James Owusu, MD, has joined the UTHealth Department of Otorhinolaryngology as an assistant professor. He is fellowship-trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, and he will be part of the team extending facial plastic & reconstructive surgery expertise to Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands Hospital in conjunction with the renovation and expansion of the facility’s emergency department.

Dr. Owusu received his bachelor’s degree in computer science at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and his medical degree at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He completed his internship in general surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and his residency in otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Minnesota. He completed his fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery with Shan Baker, MD, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

During residency at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Owusu won the Resident Presentation First Place Award at the Midwest Head and Neck Consortium Spring Meeting in April 2014, the Albert Hohmann Research Award in June 2014 and the Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015. A reviewer for Otolaryngology: Current Research and The Laryngoscope, he has coauthored three book chapters in the Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Encyclopedia of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. In addition, he is a coauthor of articles published in The Laryngoscope, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Pediatrics in Review and other peer-reviewed journals.

His research interests include outcomes in facial reanimation, outcomes in reconstruction of facial defects after Mohs surgery and health informatics.  Dr. Owusu’s practice will be based on the campus of Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands. His practice focus will be all aspects of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, with an emphasis upon the acute and long-term management of maxillofacial trauma.