Justin M. Sacks, MD, MBA, FACS

  • Phone: 314-362-7388

Justin M. Sacks is the Shoenberg Professor and Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. He recently spent the last decade at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he was the Vice-Chair of Clinical Operations and Director of Oncological Reconstruction. A graduate from Cornell University, Dr. Sacks received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where he also completed his combined general surgery and plastic surgery residency. Following residency training, he completed a two-year research fellowship in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. While in Pittsburgh he also completed a one-year combined orthopedic/plastic surgery upper extremity fellowship. Further pursuing his clinical interests, he completed a one-year microvascular reconstructive surgery fellowship in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas where upon completion he was invited to join the faculty and remained there for three years. His research focuses on advancements in the field of vascularized composite allotransplantation, tissue engineering and vascular perfusion assessment. His clinical interests include the reconstruction of all forms of acquired, oncological and traumatic defects ranging from the head and neck to the breast, chest, abdomen, pelvis and extremities. In 2016 he completed an MBA in medical service management at the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Biotech Startup Lifesprout. In addition, his team has developed a pressure sensing device to help mitigate pressure sore development in the in-patient setting.

Dr. Sacks maintains a robust clinical reconstructive practice while at the same time performing basic science, clinical outcomes and translational research. He has authored over 100 original publications in peer-reviewed journals and 20 textbook chapters on plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. He is fellow member of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery and Plastic Surgery Research Council. He is a founding member of the American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation. Currently, he is the immediate past-Chair of the Plastic Surgery Research Council.

Expertise


Specialty Areas


  • Head to toe reconstructive surgery following cancer surgery and trauma
  • Reconstructive surgery of the body, including the head and neck, breast, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities
  • Breast reconstruction using autologous tissue and implants
  • Extremity reconstruction
  • Hand surgery
  • Limb salvage
  • Microvascular surgery
  • Trunk reconstruction
  • Vascularized composite allotransplantation

Common Procedures


  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Aesthetic breast surgery
  • Breast reconstruction with DIEP, GAP, PAP, TUG and LD flaps
  • Hand surgery
  • Head and neck reconstruction
  • Free tissue transfer
  • Lymphovenous bypass
  • Lymph node transfer
  • Oncological spine reconstruction
  • Reconstruction of the trunk and extremities
  • Skin cancer reconstruction
  • Wound care

Common Diagnoses Treated


  • Breast cancer
  • Hernia hidradenitis suppurativa
  • Lymphedema pressure
  • Ulcers
  • Skin cancer trauma

Education


Board Certifications


American Board of Plastic Surgery

Degrees


Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, New York, NY, 1998

Graduate School: MBA, Carey School of Business, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2016

Residency


1998-1999 Internship, General Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

1999-2001 Residency, General Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

2001-2004 Residency, Plastic Surgery (Combined Program), Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

Fellowship


2004-2006 Plastic Surgery/Microsurgery Research and Clinical Fellowship, Division of Plastic Surgery, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2006-2007 Hand, Upper Extremity and Microsurgery Fellowship, Division of Plastic Surgery/Department of Orthopedics, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2007-2008 Microsurgery Cancer Reconstruction Fellowship, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Professional Memberships


American College of Surgeons

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Society of Reconstruction Transplantation

American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

European Plastic Surgery Research Council

Plastic Surgery Research Council

Awards and Honors


2019 Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Co-Founder LifeSprout

2019 The Core Surgery Clerkship Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Surgery

2018 Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

2018 The Core Surgery Clerkship Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Surgery

2018 Living the Hopkins Mission honoree, selected for 125th anniversary of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

2018 Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery: Reconstructive. Baltimore Magazine, The Maryland General Assembly

2017 Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery: Reconstructive. Baltimore Magazine, The Maryland General Assembly.

2017 The Core Surgery Clerkship Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Surgery

2017 Resident Research Award (Senior Author). 34th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. Newport, RI.

2017 Outstanding Paper and Poster Presentation Award (Senior Author). PSTM 2017. Next- Generation Dermal Filler: Nanofiber- Hydrogel Composite. Orlando, FL.

2017 “Pitch and Play” – The Association of University Technology Managers. Venture Challenge. Business plan competition. Selected out of 43 national academic-based tech ventures.

2016, Mercury Patch: a low-cost, targeted monitoring system for the detection and prevention of pressure ulcers in hospitalized patients

2016 Second Place, Johns Hopkins University Design Day

2015 Best Resident Presentation (Principal Investigator), American Association of Plastic Surgery, Scottsdale, AZ 2016 The Core Surgery Clerkship Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Surgery

2015 Best Resident Presentation (Principal Investigator), American Association of Plastic Surgery, Scottsdale, AZ 2016 The Core Surgery Clerkship Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Surgery

2014 Clifford C. Snyder, MD Best Paper Award (Co-Author), Plastic Surgery Research Council, 59th Annual Meeting, New York, NY

2014 Best Clinical Research Project. Johns Hopkins/University of Maryland Resident Research Day, Baltimore, MD

2013 J.K. Hardesty, MD Best Poster Award (Co-Author), Plastic Surgery Research Council 58th Annual Meeting, Santa Monica, CA

2012 National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute Travel Award (Senior Author), 8th Annual Meeting of American Physician Scientists Association, Chicago, IL.

2012 Third Best Clinical Vignette (Senior Author), 97th American Medical Womens’ Association Annual Meeting, Miami, FL.

2012 J.K. Hardesty, MD Best Poster Award (Senior Author), Plastic Surgery Research Council 57th Annual Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI

2008 James Barrett Brown Manuscript Award Nomination, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, Boston, MA

2008 Joseph L. Posch, MD Award. Resident Scientific Paper Competition. Best Research Paper (Co-Author), The Annual Meeting of the American Association Hand Surgery (AAHS), Los Angeles, CA

2007 Best Poster Presentation (Co-Author), Department of Surgery Research Day, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2007 Best Clinical Research Presentation, Plastic Surgery Resident Research Day, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2007 Best Basic Science Research Paper (Co-Author), The Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Bermuda

2007 First Place, Basic Science Paper (Co-Author), The Annual Meeting of Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, Indianapolis, IN

2007 Second Place, Basic Science Paper (Co-Author), Robert H. Ivy Society and the John Staige Davis Society, Hershey, PA

2006 Joseph L. Posch, MD Award. Resident Scientific Paper Competition. Best Basic Research Paper, The Annual Meeting of the American Association Hand Surgery (AAHS), Tucson, AZ

2006 Best Poster Presentation (Co-Author), Department of Surgery Research Day, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2006 American Society of Transplant Surgeons Abstract Travel Award, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, State of the Art Winter Symposium. Scottsdale, AZ

2005 Best Basic Science Paper (Co-author) – Second Place, The Annual Meeting of the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, Aurora, OH

2005 Best Basic Science Research Paper (Co-Author), The Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Naples, FL

2005 Best Clinical Paper – Second Place (Co-Author), The Annual Meeting of the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, Aurora, OH

2000 Medical Student Teaching Award in Surgery for Outstanding Teaching by a Junior Resident, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY

1998 Outstanding Clinical Skills Award – 4th Year, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

1997 Alpha Omega Alpha, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

Research


Areas of Research Interest


Justin Sacks, MD, research focuses on advancements in the field of vascularized composite allotransplantation, tissue engineering and vascular perfusion assessment.

His clinical interests include the reconstruction of all forms of acquired, oncological and traumatic defects ranging from the head and neck to the breast, chest, abdomen, pelvis and extremities.

In 2016, he completed an MBA in medical service management at the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Biotech Startup Lifesprout. His team also developed a pressure sensing device to help mitigate pressure sore development in the in-patient setting.

Sacks maintains a robust clinical reconstructive practice while performing basic science, clinical outcomes and translational research. He has authored over 100 original publications in peer-reviewed journals and 20 textbook chapters on plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery.

Innovations


Composite synthetic scaffold of soft tissue reconstruction

Biomedical device to reduce the incidence of pressure sores

Financial Disclosures


Sacks is the co-founder of Lifesprout.

Publications


Locations


Hospital Affiliations


Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Clinical Office Locations


Center for Advanced Medicine

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Contact


To request an appointment with Dr. Sacks, please call (314) 362-7388 or complete the online appointment form.

For My Patients


Patient resources can be found on the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery website: https://plasticsurgery.wustl.edu/patient-care/patient-forms/.