News Release

July 29, 2005

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Dr. Rajiv Chandawarkar Is New Chief of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at UConn Health Center

Sees Patients in Farmington and Simsbury

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Rajiv Y. Chandawarkar, M.D., a cosmetic plastic surgeon who is fellowship trained in cancer reconstructive surgery, was recently named chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Dr. Chandawarkar offers state-of-the-art reconstructive services as well as a full complement of aesthetic surgical procedures including facial plastic surgery, tummy tucks, breast lifts, breast augmentation, breast reduction, liposuction and more. He sees patients at the Health Center in Farmington and UConn’s Simsbury office on 381 Hopmeadow Street.

“Dr. Chandawarkar is a highly skilled surgeon who offers the latest reconstructive surgery for patients with cancer, as well as new techniques for cosmetic procedures,” said Robert Kozol, M.D., chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Health Center. “We are delighted to announce his new position as division chief.”

Dr. Chandawarkar joined the Health Center in 2003 from the prestigious M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston, where he completed fellowship training in cancer reconstruction and microvascular surgery in the department of plastic surgery.

He received a master of surgery degree from the University of Bombay in India and completed post-graduate training in surgery and surgical oncology in India and Japan. In addition, he completed a research fellowship in the Head and Neck Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and a research fellowship in cancer immunology at Fordham University in New York.

Prior to his training at M.D. Anderson, Dr. Chandawarkar completed a general surgery residency at Akron General Medical Center in Ohio and a fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Summa Health System and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, also in Akron.

In addition, Dr. Chandawarkar is an accomplished researcher in the areas of cancer immunology and tissue repair and directs a lab within the Center for Immunotherapy of Cancer and Infectious Diseases at the Health Center.

For more information, or to make an appointment, call 800-535-6232.

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