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Current Plastic Surgery Residents

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In collaboration with Nassau University Medical Center and Stony Brook Medicine, the Long Island Plastic Surgery Group offers both independent and integrated plastic surgery residency programs. The traditional independent three-year residency was established in 1954, and the integrated six-year residency was launched in 2017.

One of the hallmarks of LIPSG is its decades-long commitment to furthering the science and art of plastic surgery. Only the most skilled, experienced, and innovative plastic surgeons make up its team of doctors, and each is dedicated to passing his or her knowledge on to new generations of surgeons who will be the next leaders in the field.

Our current residents for the 2021-2022 academic year are listed below.

Chief Residents

Christine Yin, MD

Hometown: Alhambra, CA
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: University of Southern California – Keck School of Medicine
Clinical/Research Interests: Diversity and inclusion within plastic surgery, hand and reconstructive surgery

Nicholas Kunda, MD

Hometown: Massapequa, NY
Undergraduate: Arizona State University
Medical School: St. James School of Medicine
General Surgery Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago – Metropolitan
Research Fellowship: University of Illinois at Chicago – Immunology
Clinical Interests: Microsurgery and hand surgery

Andrew McGregor, MD

Hometown: Port St. Lucie, FL
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Ross University
General Surgery Residency: Danbury Hospital
Research Fellowship: Yale University – Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Clinical/Research Interests: Aesthetics, microsurgery, oncologic reconstruction, melanoma

Fifth-Year Resident – Integrated

Don Groves, MD

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergraduate: University of South Carolina – Columbia
Graduate School: University of South Carolina – Columbia (Biomedical Engineering)
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Fourth-Year Resident – Integrated

Abdel Armaiz-Flores, MD

Hometown: Guayama, Puerto Rico
Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico – Cayey Campus
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Graduate School: Mayo Clinic – Clinical and Translational Research

Third-Year Resident – Integrated

Justin Buro, MD

Hometown: Dix Hills, NY
Undergraduate: George Washington University
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Research Fellowship: Laboratory of Bioregenerative Medicine and Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Research Interests: Tissue engineering, breast reconstruction, fat grafting

Second-Year Resident – Integrated

Christopher Liao, MDChristopher Liao, MD

Hometown: West Covina, CA
Undergraduate: University of Southern California
Medical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Research Interests: Tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, stem cell biology, clinical outcomes

Second-Year Residents -Independent

Andrew Nouri, MD

Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Undergraduate: New York University
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
General Surgery Residency: Morristown Medical Center
Clinical/Research Interests: Preoperative botox as an adjunct for complex large ventral hernia repairs

Hunter Benvenuti, MD

Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
Undergraduate: Occidental College
Medical School: New York Medical College
General Surgery Residency: University of California San Francisco – Fresno
Clinical/Research Interests: Burns, breast reconstruction

First-Year Resident – Integrated

Photo coming soonZachary Erlichman, MD

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Medical School: Tufts School of Medicine
Clinical/Research Interests: Disparities in Medicine, Transgender Surgery, Breast Reconstruction

First-Year Residents – Independent

Rafael De AyalaRafael De Ayala

Hometown: Cataño, Puerto Rico
Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico
Medical School: Universidad Central Del Caribe, PR
General Surgery, UPR Medical Sciences Campus
Burn Fellowship, Emory University
Research Interests: Aesthetics, Microsurgery, burn reconstruction

Hannah Hoffman, MD Hannah Hoffman, MD

Hometown: Great Neck, NY
Undergraduate: New York University
Medical School: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell
General Surgery: Northwell General Surgery

Burn Fellow

Marc Yarbrough, MDMarc Yarbrough, MD

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate: University of Memphis
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
General Surgery Residency: Howard University
Clinical Research/Interests: Critical Care and Trauma, Burn, Wound Care

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