Dr. Sarah M. Elswick

Combining science, art and technology, Dr. Elswick’s passion for helping people is the driving force behind her dedication to her patients.

Having devoted her studies and professional training to the fields of biology, medicine, healthcare management, general surgery and plastic surgery, Dr. Elswick’s elite education, certifications, specialized training and research repertoire are vast.

She originally began studying aerospace engineering and landed a role at NASA. Though an incredible experience, Dr. Elswick quickly learned that she wanted to dedicate her career and her life to working with and helping people. Medicine was a natural fit.

She realized her desire to pursue plastic surgery while working in the Plastic Surgery Department at The Ohio State University. There, she saw the results of patients who had undergone breast reconstruction after mastectomy and knew she wanted to be part of restoring the lives and confidence of patients, not only when it comes to breast reconstruction, but on every area of the body regardless of patient age and gender.

With a focal point on aesthetics and aesthetic reconstruction, Dr. Elswick’s research has been centered on reconstruction after cancer surgery with special interests in prepectoral breast reconstruction and the effects of radiation in breast reconstruction. Likewise, she has presented multiple times on breast and body reconstruction.

Dr. Elswick has traveled the world, volunteering her time and services to people who need it most, noting that one of the most rewarding experiences in her career has been performing cleft lip and palate surgery on children in Guatemala.

Maintaining a hand on the pulse of the ever-evolving plastic surgery field, Dr. Elswick performs a variety of aesthetic and reconstructive surgical and nonsurgical treatments at Dr. Schenden’s practice. She utilizes creativity and the latest technology and surgical techniques for every procedure she performs. And her focus on exceptional patient care, as well as patient education and safety are why her patients trust her with their medical concerns.

Dr. Elswick is an ideal fit at Dr. Schenden’s practice. She is operating privileges at William Beaumont Hospital, Troy and Royal Oak, Michigan as well as McLaren Macomb Hospital. Dr. Elswick is pleased to accept insurance. Her extensive experience combined with an innate talent and skill for the aesthetics of the human body are why patients trust her with their medical concerns. Further, she prides herself on providing compassionate, individualized care in order to deliver outstanding results.

Education Achievements/Professional Associations:

AccomplishmentsExperience
Education

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Operations Management

Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Doctorate of Medicine
Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management

Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota
General Surgery Resident
Plastic Surgery Resident

Professional Experience

Michael J. Schenden, MD, PC, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
July 2019 – Present
Associate

Previous Professional Experience

NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Engineering Student Trainee, Power and Propulsion Office
-Wrote computer programs for unmanned aerial vehicles, fuel cells, and solar arrays.
-Compiled information about graphical user interfaces in MATLAB into a user guide for nearly 20 co-workers.

The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
Student Assistant, Neurology Outpatient Clinic

The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
Patient Services Associate, Division of Plastic Surgery

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
Tutor in Human Structure and Molecular Basis of Medicine

International Service Learning, Dayton, Ohio
Student Representative
-Recruited students pursuing health professions for service learning trips in Central and South America
-Organized three different rips as a liaison between the school and International Service Learning.

Licensure and Certifications

Board Certifications
United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), Step 1, 2, 3
Candidate for Membership, ASAPS (The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)

Other Certifications
-Basic Life Support (BLS) 2011 to 2019
-Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 2013 to 2019
-Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 2013 to 2017

Licensure
State of Mighigan
State of Minnesota

Honors and Awards

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Valedictorian Scholarship, Purdue University Special Achievement Prize Grant, Women in Engineering Merit Award, Honors Engineering Program and Learning Community, Dean’s List and Semester Honors.

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Summa Cum Laude, Deans List (16 quarters), Sharp Memorial Scholar, Recipient of 5 consecutive year scholarship awards

Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Academy of Medicine Student Excellence Award, Dan W. Elliot Award for Excellence in Surgery, Boonshoft Leadership Scholar, American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement.

Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota
International Health Program Scholarship 2016
-Completed a five day medical mission trip to Jalpatagua, Guatemala
-Performed 16 operations in general surgery and obstetrics under the guidance of Dr. Michael Sarr, Dr. David Rowecamp, and local physicians.

Leadership and Volunteer Experience

Mauzy Emerging Leaders Program, West Lafayette, Indiana
August 2004 to May 2005

Golden Key International Honour Society, Columbus, Ohio
September 2005 to June 2009
Board member - Treasurer, President & Graduate Advisor

International Health Program, Dayton, Ohio
August 2009 to June 2011
Volunteered in free medical clinics in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Boonshoft Physician Leadership Development Program, Dayton, Ohio
August 2009 to May 2013

Surgery Club, Dayton, Ohio
August 2009 to May 2013

Reach Out Montgomery County, Dayton, Ohio
August 2009 to May 2013
Volunteered at free clinic for the uninsured

Mayo Fellow’s Association, Rochester, Minnesota
July 2014 to July 2019
Board Member – Treasurer and Secretary

Depuy Synthes Future Leaders Program, Rochester, Minnesota
July 2016 to July 2019

Medical Mission Trip, Smile Network International, Patzun, Guatemala
May 2019

Professional Memberships

American Medical Student Association
August 2009 to May 2013
American Medical Association
August 2009 to present
Phi Rho Sigma Medical Service Fraternity
August 2009 to present
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
September 2012 to present
Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society
2013 to present
Zumbro Valley Medical Society
July 2013 to present
American Society of Plastic Surgeons Resident Member
July 2016 to present
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Resident Program
July 2016 to present
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
September 2016 to present
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
November 2016 to June 2019
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Candidate Member
March 2018 to present

Publications

Elswick, S.M. “Mature Sacrococcygeal Teratoma,” MEDPIX, 18 January, 2013 <http://rad.usuhs.edu/ medpix/tf_ case.html?mode=tf_case&pt_id=14258>.

Elswick, S.M., Sharaf, B., Hammoudeh, Z.S., Saeed, A.I., Edell, E.S., Midthun, D.E., Blackmon, S.H. “Endobronchial-Guided Vascularized Tissue Flaps for a Bronchopleural Fistula,” Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2017 Jul; 104(1):e1-e3.

Elswick, S.M., Blackmon, S.H., Sharaf, B. “Muscle Sparing Thoracotomy,” Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery: A Comparative Atlas. 2017, 22:110–121.

Elswick, S.M., Nguyen, M.D. “Breast Erythema in a Patient with Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma: A Case Report Discussing Cutaneous Manifestations,” Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2017 November.

Elswick, S.M., Harless C.A., Bishop S.N., Schleck C.D., Mandrekar J., Reusche R.D., Mutter R.W., Boughey J.C., Jacobson S.R., Lemaine V. “Prepectoral Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction with Post-Mastectomy Radiation Therapy,” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2018 Jul; 142(1):1-12.

Elswick S.M., Miglani A., Lettieri S.C. “Medial Approach to the Peroneal Vessels as Recipients for Free Flap Reconstruction of the Leg,” Microsurgery. 2019 May 10.

Elswick S.M., Wu P., Arkhavan A., Molinar V.E., Mohan A.T., Sim F.H., Martinez-Jorge J., Saint-Cyr M. “A Reconstructive Algorithm after Thigh Soft Tissue Sarcoma Resection including Predictors of Free Flap Reconstruction,” Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2019 May 16. [Epub ahead of print].

Elswick S.M., Smith N.L., Jethwa K.R., Viehman J.K., Harmsen W.S., Gonuguntla K., Grauberger J.N., Amundson A.C., Whitaker T.J., Remmes N.B., Harless C.A., Boughey J.C., Nguyen M.T., Park S.S., Corbin K.S., Mutter R.W., “Post-Mastectomy Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy after Immediate Breast Reconstruction: Initial Report of Reconstruction Outcomes and Predictors of Complications,” Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. 2019 Jun 8; 140:76-83.

Manuscripts Pending for Publication

Risk Factors for Lymphedema after Lower Extremity Sarcoma Resection and Reconstruction, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Principal Investigator: Michel Saint-Cyr, M.D. and Jorys Martinez-Jorge, M.D.
-Wu P., Elswick S.M., Arkhavan A., Molinar V.E., Mohan A.T., Sim F.H., Martinez-Jorge J., Saint-Cyr M.

Presentations

Elswick, S.M. “The Keys to Effective Leadership Transition,” Golden Key International Honour Society Regional Leadership Training Conference. 2009

Elswick, S.M. “Prepectoral Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction with Post-Mastectomy Radiation Therapy,” Senior Residents Conference, Plastic Surgery the Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, September 2018

Smith, N.L. “First Report of Toxicity and Reconstruction Outcomes of Intensity Modulated Proton Post-mastectomy Radiotherapy in Women with Immediate Tissue Expander Breast Reconstruction,” American Society for Radiation Oncology Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas. October 2018

Elswick, S.M. “A Reconstructive Algorithm after Thigh Soft Tissue Sarcoma Resection Including Predictors of Free Flap Reconstruction,” American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgeons, Palm Desert, California. February 2019

Current Research

Outcomes of Mastectomy and Immediate Breast Reconstruction in Radiated Patients, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
February 2014 to present
Principal Investigator: Christin Harless, M.D.
-Retrospective chart review of all patients who have undergone mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction and radiation from 2010-2017 which analyzes outcomes from a multidisciplinary view, including oncological and neoadjuvant/adjuvant therapies.
-Retrospective chart review of all patients who have undergone mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction and radiation from 2010-2017 which analyzes outcomes from a multidisciplinary view, including oncological and neoadjuvant/adjuvant therapies.
-Lead or assistant for eight ongoing projects:
-Comparison of Prepectoral and Subpectoral Breast Reconstruction in Patients Undergoing Post-Mastectomy Radiation Therapy
-Long Term Follow up in Patients with Two Stage Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction Requiring Post-Mastectomy Radiation Therapy
-A Reconstructive Algorithm for Obese Patients Requiring Post-Mastectomy Radiation Therapy
-A Reconstructive Algorithm for Thin Patients Requiring Post-Mastectomy Radiation Therapy
-Comparison of Prepectoral and Subpectoral Breast Reconstruction in Patients Undergoing Direct-to-Implant Breast Reconstruction and Post-Mastectomy Radiation Therapy
-Comparison of Prepectoral and Subpectoral Breast Reconstruction in Patients with Goldilocks Breast Reconstruction Requiring Post-Mastectomy Radiation Therapy
-A Reconstructive Algorithm for Patients with a History of Radiation
-Cosmetic Outcomes for Patients Undergoing Two-Stage Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction and Post-Mastectomy Radiation Therapy

The Impact of Fat Grafting on Breast Masses in Patients Undergoing Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
April 2014 to present
Principal Investigator: Christin Harless, M.D., M.P.H.
-Retrospective chart review of all patients who have undergone implant-based breast reconstruction by a single surgeon to determine the factors that lead to an increased risk of breast masses including the use of fat grafting, surgical techniques, and surgeon experience.
-Assisted in protocol development, completed IRB application, facilitated funding with the Department of Surgery, developed patient database, and assisted with data collection.
-Data analysis phase.

Complications after Thigh Sarcoma Resection, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
April 2014 to present
Principal Investigator: Michel Saint-Cyr, M.D. and Jorys Martinez-Jorge, M.D.
-Complications after Thigh Sarcoma Resection, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Labia Minora Flap for Urethrovaginal Reconstruction, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
November 2018 to present
Principal Investigator: Nho V. Tran, M.D.
-Case report of a patient with multiply recurrent urethrovaginal fistulae who was reconstructed with a labia minora flap.
-Manuscript phase.