Michael L Bentz, MD


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

  • Academic Productivity in Plastic Surgery: A Comparison of US and International Medical Graduates.
    Edalatpour A, Nkana ZH, Bentz ML, Afifi AM
    J Craniofac Surg 2020 Nov/Dec; 31(8): 2136-2138
    [PubMed ID: 33136842]

  • Resident Perspectives on Effective Surgical Training: Incivility, Confidence, and Mindset.
    Babchenko O, Scott K, Jung S, Frank S, Elmaraghi S, Thiagarajasubramanian S, Rendell V, Poore SO, Bentz ML, Garland CB
    J Surg Educ 2020 Sep - Oct; 77(5): 1088-1096
    [PubMed ID: 32546388]

  • Multispecialty Microsurgical Course Utilizing the Blue-Blood Chicken Thigh Model Significantly Improves Resident Comfort, Confidence, and Attitudes in Multiple Domains.
    Shulzhenko NO, Zeng W, Albano NJ, Lyon SM, Wieland AM, Mahajan AY, Williams D, Bentz ML, Poore SO
    J Reconstr Microsurg 2020 Feb; 36(2): 142-150
    [PubMed ID: 31689721]

  • Discussion: A Growing Epidemic: Plastic Surgeons and Burnout-A Literature Review.
    Bentz ML
    Plast Reconstr Surg 2019 08; 144(2): 306e-307e
    [PubMed ID: 31348371]

  • Outcomes Analysis of Gynecologic Oncologic Reconstruction.
    Block LM, Hartmann EC, King J, Chakmakchy S, King T, Bentz ML
    Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2019 Jan; 7(1): e2015
    [PubMed ID: 30859025]

All Publications on PubMed