SOURCE: New York Group for Plastic Surgery, LLP

New York Group for Plastic Surgery, LLP

February 24, 2010 19:14 ET

Dr. R. Michael Koch, MD of the New York Group for Plastic Surgery Debuts New Medical Reference Book, "Plastic Surgery: Clinical Problem Solving"

TARRYTOWN, NY--(Marketwire - February 24, 2010) -  In a unique and interactive new medical reference book, Dr. R. Michael Koch of the New York Group for Plastic Surgery, with offices located in Tarrytown and Goshen, New York, delivers a promising component to any plastic and reconstructive surgery curriculum. Along with Dr. Peter J. Taub, Associate Professor, Surgery and Pediatrics, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Koch presents common clinical scenarios in the area of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Published in August of 2009 by McGraw-Hill, the leaders in education, broadcasting, financial and business services, "Plastic Surgery: Clinical Problem Solving," takes an unknown visual problem and guides the reader through the logical steps to an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Covering a range of 52 head, neck, trunk, extremities, and cosmetic situations, the book relies on visual clinical scenarios to demonstrate the essential plastic and reconstructive surgical principles that students should master. Each case is depicted by a full-color image of the clinical case with sparse information, similar to what is encountered in a new patient consultation. Focal questions are presented to determine the history of the condition and the patient, as well as key findings to be aware of during the examination. These case-study examinations are then followed by effective management strategies and clinically relevant information. Each case has its own specific algorithm (question and answer flow chart) and schematic drawings to emphasize important points.

A host of leading medical experts contributed to the book, an ideal resource for oral board preparation and a valuable primer for students, residents, and attending physicians. These experts, program directors from nationally renowned prestigious teaching and medical institutions, were hand-chosen for their clinical skills, academic publications and experience in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Along with an extensive, high-yield collection of information and insights for each case, the experts also provide "Practical Pearls" to conclude each case with concept-clarifying take-away points. Suggested references provide further information on each subject.

"Our goal is to provide an affordable review book that emphasizes clinical practices with real world application," said Dr. Koch, part of an elite group of surgeons that specialize in plastic and reconstructive surgery in New York's Westchester and Orange Counties. Koch found it helpful to draw from his and his practice's vast experience in procedures such as face lifts, liposuctions, tummy tucks, body contouring, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, skin care as well as primary and reconstructive breast augmentations and lifts. The book, with a retail price of $80, is the first of its kind designed to sharpen clinical-decision making and encourage a "critical thinking pathway" for the next generation of surgeons. The text is intended to fill the niche between the large plastic surgery volumes and small resident handbooks by emphasizing a comprehensive approach to clinical thinking. Dr. Lester Silver, Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, endorses the book as "a new approach to essential material."

About Dr. R. Michael Koch
Dr. R. Michael Koch of the New York Group for Plastic Surgery, in Tarrytown and Goshen, New York, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the New York Medical College. He is also the Chief of the Microsurgery and Replantation Service at the Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Koch is a diplomate of the American College of Surgeons and a member of many well-known professional societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he specializes in cosmetic surgery, breast surgery and microsurgical reconstruction. Koch shares his surgical skills and expertise overseas with numerous trips to Africa, Vietnam, South America and the Philippines to provide plastic surgical care.

About The New York Group for Plastic Surgery
The New York Group for Plastic Surgery ( is a group of highly trained, board-certified plastic surgeons offering expertise in plastic and reconstructive surgery to New York patients since 1981. New York Group for Plastic Surgery, with offices in Westchester and Orange Counties, Tarrytown and Goshen respectively, the group's surgeons offer a full spectrum of specialties ranging from liposuction and breast enhancements to craniofacial surgery and facial procedures for children. Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the surgeons have extensive training in a wide variety of plastic surgery procedures. Their fully equipped surgical center, accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, offers advanced options such as breast reconstruction, in addition to nonsurgical medical enhancements and injectable fillers, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic.

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