University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Michael Bentz named Layton F. Rikkers, MD, Chair of Surgical Leadership

Michael Bentz, MD, professor of surgery, pediatrics, and neurosurgery in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and vice chairman for clinical affairs in the Department of Surgery, was named the Layton F. Rikkers, MD, Chair of Surgical Leadership.

“Mike Bentz is a talented leader and one of the critical members of the executive team in the Department of Surgery. His input into important and strategic issues is invaluable,” says Dr. K. Craig Kent, chair of the Department of Surgery. “In addition to his leadership within the UW Department of Surgery, Dr. Bentz is likely the most prominent plastic and reconstructive surgeon in the United States today. We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Bentz at the UW.”

Bentz joined the Department of Surgery in 1999 as the Chairman of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Under his leadership, the UW Plastic Surgery Residency developed into one of the most sought-after programs in the country. His division participates in biannual international missions to provide surgical services to Nicaragua’s under-served populations and offers valuable training to Nicaraguan surgical residents in the U.S. In 2002, Bentz was named Professor Honorario (of Surgery) at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua for his role in this program.

Bentz currently serves as president of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and is a member of the ACGME Plastic Surgery Residency Review Committee, the organization that develops residency curriculum nationwide. He is also considered an authority on a number of unusual plastic surgical procedures, including Mohs Surgery for skin cancer treatment, a technique developed by UW doctor Frederic Mohs in the 1930s. The endowed chair was created in 2008 to honor Dr. Layton Rikkers for his 12 years (1996 to 2008) as chair of the Department of Surgery.