Medesthetics

SEP 2018

MedEsthetics—business education for medical practitioners—provides the latest noninvasive cosmetic procedures, treatment trends, product and equipment reviews, legal issues and medical aesthetics industry news.

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In his fi rst month there, he was assigned to cover general surgery, trauma and plastic surgery patients. "I helped the plastic surgeons re-attach amputated fi ngers, do complex fa- cial surgeries and operate all over the body. This was more fascinating and challenging than general surgery. I actually became more interested in plastic surgery," he says. During this time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administra- tion placed a hold on using silicone breast implants for aesthetic procedures as word of potential complications dominated the news. Dr. Gutowski spent two years during residency conducting research on alternative implants. His work resulted in publication of two of the largest clinical studies confi rming the safety of saline breast implants, which helped him secure a spot in UT Southwestern's plastic surgery training program. Today, the plastic and reconstructive surgeon's resume includes stints as chief of plastic surgery, residency program director and co-developer of the American Society of Plas- tic Surgeons TOPS (Tracking Operations and Outcomes for Plastic Surgeons) database. In 2015, he founded his current plastic surgery practice with locations in Chicago, Oakbrook and Glenview, Illinois. "My [philosophy] is to keep learning, force yourself to contribute, and give back to the specialty because that will make you better," says Dr. Gutowski. Commitment To Academia After completing his training, Dr. Gutowski accepted a position as assistant professor of plastic surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he found himself immersed in mulitple roles. "There was a new chief of plastic surgery and he recruited me as his fi rst hire," says Dr. Gutowski. "I was appointed chief of plastic surgery at the William S. Middleton VA Hospital. I also became the residency program director, responsible for training plastic surgery residents. During the same time, I started building an aesthetic surgery program at the school as well." While working at the University, he became involved with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons serving on multiple committees focusing on patient outcomes, safety, clinical research and education. This period in his career was especially fulfi lling. "Teaching residents to become ex- cellent plastic surgeons gave me a real sense of purpose, and it was rewarding to see how successful they became," he says. "Through my work at ASPS—particularly devel- oping the TOPS database—we were able to provide new tools to measure outcomes and improve patient care." After eight years at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Dr. Gutowski was recruited to a chief of plastic surgery position at a large, nonacademic healthcare system in Chicago. The administrators of the system wanted to 50 SEPTEMBER 2018 | Med Esthetics DO THE RIGHT THING Dr. Gutowski is a co-developer of the ASPS' TOPS database. His passion for research and patient safety is at the core of his practice culture.

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