Dr. Sandeep Kathju

Plastic Surgeon PittsburghDr. Sandeep Kathju joins Premier Plastic Surgery after lengthy sojourns in Pittsburgh’s leading hospitals, including Allegheny General Hospital and UPMC. He brings extensive experience in all aspects of Plastic Surgery, and remains vigorously engaged in multiple areas of study to advance the best possible care we can deliver to our patients.


Educational Background

Dr. Kathju pursued his collegiate education at The Johns Hopkins University, graduating after three years from the Biology Honors Program and with general honors. He then enrolled in the University of Michigan’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), where, in addition to his medical studies, he completed a PhD thesis in the Cellular and Molecular Biology program. Upon graduating with both MD and PhD degrees, he completed a residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Harvard Combined Otolaryngology Program. He subsequently completed a second residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), from which he and Dr. Heil graduated together. He is Board-certified in both specialties.

Professional History

Dr. Kathju served as an Attending Surgeon at the Allegheny General Hospital for 10 years, with simultaneous appointments in the Divisions of Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, and Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery. He was during this time also an Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Drexel University College of Medicine. For the next 6 years he served as Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He was Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at both UPMC Passavant and UPMC McKeesport hospitals, and was Medical Director of the Wound Healing Centers there.

Certifications and Society Memberships

Dr. Kathju completed the certification process for the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in 2000. He completed certification with the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 2003. He has been a member of many professional societies, including the American Medical Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Wound Healing Society, the Plastic Surgery Research Council, and the Surgical Infection Society.

Awards and Recognitions

Dr. Kathju has received multiple awards for both his clinical and research efforts, including the Triological Society Career Development Award and the Hardesty Award from the Plastic Surgery Research Council. Most recently, he was elected to the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society at the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.

Other Work

Dr. Kathju has authored over 60 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and presented extensively at both national and international meetings. He served as a National Science Foundation intern in Japan, and has completed visiting fellowships at the Tata Memorial Hospital and at Sion and Wadia Children’s Hospital, located in Mumbai, India. He is on the Editorial Boards of the journals Wound Repair and Regeneration and Advances in Wound Care. Dr. Kathju has long been interested in developing new technologies to help patients, working with both biotechnology companies and with the US Department of Defense (eg. as a member of the first Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine).

Special Interests

Dr. Kathju provides the full range of aesthetic and reconstructive surgical options to his patients, strengthened by his experience and innovation. With his background in Head and Neck Surgery, he has especially focused on surgeries of the face and nose, including surgeries to enhance nasal breathing and for skin cancer. He also takes special interest in body contouring surgery, such as abdominoplasty (“tummy tucks”) and thigh lifts, having worked closely with bariatric surgeons across four major hospitals in the greater Pittsburgh area. Dr. Kathju has a committed interest in methods to reduce scarring, and frequently helps patients with problematic scars.

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