A leading plastic surgeon and nationally recognized researcher in wound healing and regenerative medicine has been recruited to head the Division of Plastic Surgery within the Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Gayle Gordillo, MD, FACS, currently a professor of plastic surgery and medical director of wound services at The Ohio State University, will assume her role on Sept. 1, 2018.
“Dr. Gordillo has a vision for plastic surgery at Indiana University that will be transformative for the Division, Department, Indiana University Health and IU School of Medicine,” said Gary Dunnington, MD, Jay L. Grosfeld Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery.
Dr. Gordillo comes to IU School of Medicine with nearly 20 years of experience in various roles in plastic surgery – including surgeon, educator, researcher and director – at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Wexner Medical Center. She is eager to build on IU’s existing strengths and longstanding history in the field and continue to improve care for patients who have endured life-changing injuries or suffer from serious medical conditions.
“My vision is for the Division of Plastic Surgery to become one of the country’s leading plastic surgery programs,” said Dr. Gordillo, who will be a professor of surgery. “The division’s culture of leadership and connections to the large surrounding health system are invaluable to that mission. It has all the pieces and parts necessary to achieve extraordinary success. We can elevate this division to the premier level.”
Among her most recent experiences at Ohio State, Dr. Gordillo has served as medical director of wound services and director of clinical research at the institution’s Comprehensive Wound Center. Her medical specialties and research areas include chronic wounds, burns, reconstructive surgery, regenerative medicine and more. Her research has been continuously funded since 2004 by sources such as the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.
Dr. Gordillo earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at Stanford University and her medical degree at The Ohio State University. She completed a residency in plastic surgery plus a post-doctoral research fellowship in transplantation at Ohio State.
After witnessing transformative plastic surgeries as an undergraduate, Dr. Gordillo was inspired to help heal patients and improve lives with a career in plastic surgery. Procedures – and the research and education behind them – involve much more than changing how a patient looks, she noted. They can improve important physical functions and even emotional well-being. The diverse challenges in the field demand creative solutions, and Dr. Gordillo said she is ready to lead the innovative work at the IU School of Medicine Division of Plastic Surgery.
“I have developed my career over many years, and I believe I possess the right experience and insight necessary to excel in these roles,” Dr. Gordillo said. “I am excited to share what I’ve learned to help patients, faculty and the institution.”
“We look forward to the remarkable growth and national impact Dr. Gordillo will bring to the clinical and academic mission of Plastic Surgery at Indiana University,” said Dr. Dunnington.