Presentations & Abstracts

Published Research & Presentations

An important part of Dr. Hess’ commitment to excellent patient care is his contribution to the continued advancement of plastic surgery science and techniques. Below is a list of titles of the research and presentations that Dr. Hess has delivered during his career as a plastic surgeon in Virginia. Where available, you can read link to the full article.


Hess CL: An Uplifting Look at Cosmetic Surgery. The Virginia Society of Perianesthesia Nurses, Alexandria, VA, 2007

Hess CL: Pediatric Wound Closure in the ER Setting. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Skills Day, Prince William Hospital, Manassas, VA, 2006

Hess CL: Wound Closure in the ER Setting. Georgetown University Plastic Surgery Residency, Guest Lecturer, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., 2006

Hess CL: Pressure Ulcers. Rebuild Spinal Cord Injury group, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA, 2005

Hess CL: Pediatric Wound Closure in the ER Setting. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Skills Day, Prince William Hospital, Manassas, VA, 2005

Hess CL, Attinger CE, Ducic I, et al: Skin Grafts vs. Local Flaps vs. Free Flaps in the Salvage of Exposed Achilles Tendons in Diabetics vs. Nondiabetics. Senior Residents Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 2004

Hess CL: Cleft Lip and Palate. Advanced Nursing Workshop-Craniofacial Update
INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA, 2003

Hess CL, Higgins J, Murphy MS: Strength Changes Following Upper Extremity Pneumatic Tourniquet Application. American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Phoenix, AZ, 2002

Hess CL, Wolock B, Murphy MS: Mycobacterium Infections of the Upper Extremity Northeastern Society for Plastic Surgeons, Bermuda, 2002

Hess CL, Wolock B, Murphy MS: Mycobacterium Marinum Infections of the Upper Extremity-Experience at One Institution. E.F. Shaw Wilgis, M.D. Lectureship in Hand Surgery, Curtis National Hand Center, Baltimore, MD, 2002

Hess CL: Breast Reconstruction for the General Surgeon. Georgetown University Hospital Surgical Grand Rounds. Washington, D.C., 2001

Attinger CE, Ducic I, Hess CL et al: Coverage of the Achilles Tendon-Free Flap, Local Flap or Skin Graft. Wound Healing Society, Toronto, Canada, 1999

Spear SL, Hess CL, Elmaraghy MW: Evaluation of Abdominal Sensibility following TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Society, Orlando, FL, 1999

Book Chapters

Nahabedian MY, Spear SL, Hess CL: A Review of the Biomechanical and Functional Changes in the Trunk Following Transfer of the Rectus Abdominis Muscle. In Spear SL (ed), Surgery of the Breast: Principles and Art. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2006 Spear SL, Hess CL: Delayed Postmastectomy Reconstruction: Latissimus Technique. In Mathes SJ, Hentz VR (eds), Plastic Surgery Second Edition. Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 2004

Journal Publications

Attinger CE, Ducic I, Hess CL, et al.: The outcome of skin graft vs. flap surgery (local and free) in the salvage of the exposed Achilles tendon in diabetics vs. non diabetics. (in press)skin graft Achilles

Spear SL, Hess CL: A review of the biomechanical and functional changes in the shoulder following transfer of the latissimus dorsi muscle. Plast Reconstr Surg, 2005, June;115(7):2070-2073skin graft vs. flap surgery

Venturi ML, Attinger CE, Mesbahi AN, Hess CL, Graw KS: A review of the mechanisms and clinical applications of vacuum-assisted closure. Am J Clin Dermatol 2005;6(3):185-194

Hess CL, Wolock BS, Murphy MS: Mycobacterium marinum infections of the upper extremity (CME article). Plast Reconstr Surg, 2005, Mar; 115(3):55e-59eMycobacterium infections

Hess CL, Gartside RL, Ganz JC: TRAM flap breast reconstruction after abdominal liposuction. Ann Plast Surg, 2004 Aug; 53(2):166-169

Hess CL, Howard M, Attinger CE: A Review of mechanical adjuncts in wound healing: hydrotherapy, ultrasound, negative pressure therapy, hyperbaric oxygen and electrostimulation. Ann Plast Surg, 2003, Aug;51(2):210-8 mechanical adjuncts in wound healing

Spear SL, Hess CL, Elmaraghy EW: Evaluation of abdominal sensibility following TRAM flap breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg, 2000, Nov;106(6):1300-4 Evaluation of abdominal sensibility following TRAM flap breast reconstruction

Spear SL, Elmaraghy MW, Hess C: Textured-surface saline-filled silicone breast implants for augmentation mammaplasty. Plast Reconstr Surg, 2Textured-surface saline-filled silicone breast implants for augmentation mammaplasty

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