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
June 2008
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Operations Management
June 2008

Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Doctorate of Medicine
May 2013
Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management
May 2013

Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota
General Surgery Resident
June 2013 to June 2016
Plastic Surgery Resident
July 2019

Professional Experience

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

NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio
May 2005 to September 2005
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.

Park Avenue Vision Clinic, Mansfield, Ohio
June 2006 to September 2006
Optometric Assistant

The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
September 2007 to September 2008
Student Assistant, Neurology Outpatient Clinic

The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
September 2008 to July 2009
Patient Services Associate, Division of Plastic Surgery

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
August 2010 to December 2010
Tutor in Human Structure and Molecular Basis of Medicine

International Service Learning, Dayton, Ohio
August 2010 to July 2011
Student Representative
-Recruited students pursuing health professions for service learning trips in Central and South America.
-Organized three different trips as a liaison between the school and International Service Learning.

Licensure and Certifications

State Licensure
Michigan

Board Certifications
United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) STEP 1, 2, and 3
American Board of Plastic Surgery
-Written Exam 2019
-Oral Exam in process

Other Certifications
-Basic Life Support (BLS) 2011 to 2021
-Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 2013 to 2021

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, and Dean’s List and Semester Honors

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
John L. Morley Scholarship, Scarlet and Gray Scholarship, Trustees Scholarship, George and Pam Fonseca Scholarship, Dean’s List, Charles R. Underhill Scholarship, Sharp Memorial Scholar, Summa Cum Laude

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

Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota
International Health Program Scholarship
-Completed a five day medical mission trip, performing surgeries in Jalpatagua, Guatemala.

Michael J. Schenden, MD, PC, Troy, Michigan
Leading Physicians of the World, Marquis Who’s Who

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 for two weeks 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
Board Member- Vice President of Finance

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
Assisted with cleft lip and palate surgeries through Smile Network International.

Professional Memberships

American Medical Student Association
August 2009 to May 2013
Board Member- Vice President of Finance, Wright State University,
Dayton, Ohio
American Medical Association
August 2009 to present
Phi Rho Sigma Medical Service Fraternity
August 2009 to present
American College of Surgeons
March 2012 to June2016
Medical Student Member
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
Annual Meeting Program and Instructional Course Committee
October 2017 to October 2019
Coding and Payment Policy Subcommittee
October 2017 to October 2019
Practice Management Committee
October 2017 to October 2018
American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Candidate for Membership
July 2019 to present
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Resident Program
July 2016 to June 2019
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Candidate for Membership
July 2019 to present
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
September 2016 to October 2019
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
November 2016 to June 2019
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
March 2018 to June 2019

Publications

“Mature Sacrococcygeal Teratoma.” MEDPIX. 18 January, 2013 <lt;http://rad.usuhs.edu/ medpix/tf_case.html?mode=tf_case&amp;pt_id=14258>.

“Endobronchial-Guided Vascularized Tissue Flaps for a Bronchopleural Fistula.” Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2017 Jul;104(1):e1-e3.

“Muscle Sparing Thoracotomy.” Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery: A Comparative Atlas. 2017, 22:110–121.

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

“Prepectoral Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction with Post-Mastectomy Radiation Therapy.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2018 Jul;142(1):1-12.

“Medial Approach to the Peroneal Vessels as Recipients for Free Flap Reconstruction of the Leg.” Microsurgery. 2019 May 10. 2020;40:229–233. https://doi.org/10.1002/micr.30462.

“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].

“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.

“Complications after thigh sarcoma resection.” Journal of Surgical Oncology. 2020 April 12;121:945–951. https://doi.org/10.1002/jso.25830.

“Risk Factors for Lymphedema after Lower Extremity Sarcoma Resection and Reconstruction.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open. 2020.

Presentations

The Keys to Effective Leadership Transition, Golden Key International Honour Society Regional Leadership Training Conference. 2009

Major Oncologic Defects of the Thigh: Trends in Reconstruction and Complication Profiles Based on Location, Senior Residents Conference, Plastic Surgery the Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Wu, P. October 2015

Prepectoral Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction with Post-Mastectomy Radiation Therapy, Young Investigators Research Symposium, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. March 2018

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

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, October 2018, San Antonio, Texas. Presented by Smith, N.L. October 2018

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

-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

Labia Minora Flap for Urethrovaginal Reconstruction, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Previous Research

Clinical Trials for Anti-Epileptic Medications, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
March 2008 to June 2008