NYU Medical School Receives $20 Million Face Lift

New York University has announced a $20 million gift from businessman and philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss in support of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the NYU School of Medicine.

The department, which will be renamed after Wyss in recognition of the gift, has one of the largest residency and fellowship programs in its field, as well as a research program that focuses on transplantation, wound healing, craniofacial biology, surgical simulation, and distraction osteogenesis. Described by NYU as the first named plastic surgery department in the country, it also has the largest academic group of board-certified plastic surgeons in the country, with expertise in reconstructive facial surgery, microsurgery, breast reconstructive surgery, aesthetic surgery, wound care, and hand surgery.

A 2013 signatory of the Giving Pledge, the Swiss-born Wyss served as CEO of Synthes, Inc., a medical research and device manufacturing company, for more than thirty years. Wyss shepherded the sale of the company to Johnson & Johnson and now focuses on advancing the mission of the Wyoming-based Wyss Foundation.

"This type of gift is truly transformational and will propel the department into its next phase of growth by establishing new clinical trials, academic forums, and advancing surgical animation, among other initiatives," said Eduardo D. Rodriguez, the Helen L. Kimmel Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and chair of the department. "NYU Langone has a rich history of developing novel reconstructive plastic surgery procedures to provide superior outcomes for the most complex cases. I am excited for the medical advances that will undoubtedly come about as a result of this tremendous gift."