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International Fellowship Program in Microsurgery

The department of Plastic and Maxillofacial surgery offers a 6 months-fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery. The unit is one of the more active in reconstructive microsurgery in the north of Europe with a case load performed of 120 free flaps per year and 50 complex non microvascular cases in the areas of head and neck reconstruction, breast reconstruction, facial paralysis, lower extremity and complex wound care. The fellowship program is endorsed by the Swedish Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Fellowship Responsibilities

The fellow will work in a team of four specialists and one resident and will participate in the planning and execution of all reconstructive cases performed by the team. The fellow will participate in all teaching activities in the department and will be responsible for a monthly presentation.

The fellow is required to undertake one research project within microsurgery and is expected to finish one publication.


Accommodation in Uppsala and a stipend for living expenses is provided.


The candidate must be specialist in plastic surgery with ambition to pursue a career in reconstructive microsurgery and be able to work in a team.

How to apply

The fellowship positions for 2020 are full. 2021 positions available and the deadline for submission of applications is April 1st 2020.

Submit CV and two letters of recommendation to the fellowship program director
Dr. Andres Rodriguez.

Current Fellow

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Riccardo Schweizer

Riccardo Schweizer was born in the southern Switzerland and did his med school at the University of Basel, gathering interest in the field of plastic surgery during his internships and 18 months as a doctoral fellow (University of Bern) focusing on the use of stem cells in critically ischemic skin flaps. His training started with three years of general surgery, followed by 18 months research fellowship at the Starzl Transplantation Institute and Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on basic science research in composite tissues such as hand and face transplantation. After that, he did 4 years of specialty training at the University of Zurich and became a plastic surgery specialist (FEBOPRAS) in 2018.

Already focusing on microsurgery in his residency and in his research projects, Riccardo applied for this microsurgical fellowship with the goal to learn the concepts in breast and head/neck reconstruction more in-depth from experts in their field and improve his microsurgical skills. This abroad experience will allow to mature on both a personal and professional level prior to his return and start as a consultant at the University of Zurich.

Past Fellows

  • Caroline Driessen, MD, Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, 2018.
  • Naomi van Hout, MD, Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • Dr. Holger Klein, MD, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland, 2017
  • Dr. Jorga Zabojova, MD, Oxford University, United Kingdom, 2017.
  • Dr. Tianyi Liu, MD, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Fellow 2016.
  • Ruben Coelho, MD, Plastic Surgeon, Central Hospital of Lisbon, Portugal. Fellow 2016.
  • Lara Cristobal Velasco, MD, University Hospital of Getafe, Madrid, Spain. Fellow 2015. About Laura
  • Camilo Hernandez, MD, Plastic Surgeon from University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia, Fellow 2015.
  • Nina Gösseringer, MD. Plastic Surgeon from University of Viena, Austria. Fellow 2014.
  • Beatriz Lopez, MD. Plastic Surgeon from University Hospital of A Coruna, Spain, Fellow 2014.
  • Lorenzo Cali-Cassi, MD. Plastic Surgeon from University of Turin, Italy. Fellow 2013.
  • Felipe Pineda, MD. Plastic Surgeon from University Hospital of A Coruna, Spain. Fellow 2013.