Paul Cederna, M.D.

Chief, Section of Plastic Surgery


1500 E Medical Center Dr
TC 2130, SPC 5340
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


(734) 936-5885

Primary Website

Michigan Medicine Profile


Dr. Cederna received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and his M.D. degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. Thereafter, he completed a residency in General Surgery and a fellowship in Microsurgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He then returned to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he completed his Plastic Surgery Fellowship training at the University of Michigan Health System. He then completed two additional years of basic science research training as a postdoctoral research fellow within the Muscle Mechanics Lab at the University of Michigan.

Additional Title(s)

  • Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Robert Oneal Collegiate Professor of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery

Professional Service

Academically, Dr. Cederna has a very active research enterprise directing the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Dr. Cederna has received over $29,000,000 in direct research funding, authored over 350 scientific manuscripts, published 27 book chapters, presented his work over 800 times at national and international meetings, and has been asked to give over 400 extramural presentations. He has mentored 65 students, 45 research fellows, and 17 postdoctoral fellows from various backgrounds including biomedical engineering and physiology. He has received over 68 national research awards either as first author or mentor of the research work. Dr. Cederna has been the Chairman of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, President of the Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons, and President of the Plastic Surgery Foundation.


Paul S. Cederna, M.D. is the Robert Oneal Professor of Plastic Surgery, Chief of the Section of Plastic Surgery, and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan who specializes in reconstruction of complex wounds. By combining his clinical training in general surgery, microsurgery, and plastic surgery and his background in biomedical engineering, he is able to incorporate creative solutions with technically challenging operations to solve the most difficult problems resulting from trauma, cancer, or burns.