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Dr. Amanda Gosman

Dr. Amanda Gosman Dr. Amanda Gosman is Professor & Chief of Plastic Surgery at UC San Diego.

Dr. Amanda Gosman
Dr. Amanda Gosman is Professor & Chief of Plastic Surgery at UC San Diego.

What is the current focus of your work?
My current focus is on cranial distraction, long-term outcomes in cleft and craniofacial surgery and we have been working for the past eight years in the development of a bilingual patient reported outcome measure for children with diverse craniofacial conditions and their parents.

What were your goals when you started as the Chief of the Plastic Surgery Division at UCSD, and how are they different now?
Initially I focused on demonstrating the value that Plastic Surgery has to a health system and the university so that we would have the opportunity to grow to our full potential. Now we are in an exciting growth phase to build out that vision.

What new developments are you most excited about as you anticipate the future of craniofacial surgery?
The use of distraction and minimally invasive techniques to preserve vascularity and growth potential of the craniofacial skeleton so that we can produce more predictable and sustainable results with less relapse and re-operation for children.

What is your favorite part about your job?
I feel truly fortunate to have a job that I love. I think it is really an incredible gift. I work with an amazing team and an amazing and inspiring patient population. I get to perform challenging surgical procedures and participate in the growth and development of the next generation of plastic surgeons. I have opportunities to do research and collaborate to strengthen surgical capacity on a global scale. It's really the best job in the world.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
"Where there is a will there is a way."

If you weren't a doctor, what would you be doing?
I'd like to think I could've been a competitive eater.


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