Michael L Bentz, MD


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

(608) 263-1367

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


  • 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.

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

  • 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, 3-D 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 Feb 15;
    [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 2022 Dec 26;
    [PubMed ID: 36728810]

  • A quality improvement study on the relationship between intranasal povidone-iodine and anesthesia and the nasal microbiota of surgery patients.
    Hammond EN, Kates AE, Putman-Buehler N, Watson L, Godfrey JJ, Brys N, Deblois C, Steinberger AJ, Cox MS, Skarlupka JH, Haleem A, Bentz ML, Suen G, Safdar N
    PLoS One 2022; 17(12): e0278699
    [PubMed ID: 36490265]

  • USMLE Step 1 Pass/Fail is Here: Are Plastic Surgery Applicants Really Better Off?
    Girard AO, Khoo KH, Lopez CD, Lake IV, Qiu C, Bentz ML, Taub PJ, Yang R
    J Surg Educ 2023 Mar; 80(3): 448-456
    [PubMed ID: 36463007]

All Publications on PubMed