Clinical Advisory Board
J. Peter Rubin, M.D.
Dr. Rubin is Founder and Director of the Life After Weight Loss Body Contouring Program and Chief of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Grinnell College and his M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed a categorical residency training program in general surgery at Boston University/Boston City Hospital. He took time away from the clinic to pursue a two year fellowship in surgical basic science at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. During this research sabbatical, he studied tissue engineering and transplantation immunology. After graduating from general surgery residency, he completed a residency in plastic surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rubin then joined the faculty of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a faculty appointment with the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. Rubin’s Life After Weight Loss Clinical Program has become recognized as a pioneering model for the care of the post-bariatric patient. He has innovated novel surgical techniques and developed new patient care algorithms. Dr. Rubin is the founder and director of the country’s first clinical fellowship in body contouring after weight loss.
In addition to his clinical program, Dr. Rubin developed a basic science research program in the biology of adipose derived stem cells and serves as co-director of the Adipose Stem Cell Center at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the principal investigator in an NIH funded line of research aimed at developing cell based methods for clinical soft tissue reconstruction after cancer therapy. He directs a related line of research aimed at soft tissue reconstruction for injured soldiers as an investigator for the Department of Defense Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine. His many scientific leadership positions include past president of the International Society of Adipose Therapeutics and Science and past Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Research Council.
Dr. Rubin has received numerous awards for his research work, including the highly competitive Gingrass Award from the Plastic Surgery Research Council. He is the recipient of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons Academic Scholar Award, and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Basic and Translational Science. In 2007, Dr. Rubin was selected to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers early in their research careers. It is intended to recognize and nurture some of the finest scientists who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the twenty-first century.
Russell F. Warren, M.D.
Dr. Warren is the Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus of the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in Manhattan and Professor of Orthopedics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is currently the Team Physician for the New York Giants. He is a past President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Shoulder and Elbow Society and the Herodicus Society. Dr. Warren presently holds a number of patents for helping to develop devices for anchoring soft tissues to bone and for shoulder replacements. In research, he developed the soft tissue laboratory at The Hospital for Special Surgery. This laboratory specializes in soft tissue repair and regeneration. His research interests include the study of the static and dynamic controls for shoulder and knee stability as well as the biology of ligaments, tendon healing and methods to promote cellular repair or replacement. Dr. Warren has conducted a number of studies of athletic injuries particularly of the knee and shoulder and the ability to return to play at high levels.
Richard M. Green, M.D., FACS
Dr. Green is currently chairman, Department of Surgery, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. In 2005, he also became co-director, Division of Peripheral and Vascular Intervention at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Green spent a number of years as chairman, Department of Vascular Surgery, and director, Vascular Training Program, at the University of Rochester. During his tenure at Rochester, he grew and developed a multi-specialty vascular program that included 10 full-time practitioners performing more than 1,000 open surgical cases and 7,000 percutaneous interventions annually. Many of Dr. Green’s fellows have assumed leadership positions in vascular surgery around the country. Dr. Green’s primary areas of clinical activity include the treatment of complex abdominal aortic aneurysms, the development of endografts for the treatment of aortic aneurysms, and techniques for improving outcomes after carotid interventions. Dr. Green is well known as an early adopter of percutaneous revascularization procedures for both peripheral and carotid artery territories.
Michael Buckley, M.D.
Dr. Buckley is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in private practice. While on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh he was Director of the Department of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Montefiore Hospital; Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs of the School of Dental Medicine; Associate Professor, and Director of Research Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dental Medicine, for the University of Pittsburgh. He was also the head of the Division of Surgical Dental Sciences at the School of Dental Medicine, directing its Multidisciplinary Implant Center. Dr. Buckley is the national Treasurer of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. He has been engaged for some time in research regarding wound healing and tissue engineering. Prior to joining the staff of the University of Pittsburgh, he received his D.M.D. in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. from the University of North Carolina. He also has an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business.