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Mark W. Clemens, II, MD, FACS

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Mark W. Clemens, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  He completed his surgical training at Georgetown University, and studied at Cornell University, and Pennsylvania State University.  He completed research training programs at the National Institutes of Health and Harvard Children's Hospital.  He also received advanced training in Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery through fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Clemens serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Clemens has lectured nationally and internationally on a broad range of topics related to plastic and reconstructive surgery and has authored over 25 peer-reviewed articles and 21 book chapters.

 

Research Interests

Dr. Clemens' research interests include outcomes and translational research involving microvascular and prosthetic reconstructive surgery of the breast, with an emphasis on the effects of radiation and locally advanced breast cancer.  He has also focused on free flap physiology, wound healing, and the development of surgical protocols for reconstructive surgery of the head and neck, abdominal wall, and the lower extremity.  Dr. Clemens also co-leads a multidisciplinary clinical and laboratory research team on the investigation of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (bia-ALCL).

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
P.O. Box 301402
1400 Pressler, FCT19.5000
Unit Number: 1488
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-794-1247
Fax: 713-794-5492

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2004 Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, MD, Medical Degree
1998 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, BS, Dean's List : 1996-1997, 1997-1998, Biology, Concentration Microbiology and Neurobiology

Postgraduate Training

7/2010-6/2011 Clinical Fellowship, Microvascular Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Charles E. Butler, MD
6/2004-6/2010 Clinical Residency, Plastic Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, Scott Spear, MD

Experience/Service

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Patient Safety Committee Member, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Houston, TX, 2014-present
Chair of sub-committee, Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) for Plastic Surgery Foundation, Houston, TX, 2014-present

Institutional Committee Activities

Associate Member, Institutional Review Board, 9/2013-9/2014
Representative, Faculty Senate, 7/2013-present
Member, CRC Committee, 12/2011-2013

Honors and Awards

2014 Best Video Discussion of 2013 Contest Winner: Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation: Consensus Guidelines, Journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
2013 Chinese National Foreign Expert Program Recognition, Presented by the National Foreign Expert Ministry, Beijing, China
2012 Best Case of the Year, Department of Plastic Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2011 Best Fellow Presentation, American Association of Plastic Surgeons 90th Annual Meeting
2011 Best Resident/Fellow Paper Award, Presented at the Mayo Clinic Chang Gung Reconstructive Symposium, Taipei, Taiwan
2011 Trainee Excellence Award, MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association
2010 Academic Achievement Award, Georgetown University Hospital
2010 Administrative Chief Resident Recognition Certificate, Georgetown University Hospital
2010 Outstanding Resident Teacher Award, Georgetown University Hospital
2009 Marie J. Simonian Award-Outstanding Resident Clinical Presentation, Georgetown University Hospital
2003 Teeter Medical Scholarship for International Study, Bernard O'Brien Institute of Microsurgery
2002-2003 Eisenberg Award and Grant-Most Outstanding Medical Student, Lehigh Valley Hospital
2002-2003 Penn State Research Grant, Pennsylvania State College
1998-2000 Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship, National Institute Health
1997-1998 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Award, Cornell University

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons
Fellow, 2014-present
Associate Fellow, 2013-2014
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Member, 2013-present
American Society of Plastic Surgeons, IL
Research Development Committee Member, 2013-present
Clinical Trials Network Committee Member, 2012-present
Leadership Development Committee Member, 2012-present
Young Plastic Surgeons Steering Committee Member, 2012
Member, 1/2011-present
American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Member, 2012-present
Harris County Medical Society, TX
Member, 2/2012-present
Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons, Houston, TX
Member, 9/2011-present
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Member, 2014-present
Plastic Surgery Research Council
Bylaws CommitteeMember, 2013-2014
Member, 10/2012-present
World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, Chicago, IL
Member, 2/2012-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Clemens MW, Kochuba AL, Carter ME, Han K, Liu J, Evans K. Association Between Agent Orange Exposure and Nonmelanotic Invasive Skin Cancer: A Pilot Study. Plast Reconstr Surg. In Press.
2. Bengtson B, Baxter R, Clemens W, Bates D. A 12-month Survey of Early Use and Surgeon Satisfaction with a New Highly Purified Silk Matrix: SERI Surgical Scaffold. Plast Reconstr Surg GO 2((7) e182), 2014.
3. Clemens M, Hanson S, Rao S, Truong A, Liu J, Yu P. Rapid Awakening Protocol in Complex Head and Neck Reconstruction. Head and Neck(10.1002/hed.23623), 2014.
4. Clemens M, Kronowitz S, Selber J. Robotic Latissimus Dorsi Harvest in Delayed-Immediate Breast Reconstruction. Seminars in Plastic Surgery 28(1):20-25, 2014.
5. Booth JH, Garvey PB, Baumann DP, Selber JC, Nguyen AT, Clemens MW, Liu J, Butler CE. Primary Fascial Closure with Mesh Reinforcement Is Superior to Bridged Mesh Repair for Abdominal Wall Reconstruction. J Am Coll Surg 217(6):999-1009, 12/2013. e-Pub 9/29/2013. PMID: 24083910.
6. Selber JC, Garvey PB, Clemens MW, Chang EI, Zhang H, Hanasono MM. A Prospective Study of Transit-Time Flow Volume Measurement for Intraoperative Evaluation and Optimization of Free Flaps. Plast Reconstr Surg 131(2):270-81, 2/2013. PMID: 23076414.
7. Garvey P, Clemens M, Doolittle J, Baumann D, Swisher S, Butler C. Complex Composite Oncologic Chest Wall Defects Reconstructed with Synthetic or Bioprosthetic Mesh Experience Similar Surgical Outcomes when Combined with Soft Tissue Flap Coverage. J Surg Res 179(2):306-307, 2/2013.
8. Garvey G, Clemens M, Hoy A, Kronowitz S, Butler C. Muscle-Sparing TRAM Flap Design does not Protect Breast Reconstructions from Post-Mastectomy Radiation Damage in Comparison to DIEP Flap Design. J Surg Res 179(2):255, 2/2013.
9. Clemens MW, Selber JC, Liu J, Adelman DM, Baumann DP, Garvey PB, Butler CE. Bovine Versus Porcine Acellular Dermal Matrix for Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg 131(1):71-79, 1/2013. PMID: 22965235.
10. Garvey PB, Clemens MW, Rhines LD, Sacks JM. Vertical Rectus Abdominis Musculocutaneous Flow-Through Flap to a Free Fibula Flap for Total Sacrectomy Reconstruction. Microsurgery 33(1):32-8, 1/2013. e-Pub 3/2012. PMID: 22473534.
11. Clemens M, Kochuba A, Davison S. Anatomy of Free Flap Failure: Dissection of a Series. Mod Plast Surg 3(3). e-Pub 2013.
12. Clemens MW, Kronowitz SJ. Acellular Dermal Matrix in Irradiated Tissue Expander/Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction: Evidence-Based Review. Plast Reconstr Surg 130(5 Suppl 2):27S-34S, 11/2012. PMID: 23096982.
13. Chang EI, Clemens MW, Garvey PB, Skoracki RJ, Hanasono MM. Cephalometric Analysis for Microvascular Head and Neck Reconstruction. Head Neck 34(11):1607-14, 11/2012. e-Pub 1/2012. PMID: 22290660.
14. Clemens MW, Yu P. Near Circumferential Pharyngoesophagectomy Reconstruction with a Double-Skin Paddle Anteromedial Tthigh and Sartorius Muscle Free Flap. Plast Reconstr Surg 129(3):594e-595e, 3/2012. PMID: 22374038.
15. Clemens MD, Chang EI, Lewis V, Chang D. Composite Extremity and Trunk Reconstruction with Vascularized Fibula Flap in Post-Oncologic Bone Defects: A 10 Year Experience. Plast Reconstr Surg 129(1):170-8, 1/2012.
16. Davison SP, Clemens MW. Career Evaluation and the Decision Process for Plastic Surgery Graduates. Plast Reconstr Surg 128(2):559-65, 08/2011, 8/2011.
17. Clemens MW, Evans KK, Mardini S, Arnold PG. Introduction to Chest Wall Reconstruction: Anatomy and Physiology of the Chest: Indications for Chest Wall Reconstruction. Seminars Plast Surg 25(1):3-4, 2/2011.
18. Spear SL, Seruya M, Clemens MW, Teitelbaum S, Nahabedian MY. Acellular Dermal Matrix for the Treatment and Prevention of Implant-Associated Breast Deformities. Plast Reconstr Surg 127(3):1047-1058, 2011.
19. Clemens MW, Attinger CE. Angiosomes and Wound Care in the Diabetic Foot. Clin Foot Ankle Reconstr 15(3):439-464, 2010.
20. Clemens MW, Attinger CE. Functional Reconstruction of the Diabetic Foot. Seminars Plast Surg 24(1):43-56, 2010.
21. Clemens MW, Broyles JM, Le PN, Attinger CE. Innovation and Management of Diabetic Foot Wounds. Surg Technol Int 20:61-71, 2010.
22. Davison SP, Sobanko JF, Clemens MW. Use of a Collagen-Glycosaminoglycan Copolymer (Integra) in Combination with Adjuvant Treatments for Reconstruction of Severe Chest Keloids. J Drugs Dermatol 9(5):542-548, 2010.
23. Spear SL, Dayan J, Clemens MW. Augmentation/Mastopexy. Clin Plast Surg 36(1):105-115, 2009.
24. Clemens MW, Davison SP. Buried DIEP Flaps for Head and Neck Contour Defects. J Reconstr Microsurg 25(2):81-88, 2009.
25. Davison SP, Dayan JH, Clemens MW, Sonni S, Wang A, Crane A. Efficacy of Intralesional 5-fluorouracil and Triamcinolone in the Treatment of Keloids. Aesthet Surg J 29(1):40-46, 2009.
26. Clemens MW, Murthy A, Pryzgodzki RM. Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor of the Hand. Plast Reconstr Surg 123(2):83e-85e, 2009.
27. Spear SL, Schwartz J, Dayan JH, Clemens MW. Outcome Assessment of Breast Distortion Following Submuscular Breast Augmentation. Aesthet Plast Surg 33(1):44-48, 2009.
28. Clemens MW, Higgins JP, Shaw Wilgis EF. Prevention of Anastomotic Thrombosis by Botulinum Toxin in a Animal Model. Plast Reconstr Surg 123(1):64-70, 2009.
29. Spear SL, Dayan JH, Bogue DP, Clemens MW, Newman MK, Teitelbaum S, Maxwell GP. The Neo-Subpectoral Pocket for the Correction of Synmastia. Plast Reconstr Surg 124(3):695-703, 2009.
30. Clemens MW, Attinger CE. Biological Basis of Diabetic Foot Wounds. Surg Technol Int 17:89-95, 2008.
31. Spear SL, Clemens MW, Dayan JH. Considerations in Previous Augmentation for Subsequent Breast Reconstruction. Aesthet Surg J 28(3):285-293, 2008.
32. Clemens MW, Parikh P, Hall MM, Attinger CE. External Fixators as an Adjunct to Wound Healing. Foot and Ankle Clin 13(1):145-156, 2008.
33. Davison SP, Clemens MW. Safety First: Precautions for the Massive Weight Loss Patient. Clin Plast Surg 35(1):173-183, 2008.
34. Davison SP, Mesbahi AN, Clemens MW, Picken CA. Vascularized Calvarial Bone Flaps and Mid-Face Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg 122(1):10e-18e, 2008.
35. Davison SP, Clemens MW, Chang S. Modified Circumferential Torsoplasty for the Massive-weight Loss Patient. Ann Plast Surg 59(4):453-458, 2007.
36. Davison SP, Clemens MW, Armstrong D, Newton ED, Swartz W. Sternotomy Wounds: Rectus Flap versus Modified Pectoral Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg 120(4):929-934, 2007.
37. Spear SL, Boehmler JH, Clemens MW. Augmentation/Mastopexy: A 3-Year Review of a Single Surgeon's Practice. Plast Reconstr Surg 118(7S):136S-147S, discussion 148S-149S, 150S-151S, 2006.
38. Quam T, Xu Q, Joussen AM, Clemens MW, Qin W, Miyamoto K, Hassessian H, Wiegand SJ, Rudge J, Yancopoulos GD, Adamis AP. VEGF-initiated Blood-Retinal Barrier Breakdown in Early Diabetes. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 42(10):2408-2413, 2001.

Editorials

1. Abraham J, Clemens M, Oates S. Aggressive Metastatic Chordoma in the Wrist. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob:2:e245; doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000218, 11/2014.
2. Clemens M. Commentary: Factors Affecting Complications in Radiated Breast Reconstruction. [Ann Plast Surg 2013: 70:542-5] Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly 25(1), 2014.
3. Clemens MW, Kronowitz SJ. Commentary: Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction After Previous Lumpectomy and Radiation Therapy: Analysis of Complications and Satisfaction. [Ann Plast Surg 2011: 66:444-451] Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly 23(1):93-94, 2012.
4. Clemens MW, Butler CE. Discussion: The Lateral Chest Wall: A Separate Aesthetic Unit in Breast Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg 128(6):626e-634e, 2011.

Abstracts

1. Garvey P, Clemens M, Hoy A, Kronowitz S, Butler C. Designing a Breast Reconstruction as a MS FTRAM Rather than a DIEP is not Protective Against Radiation Damage. Plast Reconstr Surg 132(2S):509, 8/2013.
2. Clemens MW, Chang EI, Oates S, Chang DW. 10 Year Experience of Composite Trunk and Extremity Reconstruction with Vascularized Fibula Flap. Poster. American Association of Plastic Surgeons 90th Annual Meeting Program Book:78-79, 4/2011.

Book Chapters

1. Ibrahim A, Atiyeh A, Sarhane K, Clemens M. Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL): Current Recommendations on Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies. In: Breast Reconstruction: Art, Science, and New Clinical Techniques. MA Shiffman. Springer-Verlag: New York, 2014.
2. Ibrahim A, Clemens M, Sarhane K, Selber J. Harvest of the Latissimus Dorsi Muscle Flap. In: Robotic Surgery in Breast Reconstruction. Ed(s) MA Shiffman. Springer-Verlag: New York, 2014.
3. Clemens MW, Attinger CE. Lower Extremity Reconstruction. In: Grabb and Smith's Plastic Surgery, 7th. Lippincott-Ravens: Philadelphia, PA, 955-970, 2014.
4. Kronowitz S, Clemens M. Oncoplastic Techniques. In: Diagnostic Imaging: Breast, 2nd. Amirsys, Section 10 Pg. 82, 2014.
5. Kronowitz S, Clemens M. Reduction Mammoplasty, Procedure. In: Diagnostic Imaging: Breast, 2nd, Section 10, Pg. 86, 2014.
6. Kronowitz S, Clemens M. TRAM and Other Flap Procedures. In: Diagnostic Imaging: Breast, 2nd. Amirsys, Section 10, pg. 90, 2014.
7. Spear SL, Clemens MW, Schaffner AD. Advances in Mastopexy. In: Current Reconstructive Surgery. Ed(s) J Serletti. McGraw-Hill Publishing: New York, NY, 525-540, 2013.
8. Clemens MW, Evans KK, Mardini S, Salgado CJ. Fasciocutaneous Versus Muscle Flap in Soft Tissue Reconstruction of the Lower Extremity. In: Reconstructive Surgery of the Lower Extremity. 1. Ed(s) Pu, S Levine, FC Wei. Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA, 345-368, 2013.
9. Clemens MW, Attinger CE. Foot and Ankle Reconstruction. In: Current Reconstructive Surgery. Ed(s) J Serletti. McGraw-Hill Publishing: New York, NY, 779-792, 2013.
10. Clemens MW, Attinger CE. Soft Tissue Reconstruction of the Foot and Ankle. In: Reconstructive Surgery of the Lower Extremity. 4. Ed(s) Pu, S Levine, FC Wei. Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA, 1191, 2013.
11. Clemens MW, Attinger CE. The Extensor Digitorum Brevis Muscle Flap for Lower Extremity Reconstruction. In: Reconstructive Surgery of the Lower Extremity. 1. Ed(s) Pu, S Levine, FC Wei. Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA, 681-692, 2013.
12. Spear SL, Schaffner AD, Clemens MW. Breast Reconstruction with Implants. In: Advanced Therapy of Breast Disease, 3rd, 643-663, 2012.
13. Clemens MW, Colen L, Attinger CE. Foot Reconstruction. In: Plastic Surgery, 3rd. Ed(s) P Neligan. Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA, 2012.
14. Spear SL, Clemens MW. The Latissimus Dorsi Flap in Breast Reconstruction. In: Plastic Surgery, 3rd. Ed(s) P Neligan. Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA, 2012.
15. Davison SP, Clemens MW. Making a Living in Reconstructive Surgery. In: The Business of Plastic Surgery. Ed(s) J Korman. Lippincott-Raven: Philadelphia, PA, 2011.
16. Clemens MW, Nahabedian M. Perforator Flaps in Breast Reconstruction. In: Surgery of the Breast: Principles and Art, 3rd. Ed(s) SL Spear. Lippincott-Raven: Philadelphia, PA, 2011.
17. Spear SL, Clemens MW, Howard M. Reconstruction of the Previously Augmented Breast. In: Surgery of the Breast: Principles and Art, 3rd. Ed(s) SL Spear. Lippincott-Raven: Philadelphai, PA, 2011.
18. Davison SP, Clemens MW. The Aesthetic Subunits of the Breast. In: Surgery of the Breast: Principles and Art, 3rd. Ed(s) SL Spear. Lippincott-Raven: Philadelphia, PA, 2011.
19. Clemens MW, Nahabedian M. The DIEP Flap in Breast Reconstruction. In: Surgery of the Breast: Principles and Art, 3rd. Ed(s) SL Spear. Lippincott-Raven: Philadelphia, PA, 2011.
20. Davison SP, Clemens MW. The Job Search in Plastic Surgery. In: The Business of Plastic Surgery. Ed(s) J Korman. Lippincott-Raven: Philadelphia, PA, 2011.
21. Spear SL, Boehmler, Clemens MW. The Latissimus Flap in the Irradiated Breast. In: Surgery of the Breast: Principles and Art, 3rd. Ed(s) SL Spear. Lippincott-Raven: Philadelphia, PA, 2011.
22. Clemens MW, Cohen M, Attinger CE. Reconstruction of the Charcot Foot. In: The Charcot Foot - Principles of Management. Ed(s) R Frykberg. Data Trace Publishing Company: Towson, MD, 2010.
23. Attinger CE, Clemens MW, Ducic I, et al. The Role of Microsurgical Free Flaps in Foot and Ankle Surgery. In: Lower Extremity Soft Tissue & Cutaneous Plastic Surgery, 2nd. Ed(s) GD Dockery. Elsevier Science: Kidlington, Oxford, 2010.
24. Attinger CE, Clemens MW, Ducic I, et al. The Use of Local Muscle Flaps in Foot and Ankle Reconstruction. In: Lower Extremity Soft Tissue & Cutaneous Plastic Surgery, 2nd. Ed(s) GD Dockery. Elsevier Science: Kidlington, Oxford, 2010.
25. Davison SP, Clemens MW,. Breast Augmentation with Periareolar Mastopexy. In: Breast Augmentation: Principles and Practice. Ed(s) MA Shiffman. Springer-Verlag: New York, New York, 2009.
26. Clemens MW, Attinger CE. Foot and Ankle Reconstruction. In: Plastic Surgery: Indications and Practice. Ed(s) B Guyuron, E Eriksson, JA Persing. et a;. Elsevier: London, England, 2008.
27. Davison SP, Clemens MW. Wise Pattern Breast Reduction. In: Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery. Ed(s) M Nahabedian. Elsevier: London, England, 2008.

Letters to the Editor

1. Garvey P, Booth J, Baumann D, Selber J, Nguyen A, Clemens M, Liu J, Butler C. Primary Fascial Closure with Mesh Reinforcement is Superior to Bridged Mesh Repair for Abdominal Wall Reconstruction. J Am Coll Surg. In Press.
2. Clemens M. Reply: Association Between Agent Orange Exposure and Nonmelanotic Invasive Skin Cancer: A Pilot Study. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In Press.
 

Other

1. Video Discussion. Clemens M,  Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation: Consensus Guidelines. Plast Reconstr Surg, 132:6, 2013.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Curtis National Hand Center Research Grant
Funding Source: Curtis National Hand Center Research Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 1/1/2007 - 4/4/2007

Last updated: 11/7/2014