Michael L Bentz, MD


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

(608) 263-1367

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


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

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.

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

  • Diversity in the Plastic Surgery Match: The Effect of Program Chair, Program Director, and Faculties' Race and Sex on Matched Applicants.
    Steiner Q, Edalatpour A, Seitz AJ, Bentz ML, Afifi AM
    J Craniofac Surg 2023 Jul-Aug 01; 34(5): 1376-1380
    [PubMed ID: 37259193]

  • Objective Residency Applicant Assessment Using a Linear Rank Model.
    Shaffrey EC, Moura SP, Wirth PJ, Attaluri PK, Schappe A, Edalatpour A, Bentz ML, Rao VK
    J Surg Educ 2023 Jun; 80(6): 776-785
    [PubMed ID: 37012141]

  • Quality improvement study on the effectiveness of intranasal povidone-iodine decolonization on surgery patients.
    Hammond EN, Kates AE, Putman-Buehler N, Watson L, Godfrey JJ, Riley CN, Dixon J, Brys N, Haleem A, Bentz ML, Safdar N
    Infect Prev Pract 2023 Jun; 5(2): 100274
    [PubMed ID: 36915470]

  • Making Headway in Surgical Education at Home and Abroad: Use of an Inexpensive Three-Dimensional Learning Model to Improve Plastic Surgery Resident Confidence in Mohs Defect Assessment and Closure Planning.
    Shaffrey EC, Grotting AG, Michelotti BF, Siebert JW, Larson JD, Bentz ML
    Plast Reconstr Surg 2023 Sep 01; 152(3): 540e-546e
    [PubMed ID: 36790792]

  • Sushruta: The Ultimate Mentor-But What Happened to His Mentees?
    Attaluri P, Shaffrey E, Zhang R, Bentz ML, Gosain AK
    Plast Reconstr Surg 2023 May 01; 151(5): 895e-896e
    [PubMed ID: 36728810]

All Publications on PubMed