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, MD, Division Chief, Program Director, Associate Professor

Dr. Lee is the Division Chief at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School as well as the Residency Program Director for the Rutgers Integrated Plastic Surgery Program. He completed his education at Yale and Georgetwon University Medical School. He finished his plastic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Lee was Section Chief of Plastic Surgery at the East Orange VA Medical Center for many years both while at Rutgers and while in private practice.  In 2011, he joined the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Division of Plastic Surgery faculty and in 2012, was appointed as Residency Program Director. Dr. Lee was promoted to Division Chief, in November 2018.  His practice encompasses general plastic surgery, hand surgery, complex microsurgical reconstruction, and aesthetic surgery. Dr. Lee has lectured locally and nationally about his work focusing on orthoplastic limb salvage, microsurgery, wound care, and other topics. Dr Lee is also actively involved in the Rutgers Center for Transgender Health as well as the RWJBarnabas Rutgers Health Group.

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

Mark Granick, MD, 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 performed 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 residency 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. There he developed and ran the Plastic Surgery Service as Professor of Surgery and Chief of Plastic Surgery until April 2001. He then moved to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, now Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, as Professor of Surgery and was Chief of Plastic Surgery until 2018.

Dr. Granick developed the UH Wound Center and is the medical director. Dr. Granick lectures extensively both nationally and internationally. He has edited 10 textbooks, authored over 200 articles, 80+ book chapters, abstracts, posters, and Internet publications.  He is internationally renowned as an expert in wound surgery, wound healing research, and founder and co-editor-in-chief of ePlasty – the first open access online plastic surgery journal.  Altogether, he has dedicated thirty five years to academic plastic surgery and the education of plastic surgery residents. 

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

Ramazi Datiashvili, MD, PhD, 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.

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

Ashley Ignatiuk, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Assistant Professor
Assistant Program Director
Saint Barnabas Medical Center Site Director

Originally from Canada, Dr. Ignatiuk completed 2 years of orthopedic surgery residency training in London, Ontario and 4 years of plastic surgery residency training in Ottawa, Ontario before completing a hand and microvascular surgery fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas.  After practicing at the University of Colorado, Denver for almost 3 years, Dr. Ignatiuk has now joined the Division of Plastic Surgery as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery.  Dr. Ignatiuk's primary clinical and research focuses are in hand, wrist, and peripheral nerve surgery as well as limb salvage and WALANT. 
Dr. Ignatiuk has spearheaded the multidisciplinary Center for Limb Optimization focusing on targeted muscle reinnervation and optimization of amputees and prostheses.

Veteran’s Administration Hospital- East Orange, NJ

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

Richard Y. Kim, MD, Site Director

Dr. Richard Kim is Site Director.  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. 

Edward S. Lee M.D.

Renata Weber, MD

Dr. Renata V. Weber is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who practices in New Jersey and New York. She is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Her practice focuses on peripheral nerve surgery, hand surgery and general plastic surgery.

Dr. Weber graduated from New York University School of Medicine in 1994. She did her General Surgery Residency requirements at the State University of New York – Health Science Center at Brooklyn. While in Brooklyn, she did two years of research presenting at both National and International meetings. She then completed a Burn Fellowship and a Microsurgery Research Fellowship before entering the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in the Bronx, NY. She finished her training at Washington University, completing the accredited Hand Fellowship. During her time in St. Louis, she had the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Susan Mackinnon who influenced her interested in brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries.

Dr. Weber has 18 years of experience the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. She is active in training the next generation of plastic surgery residents at New Jersey Medical School through her position on faculty at the East Orange Veteran's Administration Medical Center. She has published extensively and is a member of several regional and national societies, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Association of Hand Surgeons and the American Society for Peripheral Nerve. She is the principal investigator for the RANGER study, a multi-center national clinical study investigating the use of processed human nerve grafts in reconstruction of nerve injuries. Her practice is the only center in the tri-state area involved with the clinical trial. She has traveled extensively professionally including participating in several medical missions.

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.

Richard Winters, MD, Interim Chairman

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.

Stephanie Cohen, MD

Dr. Stephanie Cohen did her undergraduate work at Brandeis University in Boston and earned her M.D. degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Cohen went on to complete her General Surgery training at the St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City and is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Cohen then went on to complete plastic surgery training at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. There, Dr. Cohen developed a special interest and skill in the area of reconstructive surgery, especially concentrated on the breast. Her dedication to the craft has earned her the nickname of the "breast whisperer" from her fellow colleagues and patients.

Dr. Kari L. Colen, M.D.

Janet Yueh, MD

Dr. Janet Yueh is a hand and reconstructive surgeon at the HUMC campus.  She did her undergraduate and medical education at Harvard University.  Dr. Yueh completed her general surgery and plastic surgery training at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.  She then did additional training in orthopedic hand surgery at the Harvard Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Dr. Kari L. Colen, M.D.

Richard Y. Kim, MD

Dr. Richard Kim 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, MD

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, MD, 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

Adam Feintisch, MD

Dr. Feintisch is a cum laude graduate of Cornell University, and completed his medical education at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University. After earning his medical degree, Dr. Feintisch completed his general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Richard Winters, M.D

Edward Hahn, Jr, MD

Dr. Hahn completed his undergraduate education at Saint Peter's University – graduating Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Biochemistry & Physical Chemistry. He completed his medical education at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and stayed there for the combined surgery/plastic surgery residency program. Dr. Hahn then completed a hand, upper extremity, and microsurgery fellowship at The University of Connecticut under the tutelage of the esteemed Dr. H. K. Watson.  Dr. Hahn was recently appointed Division Chief of Plastic Surgery Trauma & Emergency Services under the Department of Plastic Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center – a very natural fit after a tenure career as a paramedic before attending medical school.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Richard Winters, M.D

Mokhtar Asaadi, MD, Department Chairman

Dr. Asaadi is board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery, and completed his post-doctoral training at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York City, Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston New Jersey, where he now serves as Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Department. Dr. Asaadi graduated from Medical School in 1973 in the top 10% of his class. His work is published in several scientific reads including one of his own "Blepharoplasty, Surgical Treatments of Eyelids". Dr. Asaadi specializes in the face, most importantly the eyes and nose. One of Dr. Asaadi's greatest works is shown through Festoons or "Malar Bags".  He published a recent article that for the first time describes "Congenital Festoons or Malar Mounds", its etiology treatment.  His practice encompasses aesthetic plastic surgery.

Richard Winters, M.D

Scott Spiro, MD

Dr. Scott Spiro received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey   (UMDNJ) in 1988 and subsequently did his surgical internship at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York.  He then had four more years of General Surgery residency and held the title of chief resident at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey in 1993.  He then went to Miami, Florida where he completed his Plastic Surgery training at the University of Miami School of Medicine.  Dr. Spiro further extended his Plastic Surgery training by doing an additional fellowship in Craniofacial Plastic Surgery at Miami Children's Hospital, Cedars Medical Center and the University of Miami.  In 1996, Dr. Spiro began his private practice in Plastic Surgery affiliated with St. Barnabas and has remained here in this location now into his 25th year.  Dr. Spiro maintains board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery Inc.
Dr. Spiro's ability to customize surgery for each individual patient has led to people from 17 countries and more than 24 states seeking his expertise.  Dr. Spiro has been featured on network television as an abdominoplasty expert, wrote the preface for a textbook on rhinoplasty, and taught a course on breast lift with implants at an American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery national meeting.  He is a past Diamond Ball honoree by the American Cancer Society for excellence in breast reconstruction; a past member of the Board of Trustees, St Barnabas Ambulatory Center; and past Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, St Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey. Additionally, Dr. Spiro was the only non-professional artist to receive a commission to paint at Art Basel Miami 2018 where his 30-foot by 12-foot outdoor mural stood for one year.  Dr. Spiro combines his love and talent for art into his surgical practice.

Richard Winters, M.D

Jonathan Keith, MD

Dr. Keith is a fellowship-trained and board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in microvascular surgery. He is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and founder of the Rutgers Center for Transgender Health. Dr. Keith completed his 7-year residency at the University of Pittsburgh, one of the oldest and most well-respected plastic surgery training programs in the nation. In 2012, he was awarded the Stephen S. Kroll Fellowship in microsurgery at the University Hospital of Gent, Belgium.

In 2018, Dr Keith founded the first multidisciplinary clinical program for transgender patients in New Jersey.  That year, Dr. Keith was the first surgeon in the state to perform a female-to-male phalloplasty for gender affirmation.  He has gone on to pioneer and publish his research into novel techniques, outcomes and insurance coverage of gender affirming surgery. 

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, MD, 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.

Richard L. Agag,

Jeremy C. Sinkin, MD, Assistant Program Director

Dr. Sinkin joins the Robert Wood Johnson Division of Plastic Surgery with a special interest in complex reconstruction, and a devotion to providing quality and compassionate patient care. He completed a six-year residency training program in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where his achievements included recognition by the faculty with a clinical performance award in his final year. Dr. Sinkin was then selected to complete an additional year of subspecialty fellowship training in breast reconstruction and complex microsurgery at the prestigious Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. 

Dr. Sinkin performs a wide variety of reconstructive and cosmetic procedures, and offers his patients individualized, personal treatment. His areas of interest include head and neck reconstruction, spine and abdominal wall reconstruction, post-bariatric body contouring, Mohs reconstruction, and extremity reconstruction.

With his experience and training in breast and microsurgery, Dr. Sinkin is particularly interested in helping women obtain outstanding breast reconstruction results following mastectomy using tissue from their own bodies. Additionally, Dr. Sinkin offers the most current techniques in implant-based breast reconstruction.

Richard L. Agag,

Emily Van Kouwenberg, MD

Dr. Van Kouwenberg received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed a six-year integrated plastic and reconstructive surgery residency program at Albany Medical Center in New York, during which she received multiple awards, including the Resident Academic Achievement Award, the Plastic Surgery Research Award and the James A. Edmond, MD, Award "in recognition of academic and clinical excellence."

Following her residency training, Dr. Van Kouwenberg completed a year of subspecialty fellowship training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital Hand Surgery. This highly sought position includes training in upper extremity surgery and microsurgery at the C.V. Starr Hand Surgery Center at Mount Sinai, as well as hand surgery and microsurgery experience with NYU Langone's Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Van Kouwenberg practices a wide range of plastic and reconstructive surgery, including peripheral nerve surgery, targeted muscle reinnervation, microsurgery, extremity reconstruction, oncologic reconstruction, maxillofacial reconstruction and breast reconstruction. She is dedicated to providing compassionate and individualized care to her patients, while staying up-to-date with health care innovations.
Dr. Van Kouwenberg has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, Journal of Hand and Microsurgery, Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery and Annals of Plastic Surgery. She has also contributed to abstracts and book chapters and has presented nationally and internationally. She has volunteered with international NGOs and traveled to Nepal as part of a visiting educator microsurgery group to teach local surgeons.

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

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, MD

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, MD

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.