Plastic Surgery Residency

The mission of the University of Texas Program in Plastic Surgery is to educate and train physicians in the art and science of plastic and reconstructive surgery and to develop a responsible plastic surgeon with high moral and ethical character capable of functioning as an independent plastic surgeon.

Under the direction of Program Director Dr. Erik Marques the Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program currently consists of thirty-six months of comprehensive training in all aspects and areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Areas of specialty include maxillofacial, aesthetic, microvascular, hand, pediatric plastic surgery (cleft lip and palate/ craniofacial) and general reconstructive plastic surgery. Also included in the rotation schedule is exposure to Anesthesia (office-based / ambulatory setting), Orthopedics (Hand / Upper Extremity), and Oculoplastic Surgery.

The program currently has eight (8) full-time core faculty members who participate regularly in the teaching program at Memorial Hermann Hospital and / or Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital (LBJ). Volunteer plastic surgery faculty also participate in the teaching program at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Attending faculty and the Program Director supervise all activities. The primary teaching hospital is Memorial Hermann Hospital (and Children’s Memorial Hermann), where residents are assigned to the various faculty on a rotating basis, allowing for the exposure to a wide variety and number of clinical experiences.



MD Anderson Cancer Center - TMCMD Anderson Cancer Center

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world’s most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It is located in central Houston in the Texas Medical Center.

MD Anderson was created in 1941 as part of The University of Texas System. The institution is one of the nation’s original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Act of 1971 and is one of 50 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers today.

LBJLBJ General Hospital {Harris Health System}

Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital is a 207 licensed-bed acute care hospital offering a full range of medical services. LBJ Hospital is a verified Level III trauma center and was the first such center designated in Texas. It also is the state’s busiest Level III trauma center, with more than 70,000 emergency patient visits each year.

LBJ Hospital carries the distinction of being a regional center for neonatal intensive care for high-risk deliveries and very low birth weight infants and provides an array of specialized medical and surgical services.

LBJ Hospital is staffed by the physician faculty and residents of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Memorial Hermann HosptialMemorial Hermann Hospital- TMC

Founded in 1925, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is the primary teaching hospital for the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. Memorial Hermann-TMC provides leading-edge care in heart, neuroscience, orthopedics, women’s health, general surgery, organ transplantation and much more. As one of only two certified Level I trauma centers in the greater Houston area, the hospital provides 24/7 emergency and trauma care. Memorial Hermann Life Flight® provides emergency rescue within a 150-mile radius.

St JosephSt. Joseph Medical Center

As Houston’s first hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center partners with physicians to create a healthy environment of caring and dignity for patients, families, and employees. Focused on the latest technology and peer collaboration, we provide high value, high-quality care in an atmosphere of our spiritual traditions. We will remain the medical center that caregivers commit to, physicians prefer and patients recommend.



Residents will rotate two months at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center.



Residents participate in two exchange rotations (1 month rotation as PGY-6 and a 2 month rotation as PGY-7) with the St. Joseph Medical Center (SJMC ) (Methodist) Plastic Surgery Residency Program. Rotations at the SJMC provide exposure primarily to aesthetic surgery cases as well as general and reconstructive Plastic Surgery, generally in a private practice setting. PGY6 residents will rotate two months at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center. Two separate 2 month rotations at the LBJ General Hospital for the Senior Residents is incorporated providing additional independent decision-making and a broad range of general plastic surgery with twice-weekly mandatory out-patient clinic responsibilities. Rotation goals and objectives are available at all times in the Conference room and are subject to modification at any time to improve the resident experience and reflect the 3-year curriculum.

The curriculum will be discussed at Orientation Sessions in July and is readily available at all times in the Conference room and from the Program Director. The goals and objectives of the program will also be reviewed at orientation. All aspects of Plastic Surgery are included in the curriculum and training is derived from Didactic and Socratic teaching methods enhanced by self-teaching from recommended literature, intent- based information, attendance at Regional and National meetings among other opportunities.

2018-2019 Interview Dates

We are currently accepting applications for Plastic Surgery Residency from
August 31st through December 31, 2018 for start date of July 1, 2020.

Candidates must be registered with The Plastic Surgery Residency Matching
Program SFMatch. Applications are to be submitted through the Central
Application Service (CAS).

Interviews are held between February-March 2018. Further details TBD.

** Applications are reviewed daily; please do not call to check the status of
your application. Should you be selected to interview, we will notify you by

Application Process

Central Application Service (CAS)

About CAS

The Central Application Service (CAS) distributes applications to residency and fellowship training
programs online. Applicants are required fill out a CAS application form, provide a set of required
documents, and select programs for distribution. A separate fee is required for CAS distributions.
Applicants are required to have the following documents/completed steps in order to apply to programs:

  1. Complete and submit online program distribution list;
  2. Complete and submit online CAS application form;
  3. Medical School Transcript(s);
  4. USMLE or equivalent transcripts/score reports;
  5. Copy of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc.‘s Resident Registration and Evaluation of Training Form Confirmation Letter;
  6. Three letters of reference using the mandatory Plastic Surgery Residency Recommendation Forms*
  7. “Physician Information Profile” requested from Federal Credentials Verification Service (FCVS);
  8. ECFMG Certificate (applicable to International Graduates);

*Letter writers are required to use the Plastic Surgery Recommendation form in place of a standard letter.
The form can be downloaded at:

Applicants are strongly advised to include the following OPTIONAL documents (if applicable):

  1. AOA Election letter (Only applicable to US applicants)
  2. Foreign Specialty Program Certificate

Please refer to the CAS Instruction manual for additional documents accepted by CAS.

Additional information can be found in the CAS instruction manual for applicants: Download CAS Instructions.


Distribution Fees

CAS Application distribution fees increase progressively according to the number of applications chosen.
CAS initial distribution list fees are as follows:

Distribution Fees
# of CAS Distributions Fees
1 – 10 $60 total
11 – 20 $10 per program
21 – 30 $15 per program
31 -40 $20 per program
41 or more $35 per program

Supplemental distributions cost $35 per program regardless of how many programs you have selected on your initial distribution. All distribution fees can be paid by a Visa or a MasterCard.

Please read the information on this website and contact SF Match if you need assistance.

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Contact Us

Erik Marques, M.D.
Program Director

The University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston
Plastic Surgery Residency Program
6410 Fannin Street, Suite 1400
Houston, TX 77030