Department of Surgery Faculty
Howard T. Wang, MD
Associate Professor and Chief
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Program Director, Plastic Surgery Residency Program
Division: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
1995, MD, Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
1991, Biology, Biology (with Distinction in all Subjects), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Plastic surgery residency, 2002-2005, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Hand surgery (6 month rotation), 2003, Kleinert, Kutz and Associates, Louisville, KY
General surgery residency, 1999-2002, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY
Research fellowship, 1997-1999, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY
General surgery residency, 1996-1997, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY
General Surgery Internship, 1995-1996,University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY
Research interests: Various
Funding Agency: AAHS, ACAPS, ASPN, ASRM Combined Pilot Research Grant
Title: Simulation Model For Microsurgery Training
Period: 07/2014 - 06/2015
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: San Antonio Life Sciences Institute
Title: Molecular changes in aging breast stroma
Period: 02/2010 - 01/2011
Funding Agency: National Endowment for Plastic Surgery and PSEF
Title: Neovascularization of Bony Construct Using Adipose Tissue-Derived Stem Cells
Period: 12/2008 - 12/2010
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Title: Stromal remodeling, local aromatase induction, and breast cancer risk
Period: 07/2011 - 06/2014
Funding Agency: Executive Research Committee Grant, UTHSCSA
Title: Tissue Culture of Pre-adipocyte Precursors for Reconstruction of Calvarial Defects
Period: 07/2006 - 06/2007
Clinical interests: Plastic Surgery
Shah AR, Cornejo A, Guda T, Sahar DE, Stephenson SM, Chang S, Krishnegowda NK, Sharma R, Wang HT. Differentiated adipose-derived stem cell cocultures for bone regeneration in polymer scaffolds in vivo J Craniofac Surg 2014 Jul;25(4):1504-1509.
Cornejo A, Ivatury S, Crane CN, Myers JG, Wang HT. Analysis of Free Flap Complications and Utilization of Intensive Care Unit Monitoring. J Reconstr Microsurg 2013 Sep;29(7):473-479.
Ghosh S, Ashcraft K, Jahid MJ, April C, Ghajar CM, Ruan J, Wang H, Foster M, Hughes DC, Ramirez AG, Huang T, Fan JB, Hu Y, Li R. Regulation of adipose oestrogen output by mechanical stress. Nat Commun. 2013;4:1821
Cornejo A, Sahar DE, Stephenson SM, Chang S, Nguyen S, Guda T, Wenke JC, Vasquez, A, Michalek JE, Sharma R, Krishnegowda NK, Wang HT. Effect of Adipose Tissue-Derived Osteogenic and Endothelial Cells on Bone Allograft Osteogenesis and Vascularization in Critical-Sized Calvarial Defects. Tissue Engineering Part A 2012 May;18(15-16):1-10.
Sahar DE, Walker JA, Wang HT, Stephenson SM, Shah AR, Krishnegowda NA, Wenke JC. Effect of endothelial differentiated adipose-derived stem cells on vascularity and osteogenesis in poly(d,l-lactide) scaffolds in vivo. J Craniofac Surg2012 May;23(3):913-918.
Cornejo A, Rodriguez T, Steigelman M, Stephenson S, Sahar D, Cohn SM, Michalek JE, Wang HT. The use of visible light spectroscopy to measure tissue oxygenation in free flap reconstruction. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery2011 Sep;27(7):397-402.
Ghosh S, Kang T, Wang H, *Hu Y, Li R. Mechanical phenotype is important for stromal aromatase expression.Steroids. 2011 Jul;76(8):797-801.
Wang Q, Steigelman MB, Walker JA, Chen S, Hornsby PJ, Bohnenblust ME, Wang HT. In vitro osteogenic differentiation of adipose stem cells after lentiviral transduction with green fluorescent protein. J Craniofac Surg 2009 Nov;20(6):2193-2199.
Bohnenblust M, Steigelman MB, Wang Q, Walker JA, Wang HT. An Experimental Design to Study Adipocyte Stem Cells for Reconstruction of Calvarial Defects J Craniofac Surg 2009 Mar;20(2):347-348.
Okoro SA, Wang HT, Levine RA. Percutaneous Preoperative Implant Deflation: The Treatment of Breast Stretch Deformity and Implant Malposition Aesthetic Plast Surg 2009;33(2):243-245.
Bohnenblust M, Steigelman, MB, Wang Q, Walker JA, Wang HT. An Experimental Design to Study Adipocyte Stem Cells for Reconstruction of Calvarial Defects. J Craniofacial Surgery 2009;20(2):340-346.
Okoro SA, Barone CM, Bohnenblust M, Wang HT. Breast Reduction Trend Among Plastic Surgeons. A National Survey. Plast Reconstr Surg2008;122(5):1312-1320.
Wang HT, Barone CM, Steigelman MB, Kahlenberg M, Rousseau D, Berger J, Daum A, Ortegon DP. Aesthetic outcomes in breast conservation therapy.Aesthet Surg J 2008;28(2):165-170.
Follmer KC, Prichard HL, Decroos FC, Wang HT, Levin LS, Klitzman B, Olbrich KC, Erdmann D. Combined Bone Allograft and Adipose-derived Stem Cell (ASC) Autograft in a Rabbit Model Ann Plast Surg 2007;58(5):561-565.
Wang HT, Erdmann D, Olbrich KC, Friedman AH, Levin LS, Zenn MR. Free Flap Reconstruction of the Scalp and Calvarium and Implications of Co-morbid Conditions: A Review of 22 Patients. Plast Reconstr Surg 2007;119(3):865-872.
Follmer KC, Decroos FC, Prichard HL, Wang HT, Erdmann D, Olbrich KC. Effects of Glutamine, Glucose, and Oxygen Concentration on the Metabolism and Proliferation of Rabbit Adipose-derived Stem Cells (ASCs) Tissue Eng2006;12(12):3525-3533.
Ravin AG, Gottlieb NB, Wang HT, Meade RA, Humphrey JS, Schwarz KW, Levin LS, Tyler DS, Erdmann D. Impact of the Veterans Administration Medical System on Plastic Surgery Residency Training Plast Reconstr Surg 2006;117(2):656-660.
Wang HT, Hartzell T, Olbrich KC, Erdmann D, Georgiade GS. Delay of TRAM flap reconstruction improves flap reliability in the obese patient. Plast Reconstr Surg2005;116(2):613-618.
Wang HT, Sunil TM, Kleinert HE. Multiple unusual complications following extensive chronic sarcoid tenosynovitis of the hand-A report. J Hand Surg (Am.)2005;30(3):610-614.
Wang HT, Fletcher JW, Erdmann D, Levin LS. Use of the Anterolateral Thigh Free Flap for upper extremity reconstruction. J Hand Surg (Am.) 2005;30(4):859-864.
Wang HT, Erdmann D., Fletcher JW, Levin, LS. Anterolateral thigh flap technique in hand and upper extremity reconstruction. Tech Hand Upper Extrem Surgery2004;8(4):257-261.
Wang HT, Sax, HC. Incidental appendectomy in the era of managed care and laparoscopy J Am Coll Surg 2001;192:188
Avissar NE, Ziegler TR, Wang HT, Gu LH, Miller JH, Iannoli P, Liebach Fh, Ganapathy V, Sax HC. Growth factors induce differential regulation of Na+-dependent neutral amino acid transporter ATB0 and oligopeptide transporter 1 (PEPT 1) mRNAs expression after massive enterectomy in the rabbit. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 2001;25(2):65-72.
Avissar NE, Wang HT, Miller JH, Iannoli P, Sax HC. Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is increased in rabbit intestinal brush border membrane after small bowl resection. Dig Dis Sci 2000;45(6):1145-1152.
Iannoli P, Miller JH, Wang HT, Bode B, Souba WW, Avissar NE, Sax HC. Characterization of L-leucine transport system in brush border membranes from human and rabbit small intestine Metabolism 1999;48:1432-1436.
Wang HT, Miller JH, Avissar NE, Sax HC. Small bowel adaptation is dependent on site of massive enterectomy J Surg Res 1999;84:94-100.
Wang HT, Miller JH, Avissar NE, Sax HC. Amino acid transport after massive enterectomy is dependent on the site of resection. Surg Forum 1998;49:166-168.
Wang HT, Miller JH, Iannoli P, Sax HC. Intestinal adaptation and amino acid transport following massive enterectomy. Front Biosci 1997;2(e1):116-122.
2010, San Antonio Magazine 'Best Doctors'
Ross Resident Research Symposium 1999
Rochester Surgical Society: Award in Honor of J. Raymond Hinshaw, M.D., 1999
Biosketch: Dr. Howard T. Wang is Division Chief, Residency Program Director, and Associate Professor for the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. His interest is in microvascular reconstruction of the lower extremity, head and neck and breast. Dr. Wang completed his Plastic Surgery Residency at Duke University Medical Center. While at Duke, Dr. Wang spent 6 months training in Hand Surgery at Kleinert, Kutz, and Associates in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to this, he completed a General Surgery Residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. His education began at Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology . Following graduation, he attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he received his Doctor of Medicine in 1995.