Tae Chong, MD
Tae Chong, MD is a board-certified plastic surgeon at UCHealth in Aurora, Colorado. His clinical focus is on providing advanced techniques to reconstruct and restore patients’ physical appearance and well-being after traumatic injuries or cancer surgery.
Dr. Chong has specialized expertise in treating patients in need of aesthetic reconstruction after breast cancer. He offers autologous (free flap) breast reconstruction such as the DIEP flap, which uses a woman’s own tissue taken from the abdomen to recreate breasts.
Dr. Chong also offers ReSensationSM to women who have had mastectomy and are undergoing breast reconstruction using the DIEP flap or other free flap reconstruction. ReSensation is a surgical technique performed during free flap reconstruction that has the potential to restore sensation by reconnecting nerves in the chest with those in the tissue used to recreate breasts.
ReSensation is an advanced surgical technique in which select plastic surgeons use allograft nerve tissue to reconnect nerves severed during mastectomy to those in the new breast potentially restoring sensation.
Dr. Chong earned his bachelor of science in biology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, followed by his medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. He completed a general surgery internship at University of Chicago, a research fellowship in transplantation and infectious disease at University of Virginia, and a general surgery residency at University of Virginia. In 2010, he completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Cancer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Previous positions include serving as assistant professor of plastic surgery and director of reconstructive transplantation at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. A committed educator, he has received numerous awards for teaching, including the All University Teaching Award and the Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award from University of Virginia, as well as the Dean’s LEAD Program Capstone Recognition Award from UT Southwestern.
Helping women recover from breast surgery and mastectomy
Dr. Chong is an associate professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at University of Colorado School of Medicine. He maintains memberships in multiple professional organizations. He is a member of the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation, and the Plastic Surgery Research Council. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Chong is also the author of numerous studies on breast reconstruction, plastic surgery and transplantation that have been published in peer-reviewed journals.
In addition to his focus on breast reconstruction for women after mastectomy, he also has expertise in the surgical treatment of lymphedema, which can be a side effect of breast surgery. Other areas of clinical expertise include pelvic reconstruction and limb salvage for trauma patients.
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