Dr. Anton Fries

Dr. Fries, currently the Chief of Plastic Surgery and a faculty surgeon at UT Health San Antonio, boasts an illustrious medical career that spans the globe. Graduating from the prestigious University of Cambridge, Dr. Fries’ journey led him to become a former Surgeon Commander in the Royal Navy, with combat experience. He specialized in plastic surgery through international studies and research, holding significant roles at esteemed institutions like Oxford University Hospitals and UT Health San Antonio. With over 60 published papers, his focus on reconstructive surgery earned him research awards. Dr. Fries possesses expertise in microvascular reconstruction, lymphatic microsurgery, cosmetics, and hand surgery. Beyond his professional accomplishments, he contributes to humanitarian efforts, providing cleft lip and palate surgeries in the Philippines through Operation Restore Hope. Dr. Fries is a luminary in the medical community, known for groundbreaking contributions in microsurgery and lymphedema surgery. His dedication to precision and patient well-being aligns seamlessly with PRMA’s commitment to medical excellence.

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Information
CURRENT POSITION Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery University of Texas Health, San Antonio MicroSurgeon, PRMA Plastic Surgery Review Editor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Surgical Advisor to Charity Board OFFICE DETAILS Address: 9635 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX 78240 Tel: (210) 692 – 1181 Fax: (210) 610 – 5314
Education Informations
MEDICAL Education University of Cambridge  1998 – 2003 PhD 2022 USMLE  2020 MSc 2018 MA (Cantab) 2005 MB BChir 2003 BA Social Anthropology 2001 POST GRADUATE TRAINING Fellowship:                       Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan Microsurgery Fellowship                                                            Professor Fu Chan Wei  Oct 2016 – Oct 2017   Research period:                United States Army Institute of Surgical Research                                                                                                  San Antonio, TX Col M R Davis MD FACS MC Sep 2012 – Mar 2014   Residency:                        Plastic Surgery Residency                                            South West Deanery, UK, General Medical Council Sep 2010 – Jul 2018   General Surgery:                Core Surgical Training                                               West Midlands Deanery, UK, General Medical Council Aug 2008 – Sep 2010   Military Service:                  Medical Officer 42 Commando Royal Marines Feb 2005 – Aug 2008   Internship:                        Cambridge University Hospitals Feb 2004 – Feb 2005   The Royal Navy:                 Active Duty Medical Officer  Dec 2000 – Dec 2020
Career Information
HONORS AND AWARDS 2020 The Gilbert Blane Medal For the Medical Officer who has ‘brought about an advance in any branch of Medical Science in its application to Naval Service’.                                      2017 TTS-ISVCA Travel Award For outstanding abstract at ISVCA meeting 2014 The Richard Wiseman Medal For best podium presentation Association of Trauma and Military Surgery 2012 Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellowship 2007 The Oliver Sword (annual award for Navy doctors) For the Medical Officer who has best shown determination, courage, leadership and compassion in his early appointments.” 2003 Commodore’s Commendation Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth For rescuing staff member from flooded river. RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS Journal Articles Orthoplastic treatment of open lower limb fractures improves outcomes; a 12-year review E D’Cunha, J G Penn-Barwell, J McMaster, C A Fries, Plast Reconstr Surg 2023 Feb 1;151(2):308e-314e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000009861. Epub 2022 Nov 15. Abdominal Wall Transplantation: Indications and Outcomes C Honeyman, R Dolan, H Stark, C A Fries, S Reddy, P Allan, G Vrakis, A Vaidya, G Dijkstra, S Hofker, T Templeman, P Werker, D Erdmann, K Ravindra, D Sudan, P Friend, H Giele. Curr Transpl Rep 2020 doi.org/10.1007/s40472-020-00308-9 Vascularised composite allotransplantation in solid organ transplant recipients: a systematic review C Honeyman, H Stark, C A Fries, V S Gorantla, M R Davis, H P Giele Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 2020 Aug 10.1016/j.bjps.2020.08.052 Trends in decubitus ulcer disease burden in European Union 15+ countries 1990-2017. R Goodall, A Armstrong, W Hughes, C A Fries, D Marshall, E Harbinson, J Salciccioli, J Shalhoub Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open: November 2020 – Volume 8 – Issue 11 – p e3252 doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000003252  Patient safety associated with the surgical treatment of bone and soft tissue tumours during the COVID-19 pandemic – Results from an observational study at the Oxford Sarcoma Service. R B Rajasekaran, S Kotecha, D Whitwell, T D A Cosker, P Critchley, C A Fries, D Pigott, C L M H Gibbons, A Carr. International Orthopaedics July 2020 doi: 10.1007/s00264-020-04736-1 Military VCA in the World. C A Fries, D Tuder, V S Gorantla, R K Chan, M R Davis, Cur Transplantation Reports 2020 ()1-5  doi: 10.1007/s40472-020-00294-y Change in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic: shaping plastic surgery services of the future A Shaw, R Goodall, A Armstrong, C A Fries, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery May 2020 doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000007219Translational techniques from cleft to cosmetic rhinoplasty H S Stark, C A Fries, N S Mercer. Archives of Plastic Surgery 2019 doi: 10.5999/aps.2018.00185 Complete laparoscopic removal of retropubic midurethral tape (tension-free vaginal tape) from the obdurator nerve: a multidisciplinary approach W R Cooke R Cartwright, C A Fries, N Price International Urogynecology Journal Jun 2019 DOI: doi.org/10.1007/s00192-019-04016-6 Dorsal Wrist Placement for Vascularized Submental Lymph Node Transfer Significantly Improves Breast Cancer–Related Lymphedema. H A Aljaaly, C A Fries, M H Cheng. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open. 7(2):e2149, February 2019. Vascularised Composite Allotransplantation – Basic Science and Clinical Applications. Honeyman C, Fries CA. International Journal of Orthoplastic Surgery. 2019;2(1):13–22. DOI: http://doi.org/10.29337/ijops.28 Techniques and Outcomes in Microsurgical Soft Palate ReconstructionC A Fries, N Al Deek, F C Wei. Head & Neck. 2019;1–8. DOI: 10.1002/hed.25662 Enzyme Activated Drug Eluting Hydrogels Delay Rejection in an Orthotopic Model of Swine Limb Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation.  C A Fries, S Lawson, L Wang, J Karp, R F Rickard, V S Gorantla, M R Davis. PLOS_ONE https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0210914 Composite Graft Pre-Treatment with Hydrogen Sulfide Delays the Onset of Acute Rejection. C A Fries, S Lawson, L Wang, M Roth, R F Rickard, V S Gorantla, M R Davis Annals of Plastic Surgery: Jan (9) 2019 doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000001693 Patient Reported Outcomes for Toe-to-Hand Transfer – A Prospective Longitudinal Study.  T Y Tsai, C A Fries, J C Shiao, C C Hsu, Y T Lin, F C Wei, C H Lin. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Jan 21. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000005422. A Hyperbaric Warm Perfusion System Preserves Tissue Composites Ex vivo and Delays the Onset of Acute RejectionFries C A, Villamaria C Y, Spencer J R, Lawson S, Wang L, Raj T, Wolf E G, Parida B K, Gorantla V S, Rickard R F, Davis M R. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2018 Aug 12. 10.1055/s-0038-1667298 Upper Limb Reconstructive Transplantation in Military Recipients: Summary of World Experience C A Fries, H L Stark, D Tuder, S Iyer, V S Gorantla, M R Davis, R F Rickard. Journal of the Royal Naval Medical Service 2018;104(1):6-11 Plastic Surgery Pioneers of the Central Powers in the Great War  R L Thomas, C A Fries, D Hodgkinson Craniofacial Trauma and Reconstruction – 2018  DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1660443 The Modified Furlow Palatoplasty  H S Stark, C A Fries, N S Mercer. Medical Research Archives 2017 Nov;5(11): Soft Tissue Reconstruction.. C A Fries, M R Davis, R F Rickard Ballistic Trauma 4th edition, Springer international. Ballistic Wound Management and Infection Prevention. J G Penn-Barwell, C A Fries, R F Rickard Ballistic Trauma 4th edition, Springer International. Crossfitter’s knee: patellofemoral chondral injury following high-intensity functional training. J Jackson, S Hart, C A Fries, J Robinson, J Murray, A M Wood.  Journal of the Royal Naval Medical Service 2017 Dismounted complex blast injuries: a comprehensive review of the modern combat experience.  J W Cannon, L J Hofmann, S C Glasgow, B K Potter, C J Rodriguez, L C Cancio, T E Rasmussen, C A Fries, M R Davis, J R Jezior, R J Mullins, E A Elster.  J Am Coll Surg. 2016 Oct;223(4):652-664.e8. Development of a Clinical Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Program: Requirements and Recommendations.  S Lawson, L Wang, C A Fries, M R Davis, V S Gorantla, Book Chapter in “From Auto-to-Allo Transplantation”, Editor – F C Wei. Publisher – Karger. DOI:10.1159/000444967 A Porcine Orthotopic Forelimb Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Model – Technical Considerations and Translational Implications.  C A Fries, C Y Villamaria, J R Spencer, R F Rickard,  V S Gorantla, M R Davis.  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 2016 Sep;138(3):461e-471e doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000002451 C1 esterase inhibitor ameliorates ischemia reperfusion injury in a swine musculocutaneous flap model.  C A Fries,  C Y Villamaria, J R Spencer, T E Rassmussen, M R Davis. Microsurgery 2016 Apr 18. Doi: 10.1002/micr.30053 Factors influencing infection in 10 years of battlefield open tibia fractures.  J G Penn-Barwell, P M Bennett, D E Mortiboy, C A Fries, A F G Groom, I D Sargeant.  Strat Traum Limb Recon DOI 10.1007/s11751-016-0250-x Gun-shot injuries in UK military casualties – Features associated with wound severity.  Penn-Barwell J G, Sargent I D, Severe Lower Extremity Combat Trauma (SeLECT) Study Group – J G Penn-Barwell, P M Bennett, C A Fries, J M Kendrew, M Midwinter, J Bishop, R F Rickard, I D Sargeant, K Porter, T Rowlands, A Mountain, A Kay, D Mortiboy, T Stevenson, R W Myatt Medium-term outcomes following limb salvage for severe open tibia fracture are similar to trans-tibial amputation. Penn-Barwell JG, Myatt RW, Bennett PM, Sargeant ID, Severe Lower Extremity Combat Trauma (SeLECT) Study Group. Injury. Elsevier; 2015 Feb;46(2):288–91. High velocity gunshot injuries to the extremities: management on and off the battlefield. Penn-Barwell, J. G., Brown, K. V., Fries, C. A. (2015). Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12178-015-9289-4 Preclinical Models in Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation.  C A Fries, D W Tuder, M R Davis.  Current Transplantation Reports2015, DOI – 10.1007/s40472-015-0071-8 Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.  C A Fries,  D Evriviades, M R Davis.  Book Chapter in War Trauma: Principles and Practice of Management.  Editor – J Garner, in press Hydrogen sulphide mitigates ischemia reperfusion injury in a porcine model of vascularised composite allotransplantation.  C Villamaria, C A Fries, J R Spencer, M Roth, M Davis  Ann Plas Surg 2014(May);72(5):594-598 Prospective randomised controlled trial of nanocrystalline silver dressing versus plain gauze as the initial post-debridement management of military wounds on wound microbiology and healing C A Fries, J G Penn-Barwell, Y Ayalew, S L A Jeffery, K Porter, M J Midwinter,  Injury. 2014 Jul;45(7):1111-6. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2013.12.005 Outcomes following battlefield trauma in Royal Naval Personnel J G Penn-Barwell C A Fries, M Midwinter, Baker.  Mil Med J 2013(Nov);178(11):1222-1226 Battlefield scrotal trauma: How should it be managed in deployed military hospitals?  R J Williams, C A Fries, M Midwinter, A W Lambert.  Injury 2013(Sep);44(9):1246-1249 Severe open tibia fractures in combat trauma: management and preliminary outcomes. J G Penn-Barwell, P M Bennet, C A Fries, J M Kendrew, M J Midwinter, R F Rickard.  Bone Joint J. 2013;95-B(1):101-5 Aggressive soft tissue infections and amputation in military trauma patients.  J G Penn-Barwell, C A Fries, I D Sargeant, P M Bennett, K Porter.  JRNMS 98(2):14-8 Surgical Training in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, C A Fries, R F Rickard, JRNMS. 98(2):23-6 Combat lower limb amputation: the contemporary British Military experience. J G Penn-Barwell, C A Fries, I D Sargeant, K Porter.  Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, British Volume 94 (SUPP XV), 11-11 Military trauma care in Birmingham: observational study of care requirements and resource utilisation.  P C Jackson, M Foster, C A Fries, S L A Jeffery Injury. 2014 Jan;45(1):44-9. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2012.08.036. Epub 2012 Sep 19. Use of topical negative pressure in British servicemen with combat wounds.  J Penn-Barwell, C A Fries, L Street, S L A Jeffery, ePlasty 2011;11:e35. epub2011Aug19 Management of intestinal injuries in deployed UK hospitals. C A Fries, N R M Tai, T J Hogetts, M J Midwinter, D M Bowley, JRAMC 2011 Dec;157(4):370-374 Topical Negative Pressure and Military Wounds – A Review of the Evidence.  C A Fries, S L A Jeffery, A R Kay.  Injury, Int. J. Care Injured 41 (2010) 708-712 Damage Control Surgery in the Era of Damage Control Resuscitation.  C A Fries, M Midwinter, Surgery Journal 28(11); 563-567. The Team Works – a Multidisciplinary Approach.  C A Fries, M Midwinter, S E P Bree, P J Taylor, M K Peterson.  J R Nav Med Ser. 2007:93(3) 125-128 A Thorn in the Side.  C A Fries, J K Campbell.  J R Nav Ser. 2006;92(3) 121-3 Hitting the Nail on the Head  C A Fries, I Higginson.  Emerg Med J 2007 Jan;24(1):e3 A Comparison Between the Short Term and Long Term Benefits of Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms.  A B M Wilmink, M W C Claridge, C A Fries, O Will, D J Adam, C R G Quick, A W Bradbury.  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg, 2006 Jul;32(1):16-20 Proof Reader – English translation of Atlas of Human Anatomy and Surgery, Bourgery, Taschen Publications 2007
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