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Education

Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners / Michigan State University
 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency Program

Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners / Michigan State University
 General Surgery Residency Program

University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
 Doctorate of Medicine, with Honors
 Alpha Omega Alpha

Baylor University, Waco, Texas
 Bachelor of Arts Degree
 Major: University Scholars*, Summa Cum Laude
 Phi Beta Kappa
 Sigma Chi Fraternity
 Maastricht, The Netherlands
  Pre-medical study abroad program

Austin Institute of Real Estate, Austin, Texas

*B. A. in University Scholars from Baylor
The University Scholars Program is designed for creative, self-motivated students who wish to become better read, to devote themselves to the liberal arts, and to express their creativity by participating in a program that includes a component of self-expression.

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery

Professional Organizations, Memberships, and Privileges

  • Member, National Spokespersons Network for the
    American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • President, Austin Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Attending Surgeon, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
    Seton Southwest Healthcare Center, Austin, Texas
  • Attending Surgeon, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
    Seton Medical Center, Austin, Texas
  • Attending Surgeon, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
    Seton Medical Center Hays, Kyle, Texas
  • Attending Surgeon, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
    St. David's Medical Center, Austin, Texas
  • Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Member, Texas Medical Association
  • Member, Travis County Medical Society
  • Member, Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Federal Club Member, Human Rights Campaign
  • Clinical Educator, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Awards/Honors

Selected to the Super Doctors® 2014 Texas Rising StarsSM

Nominated for Austin Business Journal Social Madness Award, Austin, Texas

Top 5 Most Likeable Doctor Award 2012, New York, New York

Nominated Statesman Texas Society Social Media Award, Austin, Texas

Top 5 Finalist for AU 40 Awards in Healthcare & Medicine, Austin, Texas

Spectrum Health WOW Award
Demonstration of outstanding respect and compassion toward patients.

Alpha Omega Alpha, UTMB, Galveston, Texas

Phi Beta Kappa, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Volunteer

Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas, Locally Pink, Austin, Texas 2013

Austin SMILES member 2009-2011
 El Salvador Mission Trip February 2010

Rexana's Foundation for Lung Cancer; MD ANDERSON, Houston, TX 2007-Present
 Honorary Board Member

Austin SMILES fundraising event through Rocco's GRILL Restaurant 2005

Research

Neaman KC, Baca ME, Piazza RC, VanderWoude DL, Renucci JD. Outcomes of the Use of Fractional CO2 Laser in Aesthetic Surgery: A Retrospective Review. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. November/December 2010. 30:845-852.

Piazza RC, Kalnoki-Kis E, Hammond DC. Effect of the Harmonic Scalpel of Prevention of Recurrent Capsular Contracture. Submitted for oral presentation at Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center Research Day, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2010.

Piazza RC, Vanderkolk W, Armstrong SD, Eriksson EA, Ringler SL. VAC Dressing Placement in the Face of the Open Abdominal Wound and Enterocutaeous Fistula. Presented at the Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center Research Day, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2008. PRS 124(6):453e-5e. December 2009.

Armstrong SD, Piazza RC, Shifrin DA, Gawel JC, Rechner BP. Closure of a Large Abdominal Wall Defect Using Human Acellular Dermal Matrix Following Excision of a Large Abdominal Wall Tumor. Poster presentation at the Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center Research Day, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2007. Best Overall Poster, General Surgery. PRS 124(5): 267e, November 2009.

Piazza RC, Blount AL, Hammond DC. Effectiveness of Total Capsulectomy as the Primary Surgical Treatment for Capsular Contracture After Breast Augmentation.

Piazza RC, Hammond DC. Management of Occult Breast Cancer after Breast Reduction. Oral presentation at The Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgery Meeting, Mackinac Island, Michigan, July 2008.

Mitchell EJ, Piazza RC, Horton ZA, Davis AT, Hoogeboom J. Tracheostomy in the Critically Ill: A Survey of a Patient's Overall Experience Post Tracheostomy. Data Collection in progress 2007-2008.

Piazza RC, Thomas W, Stawski W, Ford RD. Mucormycosis Infection of the Face in a Severely Burned Patient. J Burn Care Res 30(3):520-523, May/June 2009. Poster presentation at the Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center Research Day, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2007. Oral presentation at The John A. Boswick, M.D. Burn and Wound Care Symposium, Maui, Hawaii, February 2008.

Gawley B, Motykie GD, Piazza RC, Holding JC, Gould LJ. Metastatic Carcinoma of the Lung Masquerading as a Felon. Orthopedics 29(11): 1035-1036, November 2006.

Piazza RC, Farber ST, VanderWoude DL. Complications in Abdominoplasty Patients Who Have a History of Previous Abdominal Surgery: A Retrospective Review. Poster presentation at the Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center Research Day, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2006. Oral presentation at The Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgery Meeting, Mackinac Island, Michigan, July 2006.

Deluca-Pytell D, Piazza RC, Holding JC, Snyder N, Hunsicker L, Phillips LG. The Incidence of Tuberous Breast Deformity in Asymmetric and Symmetric Mammaplasty Patients. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 116(7):1894-1899, December 2005. Poster Presentation at the National Student Research Forum, Galveston, Texas, April 2004. Oral Presentation at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, April 2004.

Piazza RC, Gould LJ. The Role of Reactive Oxygen Species in Regulating Collagen Synthesis in Young and Old Fibroblasts. Poster Presentation at the National Student Research Forum, Galveston, Texas, April 2004. Poster Presentation at the AAS 15th Annual Fundamentals of Surgical Research Course, Houston, Texas, November 2004.

Piazza RC, Mata C, Gould LJ. The Dose Effect of LED Therapy on Angiogenesis. Poster Presentation at the National Student Research Forum, Galveston, Texas, April 2004.

Piazza RC, Gould LJ. Role of Reactive Oxygen Species in Regulating Collagen Synthesis in Ultraviolet Exposed Dermatocytes. Submitted for Alpha Omega Alpha Student Research Fellowship 2004. Mentor: Lisa J. Gould, M.D., Ph.D.

Antonetti JW, Myers WT, Piazza RC, Phillips LG. NAC Administration Prior to Raising a Modified McFarlane Flap in an Attempt to Attenuate Flap Necrosis. Fall 2002. Mentor: Linda G. Phillips, M.D.

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