Dr. Ruston Sanchez

PLASTIC SURGEON | BATON ROUGE, LA

Dr Ruston Sanchez Credentials & Expertise

Dr. Ruston Sanchez is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Baton Rouge, LA, specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. A Baton Rouge native, Dr. Sanchez graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University as a University Medalist with a degree in Biological Sciences. He received his medical doctorate from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, where he was awarded the Drs. C.H. and Yamuna Narayanan Scholarship in Human Embryology.

Dr. Sanchez went on to complete a highly competitive six-year integrated plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. There he received specialized and comprehensive training in breast reconstruction, pediatric and craniomaxillofacial reconstruction, hand/upper extremity reconstruction, microsurgery, gender-affirming surgery, and aesthetic surgery. As a resident, he received the Layton F. Rikkers Education Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to medical student education.

During medical school and residency, Dr. Sanchez also worked as a professional medical illustrator and has published hundreds of original illustrations in medical books, journals, websites, and for research grants. His artwork has been featured on the covers of several scientific journals, including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, the highest impact peer-reviewed plastic surgery journal in the world. In additional to his renowned medical illustrations, Dr. Sanchez has authored numerous scientific papers as well book chapters, and has been an invited presenter at regional, national, and international plastic surgery meetings, presenting on topics ranging from breast reconstruction to rhinoplasty. When not operating or illustrating, Ruston enjoys playing guitar and traveling.

EDUCATION

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

2006 – 2010 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
College of Arts and Sciences, B.S. in Biology, summa cum laude

MEDICAL SCHOOL EDUCATION

2010 – 2014 Louisiana State University Health and Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA
Medical School, Doctor of Medicine

RESIDENCY EDUCATION

2014 – 2020 University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI Department of Surgery; Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Resident

PRIVATE PRACTICE

2020 – current RJS Plastic Surgery L.L.C.
5045 Bluebonnet Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

BOARD CERTIFICATION

November 14 2021 American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
Certificate No. 10011

PRESENTATIONS

  1. Trauma Reconstruction: Restoring Form and Function. Oral presentation. Baton Rouge, LA, USA. Our Lady of the Lake 16th Annual Trauma Symposium. May 19th 2023.
  2. Case Series: Use of Acellular Fish Skin in Complex Pediatric Lower Extremity Trauma Reconstruction. Oral presentation. Reykjavik, Iceland. Arctic Midnight Sun Wound Workshop. June 10th, 2022.
  3. Alternative approach for occipital headache surgery: The use of a transverse incision and “Wisconsin” flaps. University of Wisconsin School of Medicine – Madison, WI, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Oral presentation and winner of best clinical abstract. Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons. 58th Annual Scientific Meeting. April 2019
  4. Emotional Facial Action Coding System Analysis of Primary and Secondary Rhinoplasty Patients. Ruston J. Sanchez, MD, Mark B. Constantian, MD. Poster Presentation. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA. American Association of Plastic Surgeons, 98th Annual Meeting, April 6-9, 2019.
  5. Rotation-advancement repair of a unilateral complete cleft lip in a dog. Poster Presentation. University of Wisconsin, Annual Research Summit. January 2018
  6. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Oral Presentation, keynote speaker. 2017 Midwest Aspiring Physicians Conference. October, 2017.
  7. Nicaragua Experience in Two-stage Bilateral Complete Cleft Lip Repair. Oral Presentation. Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons. 56th Annual Scientific Meeting. April 2017
  8. A Muscular Etiology for Medial Implant Malposition Following Subpectoral Augmentation. Oral presentation. University of Wisconsin School of Medicine – Madison, WI, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons. 54th Annual Scientific Meeting. April 2015

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Gessert TG, Pflum ZE, Thompson JD, Hoffman MR, Sanchez R, Glazer TA, Wieland AM, McCulloch TM, Hartig GK. The radial forearm snake flap: An underutilized technique for fasciocutaneous and osteocutaneous forearm flaps with primary closure. Head Neck. 2022 Feb 14. doi: 10.1002/hed.27004.
  2. Zeng W, Gunderson KA, Sanchez RJ, Albano NJ, Nkana ZH, Thadikonda KM, Dingle AM, Poore SO. The Blue-Blood Porcine Chest Wall: A Novel Microsurgery Training Simulator for Internal Mammary Vessel Dissection and Anastomosis. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2021 May;37(4):353-356. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1716859. Epub 2020 Sep 21.
  3. Zeng W, Albano NJ, Sanchez RJ, Mccabe R, Vanderby R, Poore SO, Dingle AM. Beyond the Core Suture: A New Approach to Tendon Repair. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020 Dec 17;8(12):e3280. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000003280. eCollection 2020 Dec.
  4. Davis C, Boyd C, Mateo de Acosta Andino DA, Kumbla PA, Sanchez RJ, Kurapati S, King TW, de la Torre JI. Dermal Autografts in Breast Reconstruction: A Review of Past and Current Trends. Ann Plast Surg. 2020 May;84(5):618-622.
  5. Dingle A, Zeng W, Ness JP, Albano N, Minor RL, Feldman C, Austin M, Brodnick SK, Shulzhenko N, Sanchez R, Lake WB, Williams JC, Poore SO, Suminski AJ. Strategies for interfacing with the trigeminal nerves in rodents for bioelectric medicine. J Neurosci Methods. 2019 Aug 1;324:108321. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2019.108321. Epub 2019 Jun 20.
  6. Dingle AM, Ness JP, Novello J, Millevolte AXT, Zeng W, Sanchez R, Nemke B, Lu Y, Suminski AJ, Markel MD, Williams JC, Poore SO. Experimental Basis for Creating an Osseointegrated Neural Interface for Prosthetic Control: A Pilot Study in Rabbits. Mil Med. 2020 Jan 7;185(Suppl 1):462-469
  7. Hesse MA, Israel JS, Shulzhenko NO, Sanchez RJ, Garland CB, Siebert JW, Bentz ML, Williams DH, Poore SO. The Surgical Treatment of Adult Acquired Buried Penis Syndrome: A New Classification System. Aesthet Surg J. 2019 Aug 22;39(9):979-988. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjy325.
  8. Maufort JP, Israel JS, Brown ME, Kempton SJ, Albano NJ, Zeng W, Kelnhofer LE, Reynolds MR, Perrin ES, Sanchez RJ, Sluvkin II, Thomson JA, Poore SO. Major Histocompatibility Complex-Matched Arteries Have Similar Patency to Autologous Arteries in a Mauritian Cynomolgus Macaque Major Histocompatibility Complex-Defined Transplant Model. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 Aug 6;8(15)
  9. Dingle AM, Ness JP, Novello J, Israel JS, Sanchez R, Millevolte AXT, Brodnick S, Krugner-Higby L, Nemke B, Lu Y, Suminski AJ, Markel MD, Williams JC, Poore SO. Methodology for Creating a Chronic Osseointegrated Neural Interface for Prosthetic Control in Rabbits. J Neurosci Methods. 2019 Nov 8:108504. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2019.108504.
  10. Dingle A, Zeng W, Ness JP, Albano N, Minor RL, Feldman C, Austin M, Brodnick SK, Shulzhenko N, Sanchez R, Lake WB, Williams JC, Poore SO, Suminski AJ. Strategies for interfacing with the trigeminal nerves in rodents for bioelectric medicine. J Neurosci Methods. 2019 Aug 1;324:108321. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2019.108321. Epub 2019 Jun 20.
  11. Afifi AM, Carbullido MK, Israel JS, Sanchez RJ, Albano NJ. Alternative Approach for Occipital Headache Surgery. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open. 2019;7(4). doi:10.1097/gox.0000000000002176
  12. Hesse MA, Israel JS, Shulzhenko NO, Sanchez RJ, Garland CB, Siebert JW, Bentz ML, Williams DH, Poore SO. The Surgical Treatment of Adult Acquired Buried Penis Syndrome: A New Classification System. Aesthet Surg J. 2018 Dec 13. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjy325.
  13. Israel JS, Dingle AM, Sanchez RJ, et al. Neuroma Implantation into Long Bones. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open. 2018;6(5). doi:10.1097/gox.0000000000001788
  14. Afifi AM, Sanchez RJ, Djohan RS. Anatomy of the head and neck. In: Plastic Surgery: Volume 3: Craniofacial, Head, and Neck Surgery. 4th ed. Elsevier, 2-21, 2018.
  15. Garg RK, Afifi AM, Garland CB, Sanchez R, Mount DL. Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Consensus, Controversy, and Craniofacial Considerations. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Nov;140(5):987-997.
  16. Sanchez RJ, Michelotti B, Christie B, Grome L. Letter to the Editor. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. A Deeper Dive in Cost. 2017, Aug 1. https://download.lww.com/wolterskluwer_vitalstream_com/PermaLink/JBJSEL/A/JBJSEL_97_22_2017_08_02_KARL_O00099-el01_SDC1.pdf
  17. Garg RK, King TW, Sanchez R, Afifi AM. Reply: Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults: The Role of Upper Airway and Facial Skeletal Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jun;139(6):1378e-1379e.
  18. Chen JT, Sanchez R, Garg R, Poore S, Siebert JW. Helpful Hints for the Superficial Temporal Artery and Vein as Recipient Vessels. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Mar;139(3):818e-820e.
  19. Afifi AM, Hartmann E, Talaat A, Alfotooh AA, Omar OS, Mareei S, Sanchez R, Kempton SJ. Quantitative Assessment of Tension Reduction at the Midline Closure During Abdominal Component Separation. J Am Coll Surg. 2017 May;224(5):954-961.
  20. Garg RK, Afifi AM, Sanchez R, King TW. Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults: The Role of Upper Airway and Facial Skeletal Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Oct;138(4):889-98.
  21. Garg RK, Poore SO, Wieland AM, Sanchez R, Baskaya MK, Hartig GK. Recipient vessel selection in the difficult neck: Outcomes of external carotid artery transposition and end-to-end microvascular anastomosis. Microsurgery. 2017 Feb;37(2):96-100.
  22. Moliver CL, Sanchez ER, Kaltwasser K, Sanchez RJ. A Muscular Etiology for Medial Implant Malposition Following Subpectoral Augmentation. Aesthet Surg J. 2015 Sep;35(7)
  23. Garg RK, Wieland AM, Poore SO, Sanchez R, Hartig GK. The radial forearm snake flap: A novel approach to oral cavity and oropharyngeal reconstruction that reduces forearm donor site morbidity. Microsurgery. 2015 Jun 9.
  24. Sanchez E, Sanchez R, Moliver C. Anatomic relationship of the pectoralis major and minor muscles: a cadaveric study. Aesthet Surg J. 2014 Feb;34(2):258-63.
  25. Sanchez R, Ward K, St Hilaire H, Mussell J. Basicranial venous anomalies associated with complex nonsyndromic craniosynostosis in a child. J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Nov;24(6):1970-3.
  26. Harry S. Nayar, MD, MBE; Ruston J. Sanchez, MD; A. Neil Salyapongse, MD. Management of Chronic Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury. PSEN Case Reports. Hand/Peripheral Nerve. http://www.psenetwork.org/CaseReport/management-of-chronic-thumb-ulnar-collateral-ligam