Michael Wong, M.D.

Michael S. Wong, M.D.


Post-Bariatric Body Contouring Surgery




  • Director, Body Contouring After Weight Loss
  • Residency Program Director of Plastic Surgery
  • Professor, Department of Surgery


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Sacramento, CA 95816
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Philosophy of Care

Understanding the tremendous privilege it is to be able to provide plastic and reconstructive surgeries to my patients, I strive to provide all with compassionate and high-quality care. 

By listening to my patients, I seek to understand their goals and desires, as well as to foster a trusting partnership that allows us to develop and successfully carry out an individualized and personalized plan that ultimately best meets their needs and expectations. 

Being in an academic practice, I value teaching and the education of my patients as an integral part of informed decision making.  I pride myself in taking the time to ensure questions and concerns are all addressed prior to proceeding with surgery, another way I endeavor to build a strong doctor-patient relationship.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Wong is a board certified plastic surgeon offering general plastic and reconstructive services to men, women, and children with aesthetic concerns or reconstructive needs resulting from trauma, cancer, and weight loss. 

He has special interest in the unique challenges presented by patients who have had significant weight loss and serves as Director of Body Contouring After Weight Loss.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Wong’s research focuses on two areas, that of improving patient outcomes and quality of life through decreasing complications in high-risk surgical patients, improving postoperative pain as well as offering traditional excisional and more contemporary tissue preservation techniques for post-bariatric body contouring.

He has been and continues to be Principal Investigator on several prospective randomized clinical trials investigating interventions designed to improve patient outcomes and quality of life, including sternal plating and negative pressure therapy in high-risk patients. 

Being interested in improving patient access, Dr. Wong also works closely with UCD Transplant Surgeons performing panniculectomies in End-Stage Renal Disease patients, converting previously denied patients into patients eligible for kidney transplantation.  


Plastic Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston MA 1992

B.A., UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 1988

Internship: General Surgery, UC Davis-East Bay, Oakland CA 1992-1993


Plastic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC 1999-2002

General Surgery, UC Davis-East Bay, Oakland CA 1993-1996


Surgical Research, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston MA 1996-1998

Hand Fellowship, Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, Louisville KY 2001

Board Certifications

American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2013

American Board of Surgery, 2000

Professional Memberships

American Association of Plastic Surgeons

American College of Surgeons

American Medical Association

American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

California Society of Plastic Surgeons

University of California, Davis Surgical Society

Honors and Awards

Visiting Professor and Keynote Speaker,9th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Symposium, Stanford University, 2016

Invited Speaker, 4th Congress of the World Association for Plastic Surgeons of Chinese Descent Hong Kong, China, 2014

Inducted into the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, 2014

Visiting Professor, Addenbrooke�s Hospital, Cambridge University, United Kingdom, 2013

Best Papers, Top 5% abstracts, Plastic Surgery Research Council 58th Annual Meeting, Santa Monica, California, 2013

Fellow, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, 2013

Invited Speaker, The Third World Congress for Plastic Surgeons of Chinese Descent Xian, China, 2012

Best Overall Paper, California Society of Plastic Surgeons 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting San Diego, California, 2012

Visiting Professor, Plastic Surgery Hospital of the Peking University, Beijing, China, 2011

Invited Speaker, First Chinese-European Congress of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery Beijing, China, 2011

Select Recent Publications

Park JS, Kuo JH, Young JN, Wong MS. Rigid Sternal Fixation Versus Modified Wire Technique for Poststernotomy Closures: A Retrospective Cost Analysis. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2017 May;78(5):537-542.

Wong MS. Post-Bariatric Body Contouring Surgery After Weight Loss: Lessons Learned From an Obesity Epidemic in the United States. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2016 Aug;77 Suppl 1:S59-53.

Troppmann C, Santhanakrishnan C, Kuo J, Bailey CM, Perez RV, Wong MS. Impact of Panniculectomy on Transplant Candidacy of Obese Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Declined for Kidney Transplantation Because of a High-Risk Abdominal Panniculus: A Pilot Study. Surgery. 2016 June;159(6):1612-22.

Song P, Patel NB, Gunther S, Li C-S, Liu Y, Lee CYG, Kludt NA, Patel KB, Ali MR, Wong MS.  Body Image and Quality of Life: Changes with Gastric Bypass Surgery and Body Contouring. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2016 May;76 Suppl 3:S216-221.

Patel NB, Wong MS.  Extended Fasciocutaneous Flaps for Autologous Mastopexy Augmentation with Upper Body Lift Following Massive Weight Loss:  An Early Experience. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2015 May;74 Suppl 1:S41-45.

Bailey CM, Troppmann C, Kuo J, Wong MS.  Panniculectomy in End-Stage Renal Disease: Six-Year Experience of Performing Panniculectomy in Preparation for Renal Transplant. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2015 May;74 Suppl 1:S9-11.

Wong MS, Vinyard WJ.  Photographic Standards for the Massive Weight Loss Patient. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2014 September;73 Suppl 1:S82-7.

Nazarali RS, Hinchcliff K, Wong MS.  Rigid Fixation for the Prevention and Treatment of Sternal Complications. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2014 May;72: S27- S30.

Raman J, Lehmann S, Zehr K, De Guzman B, Aklog L, Garett HE, MacMahon H, Hatcher B, Wong MS. Sternal Closure with Rigid Plate Fixation versus Wire Closure: A Randomized Controlled Multicenter Trial. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2012;94:1854-61.

Chou SS, Sena MJ, Wong MS. The Use of Sternalock  Plating System in the Acute Treatment for Traumatic Sternal Fractures. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2011;91:597-599.