Green Bay – Dr. Tina Sauerhammer, who has made substantial marks in local and national history, will join Prevea Health as Northeast Wisconsin’s first fellowship-trained pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon. “Children in need of a variety of reconstructive surgery procedures, such as cleft palette, will now be able to receive quality care locally,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, Prevea Health President and CEO. “Dr. Sauerhammer is an extremely decorated and skilled plastic surgeon, and we are honored to have her join Prevea Health.”
Dr. Sauerhammer, a Green Bay native, made local headlines in 1999 after becoming the youngest person to ever graduate from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at the age of 18, then from UW-Madison Medical School in 2003 at the age of 22. That same year, she was named Miss Wisconsin and second runner-up in the Miss America competition. Dr. Sauerhammer is in Oshkosh this week to help judge the Miss Wisconsin 2014 pageant, and will return to Green Bay permanently in September to join Prevea Health. “I am honored to be coming back home to Green Bay and serving a community that has made me who I am today,” said Dr. Sauerhammer.
Currently, Dr. Sauerhammer is an attending surgeon at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC where she also completed her fellowship in 2012. She serves as the hospital’s Co-Director of Burn Service and Clinical Director of Global Health. One of her most notable medical achievements came in 2011, when she participated in the first full face transplant to ever be performed in the United States. “Being able to give a 3-year-old girl the chance to see her father’s face again is why plastic surgery is such a rewarding field,” said Dr. Sauerhammer. In 2012, she spent time aboard Mercy Ships – a state-of-the-art hospital ship that travels to the world’s poorest countries in Africa to provide much-needed medical care. Dr. Sauerhammer has also served with Operation Smile and regularly travels to Haiti to perform reconstructive surgery on underserved children and adults.
While Dr. Sauerhammer will specialize in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery services for Prevea Health, she will also work in partnership with Dr. Michael Janitch to provide adult plastic and reconstructive surgery. To learn more about the plastic surgery services offered by Prevea Health, visit www.preveaplasticsurgery.com
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