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Education ?

Medical School Score
Thomas Jefferson University (1985) *
Abington Memorial Hospital (1990) *
Clarian Health - Indiana University Hospital (1992) *
Plastic Surgery
* This information was reported to Vitals by the doctor or doctor's office.

Awards & Distinctions ?

Patients' Choice Award (2010)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010)
Abington Memorial Hospital (1994 - Present)
chief, division of Plastic Surgery
Abington Memorial Hospital
Chief, Plastic Surgery
American College of Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Board of Plastic Surgery
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
American Board of Preventive Medicine

Affiliations ?

Dr. Buinewicz is affiliated with 2 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations



  • Hunterdon Medical Center *
    2100 Wescott Dr, Flemington, NJ 08822
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  • Abington Memorial Hospital *
    1200 Old York Rd, Abington, PA 19001
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Buinewicz has contributed to 6 publications.
    Title Acellular Dermal Matrix (alloderm): New Material in the Repair of Stoma Site Hernias.
    Date February 2006
    Journal The American Surgeon

    Parastomal hernias are a common complication after ileostomy or colostomy formation and can lead to complications, such as intestinal obstruction and strangulation. When a parastomal hernia presents, repair of the defect can pose a challenge to the surgeon to choose a repair that both reduces complications and recurrence rates. We present three cases of parastomal hernia repair using acellular dermal matrix (AlloDerm) as reinforcement to the primary hernia repair. We prospectively followed three patients who presented with parastomal hernia after ostomy formation in 2001-2002. The patients underwent repair of the parastomal hernia using primary fascial repair with reinforcement using AlloDerm as an on-lay patch. Two patients were followed for 6 months and 1 year, respectively, and remained hernia-free. One patient presented 8 months later with symptoms of intestinal obstruction that were relieved by nasogastric tube decompression and bowel rest. The patient subsequently returned 3 months later with intestinal obstruction and recurrent parastomal hernia that necessitated an operation for relocation of the stoma and repeat hernia repair. Repair of parastomal hernias using AlloDerm acellular dermal matrix as a substitute for a synthetic graft showed resilience to infection and, more importantly, tolerated exposure in an open wound without having to be removed. Larger studies with longer follow-up are needed to see if this material reduces the incidence of hernia recurrence.

    Title Suspicious Findings in Reduction Mammaplasty Specimens: Review of 182 Consecutive Patients.
    Date May 2004
    Journal Annals of Plastic Surgery

    Breast reduction mammaplasty allows examination of specimens from a seemingly healthy population for the presence of proliferative breast disease. The authors reviewed the charts of all reduction mammaplasty patients of a single surgeon over 7.5 years for age, family history, mammographic results, unilateral or bilateral nature of the procedure, and final pathologic diagnosis. Of 182 patients, 168 had bilateral and 14 had unilateral breast reductions. Ages ranged from 16 to 79 years (average and median: 37 years and 35 years respectively). Fifty-seven patients (31%) were younger than 30 years, 53 patients (29%) were between the ages 30 years and 39 years, for a total of 110 patients (60%) younger than 40 years in this study. A total of 163 patients (89%) had a diagnosis of normal breast tissue. Nineteen patients (10%) had proliferative changes: 9 patients (5%) without atypia, 5 patients (3%) with atypia, 3 patients (2%) with sclerosing adenosis, and 1 patient each (0.5%) with papillomatosis and lobular carcinoma in situ. A total of 95% of patients with proliferative changes were older than 30 years. Women ages 30 to 39 years may be at higher risk (15%) of having proliferative changes than previously reported, and histologic examination of all reduction mammaplasties is recommended.

    Title Removal of Silicone from Breast Implants.
    Date December 1995
    Journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Title Management of Traumatic Cutaneous Defects by Using a Skin-stretching Device.
    Date August 1995
    Journal American Journal of Orthopedics (belle Mead, N.j.)

    We report on nine orthopedic patients who underwent skin stretching to close 10 acute soft-tissue defects. The skin surrounding all wounds was stretched sufficiently to enable a primary closure. At an average of 9 weeks postoperatively, 9 of the 10 wounds healed without any complications. One wound dehisced postoperatively, but subsequently healed by secondary intention. The skin-stretching device eliminated the need for local or distant flap reconstruction in five skin defects and skin grafting in five wounds. Donor morbidity was avoided, the cosmetic appearance of the skin was maintained, and the in-hospital course of these patients was shortened.

    Title Endoscopic Screening and Surveillance for Gastrointestinal Malignancy.
    Date January 1990
    Journal The Surgical Clinics of North America

    In the US, the cumulative lifetime risk of developing carcinoma of the upper gastrointestinal tract is less than 1 per cent, premalignant conditions are uncommon, and esophageal and gastric malignancies are rarely curable even when identified early. Endoscopic screening of the upper gastrointestinal tract in asymptomatic persons thus cannot be justified. Surveillance of persons with certain uncommon conditions associated with a higher risk of upper gastrointestinal cancer may be of benefit. These conditions include achalasia, Barrett's esophagus, chronic atrophic gastritis with intestinal metaplasia, familial polyposis coli, gastric polyps, lye stricture, Plummer-Vinson syndrome, and tylosis. In the lower gastrointestinal tract, however, the lifetime risk of developing carcinoma is 5 per cent, premalignant conditions and lesions are common, and carcinoma is curable when detected at an early stage. Sigmoidoscopic screening of asymptomatic adults has been advocated by the American Cancer Society but has not become widely practiced because of its cost, required physician effort, low overall yield, and poor patient compliance. Surveillance by flexible sigmoidoscopy is recommended for persons at slightly increased risk of colorectal carcinoma who have prior breast or gynecologic malignancy or a family history of colorectal malignancy. Colonoscopic surveillance is recommended for patients with high risk of colorectal cancer who have had prior colorectal carcinoma or adenoma or who have inflammatory bowel disease or a ureterosigmoidostomy.

    Title Removal of Silicone Breast Implants and Review of Literature.
    Journal The Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery = Journal Canadien De Chirurgie Plastique

    Silicone breast implants have a finite life span and may need changing over the lifetime of the patient. The experience with removing first- and second-generation implants is frustrating, because thick capsules often form, in association with rupture and spread of the silicone gel into the surrounding tissue. Different techniques have been employed to try and avoid an unnecessarily large incision, yet still control the dissection so that entire capsule and contained silicone can be removed en bloc. The authors describe a technique that facilitates atraumatic removal using an effective and time-saving vacuum principle.

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