Rotation Sites & Faculty


University Hospital- Newark, NJ

As the core teaching facility of Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, University Hospital is the center of referral for many of the state’s most advanced medical services and specialty care programs. University Hospital is staffed by 300 full-time attending physicians who are also faculty members of the New Jersey Medical School, has 519 beds and more than 19,000 admissions, 2,700 births, and 215,000 outpatient visits annually. A wide range of specialty services are offered, including northern New Jersey’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, a regional center for neonatal intensive care, the Acute Stroke Center, the New Jersey Cardiovascular Institute (NJCI), a neurosurgical intensive care unit with a dedicated Brain Tumor Program, at the Neurological Institute of New Jersey, the Center for Bloodless Surgery and Medicine, and New Jersey’s first Liver Transplant Program, and Division of Orthopedic Oncology. This extensive breadth of subspecialties at University Hospital ensures that plastic surgery residents are well-versed in the management and reconstruction of trauma and oncologic cases.

Edward S. Lee M.D.

Edward S. Lee M.D. Division Chief, Program Director, Associate Professor

After distinguishing himself during his plastic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Lee accepted a position as an attending plastic surgeon at the Veteran’s Administrative Hospital in East Orange, NJ. In 2011, he joined the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Division of Plastic Surgery faculty. In 2012 he was appointed as Residency Program Director. His practice encompasses general plastic surgery, hand surgery, complex microsurgical reconstruction, and aesthetic surgery.

Mark Granick, M.D. Division Chief, Professor of Plastic Surgery

Mark Granick, M.D., Professor of Plastic Surgery

Board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Granick is one of the country's leading academic plastic surgeons. Dr. Granick completed his general surgical training at the Harvard Surgical Service of the New England Deaconess Hospital. His interest in facial and head and neck surgery led him to Harvard's Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary where he completed his Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ENT) training. After completing his plastic surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, he remained in practice associated with the University until 1987 when he was recruited to Hahnemann University and the Medical College of Pennsylvania where he developed and ran the Plastic Surgery Service as Professor of Surgery and Chief of Plastic Surgery until April 2001. He is now Professor of Surgery at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Granick lectures extensively both nationally and internationally. He has edited seven textbooks, authored 186 articles, 80+ book chapters, abstracts, posters, and Internet publications. He is a renowned expert in wound healing, wound healing research, and founder of ePlasty – the first open access online plastic surgery journal. Altogether, he has dedicated over twenty years to academic plastic surgery and the education of plastic surgery residents.

Ramazi Datiashvili, M.D., Ph.D.

Ramazi Datiashvili, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Plastic Surgery

Prior to emigrating to the U.S., Dr. Datiashvili was a revered microsurgeon in the USSR. He studied at the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow Medical Institute in Russia, and he completed surgical residencies in both Russia and at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. After completing his plastic surgery fellowship at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, he joined the faculty, bringing his extensive experience in reconstructive microsurgery, replantation surgery, hand surgery, orthopaedic traumatology. Dr. Datiashvili has authored more than 100 publications. He has received numerous awards and patents for his innovative work.

Jonathan Keith, M.D. FACS.

Jonathan Keith, M.D. FACS. Assistant Professor

Dr. Keith completed his 7-year residency at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2012, he was awarded the Stephen S. Kroll Fellowship in microsurgery at the University Hospital of Gent, Belgium. He is only the fourth American to earn this distinction. During his fellowship, Dr. Keith gained expert experience in cutting edge techniques for creating the aesthetic ideal in reconstructive breast surgery. He has also participated in medical mission trips to South Africa and, most recently, Vietnam, lecturing on Hand Transplantation and Advanced Breast Reconstruction. Dr. Keith’s work has been published in peer reviewed scientific journals and he values his role here at the medical school as surgeon and teacher of surgical principles and aesthetic ideals in reconstructive surgery. He specializes in microvascular surgery for breast reconstruction as well as management of complex wounds. He is an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Keith joined our faculty in September 2013.

Veteran’s Administration Hospital- East Orange, NJ

Edward S. Lee M.D.

Edward S. Lee, M.D.

Dr. Lee has a joint appointment as clinical faculty at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Plastic Surgery and at the EOVA Hospital. His practice at the VA is broad and encompasses all aspects of general plastic surgery, hand surgery, microsurgical oncologic reconstruction, and breast surgery.

Hackensack University Medical Center- Hackensack, NJ

In 1888 with just 12 beds, Hackensack University Medical Center was Bergen County's first hospital. More than a century later, this nonprofit, teaching and research hospital has grown to become the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in New Jersey. Not only has HUMC added 763 more beds to its facilities, but it is now Bergen County’s largest employer and a hub of healthcare for the Northern New Jersey and New York metropolitan areas. HUMC has a large, dynamic, and busy Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Plastic surgery residents rotating at HUMC operate with dedicated clinical faculty. These attending private plastic surgeons provide exposure and experience with the full breadth of plastic surgery: hand surgery, aesthetic surgery, breast surgery, general plastic surgery, traumatic craniofacial, congenital and oncologic reconstruction. Associated plastic surgery faculty include:

Dr. Steven R. Colen, M.D.

Stephen Colen, M.D., D.D.S., Department Chairman

Dr. Stephen Colen is Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center. He finished his dental training at NYU and then went on to medical school at Hahnemann University. He then completed his plastic surgery training, microsurgery fellowship, and additional craniofacial training at NYU.

Richard Y. Kim

Richard Y. Kim, MD, Site Director, Director of Hand Surgery

Dr. Richard Kim is Director of Hand Surgery and Chief of Replantation Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center. He completed his plastic surgery training at Brown University and went on to complete a hand and microvascular fellowship at Columbia University. His is board certified in plastic surgery and hand surgery.

Dr. Kari L. Colen, M.D.

Kari Colen, M.D

Dr. Kari Colen is the Site Director for the HUMC campus. She is a graduate of the NYU Medical School and completed her plastic surgery training at NYU. She has been featured on the Dr. Oz show for the “Liquid Rhinoplasty”. Her clinical interests include breast reconstruction and minimally invasive facial rejuvenation.

Frank Ciminello, M.D.

Frank Ciminello, M.D., Site Director, Director of Craniofacial Surgery

Dr. Frank Ciminello completed his general surgery residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt. He then completed his plastic surgery fellowship at UC Davis Medical. In Miami, he was mentored by Dr. Wolfe during his Craniofacial fellowship. Dr. Ciminello’s career has been prolific since finishing fellowship. Dr. Ciminello is Section Chief of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center and Director of the Craniofacial Institute at St. Barnabas. Plastic surgery residents have the opportunity to operate with him at all of these hospitals, benefiting from a wide exposure to both craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery under his guidance and mentorship.

Richard Winters, M.D

Richard Winters, M.D

Dr. Richard Winters is a core faculty member at the HUMC campus. He completed his general surgery training at the University of Connecticut and then completed his plastic surgery training at Cornell-Weil College of Medicine. He then went on to a microsurgery fellowship at the Bunke Clinic in San Francisco. His practice interests include facial reanimation, microsurgery and reconstructive surgery, facial rejuvenation, and breast reconstruction.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital- New Brunswick, NJ

Founded in 1884, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is now one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.  A 600-bed hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital provides state-of-the-art care across the full range of health care services. The hospital has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. It has ranked among U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Hospitals for four consecutive years. The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation's best comprehensive cancer centers. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH as one of the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest magazine. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is the principal teaching hospital of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. It is a hub for a clinically-integrated medical campus that includes the NCI-designated Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Child Health Institute of New Jersey and The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital.  The Robert Wood Johnson Health Network is a clinically integrated network of independent and legally affiliated health care providers in Central New Jersey.

Richard L. Agag,

Richard L. Agag, M.D., Site Director

Dr. Richard L. Agag is an associate professor of surgery and the chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed his general surgery and plastic surgery training at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. He then continued his training at the University of Pennsylvania where he did a fellowship in microsurgical reconstruction. In 2010, Dr. Agag was named the Jerome P. Webster Fellow by the non-profit organization ReSurge International (formerly Interplast). The fellowship, granted to just one newly trained plastic surgeon annually, gave him the opportunity to spend a year providing reconstructive surgeries including cleft lip and palate, hand surgery, and burn reconstruction to children in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. He continues to be actively involved with ReSurge and is a visiting educator in their outreach countries on an annual basis. Dr. Agag’s clinical interests includes a wide variety of reconstructive plastic surgery procedures ranging from microsurgical breast reconstruction (DIEP,PAP, stacked DIEP/PAP, TUG, IGAP flaps) to complex head and neck cancer reconstruction and facial reanimation. He also has a special interest in pediatric plastic surgery including cleft lip and palate repair.

Saint Peter’s University Hospital- New Brunswick, NJ

St. Peter's University Hospital is a 480-bed teaching hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. It is an affiliate of Rutgers, as well as CHOP. Plastic surgery residents rotate at St. Peter's in their PGY3 and PGY5 years for 3 months each (6 months total). At this point, there is one resident at St. Peter's at a given time. During the rotation, residents will see various aspects of aesthetic surgery (facelift, blepharoplasty, breast augmentation, mastopexy, abdominoplasty, and other body contouring procedures), breast reconstruction, hand surgery, and cleft lip and palate reconstruction. There is an outpatient craniofacial clinic each week during which residents see and evaluate patients with cleft lips and palates, microtia, cranial synostosis and other congenital craniofacial anomalies. Residents also have the opportunity to see patients in various outpatient private practice offices and assist with non-surgical facial rejuvenation

Naveen Ahuja, MD

Naveen Ahuja, MD

Site Director Naveen Ahuja, MD Dr. Ahuja received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He was then accepted into a highly competitive five year plastic surgery residency at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now known as Rutgers University), where he served as Chief Resident in his final year.

Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in Microsurgery and Advanced Reconstruction at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He concluded his rigorous medical training with a fellowship in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the University of California-San Diego/Rady Children’s Hospital. His practice includes a full spectrum of adult cosmetic and reconstructive surgery as well as pediatric reconstructive surgery.

Kevin Nini, M.D.

Kevin Nini, M.D.

Dr. Nini received his medical degree from UMDNJ and extensive training in plastic surgery at the University of Florida after completing his general surgery residency at The Pennsylvania Hospital. He then completed an advanced fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the University of Miami. Currently, Dr. Nini serves as Vice Chairman of Surgery at St. Peters University Hospital and specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, and body. He has been in private practice since 1992.

Philip D. Wey, M.D.

Philip D. Wey, M.D.

Dr. Wey was educated at prestigious Brown University and Dartmouth Medical School and completed his rigorous plastic surgery training at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center and NYU. He also completed a special fellowship in breast surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York. Dr. Wey is board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has been appointed a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and sits on the Advisory Council for Plastic Surgery of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Wey’s specialties include cosmetic surgery, breast surgery, liposuction and body contouring.