February 5, 2002

Worcester, Mass. - Raymond M. Dunn, MD, interim chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at UMass Memorial Health Care and associate professor of surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), has been awarded the prestigious Godina Fellowship from the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM). Plastic surgeons who specialize in reconstructive microsurgery use extremely small surgical instruments, guided through a microscope, to repair tiny nerves and blood vessels in order to restore function and appearance to tissue damaged or lost through injury, illness or birth defects.

The ASRM established the Godina Fellowship to honor Marko Godina, MD, a visionary teacher and clinician who led the way for a generation of plastic surgeons to treat complex extremity injuries with reconstructive microsurgery. The fellowship supports the work of committed surgeons such as Dr. Dunn to develop techniques for enhanced patient care.

Dunn has focused his study and practice of plastic surgery on microsurgical techniques for repairing chronic wounds of the lower legs, particularly traumatic injuries, such as those suffered in accidents. The Godina Fellowship enables him to spend a year visiting other centers of excellence worldwide to learn as well as teach, returning with enhanced skills and knowledge that will benefit patients in central Massachusetts.

Dunn completed his undergraduate education at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, medical education at Albany Medical College, general surgical training at UMMS and plastic surgery training at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and holds an additional board certification in hand surgery.

UMass Memorial Health Care is central Massachusetts' largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $123 million in research funding annually. A perennial top ten finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.

Alison Duffy, 508-856-2000

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