William Gerald Austen Jr., MD, who has served with the MGH's Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Surgery since 2004, has been named chief of that division. He succeeds James May, MD, who has been with the MGH for more than 30 years.
An assistant professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Austen completed his residency at BWH in 2002 as a member of the first graduating class of the Harvard Combined Plastic Surgery Residency Program. He then spent a year as a fellow in craniofacial surgery in Melbourne, Australia. Austen's research examines the regenerative properties of adult-derived stem cells in treating injuries