Expertise in Head and Neck Cutaneous Reconstructive Surgery.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Systematic Review)

BACKGROUND: The management of skin cancers has evolved with the development of Mohs micrographic surgery and a greater emphasis on surgical training within dermatology. It is unclear whether these changes have translated into innovations and contributions to the reconstructive literature. OBJECTIVE: To assess contributions from each medical specialty to the cutaneous head and neck oncologic reconstructive literature. METHODS: The authors conducted a systematic review of the head and neck reconstructive literature from 2000 through 2015 based on a priori search terms relating to suture technique, linear closure, advancement, rotation, transposition and interpolation flaps, and identified the specialty of the senior authors. RESULTS: The authors identified 74,871 articles, of which 1,319 were relevant. Under suture technique articles, the senior authors were primarily dermatologists (58.2%) and plastic surgeons (20.3%). Under linear closure, the authors were dermatologists (48.1%), plastic surgeons (22.2%), and otolaryngologists (20.4%). Under advancement and rotation flaps, the senior authors were plastic surgeons (40.5%, 38.9%), dermatologists (38.1%, 34.2%), and otolaryngologists (14.4%, 21.6%). Under transposition and interpolation flaps, the senior authors were plastic surgeons (47.3%, 39.4%), dermatologists (32.3%, 27.0%), and otolaryngologists (15.3%, 23.4%). CONCLUSION: The primary specialties contributing to the cutaneous head and neck reconstructive literature are plastic surgery, dermatology, and otolaryngology.

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Cited Authors

  • Deng, M; Higgins, HW; Lesiak, K; Decker, AB; Regula, CG; Stevenson, ML; Raphael, B; Depry, J; Scott, JF; Bangash, H; Ochoa, SA; Ibrahimi, OA; Shafai, A; Bordeaux, JS; Carucci, JA; Cook, JL; Goldman, GD; Rohrer, TE; Lawrence, N

Published Date

  • June 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 782 - 790

PubMed ID

  • 30829776

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1524-4725

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/DSS.0000000000001844


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States