Wei F. Chen, MD, FACS

Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Contact Information

Primary Office
1537 John Pappajohn
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242


BS, Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley
MD, College of Medicine, State University of New York at Brooklyn
Chief Resident, General Surgery, Department of Surgery, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Resident, Plastic, Reconstructive, and Cosmetic Surgery, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Fellow, Reconstructive Microsurgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Division of Plastic Surgery, Taipei, Taiwan

Licensure and Certifications

Board Certified - American Board of Plastic Surgery
Board Certified - American Board of Surgery

Research Summary

Vascularized lymph node transfer, lymphaticoveno-anastomosis in treatment of refractory lymphedema; Near-infrared laser-assisted indocyanine green imaging in microsurgery; Virtual surgery and stereolithographic modeling in reconstruction of complex facial trauma; Perforator-based free-style free flap and pedicle flap.


Antony, A. K., Chen, W. F., Kolokythas, A., Wiemer, K. & Cohen, M. (2011). A Novel Method of Free Fibula Contouring using Virtual Surgery and Stereolithography-Guided Osteotomy for Mandibular Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg, 128(5), 1080-1084.

Chen, W., Zheng, W., Hawkes, P. J., Man, J. & Bowen, M. (In Press). Lymphedema Liposuction with Immediate Limb Contouring. Plast Reconst Surg Glob.

Chen, W. F. (2018). How to Get Started Performing Supermicrosurgical Lymphaticovenular Anastomosis to Treat Lymphedema. Annals of plastic surgery, 81(6S Suppl 1), S15-S20. PMID: 30161049.

Heineman, J. T., Chen, W. F. (2018). Indocyaine Green Lymphography to Diagnose Primary Lymphedema and the Incidental Discovery of Primary Asymptomatic Lymphatic Insufficiency. (Vols. 1). (6), pp. 55-56. Plast Reconst Surg Glob.

Qin, E. S., Bowen, M. J. & Chen, W. F. (2018). Diagnostic accuracy of bioimpedance spectroscopy in patients with lymphedema: A retrospective cohort analysis. Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS, 71(7), 1041-1050. PMID: 29650264.

Chen, W. F., Bowen, M. & Ding, J. (2018). Lessons Learned after 100 Cases of Supermicrosurgical Lymphaticovenular Anastomosis – A Single Surgeon’s Experience. (Vols. 80). (supp 3), pp. S124. Annals Plast Surg.

Bowen, M., Ding, J. & Chen, W. F. (2018). Primary Asymptomatic Lymphatic Insufficiency – A Newly Discovered Pathologic Entity. (Vols. 80). (supp 3), pp. S130. Annals Plast Surg..

Ding, J., Bowen, M. & Chen, W. F. (2018). Progressive Improvements in Lymphatic Physiology Following Successful Supermicrosurgical Lymphaticovenular Anastomosis. (Vols. 80). (supp 3), pp. S122. Annals Plast Surg.

Hawkes, P. J., Ding, J., Bowen, M. & Chen, W. F. (2018). Suction Assisted Lipectomy with Immediate Limb Contouring for Advanced, Solid-Predominant Lymphedema. (Vols. 80). (supp 3), pp. S136. Annals Plast Surg.

Chen, W. F., Bowen, M. & Ding, J. (2018). Immediate limb compression following supermicrosurgical lymphaticovenular anastmosis – is it helpful or harmful?. (Vols. 2). (1), pp. 1-4. Int. Microsurg Journal.

Qin, E. S., Bowen, M., Chen, W. F. (2017). Bioimpedance Spectroscopy – Does it Reliably Diagnose Lymphedema. Annals Plast Surg, 78(3), S168.

Heineman, J., Chen, W. F. (2016). A Novel Use of the Vascular Delay Technique to Keep a Congested Lumbar Artery Perforator-Based Propeller Flap Afloat. Annals Plast Surg, 76(2), S141.

Zeng, W., Chen, W. F. (2016). Lymphedema – Is It a Fluid or Solid Disease, or Both?. Annals of Plastic Surgery, 76(2), S144.

Hawkes, P. J., Chen, W. F. (2016). Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator Flap for Breast Reconstruction. In Hoballah , Scott-Conner , Chong (Eds.) Operative Dictations in General and Vascular Surgery. (Third) Springer.

Chen, W. F. (2016). Microsurgical and Supermicrosurgical Lymphatic Reconstruction. In Cohen , Thaller (Eds.) The Unfavorable Results in Plastic Surgery. (Fourth) Taylor & Francis.

Hawkes, P. J., Chen, W. F. (2016). Transverse Rectus Abdominis Muscle (TRAM) Flap for Breast Reconstruction. In Hoballah , Scott-Conner , Chong (Eds.) Operative Dictations in General and Vascular Surgery. (Third) Springer.

Heineman, J., Chen, W. F. (2015). Ultrasonic Evidence of Vascular Augmentation of Reverse Sural Artery Flap after the Vascular Delay Procedure. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, 67(12), 1767-9. PMID: 25037501.

Chen, W. F., Zhao, H. (2015). Transit-time ultrasound technology-assisted lymphatic supermicrosurgery. Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS, 68(11), 1627-8. PMID: 26272010.

Yamamoto, T., Chen, W., Yamamoto, N., Yoshimatsu, H., Tashiro, K. & Koshima, I. (2015). Technical Simplification of the Supermicrosurgical Side-to-End Lymphaticovenular Anastomosis Using the Parachute Technique. Microsurgery, 35(2), 129-34. PMID: 24798082.

Chen, W. F., Fisher, M. D. & Carr, J. (2015). The "Octopus" Lymphaticovenular Anastomosis - Evolving Beyond the Standard Supermicrosurgical Technique. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Chen, W. F. (2015). How to Get Started Doing Supermicrosurgical Lymphaticovenular Anastomosis for Treatment of Lymphedema. Quality Medical Publishing Plastic Surgery Pulse News, 6(2).

Chen, W. F., Lo, S., Anthony, A. K. & Wei, F. C. (2014). Three-Dimensional Imaging and “Virtual Surgery” in Mandibular Reconstruction. In L. Saba , W. Rozen , A. A. Burgos & D. Ribuffo (Eds.) Imaging for Plastic Surgery. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.

Chen, W. F., Eid, A., Yamamoto, T., Keith, J., Nimmons, G. & Lawrence, W. T. (2013). A Novel Supermicrosurgery Training Model: The Chicken Thigh. Plast Reconstr Surg.

Chen, W. F., Kung, Y. P., Kang, Y. C., Lawrence, W. T. & Tsao, C. K. (2013). An Old Controversy Revisited – One versus Two Venous Anastomoses in Microvascular Free Flap Surgery. Head and Neck.

Chen, W. F., Keith, J. & Eid, A. (2013). Uptake of Indocyanine Green by Groin Lymph Node Flap after Autologous Transfer for Treatment of Secondary Arm Lymphedema. Annals of Plast Surg.

Chen, W. F., Kang, C. J., Lee, S. C. & Tsao, C. K. (2013). Quadriplegia Secondary to Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy – A Rare Complication of Head and Neck Surgery. Head and Neck, 35(2), e49-51. PMID: 22422483.

Chen, W. F., Chang, K. P. & Kao, H. K. (2013). Outcomes of Anterolateral Thigh Flap Reconstruction for Salvage Laryngopharyngectomy after Preoperative Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy for Patients with Hypopharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma. PLoS One, 8(1), e53985. PMID: 23320112.

Chen, W. F. (2013). Debridement and Split-Thickness Skin Graft. In Scott-Connor (Eds.) Essential Operative Techniques and Anatomy. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Hsu, C. C., Wei, F. C. & Chen, W. F. (2013). Pedicled Perforator Flaps. In L. Q. Lee , P. Jamie & P. Levine , F. C. Wei (Eds.) Reconstructive Surgery of the Lower Extremity. St. Louis, Missouri: Quality Medical Publishing.

Kao, H. K., Chen, W. F., Chen, C. H., Shyu, V. B., Cheng, M. H. & Chang, K. P. (2012). The Roles of Albumin Levels in Head and Neck Cancer Patients with Liver Cirrhosis Undergoing Tumor Ablation and Microsurgical Free Tissue Transfer. PLoS One, 7(12), e52678. PMID: 23285146.

Tsai, C. H., Chang, K. P., Hung, S. W., Chen, W. F. & Kao, H. K. (2012). Postoperative Morbidity in Head and Neck Cancer Ablative Surgery Followed by Microsurgical Free Tissue Transfer in the Elderly. Oral Oncol, 48(9), 811-6. PMID: 22494788.

Chen, W. F., Kung, Y. P., Kang, Y. C., Eid, A. & Tsao, C. K. (2012). Protocolization and Endpoint in Free Flap Salvage. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg, 65(9), 1272-5.

Hsieh, Y. H., Chen, W. F., Huang, J. J., Wu, C. W. & Cheng, M. H. (2012). Vascularized Bone Marrow Allotransplantation and Low-Dose Cyclosporin A Prolonged the Survival of Adipose Tissue Allotransplantation. Plast Reconstr Surg, 130(1), 64-72. PMID: 22743874.

Chen, W. F., Tsao, C. K. & Cheng, M. H. (2012). A Novel Salvage Approach for Pedicle Axial Flap – Free-ization of Pedicle Internal Mammary Artery Perforator Flap. Microsurgery, 32(4), 314-7. PMID: 22451230.

Yang, J. Y., Yang, S. Y. & Chen, W. F. (2012). Newly Designed “Onion” Flap for Reconstruction of Burn Nail Deformities. J Trauma Acute Care Surg, 72(5), 1424-8. PMID: 22673277.

Tsao, C. K., Wan, D. C., Chen, W. F., Kao, D. S. & Levi, B. (2012). The Commissure-Based Triangular Flap for Lip Revision Following Reconstruction of a Through-and-Through Defect. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg, 65(2), 271-3. PMID: 21945062.

Chang, N. J., Wang, C. W. & Chen, W. F. (2011). Does Hematoxylin-Eosin Stain Provide Reliable Diagnosis of Abdominal Wall Leiomyoma?.

Lin, Y. D., Chen, W. F. (2011). Penrose Drain Interposition – A Novel Approach of Preventing Adhesion Formation after Tenolysis.

Chen, W. F., Barounis, D. & Kalimuthu, R. (2010). A Novel Cost Saving Approach to the Use of Acellular Dermal Matrix in Post-Mastectomy Breast and Nipple Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg, 125(2), 475-478. PMID: 20124833.

Chen, W. F., Poulakidas, S. J., Kowal-Vern, A. & Villare, R. C. (2010). Trephination and Subatmospheric Pressure Therapy in the Management of Extremity Exposed Bone. J Trauma, Injury, Infection, and Critical Care, 69(6), 1591-1596. PMID: 21150535.

Hsu, C. C., Wei, F. C. & Chen, W. F. Pedicled Perforator Flaps. In L. L. Pu , J. P. Levine & F. Wei (Eds.) Reconstructive Surgery of the Lower Extremity. Quality Medical Publishing, Inc.