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Dr. Sharline Zacur Aboutanos is a native of Miami, Florida, having graduated with Honors in Biology from the University of Miami. She received her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, where she graduated with Research Distinction.

While in medical school, Dr. Aboutanos was inducted into Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor attained at the University of Miami. She bleeds orange and green—Go Canes!

Dr. Aboutanos next completed her residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at VCU Health Systems/MCV Hospitals in Richmond, VA. During this time, she completed two additional years of research, which resulted in several publications and awards. She has presented her work at national and international meetings, received awards, and been published several times on these topics. 

She was recognized for her dedication to patients and work ethic with both Intern of the Year and S. Dawson Theogaraj Scholarship Awards. 

Dr. Aboutanos has extensive training in breast reduction, breast reconstruction, breast augmentation and all types of cosmetic surgery, and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Prior to joining Richmond Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Sharline Aboutanos completed a fellowship in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery with nationally acclaimed surgeon Dr. Louis Morales, Jr., at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has extensive experience in the treatment of cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, plagiocephaly, ear anomalies, skin lesions, and vascular malformations in children. Dr. Aboutanos brings with her a passionate dedication to the treatment of children with craniofacial abnormalities and congenital malformations, making her a shining candidate for any treatment your little ones might need, allowing you to rest easy knowing that your children are in the most caring of hands.

As a member of the Cleft and Craniofacial Team at St. Mary’s, Dr. Aboutanos is dedicated to the treatment of children with craniofacial abnormalities and congenital malformations, and she takes part in yearly missionary trips to Honduras, where she provides vital care to children with plastic surgery needs.

Dr. Aboutanos is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and has been listed as one of Richmond’s Top Docs in plastic surgery by Richmond Magazine, in addition to being voted Best Plastic Surgeon in Henrico by the Henrico Citizen News. 

In addition to craniofacial and pediatric reconstructive surgery, Dr. Aboutanos’ clinical interests include injectables and cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body. 

Outside of plastic surgery, Dr. Aboutanos speaks four languages and enjoys running. A self-described artist, Dr. Aboutanos also enjoys painting with watercolor. She lives with her husband and two children in Richmond.

Before & After

Another great result after breast reduction by Dr. Aboutanos

Educational Background

Fellowship

  • Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, Craniomaxillofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Director: Louis Morales, Jr., MD

Residency

  • VCU Medical Center/Medical College of Virginia, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Medical School

Undergraduate

Awards

  • Top Doctor Award in Richmond Magazine for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2020. 
  • Top Doctor Award in Richmond Magazine for Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2019
  • Best Plastic Surgeon in Henrico News by Readers of the Henrico Citizen News, 2014
  • S. Dawson Theogaraj Award in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2009
  • Virginia American College of Surgery Humanitarian Resident Travel Grant, 2009
  • Third Prize, Virginia Committee on Trauma Paper Presentation, 2006. “Multi-Dimensional Protocols: How a Team Approach to Patient Care Can Influence Outcomes in a Trauma ICU”
  • Lazar Greenfield Award for Humera Surgical Society, 2005. “Prostpective Evaluation of an Extubation Protocol in a Trauma ICU Population”
  • First Prize, VCU Health Systems Resident Research Day, 2004. “Duck Hepatitis Core Antigen Cross-Presents, Activates and Matures Dendritic Cells”
  • Jedi Knight Award in Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2002
  • Intern of the Year Award in General Surgery, 2001

Invited Presentations

  • “Postoperative Care of the Plastic Surgery Pediatric Patient.” St. Mary’s Pediatric Nursing Education Day. Richmond, VA; October 24, 2019.
  • “Care of the Child with Cleft Lip and Palate.” St. Mary’s Pediatric Roundtable Talk. Richmond, VA; September 2019. 
  • “Ear Reconstruction and Reshaping.” St. Mary’s Pediatric Roundtable Talk. Richmond, VA; October 2018.
  • “Consensus Session: Need for the ER Physicians in Latin America To Step Up and Manage Trauma.” Panamerican Trauma Association Meeting. Cartagena, Colombia; August 2018.
  • Judge of the Resident Poster Session. PanAmerican Trauma Association Meeting. Cartagena, Colombia; August 2018.
  • “Craniofacial Trauma and Reconstruction.” Panamerican Trauma Association Meeting. Mexico City, Mexico; November 2017.
  • Judge of the Resident Poster Session. Panamerican Trauma Association Meeting. Mexico City, Mexico; November 2017.
  • “The Doctors Are In.” Children’s Craniofacial Association 27th Annual Family Retreat. Reston, VA; June 2017.
  • “Common Secondary Diagnosis/Handling Co-Morbidities.” Children’s Craniofacial Association 27th Annual Family Retreat. Reston, VA; June 2017.
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery: From Head to Toe.” Richmond Chapter AORN. Richmond, VA; April, 2017.
  • Judge of the Resident Poster Session. Panamerican Trauma Association Meeting. Maceio, Brazil; November 2016.
  • Moderator: Damage Control. Panamerican Trauma Association Meeting. Maceio, Brazil; November 2016.
  • “Pediatric Plastic Surgery: From Head to Toe.” Pediatric Dental Associates. Richmond, VA; February 2016.
  • “Pediatric Plastic Surgery: From Head to Toe.” Universidad de Aquina Bolivia (UDABOL); La Paz, Bolivia; November 2015.
  • “Trauma and Pregnancy.” 18th Panamerican Trauma Association Meeting. Santa Cruz, Bolivia; November 2015.
  • “Craniofacial Trauma in Children.” 18th Panamerican Trauma Association Meeting. Santa Cruz, Bolivia; November 2015.
  • Judge of the Resident Poster Session. Panamerican Trauma Association Meeting. Panama City, Panama; November 2014.
  • “Craniofacial Trauma in Children.” Panamerican Trauma Association Meeting. Panama City, Panama; November 2014.
  • “Trauma and Pregnancy.” Panamerican Trauma Association Meeting. Panama City, Panama; November 2014.
  • “Pediatric Plastic Surgery: From Head to Toe.” Bon Secours Pediatric Nursing Symposium. Richmond, VA; May 6, 2014.
  • “Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery.” Support Your Girls. Bon Secours Cancer Institute. Richmond, VA; May 1, 2014.
  • “Abnormal Head Shapes in the Pediatric Population.” Pediatric Dental Associates. Richmond, VA; February 2014.
  • “Craniofacial Trauma in Children.” PanAmerican Trauma Association Meeting. Chilean and International Surgical Congress. Santiago, Chile; November 2013.
  • “Trauma and Pregnancy.” PanAmerican Trauma Association Meeting. Chilean and International Surgical Congress. Santiago, Chile; November 2013.
  • “Abnormal Head Shapes in the Pediatric Population.” St. Mary’s Hospital Pediatric Roundtable Talk. Richmond, VA; November 2011.
  • “Management of Craniofacial Clefts.” University of Utah Speech Pathology Department, Salt Lake City, UT, February 2010.
  • “Sagittal Synostosis: Surgical Approach and Outcomes.” Utah Facial Surgery Meeting, Park City, UT, February 2010.
  • “The Pregnant Trauma Patient.” Ninth Annual VCU Health Systems Trauma Symposium, Richmond, VA, 2008.

Book Chapters

  • Aboutanos M, Mora F, Duong M, Wolf L, Anderson C, Denwiddie M, Sahhar I, Rodas E, Aboutanos S, Duane T, Malhotra A, Ivatury R. Inexpensive Telemedicine Applications and Trauma System Development in Latin America: Ecuador’s Experience. In: Jordanova M and Lievens F, eds. Med-e-Tel 2007 Proceedings: Then International Educational and Networking Forum for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT. Luxepro, April 2007. ISSN 1819-186X.
  • Zacur S, Kaplan BJ. Esophageal Cancer. In: Dyke C and DeMaria EJ, eds. Surgical Attending Rounds, Third Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004.
  • Aboutanos, S., Manresa, C. Trauma Maxilofacial. In: Rodriguez A and Ferrada R, eds. Trauma, Cirugia de Urgencia Y Cuidados Intensivos, Tercera Edicion. Libreria Medica Distribuna, August 2018. ISBN 9789588813844

Publications

  • Aboutanos SZ, McAndrew K, Unkel J, Wornom IL. Pontine tegmental cap dysplasia and challenges in facial reconstructive surgery. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. 55(1)127-131, 2018.
  • Aboutanos SZ, Spinos E, Blanchet NP. Angiographic delay, a viable alternative to surgical delay. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 68(6):562-7, 2012.
  • Aboutanos MB, Aboutanos SZ, Dompkowski D, Duane TD, Malhotra AK, Ivatury RR. Significance of motore vehicle crashes and pelvic injury on fetal mortality: A five-year institutional review. Journal of Trauma. 65(3):616-20, 2008.
  • Pozez AL, Aboutanos SZ, Lucas VS. Diagnosis and treatment of uncommon wounds. Clinics in Plastic Surgery. 34(4)749-64, 2007.
  • Aboutanos SZ, Aboutanos MB, Dompkowski D, Duane TD, Malhotra AK, Ivatury RR. Predictors of fetal oautcome in pregnant trauma patients: A five-year institutional review. The American Surgeon. 73(8):824-7, 2007.
  • Aboutanos MB, Rodas E, Aboutanos SZ, Mora FE, Duane TM, Malhotra AK, Ivatury RR. Trauma education and care in the jungles of Ecuador: Where there is no Advanced Trauma Life Support. Journal of Trauma. 62(3):714-9, 2007.
  • Aboutanos SZ, Duane TD, Malhotra AK, Borchers CT, Wakefield TA, Wolfe LG, Aboutanos MB, Ivatury RR. Prospective evaluation of an extubation protocol in a trauma intensive care unit population. The American Surgeon. 72(5):393-6, 2006.
  • Aboutanos SZ, Aboutanos MB, Malhotra AK, Duane TM, Ivatury RR. Management of a pregnant patient with an open abdomen. Journal of Trauma. 59(5):1052-6, 2005.
  • Chin CS, Miller CH, Graham L, Parviz M, Zacur S, Patel B, Duong A, Bear H. Bryostatin 1/ionomycin (B/I) ex vivo stimulation preferentially activates L-selectinlow tumor-sensitized lymphocytes. International Immunology. 16(9):1283-94, 2004.
  • Whinney RR, Cohn SM, Zacur S. Fluid resuscitation for trauma patients in the 21st century. Current Opinion in Critical Care. 6:395-400, 2000.

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