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Joseph N Carey, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
HCC 514 Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 6229


Dr. Joseph N. Carey is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His specialty is microvascular surgery, including breast reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, extremity salvage, and hand surgery. Dr. Carey is certified by The American Board of Surgery. He is also a Member of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and Plastic Surgery Research Council.

Dr. Carey is the Chief of Plastic Surgery and attending surgeon in the Burn Unit of the Los Angeles County Hospital. He directs the care of complex multisystem injuries, including critically injured adult and pediatric patients in the Burn Unit. He also directs the education of plastic surgery and general surgery residents, as the associate program director in plastic surgery.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Carey’s research interests include surgical education, breast reconstruction, and extremity salvage. He collaborates with colleagues from other disciplines as the Assistant Director of the USC Fresh Tissue dissection laboratory, where complex models of surgical simulation are used to educate surgeons of the next generation.

Dr. Carey’s education includes a general surgery residency at USC, and a plastic surgery residency at USC. He also completed a Microvascular surgery fellowship at Stanford University. Dr. Carey received his medical degree from USC and his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. He also completed a master’s degree in Anatomy at USC.


Innovations in surgery simulation: a review of past, current and future techniques. Ann Transl Med. 2016 Dec; 4(23):453. View in: PubMed

Optimizing Outcomes following Total and Subtotal Tongue Reconstruction: A Systematic Review of the Contemporary Literature. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2016 Oct 31. View in: PubMed

Patient and Surgical Factors Contributing to Perioperative Infection in Complex Lower Extremity Trauma. Am Surg. 2016 Oct; 82(10):940-943. View in: PubMed

Surgical Management and Reconstruction Training (SMART) Course for International Orthopedic Surgeons. Ann Glob Health. 2016 Jul - Aug; 82(4):652-658. View in: PubMed

Evaluation of Percutaneous First Annular Pulley Release: Efficacy and Complications in a Perfused Cadaveric Study. J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Jul; 41(7):e165-73. View in: PubMed

Radiation and breast reconstruction: Algorithmic approach and evidence-based outcomes. J Surg Oncol. 2016 Jun; 113(8):906-12. View in: PubMed

Breast reconstruction and adjuvant therapy: A systematic review of surgical outcomes. J Surg Oncol. 2015 Dec; 112(5):458-64. View in: PubMed

Successful Surgical Treatment of Severe Calciphylaxis Using a Bilayer Dermal Replacement Matrix. Wounds. 2015 Nov; 27(11):302-7. View in: PubMed

Robotic Transabdominal Control of the Suprahepatic, Infradiaphragmatic Vena Cava to Enable Level 3 Caval Tumor Thrombectomy: Pilot Study in a Perfused-Cadaver Model. J Endourol. 2015 Oct; 29(10):1177-81. View in: PubMed

Building Orthopaedic Trauma Capacity: IGOT International SMART Course. J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Oct; 29 Suppl 10:S17-9. View in: PubMed

Complex Hand and Wrist Reconstruction Using Free Vascularized Bone Grafts. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Oct; 136(4 Suppl):25-6. View in: PubMed

Relative Morbidity and Mortality of Panniculectomy-Combined Surgical Staging in Endometrial Cancer. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2015 Aug 12. View in: PubMed

Microsurgical Lower Extremity Reconstruction in the Subacute Period: A Safe Alternative. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2015 Jul; 3(7):e449. View in: PubMed

Perfused fresh cadavers: method for application to surgical simulation. Am J Surg. 2015 Jul; 210(1):179-87. View in: PubMed

A Perfusion-based Human Cadaveric Model for Management of Carotid Artery Injury during Endoscopic Endonasal Skull Base Surgery. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base. 2014 Oct; 75(5):309-13. View in: PubMed

Breast reconstruction satisfaction rates at a large county hospital. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 May; 72 Suppl 1:S61-5. View in: PubMed

Volar percutaneous screw fixation of the scaphoid: a cadaveric study. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 May; 39(5):867-71. View in: PubMed

Simulation of plastic surgery and microvascular procedures using perfused fresh human cadavers. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2014 Feb; 67(2):e42-8. View in: PubMed

Trends in post-mastectomy reconstruction: a SEER database analysis. J Surg Oncol. 2013 Sep; 108(3):163-8. View in: PubMed

Intra-abdominal pedicled rectus abdominis muscle flap for treatment of high-output enterocutaneous fistulae: case reports and review of literature. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2013 Aug; 66(8):1145-8. View in: PubMed

Incorporation of fresh tissue surgical simulation into plastic surgery education: maximizing extraclinical surgical experience. J Surg Educ. 2013 Jul-Aug; 70(4):466-74. View in: PubMed

Transverse Tensor Fascia Lata Myocutaneous Flap for Microvascular Breast Reconstruction: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Ann Plast Surg. 2013 Apr; 70(4):438-41. View in: PubMed

Simulation of a high-flow extracranial-intracranial bypass using a radial artery graft in a novel fresh tissue model. Neurosurgery. 2012 Dec; 71(2 Suppl Operative):ons315-19; discussion ons 319-20. View in: PubMed

Free flap scalp reconstruction in a 91-year-old patient under local-regional anesthesia: case report and review of the literature. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2012 Mar; 28(3):189-93. View in: PubMed

Use of human acellular dermal matrix in implant- based breast reconstruction: Evaluating the evidence. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2011 Dec; 64(12):1553-61. View in: PubMed

A comparison of the new preservation solution Celsior to Euro-Collins and University of Wisconsin solutions in lung reperfusion injury. Transplantation. 1999 Jan 15; 67(1):152-5. View in: PubMed

Addition of aprotinin to organ preservation solutions decreases lung reperfusion injury. Ann Thorac Surg. 1998 Jul; 66(1):225-30. View in: PubMed

Addition of a mast cell stabilizing compound to organ preservation solutions decreases lung reperfusion injury. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1998 Mar; 115(3):631-6; discussion 636-7. View in: PubMed

A new organ preservation solution, Celsior, is superior to Euro-Collins and University of Wisconsin solutions in decreasing lung reperfusion injury. Transplant Proc. 1997 Feb-Mar; 29(1-2):1357-8. View in: PubMed

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