J. Robert Wendt, M.D. Diplomate of American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Diplomate of American Board of Surgery
Cosmetic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery
Microsurgery and Replantation
Professional Background
Professional Background
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
Milestones and Advancements in Medicine
Contact Us


Undergraduate Education

Graduated Arizona State University
1972, Bachelor of Science Zoology with High Distinction
Grade Point Average Science 4.0 (Straight A's)
Overall Grade Point Average 3.94
MEDCAT Science 98 percentile +-2 percentile

Graduate Education

Medical Degree (M.D.), 1975 University of Arizona

Excerpts from Dean's Letter and medical school faculty comments:

"Our top student by a wide margin"
"Performed superlatively in all of our courses"
"Highest score anyone ever acheived in our class"
"Model student"
"Performance at same high level indicated by undergraduate record"
"Our department was conceived for superb contributors like him"
"Would be an excellent member of the faculty"
"Excellent attitude"
"Very responsible individual"
"Interested, hard worker"

Postgraduate Education

Internship:  Surgery

University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
(Considered to be the number 1 surgery program in the world at that time by many individuals in academic surgery)

Residency:  General Surgery

University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Excerpts from Chief of Surgery Program Director's Letter:

"Excellent surgical resident, acquired excellent technical skills and sound surgical judgment.  His moral and social conducts were beyond reproach.  He is a bright, responsible, honest, sincere and industrious young man."

Plastic Surgery Residency

University of California Irvine
Irvine, California

Graduate National Board of Medical Examiners 1976
Licensure:     Arizona 1977
                    California 1984

Specialty Board Certification

American Board of Surgery, 1982
American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1988

  Written Plastic Surgery Board results is one objective test in which you can compare the level of plastic surgery knowledge among board certified plastic surgeons.  This is a test taken by plastic surgeons after they have completed their education/training.  The test is taken by surgeons that want to be Board Certified from all the great  Universities of the United States, Canada and Mexico.  (The North American Continent).  As you can see below, Dr. Wendt scored at the very top of all Plastic Surgeons from all Universities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.


A1 General Plastic Surgery
A2 Pathology
A3 Anatomy/Embryology
A4 Total Examination



American Board of Surgery  1982
American Medical Association  1988


1. Wendt, JR:Distal Dorsal Superior Extremity Plasty.  Plas Recon Surg. Vol.106, No1: 210-213, July 2000.
2. "Dr. Yes, Dr. No, Doctor I'll Say Anything You Want Me to Say." Plas Recon Surg. Vol. 103, No.5:1544, April 1999.
3. Wendt, J.R., Gardner,V.O., White, J.I., Treatment of Complex Postoperative Lumbosacral Wounds in Non Paralysed Patients.  Plas Recon Surg. Vol.101, No.5:1248-1254, April 1998.
4. Wendt, J.R., Coverage of Volar Skin Defects with Great Toe Skin Grafts.  Plas Recon Surg, Vol.98, No.7:1314-1315, December 1996.
5. Wendt. J.R., Ackley, S.M., Vascular Complications of an Asymptomatic Hand Foreign Body.  Annals of Plastic Surgery, Vol.34, No.1:92-94, January 1995.
6. Wendt, J.R., Decreasing the antigenicity and repopulation of skin allografts.  Plas Recon Surg 93(7):1525-1526.  June 1994.
7. Wendt, J.R., Digital nerve grafts.  Plas Recon Surg 93(7):1530-1531.  June 1994
8. Wendt, J.R., Self-Gowning and gloving of surgeons to avoid contact with patient's blood.  Plas Recon Surg 93(6):1313.  May 1994.
9. Wendt, J.R., Ulich, R., Ruzics, R.P., Hostetler, J.: Indefinite survival of human skin allografts in patients with long term immunosuppression.  Annals of Plastic Surgery, Vol.32, No.4:411-417, April 1994.
10. Wendt J.R.:  A long term follow up of a transplanted osteoarthrotendinous allograft covered with an autogenous flap for thumb reconstruction.  Plas Surg Forum: Vol XV:68-71, 1992.
11. Wendt J.R.:  Three and one half year follow up of a transplanted osteoarthrotendinous allograft covered with an autogenous flap for thumb reconstruction.  Plas Recon Surg 90(6):1123-1124, 1992.
12. Wendt JR:  Avoidance of a double digital nerve graft as a secondary procedure in revascularization patients.  Plas Recon Surg. 90:147-148, 1992.
13. Wendt JR:  Avoiding serious complications with central venous access.  Surgical Rounds, 15(7):637-642, 1992.
14. Wendt JR, Ulich TR, Pinkel D, Ruzics E, Segraves R, Hostetler JR,: Human skin allografts in patients treated with chronic immunosuppression and the correlation and potential diagnostic and therapeutic use of synchronous same donor skin allografts in renal transplantation.  Plastic Surg Forum: Vol XIV:363-366, 1991.
15. Wendt JR:  Digital Allen Test as an Adjunct in Diagnosis of Possible Digital Nerve Lacerations.  Plas Recon Surg, 88(4):739-740, 1991.
16. Wendt JR:  Transplantation of an osteoarthrotendinous allograft with autogenous soft tissue coverage for thumb reconstruction. Plastic and reconstructive surgery, 88(4):713-717, 1991.
17. Wendt JR, Watson LR:  Cosmetic treatment of shagreen patches in selected patients with tuberous sclerosis.  Plas Recon Surg, 87:780, 1991.
18. Wendt JR:  Prevention of recurrent arterial spasm with injections of 20% lidocaine via trascutaneous catheters.  Plas Recon Surg, 86(5):1044-1046, 1990.
19. Wendt JR:  Cannulation of the right internal jugular vein is preferable to that of the left internal jugular vein.  JAMA, 255:1140, 1986.
20. Wendt JR, Houck J, et al:  Inhibition of wound contraction by qualitatively changing the "picture frame" area.  Surg Res Comm, 4:67-71, 1988.
21. Wendt JR:  Review of:  Swanson, NA:  Atlas of Cutaneous Surgery.  Plas Recon Surg, 81(3):463, 1988.
22. Wendt JR:  Care of replantation materials.  Plas Recon Surg, 81:300, 1988.
23. Wendt JR, Yen LJ:  Resident by moonlight:  A misguided missile.  JAMA, 259:44, 1988.
24. Wendt JR, Houck J:  A giant basal cell carcinoma with lymph node metastases.  Contemporary Surg, 32:33, 1988.
25. Wendt JR, Lamb RC, Altman DR, et al:  An unusually aggressive mycobacterium marinum hand infection.  J of Hand Surg, 11A:753, 1986
26. Wendt JR, Salomon N:  Treatment of Pulmonary Tuberous Sclerosis via Median Sternotomy and Pleurodesis.  Contemporary Surg, 23159, 1983.
27 Wendt, JR:  Treatment of Subungual Hamartomas in Patients with Tuberous Sclerosis.  Plas Recon Surg. Vol. 106, No. 7:1910, June 2001.
28 Wendt, JR:   Skin coverage of Full Thickness Volar Hand Defects with Lateral Great Toe Skin Grafts. Plas Recon Surg. Vol. 108, No. 7:2069, Dec. 2001.
29 Wendt, JR:  Osteoarthrotendinous Allograft with Autogenous Soft-tissue Coverage for Thumb Reconstruction:  A 12 Year Follow up.  Plas Recon Surg. Vol. 109, No. 2:818, Feb 2002.
30 Wendt, JR:  Determination of Survival of Human Skin Allografts.  Plas Recon Surg. Vol. 109, No. 6:2168, May 2002.
31 Wendt, JR:  Long Term Survival of Human Skin Allografts.  Plas Recon Surg. Vol. 113, No. 5:1347, April 2004.
32 Wendt, JR:  A Great Time for Pioneers of Superior Extremity Esthetic Surgery.  Plas Recon Surg. Vol. 113, No. 7:2237, June 2004
  Presentations at National Meetings
American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.  September 1992.  A Long Term Follow-up of a Transplanted Osteoarthrotendinous Allograft Covered with an Autogenous Flap for Thumb Reconstruction.

American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.  September 1991.  Human Skin Allografts in Patients Treated with Chronic Immunosuppression and the Correlation and Potential Diagnostic and Therapeutic Use of Synchronous Same Donor Skin Allografts in Renal Transplantation.

  Academic Appointment
Assistant adjunct and Clinical Professor Surgery, University of California at Irvine Medical Center, 1986-1989.

For technical problems involving this site contact webmaster@jrobertwendtmd.com

Copyright 2000 J. Robert Wendt, MD. All Images & Photographs All Rights Reserved. No content or imagery can be used or duplicated without the expressed written consent of J. Robert Wendt, MD.