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David L. Colen, M.D.
Integrated Plastic Surgery Resident

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David Colen is a fourth year resident in the Integrated Plastic Surgery program at Penn. Prior to joining the ranks of Penn residents, David completed both his undergraduate and medical school studies at the University of Virginia. His clinical interests include reconstructive microsurgery, hand surgery, congenital hand reconstruction and complex reconstruction of the upper and lower extremities. He plans to pursue a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery and hand surgeyr and to continue his career in academic plastic surgery.

2013 - present Assistant Instructor in Surgery
2005 - 2009 BA - Neuroscience, University of Virginia
2009 - 2013 MD - University of Virginia

2013 American Society of Plastic Surgeons
2013 Alpha Omega Alpha
University of Virginia, School of Medicine
2009 Phi Beta Kappa
University of Virginia, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Colen’s particular research interests include pediatric and congenital hand surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, reconstructive microsurgery, peripheral nerve and brachial plexus surgery, and craniofacial trauma reconstruction. He also has an interest in developing innovative surgical instrumentation and prosthetic and biologic surgical implants.
2010 Retrospective analysis of various synthetic meshes in the surgical repair of ventral hernias. Division of Plastic Surgery - University of California, San Francisco
2008 - 2009 Olfactory Cortical Anatomy Mapping of neural projections between the piriform cortex and the anterior olfactory nucleus within the rat olfactory system.
University of Virginia Department of Neuroscience. Dr. Peter Brunjes
  1. Congenital Syndactyly: surgical treatment of 391 webspaces. Poster presentation - American Association of Plastic Surgeons.  Scottsdale, Arizona.  April, 2015. Podium presentation – Robert H. Ivy Society of Plastic Surgery. Hershey, Pennsylvania. March, 2015
  2. Free flap take-backs following microvascular thrombosis: evidence-based strategies to improve outcomes and expedite salvage. Podium Presentation  - American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. Atlantis, Bahamas. Janurary, 2015. Poster Presentation – American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Scottsdale, Arizona.  April, 2015.
  3. Anatomical basis and clinical application of synovial flaps in the wrist and distal forearm. Poster presentation – American Association of Hand Surgery. Atlantis, Bahamas. January, 2015.
  4. Burden of Hand Maladies in US Emergency Departments. Podium Presentation – American Association of Hand Surgery. Scottsdale, Arizona. January, 2016.
  1. Colen D, MD, Yeh J, MD, Colen LB, MD. Anatomical Basis and Clinical Application of Synovial Flaps in the Wrist and Distal Forearm. Eastern Virginia Medical School Department of Plastic Surgery; University of Pennsylvania Dept of Plastic Surgery. Abstract submitted: American Association of Hand Surgery, 2015.
  2. Hanna K MD; Yu D MD; LeGallo R MD; Colen D MD; Drake D MD, FACS. MatrACELL™ processed, sterilized acellular dermal matrix in implant-based breast reconstruction: clinical and histologic outcomes.  American College of Surgeons' 99th Clinical Congress (October 6-10, 2013, Washington, DC).
  3. DeGeorge B MD; Colen D MD; Mericli A MD; Drake D MD, FACS. Reduction Mammoplasty Operative Techniques for Improved Outcomes in the Treatment of Gigantomastia. Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Va. Eplasty, Volume: 13, October 18, 2013.
  4. Hanna KR, MD, Yu D, MD, Bowen, B MD, Colen, D MD, Uroskie., T MD, B. Drake, MD A comparison of early post-operative complications using sterile and non-sterile acellular dermal matrices in breast reconstruction. Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Va. Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA. Manuscript accepted: Archives of Plastic Surgery.
  5. Colen DL, Bank J, McAndrew C, Levin LS. Reconstruction for all: the case for pediatric hand transplantation. VCA. 2016
  6. Colen DL, Chang B. (2016) Congenital Hand Surgery. In P Murray (Eds.) Hand Surgery Update VI. Rosemont, IL. American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

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