June 22, 2005 

WORCESTER, Mass. - Raymond M. Dunn, MD, chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UMass Memorial Health Care and professor of surgery and cell biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, was elected president of the New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeonsat its annual meeting June 5. 

The NESPRS was founded in 1959 and is the oldest plastic surgery organization of its kind in New England. Its goals include the promotion and fostering of research, improving standards of practice, generating scientific knowledge, and improved communications among members, patients and the public. 

Dunn, who has been with UMass Memorial and UMass Medical School since 1990, has focused his research and practice of plastic surgery on microsurgical techniques for repairing chronic wounds of the lower legs, and on patients with traumatic injuries to the extremities requiring microsurgical reconstruction. Dunn is also director of the University of Massachusetts Center for Research in Wound Management, a collaboration established in 2004 with a grant from Johnson & Johnson Wound Management, a division of ETHICON, Inc. 

A resident of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Dunn completed his undergraduate education at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he retains an adjunct appointment as professor of biomedical engineering. Dunn completed his 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 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 $173 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. 

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