Robert Whitfield MD, FACS

Austin, TX, US
Robert Whitfield MD, FACS

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

Choosing to have surgery is a major life choice. I have personally been involved in helping make decisions about surgery since 1996. For each and every patient I want to help them understand any procedure they may have as well as let them know if they are a good candidate for that procedure. Patient safety is incredibly important and at the forefront each surgical decision. After spending so many years training and practicing I only try to provide the safest and most appropriate surgical care.

Practice Specialization

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Breast Surgery, Reconstructive Breast Surgery using the DIEP Flap, Facial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Microsurgery.

Background & Certification

Board Certification

American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Professional Background

Education
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada Bachelors of Science, 1992
University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Nevada Doctor of Medicine, 1996
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Training
Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana General Surgery 1996 - 2002
Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana Plastic Surgery Residency 2002-2004
University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada MIcrosurgery/Hand Fellowship 2004-2005

Employment History
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Breast and Body Center of Austin; Austin, Texas -- June 2012 - Present
Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin -- July 2011 - June 2012
Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin -- July 2005 - June 2011
Clinical Instructor of Plastic Surgery, University of Nevada School of Medicine; Las Vegas, Nevada-- July 2004 - June 2005

Publications and Presentations

Invited Presentations

International

Whitfield, RM, “Hepatic Endometrioma:A Case Presentation,” Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge UK 10/2000

Whitfield, R., “Special Considerations for Perforator Flap use in Lower Extremity Reconstruction”, Part of the Maintenance of Certification Lower Extremity Salvage Instructional Course, American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, October 3, 2010

Whitfield, R., Panelist, “Fat graft and Breast Fat Grafting”, Hot Topics in Plastic Surgery Pre-Symposium being held in conjunction with the annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Toronto, Canada, October 1, 2010

Whitfield, R., Panelist, Sarcoma and Limb Salvage, “Specialized Topic:Lower Extremity Salvage”, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Cancun, Mexico, January 16, 2011

National

Whitfield, R., “Lower Extremity Salvage”, New Instructional Course, American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL 10/2008

Whitfield, R., “Lower Extremity Salvage Using Perforator Flaps”, A New Maintenance of Certification Instructional Course in Lower Extremity Salvage, American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA 10/2009

Whitfield, R., Panelist, Head and Neck Reconstruction, “Does Experience Change What We Do”, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, FL 01/2010

Whitfield, R., Moderator, Candidate Open Forum, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Boston, Massachusetts, May 10, 2011

Whitfield, R.,Facilitator,“Engaging Plastic Surgery Residents Early”, Executive Retreat of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Washington, D.C., July 9, 2011

Whitfield, R., Panelist, Practice Management, “Forum of the Future”, Summer Board Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Chicago, IL, July, 15, 2011

Whitfield, R., Panelist, Pitfalls of Lipotransfer, Stem Cells and Fat Dissolution Module, “Sarcoma Caused by Secondary Lipotransfer to Breast, Trunk and Extremities”, Hot Topics in Plastic Surgery Pre-Symposium being held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Denver CO, September 23, 2011

Whitfield, R., Panelist, Acellular Dermal Matrix, “Evidence Based Discussion of Acellular Dermal Matrix”, American society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, September 23, 2011

Whitfield, R., “Special Considerations for Perforator Flap use in Lower Extremity Reconstruction”, Part of the Maintenance of Certification Lower Extremity Salvage Instructional Course, American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, September 24, 2011

Whitfield, R., Panelist, Lower Extremity Reconstruction, Fresh Faces New Cases, American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, September 27, 2011

Whitfield, R., Panelist, Young Microsurgeons Group, Lower Extremity Reconstruction, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Las Vegas NV, 1/2012

Whitfield, R., Moderator, Scientific Paper Session, Extremities I, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Las Vegas NV, 1/2012

Regional

Whitfield, R., “The Incorporation of Perforator Flaps into My Practice”, Bennett Society Meeting, Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN 5/17/2007

Whitfield, R.,Moderator, Reconstruction Session, Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois, May 14, 2011

Local

Whitfield, RM, Keynote address at the Bierkamper Research Convocation.“Clinical Application of Nitric Oxide Synthase.” Reno, NV 1999

Whitfield, RM, General Surgical Grand Rounds. “Art, Surgery, and Adaptation” Indianapolis, IN 6/2002

Whitfield, RM, “Local and Distant Flaps for Hand and Upper Extremity Reconstruction”, Multidisciplinary Hand Conference, University of Nevada School of Medicine, 8/2004

Whitfield, RM, “Tumors of the Upper Extremity”, Multidisciplinary Hand conference, University of Nevada School of Medicine, 2/2005

Whitfield, RM, “Burns of the Upper Extremity”, Multidisciplinary Hand Conference, University of Nevada School of Medicine, 4/2005

Whitfield, RM, “Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator Flap”, Guest Instructor for Gross Human Anatomy, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV 3/11/2005

Whitfield, RM, “Breast Reconstruction Techniques”, Breast Cancer Symposium 2005, Progress in the Management of Breast Cancer, Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, Brookfield, Wisconsin, 11/12/2005

Whitfield, RM, “Trends in Lower Extremity Reconstruction”, Froedtert Hospital Operating Room Staff In-service, Milwaukee, WI, 10/2008

Whitfield, RM, “Perioperative Care of the Microsurgical Patient”, Froedtert Nursing Staff 3SW, Milwaukee, WI, 02/05/2009

Whitfield, RM, “Surgical Treatment of Migraines,” Community Conference, Milwaukee, WI 02/18/2009

Whitfield, RM, “Reconstruction of Sarcoma Defects,” Froedtert Hospital Operating Room Staff In-service, Milwaukee, WI, 09/11/2009

Whitfield, RM, “Surgical Treatment of Migraines,” Community Conference, Milwaukee, WI 11/06/2009

Jones, SR, Whitfield, RM, “Ultrasound assisted and suction assisted lipectomy of free flaps at three month intervals”, Resident Research Day, Department of Plastic Surgery, Milwaukee, WI, 6/18/2010

Urbaniack, R., King, D. and Whitfield, RM, “Immediate Reconstruction of the joint capsule with human acellular dermal matrix after Ewing’s Sarcoma resection”, Resident Research Day, Department of Plastic Surgery, Milwaukee, WI, 6/18/2010

Shifrin, D, King, D, Wang D, and Whitfield, RM, “Extremity Sarcoma, High Dose Brachytherapy and Flap Coverage”, Resident Research Day, Department of Plastic Surgery, Milwaukee, WI, 6/18/2010

Das, D, Whitfield, RM, “Non-Osseous Reconstruction of the pelvis after tumor resection”, Resident Research Day, Department of Plastic Surgery, Milwaukee, WI, 6/17/2011

Peer Reviewed Workshops/Presentations/Posters

National

Whitfield, RM, “Pancreatitis in HIV+/AIDS patients taking dideoxyinosine or dideoxycytidine who use ethanol, tobacco, or controlled substances”, National Student Research Forum, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 1994

Whitfield, RM, “The impact of ethanol, marijuana, or tobacco usage on HIV+/AIDS patients undergoing AZT, AZT/DDC, or DDI therapy”, American Federation for Clinical Research Western Section, Carmel, CA 1994

Whitfield, RM, “One year follow up of the impact of ethanol and marijuana usage on HIV+/AIDS patients undergoing AZT, AZT/DDC, or DDI therapy”, National American Federation for Clinical Research Meeting, Baltimore, MD 1995 (Poster)

Whitfield, RM, “One year follow up of the impact of ethanol and marijuana usage on HIV+/AIDS patients undergoing AZT, AZT/DDC, or DDI therapy”, National American Federation for Clinical Research National, San Diego, CA 1995

Whitfield, RM, “The Incorporation of Biologics and Free Flaps in My First One Hundred Lower Extremity Procedures”, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA 1/2008 (Poster)

Bedi, M., Zambrano, E., King, D.,Hackbarth, D., Charlson, J., Whitfield, R., Bergom, D. Wang. “Differences in Rates of Necrosis in Patients with Primary Soft Tissue Sarcoma of the Extremity and Trunk Treated with Neoadjuvant Radiotherapy or Chemoradiotherapy”, Connective Tissue Oncology Society Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, Accepted for Poster Presentation 10/27/2011 to 10/29/2011 (Poster)

Bedi, M., King, D., Hackbarth, D., Charlson, J., Whitfield, R., Wang, D. “Prognostic Variables for Post-Metastasis Survival in Patients with Soft Tissue Sarcoma of the Extremity and Trunk”, Connective Tissue Oncology Society Meeting, Chicago Illinois, Accepted for Poster Presentation 10/27/2011 to 10/29/2011 (Poster)

Bedi, M., Zambrano, E., King, D., Hackbarth, D., Charlson, J., Whitfield, R., Bergom, D. Wang. “Differences in Rates of Necrosis in Patients with Primary Soft Tissue Sarcoma of the Extremity and Trunk Treated with Neoadjuvant Radiotherapy or Chemoradiotherapy”, Annual Radiation Oncology Meeting in Miami, Florida, October 2011(poster)

Pappas, S., Bedi, M., Turaga, K., King, D., Hackbarth, D. LoGiudice, J, Neilson, J., Charlson, J., Whitfield, R., Wang, D. “Abdominoinguinal Approach to Retroperitoneal Tumors with Proximal Thigh of Groin Extension”, Connective Tissue Oncology Society Meeting, Chicago Illinois, Accepted for Poster Presentation 10/27/2011 to 10/29/2011 (Poster)

Whitfield, R., King, D., Pappas, S., Rossi, P., Charlson, J., Bedi, M., Wang, D., Hackbarth, D. “The Use of Perforator Flaps in the Reconstruction of Soft Tissue Sarcoma Defects:An Initial Experience”, Connective Tissue Oncology Society Meeting, Accepted for Poster Presentation 10/27/2011 to 10/29/2011 (Poster)

Regional

Whitfield, R., “My First 150 Lower Extremity Procedures”, Midwest Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL 5/2007

Whitfield, R., “Reconstruction of Sarcoma Defects,” Midwest Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL 05/2008

Whitfield, R., “Ultrasound assisted and suction assisted lipectomy of free flaps at three month intervals”, Midwest Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL 5/2010

Local

Pappas, S., Bedi, M., Turaga, K., King, D., Hackbarth, D. LoGiudice, J, Neilson, J., Charlson, J., Whitfield, R., Wang, D. “Abdominoinguinal Approach to Retroperitoneal Tumors with Proximal Thigh of Groin Extension”, The Wisconsin Surgical Society Annual Meeting, Kohler, WI 11/2011

Bibliography

Whitfield, RM, Bechtel, L, Starch, GH. The impact of ethanol and marijuana usage on HIV/AIDS patients undergoing AZT, AZT/DDC, or DDI therapy:A two-year prospective study. Alcoholism:Clinical & Experimental Research. 21(1):122-7, 1997 February. PMID: 9046384

Hahn TL, Whitfield R, Salter J, Granger DN, Unthank JL, Lalka SG.Evaluation of the role of intercellular adhesion molecule 1 in a rodent model of chronic venous hypertension.Journal of Surgical Research 88(2):150-4, 2000 February. PMID: 10644481

Considine, RV, Cooksey, RC, Williams, LB, Zhang P, Ambrosius WT, Whitfield, RM, Jones, RM, Inman, M, Huse, J, McClain, DA.Hexosamines regulate leptin production in human subcutaneous adipocytes.Journal Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 85(10):3551-6, 2000 October. PMID: 11061500

Johnson, MS, McLennan, G, Whitfield, RM, Lalka, SG, Dreesen, RG. The Porcine hemodialysis access Model (HAM):A relevant model for pre-clinical evaluation of interventional devices and techniques.Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 12(8):969-77, 2001 August. PMID: 11487678

Groves, AM, Whitfield, R, Lomas, DJ, Gibbs, P. Imaging of a hepatic endometrioma in a patient with multiple haemangiomas. Journal of Hepatology. 38(4):547, 2003 April. PMID: 12663252

Whitfield, RM, King, D, Rossi, P, Loffredo, M. Pedicle anterolateral thigh flap reconstruction after pelvic tumor resection:A Case Report. Plastic Surgery International,Volume 2010, Article ID 684806. Accepted October 10, 2010. Indexed in: Airiti library/Community Health/ Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)/EBSCO/Google Scholar/Health and Wellness Resource Center/Info Trac Custom Journals/Open J-Gate/Scientific Medical Information Library Europe (SIMID)

Whitfield, RM, Urbaniak, R, Rinard, J, Jones, SR and Shifrin, D. Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty in Addition to Suction-Assisted Lipoplasty for Perforator Free Flap Thinning. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery.2011 March EPUB. PMID: 21437861

Bradley, J, Kleinman, S, Rowand, J, King, D, Hackbarth, D, Whitfield, RM, Wang, D. Adjuvant high dose rate brachytherapy for soft tissue sarcoma:initial experience report. Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy, 2011; 3, 1: 3-10. Indexed in: SCOPUS, EMBASE/Excerpta Medical

Whitfield, RM, Rinard, J, King, D. Coverage of Megaprosthesis with Human Acellular Dermal Matrix after Ewing’s Sarcoma Resection:A Case Report. Sarcoma, accepted for publication May 30, 2011. PMID: 21804672

Non-Peer Reviewed Journal Publications/Original Articles

Walden J, Whitfield, RM, Steinbrech, D. “Integration of Silicone Gel Implants into Your Practice, Candidates Corner, Aesthetic Society News, Quarterly News Letter of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Volume 12 Number 3, Summer 2008

Whitfield, RM. “DIEP Flap Surgery”, An online article featuring the technical aspects of DIEP Flap surgery, Quality Medical Publishing, www.plasticsurgerypulsenews.com , Volume 2 Number 1, March 2010

Whitfield, RM. “Improving our Society with an Infusion of Youth” Young Microsurgeons Group, Electronic Newsletter of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, Volume 21, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2010

Whitfield, RM. “Young Microsurgeons are not to Young to Lead”, Young Microsurgeons Group, Electronic Newsletter of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, Volume 21, Number 2, Autumn/Winter 2010

Whitfield, RM. “Balance and the Accountable Care Organization”, Young Microsurgeons Group, Electronic Newsletter of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, Volume 21, Number 3, Spring/Summer 2011

Whitfield, RM. “Forum on the Future tackles needs of Generation Next” Young Plastic Surgeons Perspective, Plastic Surgery News, Electronic Newsletter of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, October/November 2011

Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Breast Surgery, Reconstructive Breast Surgery using the DIEP Flap, Facial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Microsurgery

Peer Reviewed Products

Whitfield, RM, Study Section “Flaps and Grafts”, Core Surgery/General Plastic Surgical Principles and Techniques for the Plastic Surgery Educational Network, PSEN.Publication January 2011.

Whitfield, RM, Study Section “Flaps and Grafts 2.0”, Core Surgery/General Plastic Surgical Principles and Techniques for the Plastic Surgery Educational Network, PSEN.Publication January 2012.

Whitfield, RM, SESAP, Plastic Surgery Section, 14th edition of the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program, American College of Surgeons

Whitfield, RM, Lower Extremity Reconstruction after Sarcoma Resection: A Case Report, Plastic Surgery Educational Network, PSEN.February 2011. http:// www1.plasticsurgery.org

Whitfield, RM, Soft Tissue Reconstruction for Cranial Implant:A Case Report, Plastic Surgery Educational Network, PSEN.October 2011. http://www1.plasticsurgery.org

Non-Peer Reviewed Educational Products

Whitfield, RM, “A Dangerous Combination”, Lawnmower Safety Campaign Video for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery 6/2010 http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Media/PressReleases/ChildrenandLawnMowers_aDangerousCombination.htmlReleases/ChildrenandLawnMowers_aDangerousCombination.html

Awards & Honors

Voted as part of Best Doctors in Wisconsin for Plastic Surgery 1/2011
Performing Outstanding Excellence Together (POET) award for outstanding customer service at Froedtert Hospital 8/2010
Performing Outstanding Excellence Together (POET) award for outstanding customer service at Froedtert Hospital 4/2010
Voted as part of Best Doctors in Wisconsin for Plastic Surgery 1/2010
Voted as part of Best Doctors in Wisconsin for Plastic Surgery 1/2009
Voted as part of Best Doctors in Wisconsin for Plastic Surgery 1/2008
Voted as part of Best Doctors in Wisconsin for Plastic Surgery 1/2007

Affiliations & Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

St. Davids Hospitals Austin, Texas
Seton Hospitals Austin Texas
Meridian Surgery Center Austin Texas

Society Memberships

2011-2012
Clinical Member
Cancer Center, Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin

2011-2012
Member
American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons

2010-Present
Member
International Federation For Adipose Therapeutics and Science

2010-Present
Member
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

2009-Present
Member
Connective Tissue Oncology Society

2009-Present
Fellow
American College of Surgeons

2008-2011
Associate Member
Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery

2008-Present
Member
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

2007-Present
Member
American Society of Plastic Surgeons

1996-Present
Member
American Medical Association

Offices Held

NATIONAL ELECTED/APPOINTED LEADERSHIP AND COMMITTEEPOSITIONS:

American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, ASRM
2008 - 2009
2009 - Present
Program Committee
Bylaw Committee

2009 - 2010
Young Microsurgery Group ad hoc Committee

2009 - 2010
Program Committee

2010 - Present
Chair, Young Microsurgery Group

2012 – Present
Program Committee

American Society of Plastic Surgeons, ASPS
2006 - 2008
ASPS/PSEF Young Plastic Surgeons Forum

2008 - Present
Young Plastic Surgeons Steering Committee
Co-Chair of Advocacy

2008 - 2010
Product Advisory Committee

2009 - 2011
Plastic Surgery Advisory Council Representative, American College of Surgeons

2009 - Present
ASPS/ASAPS Emerging Trends Committee

2009 - Present
ASPS/PSEF Bylaws Committee

2009 - Present
Membership Committee

2010 - 2011
Basic & Translational Research Committee

2010 - Present
Government Affairs Committee
Breast Reconstruction Legislation Workgroup

Education Focused
2008 - 2011 Curriculum Development Committee, YPS
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, ASAPS

2007 - 2008
Candidate Liaison Committee

2009 - 2011
Vice Chair, Candidate Liaison Committee

2010 - Present
2011 - Present
Electronic Communications Committee
Chair, Candidate Liaison Committee

2011 - Present
Marketing Task Force

Education Focused
2008 – 5/2011 Distance Learning Committee

2008 - PresentResident Forum Subcommittee

Staff & Facilities

Surgical Facility

St. Davids Hospitals
Seton Hospitals
Meridian Surgery Center

Skin Care Products

Obagi

Languages Spoken

English
Spanish available in the office

Payment Options

All Major Credit Cards, Care Credit

Robert Whitfield MD, FACS

1510 W. 34th Street, Suite 100,
Austin, TX, 78703, US

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