Associate Program Director for Plastic Surgery Residency
To see if Michelle Zaldana-Flynn is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).
Dr. Zaldana-Flynn understands that much of the practice of plastic and reconstructive surgery is unique to each and every patient. She strives to maintain a patient centric approach in her medical decision making, while implementing effective and compassionate care.
Dr. Zaldana-Flynn is a plastic surgeon who specializes in complex reconstruction and microsurgery. She has a special clinical focus in both implant and tissue based breast reconstruction following breast cancer.
B.S., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN 2008
M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh PA 2014
General Surgery, UC San Diego, San Diego CA 2014-2015
Plastic Surgery, UC San Diego, San Diego CA 2014-2021
Complex Reconstruction and Microsurgery, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles CA 2021-2022
Excellence in Innovation Cohen Family Award, 2021
UC San Diego Division of Plastic Surgery Clinical Excellence Award, 2018
Gold Humanism Society Teaching Award, 2015, 2017
UC San Diego General Surgery Intern of the Year, 2014, 2015
Watson Humanism Honor Society, 2013
McKee RM, Carbullido MK, Ewing E, Kamel GN, Ryan J, Zaldana-Flynn MV, Cronin BJ, Lance SH, Gosman AA. Orbital Volumetric Analysis in Patients With Unicoronal Craniosynostosis: A Comparison Between Distraction Osteogenesis and Fronto-Orbital Advancement. Ann Plast Surg. 2021 May 1;86(5S Suppl 3):S367-S373. doi:10.1097/SAP.0000000000002816. PMID:33833173.
Reghunathan M, Zaldana-Flynn M, Rose J, Crisera CA, Reid CM. The Ideal Microsurgery Fellowship: A Survey of Fellows and Fellowship Directors. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2021 Feb;37(2):167-173. doi:10.1055/s-0040-1715879. Epub 2020 Sep 1. PMID:32871603.
Al Jammal OM, Wali AR, Lewis CS, Zaldana MV, Suliman AS, Pham MH. Management of Giant Sacral Pseudomeningocele in Revision Spine Surgery. Int J Spine Surg. 2020 Oct;14(5):778-784. doi:10.14444/7111. Epub 2020 Oct 23. PMID:33097586.
Zaldana MV, Cronin BJ, Reghunathan M, Vinocur D, Gosman AA. Intracranial Effects of Unicoronal Craniosynostosis on Posterior Quadrants. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019 Sep 10;7(8 Suppl ):44-44. doi:10.1097/01.GOX.0000584444.98864.42.
Hashmi A, Cahill GL, Zaldana M, Davis G, Cronin BJ, Brandel MG, Beletsky A, Taj R, Buckstaff TM, Vinocur D, Lance S, Meltzer HS, Gosman AA. Can Head Circumference Be Used as a Proxy for Intracranial Volume in Patients With Craniosynostosis? Ann Plast Surg. 2019 May;82(5S Suppl 4):S295-S300. doi:10.1097/SAP.0000000000001803. PMID:30973835.
Hashmi A, Davis G, Zaldana M, Vinocur D, Cahill GL, Brandel MG, Lance S, Meltzer HS, Gosman AA. A Study to Evaluate Change in Ventricular Volume Obtained by Cranial Distraction for Craniosynostosis. Ann Plast Surg. 2019 May;82(5S Suppl 4):S301-S305. doi:10.1097/SAP.0000000000001802. PMID:30973836.
Zaldana M, et al. Motor Learning Ability in Walking Relates to Physical Function in Older Adults. J Am Geriatrics Soc. 2012;60.