William Michael Kuzon Jr MD

Professor, Surgery
Plastic Surgery, Surgery
Clinical Interests:

Dr. Kuzon performs a wide array of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures, including the reconstruction of patients with facial paralysis, the management of difficult wounds, the management of patients after weight loss, and the management of defects resulting from the excision of sarcomas and other forms of cancer. Dr. Kuzon, along with Dr. Michael Franz from the Section of General Surgery at Michigan, run a program for the reconstruction of complex incisional hernias. Dr. Kuzon is also the director of surgical services for the University of Michigan Comprehensive Gender Services Program and has performed a large number of gender-related procedures.

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Medical School or Training

  • University of Rochester School of Medicine, 1981


  • University of Toronto, Surgery General, 1991


  • Microvascular and Hand Surgery, Toronto General Hospital, 1991

  • Microvascular and Hand Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, 1992

Board Certification

  • Plastic Surgery


Dr. Kuzon is well known as a national leader in Plastic Surgery research and has been the recipient of numerous research grants and awards. He maintains an active basic science research program focused on skeletal muscle mechanical dysfunction as related to ventral hernia, peripheral nerve injury, aging, and trauma, and on tissue engineering of skeletal muscle. 


Dr. William M. Kuzon, Jr. is the Reed O. Dingman Professor of Surgery, in the Section of Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan. He is certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He has been the Section Head for Plastic Surgery and the director of the Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program at Michigan since 2001.

Dr. Kuzon received his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and his Ph.D. in Community Health from the University of Toronto. He completed his plastic surgery residency at the University of Toronto in 1991 and received additional training in hand surgery and in microvascular reconstruction in Toronto and at the University of Pittsburgh before joining the faculty of the University of Michigan Section of Plastic Surgery in 1992. Dr. Kuzon has an active research program related to skeletal muscle and peripheral nerve physiology as it relates to reconstructive surgery. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals on a wide spectrum of plastic surgery topics and has given keynote lectures at many universities and scientific meetings.

Dr. Kuzon is a member of many national specialty societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (currently serving on the Board of Directors), the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (currently serving as the president-elect), The American Association of Plastic Surgeons (currently serving as vice-president), The Plastic Surgery Research Council (currently serving as Historian), the American Society for the Peripheral Nerve (past president), and the Michigan Association of Plastic Surgeons (past president), and the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. He is also a Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.