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

  • Diversity in Plastic Surgery Authorship: A 14-Year Analysis of 2688 Articles Published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
    Gunderson KA, Edalatpour A, Wood KL, Nkana ZH, Bentz ML, Afifi AM
    Plast Reconstr Surg 2022 02 01; 149(2): 313e-322e
    [PubMed ID: 35077432]

  • To Zoom or Not to Zoom: Weighing the Pros and Cons of the Virtual Plastic Surgery Residency Interview.
    Zhang R, Schappe A, Salyapongse N, Bentz M
    Plast Reconstr Surg 2022 02 01; 149(2): 365e-366e
    [PubMed ID: 34958642]

  • Skin Metagenomic Sequence Analysis of Early Candida auris Outbreaks in U.S. Nursing Homes.
    Huang X, Welsh RM, Deming C, Proctor DM, Thomas PJ, NISC Comparative Sequencing Program , Gussin GM, Huang SS, Kong HH, Bentz ML, Vallabhaneni S, Chiller T, Jackson BR, Forsberg K, Conlan S, Litvintseva AP, Segre JA
    mSphere 2021 08 25; 6(4): e0028721
    [PubMed ID: 34346704]

  • Positive Correlation Between Candida auris Skin-Colonization Burden and Environmental Contamination at a Ventilator-Capable Skilled Nursing Facility in Chicago.
    Sexton DJ, Bentz ML, Welsh RM, Derado G, Furin W, Rose LJ, Noble-Wang J, Pacilli M, McPherson TD, Black S, Kemble SK, Herzegh O, Ahmad A, Forsberg K, Jackson B, Litvintseva AP
    Clin Infect Dis 2021 10 05; 73(7): 1142-1148
    [PubMed ID: 33978150]

  • Facial Reconstruction: Ian Jackson, an Innovator and Gentleman.
    Bentz ML
    J Craniofac Surg 2021 May 01; 32(Suppl 3): 1204-1205
    [PubMed ID: 33290337]

All Publications on PubMed