Plastic Surgery Residency Faculty

Program Leadership

Nicole J. Jarrett, MD, FACS

Nicole J. Jarrett, MD, FACS

Program Director, Plastic Surgery Residency

About Me

Dr. Nicole Jarrett joined Cooper Plastic Surgery in 2016 and is currently Program Director of the Plastic Surgery Residency and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. A native of New York City, she has her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She then completed her General Surgery residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, her Plastic Surgery residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and her Hand Surgery fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and General Surgery.

Her main clinical interests are hand surgery and extremity reconstruction. She also has a strong interest in surgical education. She currently serves on committees for the American Society of Plastic Surgery, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Association for Hand Surgery, and American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons.

Martha S Matthews, MD, FACS

Martha S Matthews, MD, FACS

Associate Program Director, Plastic Surgery Residency

About Me

Dr. Martha Matthews has been part of the Cooper Plastic Surgery Division since 1989. She served as Division Head from 1999 to 2013, and served as Program Director of the Plastic Surgery Residency from 1999 to 2019. She is currently the Associate Program Director. In addition, she is the Chair of the Cooper Graduate Medical Education Committee and the Vice President of the Medical Staff.

Dr. Matthews is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, and completed her General Surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Plastic Surgery Residency at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine. She is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Matthews is a Professor of Surgery at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, and is the first female Professor of Surgery at Cooper.

Her main clinical interests are in Cleft lip and palate surgery, Pediatric plastic surgery, and Cosmetic surgery. She is active in Academic Medicine and serves on many committees for a variety of Plastic Surgery organizations. She is a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Faculty

Lyle M Back, MD

Lyle M Back, MD

Volunteer Faculty

About Me

Dr. Lyle Back is originally from New York City, receiving his medical and surgical training at Rutgers Medical School, Cooper Hospital/Rowan University Medical Center, and Ohio State University Hospital. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He served as an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Temple University and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and performed reconstructive facial surgery with "Operation Smile" in Vietnam. He is a well-known, popular, "Top Doc" Cosmetic Surgeon in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area where he has been in private practice for over 25 years.

Dorothy W. Bird, MD, MS

Dorothy W. Bird, MD, MS

Instructor of Surgery

About Me

Dorothy W. Bird, MD, MS, is from New York’s Hudson Valley. She earned a BA in Biology from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Physiology from Georgetown University. She earned her MD at New York Medical College. She completed a General Surgery residency at Boston Medical Center where she also participated in a two-year research fellowship. She completed a Plastic Surgery residency at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey followed by a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery fellow at UPMC.

Her clinical interests are breast, head and neck, and lower extremity reconstruction. Her research interests are in characterizing the epigenetic events of wound healing and the influence adipose-derived stem cells in addition to reconstructive outcomes and microsurgical innovation.

Steven C Bonawitz, MD, FACS

Steven C Bonawitz, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery

About Me

Steven C. Bonawitz, MD, FACS, has been in practice since 1994. Dr. Bonawitz is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and received his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Syracuse. Dr. Bonawitz completed his residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center and his General Surgery Residency at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh. He completed a fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Bonawitz was a member of the faculties at the University of Pittsburgh and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before assuming the position of Division Head of Plastic Surgery at Cooper University Hospital. Dr. Bonawitz specializes in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery, Microsurgery and Craniofacial Reconstruction.

Spencer A. Brown, PhD

Spencer A. Brown, PhD

Teaching Faculty

About Me

Spencer A. Brown, PhD is a basic and clinical translation scientist. His primary interests focus on the areas of wound healing and regenerative medicine with an emphasis on adult mesenchymal stem cells. His current duties are as the Director of the Division of Research in the Department of Surgery.  In this role, he mentors and directs a staff of PhDs, Staff members and Surgery Residents and MD Anderson Fellows within a portfolio of Faculty projects. The objective for all projects is to move the needle forward in exploring, testing and clinically translate new regenerative medicine tools (scaffolds, cells, devices) and novel applications of epigenetic drugs in multiple cancer to improve patient outcomes. His team as collaborators have recently received a $2.3 million award to examine a potential new stem cell type/phenotype, the first DoD award for CUHC in testing new bioprinted antibiotic impregnated scaffolds for pintrack infections, and a new NSF grant for light activated hydrogels for vision restoration.  In 2019 another first was the top resident presentation for the prestigious Philadelphia Academy of Surgery competitive research contest was won by CUHC topping UPENN, Jefferson, Drexel, Einstein and other area programs. Dr. Brown is a member on several national plastic surgery boards and journal boards as well as the CUHC IACUC Chai. He has published over 150+ articles.

Prior to joining Cooper, Dr. Brown was a professor at the University of Pittsburg of Medicine (Plastic Surgery – Dr. Peter Rubin), UTSW Medical Center at Dallas (Plastic Surgery – Dr. Rod Rohrich) and Duke University (Plastic Surgery – Dr. Scott Levin).

A. Leilani  Fahey, MD, FACS

A. Leilani Fahey, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery

About Me

A. Leilani Fahey, MD, MHA is an Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and her Masters in Health Administration from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She completed her plastic surgery training at Cooper University Hospital and has been an attending plastic surgeon in the Department of Surgery at Cooper Hospital since 1999. She enjoys educating residents and medical students. Dr. Fahey’s practice involves many aspects of plastic surgery, particularly reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery.

Michael J. Franco, MD

Michael J. Franco, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

About Me

Michael J. Franco, MD, is a south Jersey native with family roots just a few miles from Cooper University Hospital. Dr. Franco received a scholarship to attend Temple University for medical school, then went on to residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri. Finding a passion for hand and peripheral nerve surgery, Dr. Franco went on to pursue further training at the University of Virginia. Now, settling down near his home town, Dr. Franco enjoys the outdoors and trips down the shore with his wife and two children.

Andrew S Newman, MD

Andrew S Newman, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

About Me

Andrew Newman, MD, is a board certified plastic surgery who specializes in comprehensive breast reconstruction and microsurgery. He is a proponent of the latest techniques in implant-based breast reconstruction, including pre-pectoral (above the muscle) and direct-to-implant reconstruction. As the director of the Section of Microsurgery, he also has a large practice of autologous (free flap) breast reconstruction, including DIEP free flaps and alternatives such as the PAP free flap.

In addition to breast reconstruction, Dr. Newman performs facial reconstruction in collaboration with the Division of Otolaryngology, as well as other types of reconstruction procedures. He also enjoys a small cosmetic practice which includes skin treatments, injectables, and facial and breast surgery.