San Diego in 1994. He continues to practice in San Diego along with his brother Jeffrey Umansky.He joined the Zedplast board in 1995. He served as President of the California Society of Plastic Surgery (2017-2018).
Jane Weston, MD
Dr. Jane Weston graduated from New York University in 1975, Stanford Medical School in 1979 and completed the integrated plastic surgery residency at Stanford in 1985. She spent her elective year doing a fellowship in Paris, working with craniofacial surgery pioneer, Dr. Daniel Marchac. Upon the completion of her training, Dr. Weston worked with the Permanente Medical Group for several years before starting a private plastic surgery practice in the Bay Area. She has been in practice in San Mateo County for 25 years and recently opened a new medical spa, Entre Nous Aesthetics.
In the 1990’s, Dr. Weston, in partnership with fellow Stanford Plastic Surgery alum, Dr. Loren Eskenzai, was instrumental in forming the Women Plastic Surgeons Committee (WPS) of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Recognizing that the ASPS would benefit from the combined efforts of women working side by side with their male counterparts, the WPS was created with the goal of being a recognizable resource within the society. During her tenure as chair, the WPS committee was instrumental in gaining passage of the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act in 1999, assuring insurance coverage for breast reconstruction in breast cancer patients.
Dr. Weston has served as President of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS) and currently chairs the CSPS Membership Committee. She has also served as an examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery and as chair of many ASPS committees (Judicial, Ethics, Marketing, Patient Education and Women Plastic Surgeons). Additionally, Dr. Weston has served on the Board of Directors of Interplast (now ReSurge) and the Board of Governors of the Stanford Medical Alumni Association. An ardent supporter of the arts, Dr. Weston is currently on the Board of Trustees of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Dr. Weston is married to retired trauma surgeon, Dr. Jan Horn. They have two grown children.
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