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Michael L Bentz, MD

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(608) 263-1367

600 Highland Avenue
Box 3236, Clinical Science Center
Madison, WI 53792

Michael L Bentz, MD

Interim Chairman, Department of Surgery
Layton F. Rikkers MD Chair of Surgical Leadership
Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Neurosurgery
Chairman, Division of Plastic Surgery


  • MD, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1984
  • Residency in Surgery, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1984-1989
  • Fellowship in Microvascular Research, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 1989-1990
  • Residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 1990-1992

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Bentz is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Bentz’s practice focuses on plastic and reconstructive surgery for infants and children. He has special interests in pediatric hand surgery; cleft lip and palate surgery; chest, abdominal wall, and extremity reconstruction; and the treatment of birthmarks and vascular lesions. He also performs general reconstruction of the adult trunk, extremities, and head and neck.

Dr. Bentz provides a wide range of services including Brachial Plexus Surgery , Breast Reduction, Carpal Tunnel Release , Chest Wall and Thoracic Reconstruction, Congenital Defects, Digital Replantation , Ear Surgery (Otoplasty), Extended Efforts in Limb Salvage, Gynecologic Oncology Reconstruction, Lower Extremity Reconstruction, Microvascular Reconstruction , Mohs Defect Reconstruction, Nerve Repair, Pediatric Hand Surgery, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Skin Cancer Reconstruction, and Tendon Repairs.

Research Interests

Dr. Bentz’s research interests focus primarily on outcomes in gynecologic oncology reconstruction and intra- and extra thoracic reconstruction as well as educational outcomes.

Recent Publications
  • Seeing is Believing? Preoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Pressure Ulcers: Implications for Surgical Management.
    McCarthy J, Hartmann E, Bentz ML, Rao VK, Jee Y, Rivedal D, Poore SO
    Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2017 Mar; 5(3):e1263.
    [PubMed ID: 28458977, PMC ID: 5404448]
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  • The Plastic Surgeon at Work and Play: Surgeon Health, Practice Stress, and Work-Home Balance.
    Bentz ML
    Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2016 Oct; 4(10):e1081.
    [PubMed ID: 27826476, PMC ID: 5096531]
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  • Welcome Letter.
    Bentz ML, Mehrara BJ
    Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2016 Apr; 4(4 Suppl AAPS and PSRC 2016 Abstract Supplement):1.
    [PubMed ID: 27867777, PMC ID: 5114032]
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  • Making Master Surgeons Out of Trainees: Part I. Teaching Surgical Judgment.
    Kempton SJ, Bentz ML
    Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 2016 May; 137(5):1646-53.
    [PubMed ID: 27119935]
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  • A Twelve-Year Consecutive Case Experience in Thoracic Reconstruction.
    Chen JT, Bonneau LA, Weigel TL, Maloney JD, Castro F, Shulzhenko N, Bentz ML
    Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2016 Mar; 4(3):e638.
    [PubMed ID: 27257568, PMC ID: 4874282]
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