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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.


Badash I, Burtt K, Solorzano CA, Carey JN. Innovations in surgery simulation: a review of past, current and future techniques. Ann Transl Med. 2016 Dec; 4(23):453. View in: PubMed

Manrique OJ, Leland HA, Langevin CJ, Wong A, Carey JN, Ciudad P, Chen HC, Patel KM. Optimizing Outcomes following Total and Subtotal Tongue Reconstruction: A Systematic Review of the Contemporary Literature. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2016 Oct 31. View in: PubMed

Burtt KE, Rounds AD, Leland HA, Alluri RK, Patel KM, Carey JN. Patient and Surgical Factors Contributing to Perioperative Infection in Complex Lower Extremity Trauma. Am Surg. 2016 Oct; 82(10):940-943. View in: PubMed

Hoang D, Chen V, Saber S, Patel K, Carey J. Bilateral Pedicled Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery Flap in the Treatment of Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2016 Aug; 4(8):e833. View in: PubMed

Hoang D, Lin AC, Essilfie A, Minneti M, Kuschner S, Carey J, Ghiassi A. 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

Wu HH, Patel KR, Caldwell AM, Coughlin RR, Hansen SL, Carey JN. Surgical Management and Reconstruction Training (SMART) Course for International Orthopedic Surgeons. Ann Glob Health. 2016 Jul - Aug; 82(4):652-658. View in: PubMed

El-Sabawi B, Carey JN, Hagopian TM, Sbitany H, Patel KM. Radiation and breast reconstruction: Algorithmic approach and evidence-based outcomes. J Surg Oncol. 2016 Jun; 113(8):906-12. View in: PubMed

El-Sabawi B, Sosin M, Carey JN, Nahabedian MY, Patel KM. Breast reconstruction and adjuvant therapy: A systematic review of surgical outcomes. J Surg Oncol. 2015 Dec; 112(5):458-64. View in: PubMed

Solanky D, Hwang SM, Stone G, Gillenwater J, Carey JN. Successful Surgical Treatment of Severe Calciphylaxis Using a Bilayer Dermal Replacement Matrix. Wounds. 2015 Nov; 27(11):302-7. View in: PubMed

Carey JN, Caldwell AM, Coughlin RR, Hansen S. Building Orthopaedic Trauma Capacity: IGOT International SMART Course. J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Oct; 29 Suppl 10:S17-9. View in: PubMed

de Castro Abreu AL, Chopra S, Azhar RA, Berger AK, Metcalfe C, Minetti M, Carey JN, Ukimura O, Desai M, Gill IS. 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

Leland HA, Alluri RK, Iorio ML, Carey JN, Constantinescu T, Patel KM. Complex Hand and Wrist Reconstruction Using Free Vascularized Bone Grafts. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Oct; 136(4 Suppl):25-6. View in: PubMed

Ramzan AA, Garcia-Sayre J, Hom MS, Graham KA, Carey JN, Muderspach LI, Matsuo K. Relative Morbidity and Mortality of Panniculectomy-Combined Surgical Staging in Endometrial Cancer. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2015 Aug 12. View in: PubMed

Carey JN, Minneti M, Leland HA, Demetriades D, Talving P. Perfused fresh cadavers: method for application to surgical simulation. Am J Surg. 2015 Jul; 210(1):179-87. View in: PubMed

Starnes-Roubaud MJ, Peric M, Chowdry F, Nguyen JT, Schooler W, Sherman R, Carey JN. Microsurgical Lower Extremity Reconstruction in the Subacute Period: A Safe Alternative. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2015 Jul; 3(7):e449. View in: PubMed

Pham M, Kale A, Marquez Y, Winer J, Lee B, Harris B, Minnetti M, Carey J, Giannotta S, Zada G. 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

Vaynrub M, Carey JN, Stevanovic MV, Ghiassi A. Volar percutaneous screw fixation of the scaphoid: a cadaveric study. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 May; 39(5):867-71. View in: PubMed

Davis GB, Lang JE, Peric M, Yang H, Artenstein D, Chan LS, Schooler WG, Carey JN. Breast reconstruction satisfaction rates at a large county hospital. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 May; 72 Suppl 1:S61-5. View in: PubMed

Carey JN, Rommer E, Sheckter C, Minneti M, Talving P, Wong AK, Garner W, Urata MM. 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

Lang JE, Summers DE, Cui H, Carey JN, Viscusi RK, Hurst CA, Waer AL, Ley ML, Sener SF, Vijayasekaran A. Trends in post-mastectomy reconstruction: a SEER database analysis. J Surg Oncol. 2013 Sep; 108(3):163-8. View in: PubMed

Carey JN, Sheckter CC, Watt AJ, Lee GK. 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

Sheckter CC, Kane JT, Minneti M, Garner W, Sullivan M, Talving P, Sherman R, Urata M, Carey JN. 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

Zeidler KR, Son JH, Carey JN, Watt AJ, Ho OH, Lee GK. 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

Russin JJ, Mack WJ, Carey JN, Minneti M, Giannotta SL. 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

Carey JN, Watt AJ, Ho O, Zeidler K, Lee GK. 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

Joanna Nguyen T, Carey JN, Wong AK. 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

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