Fu-Chan WEI MD, FACS

Expert of reconstructive microsurgery field

Reconstructive microsurgery, vascularized composite allotransplantation

Specialty

Reconstructive microsurgery, vascularized composite allotransplantation

Profile

Professor Fu-Chan Wei is one of the pioneers in plastic surgery and microsurgery. He heads the world’s busiest microsurgery unit that has performed in excess of 26,000 microsurgical procedures. His main contributions include: toe-to-hand transfer, the osteoseptocutaneous fibula flap, perforators and free style free flaps.

Professor Wei became Chairman of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1994, vice superintendent in 1997 at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, and Chancellor of the College of Medicine in 2003 at Chang Gung University. During his tenure as the Chief of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, through his efforts in leading and coordination, his institution developed into a world leading microsurgical center renowned for extensive cases with an unattested high level of quality in head and neck reconstruction, facial palsy, brachial plexus, upper and lower extremity, breast and lymphedema reconstructions.

He is past President of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, has published 468 research papers, 114 book chapters and 18 books. In 2012, he was elected to the Academia Sinica in Taiwan.

He remains clinically active and his current research interests are focused on developing hand and face vascular composite allotransplantation in Taiwan.

Success Cases

Transplanted 1,835 toes onto 1,600 patients.

Grafted thigh fibular flaps onto 1,600 patients.

Reconnected hands or feet back onto 3,000 patients.

Accumulated case volume is world’s No. 1 for: toe-to-hand transplantation, fibular flap to oral cancer defect transplantation, DIEP flap to defect site transplantation.

Education

Kaohsiung Medical College

Experiences

Aug 2003 – Jun 2011      Dean, Medical College, Chang Gung University, Taiwan

Jan 1994 - Dec 2000      Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

Feb 1997 - Feb 2003       Vice Superintendent, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

Dec 1992 - Dec 1994      President, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Association, R.O.C.

Feb 1996 - Jul 1999       Secretary, International Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

May 1996 -May 1998       President, R.O.C. Society for Surgery of the Hand

Aug 1997 - Jul 1999       President, International Microsurgical Society

Nov 2001- Jun 2003       President, World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

Current Appointments

Jul 1990 - Now       Professor in Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, Taiwan

Jun 2007 - Now     Deputy General Secretary, International Confederation for Plastic  Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery

July 2011 – Now       Chairman of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

July 2012 - Now       Academian of Academia Sinica

Honors

1989    Outstanding Award in Applied Science, Executive Yuan, Taiwan

1992, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002    Research Award by National Science Council, Taiwan

1995    Wang Min-Ning National Health Contribution Award by Wang Min-Ning Memorial Foundation

1996    Founder's lecturer by American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

1996    Presidential lecturer by International Microsurgical Society

1996    Kao Ten Tseng lecturer by Formosan Medical Association

1999    Scientific Lecturer: First Combined American Association of Hand Surgery and American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

1999    Outstanding Research Award by National Science Council, Taiwan

2000    First Tord Skoog lecturer by candinavian Society of Plastic Surgery

2001    Maniliac Lecturer by American Society of Plastic Surgery

2002    AW Farmer Lecturer by Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery

2006    Harry Buncke Lecturer by American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

2006    Top 20 Plastic Surgery Innovator by American Society of Plastic Surgeons

2006    Gold Medal Prize by Chang Gung Board Chairman Mr. Y.C. Wang

2007    TienTe Lee Outstanding Award by TienTe Lee Biomedical Foundation

2007    A Life for Hand Surgery – 100 Life-Portrants (Ein Leben Für die Handchirurgie – 100 Lebensbilder)

2008    Outstanding Award in Applied Science by Executive Yuan, Taiwan.(secondary time)

2009    Outsanding Achievment Award by The Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society

2010    "Doctor Honoris Causa" by Gregore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Isai, Romania

2010    Honorary member awarded by American Society of Plastic Surgery

2010    National Biotechnology and medical care Quality Gold Awardm institute for Biotechnology and medicine industry, Taiwan. (For recognition as the best microsurgical center in the world)

2011    Outstanding Research Award, National Science Council (Second time)

2011    Gold Medal prize by Chang Gung board chairman Mr. Y.T. Wang

2012    Academian of Academia Sinica

2012    Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research Award, Plastic Surgery Foundation, American Society of Plastic Surgery

2014    Norman Rowe Lecture by British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

2014    Selected as “A century of progress in head and neck cancer”, World congress of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies

2014    Selected as a most prestigious recognition as the number 3 out of 10 most influential reconstructive surgeons in 21 century both by the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons and South Eastern Society of Plastic Surgeons (U.S.A.)

2014    Selected as 18th National Professorship by Ministry of Education, Taiwan

2015    Selected as “Honorary Chancellor” by Asia College of Knowledge Management, Open University. Hong Kong

2016    Honorary award by American Association of Plastic Surgeons


Medical Contributions

Professor Fu-Chan Wei is one of the pioneers in plastic surgery and microsurgery.

He heads the world’s busiest microsurgery unit that has performed in excess of 26,000 microsurgical procedures.

His main contributions include: toe-to-hand transfer, the osteoseptocutaneous fibula flap, perforators and free style free flaps.

Total 476 articles published on SCI journal (Cited times: 11372, h-index: 52, updated to November 17, 2016)

Major Publications

  1. Chang YM, Wallace CG, Tsai CY, Shen YF, Hsu YM, *Wei FC. Dental implant outcome after primary implantation into double barreled fibula osteoseptocutaneous free flap reconstructed mandible. Plast Reconstruct Surg. 128(6):1220-8. Dec 2011
  2. *Wong CH, Ong YS, Wei FC. The anterolateral thigh - Vastus lateralis conjoint flap for complex defects of the lower limb. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 2012 Feb;65(2):235-9.
  3. Lo S, *Wei FC. Double free flap reconstruction of through-and-through oromandibulofacial defects.Eur J Plast Surg: 35(5):335-343, 2012.
  4. *Wei FC, Chien YY, Ma HS, Dellon AL. Microneurosurgical planning in toe-to-hand transplantation: axonal population of digital nerves in the fingers and toes. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2012 May;28(4):279-82.
  5. Chang YM, Rodriguez ED, Chu YM, Tsai CY, *Wei FC. Inferior alveolar nerve reconstruction with interpositional sural nerve graft: A sensible addition to one-stage mandibular reconstruction. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2012 Jun;65(6):757-62
  6. Chen YH, Lin HT, Lin YT, *Chao YH, Lin CH, Wei FC, Lien SH. Self-perceived health and return to work following work-related hand injury. Occup Med (Lond). 2012 Jun;62(4):295-7.
  7. Wei FC, Ma HS, Chien YY, *Dellon AL. Effect of Neurotization upon Degree of Sensory Recovery in Toe-to-Hand Microvascular Transplantation. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2012 Jul;28(6):367-70.
  8. *Lo SJ, Yeo M, Puhaindran M, Hsu CC, Wei FC. A reappraisal of functional reconstruction of extension of the knee following quadriceps resection or loss. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2012 Aug;94(8):1016-23.
  9. Huang WC, Lin JY, Wallace CG, Wei FC, *Liao SK. Improving the safety of tolerance induction: chimerism and cellular co-treatment strategies applied to vascularized composite allografts. Clin Dev Immunol. 2012;2012:107901. doi: 10.1155/2012/107901. Epub 2012 Oct 22.
  10. *Huang SF, Wei FC, Liao CT, Wang HM, Lin CY, Lo S, Huang JJ, Chen IH, Kang CJ, Chien HT, Chen HH. Risk Stratification in Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma by Preoperative CRP and SCC Antigen Levels. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Nov;19(12):3856-64.
  11. Lam WL, Lin WN, Bell D, Higgins JP, *Lin YT, Wei FC.The physiology, microcirculation and clinical application of the shunt-restricted arterialized venous flaps for the reconstruction of digital defects. J Hand Surg Eur 2012 Nov 27. [Epub ahead of print]
  12. *Wong CH, Ong YS, Wei FC. Revisiting Vascular Supply of the Rectus Femoris and Its Relevance in the Harvest of the Anterolateral Thigh Flap. Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Nov 29. [Epub ahead of print]
  13. Lin JY, Tsai FC, Wallace CG, Huang WC, Wei FC, *Liao SK. Optimizing chimerism level through bone marrow transplantation and irradiation to induce long-term tolerance to composite tissue allotransplantation. J Surg Res. 2012 Nov;178(1):487-93.
  14. Lin JY, Tsai FC, Wallace CG, Huang WC, Wei FC, *Liao SK. Combined treatment with regulatory T cells and vascularized bone marrow transplantation creates mixed chimerism and induces donor-specific tolerance to vascularized composite allografts without cytoreductive conditioning. J Surg Res. 2012 Dec;178(2):974-81.
  15. Chang CC, Huang WC, Lin JY, Lin YC, Wang WH, Wei FC. Perforator Flap from Proximal Lateral Leg for Head and Neck Reconstruction. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2013 Jan 21
  16. Lo S, Lin YT, Lin CH, *Wei FC. A new classification to aid the selection of revascularization techniques in major degloving injuries of the upper limb. Injury. Jan 23. 2013. 44(3):331-335
  17. Chang CC, Kao HK, Huang JJ, Tsao CK, Cheng MH, *Wei FC. Postoperative alcohol withdrawal syndrome and neuropsychological disorder in patients after head and neck cancer ablation followed by microsurgical free tissue transfer. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2013 Feb;29(2):131-6. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1329927. Epub 2012 Dec 31.
  18. Lin YT, Kao DS, Wan DC, Lien SH, Lin CH, Wei FC. Simultaneous reconstruction of extensor mechanism in the free transfer of vascularized proximal interphalangeal joint. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2013 Mar;17(1):20-4.
  19. Wei FC, Dayan JH. Scalp, skull, orbit, and maxilla reconstruction and hair transplantation. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Mar;131(3):411e-24e

Prof. Wei, Academian, honored by Academia Sinica (2012)