Michael L. Gimbel, MD

Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery
Michael L. Gimbel, MD - headshot



Shadyside Medical Building

5200 Centre Avenue, Suite 307

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Dr. Michael Gimbel is an Assistant Professor in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Plastic Surgery.  His practice encompasses the entire broad field of Plastic Surgery, including general reconstructive surgery, aesthetic surgery, breast surgery, microsurgery, and some hand surgery.  He has a particular interest in breast reconstruction, including microsurgical perforator flap reconstruction (DIEP, TUG, GAP), nipple-sparing reconstruction, immediate implant one-stage reconstruction, and oncoplastic “breast-sparing” reconstruction.  He practices primarily at Magee-Womens Hospital and Shadyside Hospital.

Dr. Gimbel completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine.  He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh.  During his training he dedicated three years to full-time research as an NIH-funded fellow at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) Would Healing Lab under the tutelage of the renowned Dr. Thomas Knighton Hunt.  His basic science research examined fundamental biological steps in wound healing.  He also worked on medical information technology and created a grant-funded international telemedicine network between various Pacific Rim nations for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers.  After completing general surgery residency, Dr. Gimbel pursued subspecialty training in plastic surgery and finally a fellowship in microsurgery, both at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).
Dr. Gimbel joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, where he serves as program director for the Microsurgery Fellowship.  His research interests include clinical research of breast reconstruction outcomes, free flap monitoring technologies, and novel techniques in free tissue transfer.


Jindal R, Chong TW, Valerio IL, Gimbel ML, De La Cruz C.  Alleviation of venous congestion in muscle-sparing free TRAM flaps with a temporary angiocatheter.  Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Jul;126(1):29e-31e. | View Abstract »

Gimbel, ML,  Rollins, MD, Fukaya, E, Hopf, HW.  Monitoring Partial and Full Venous Outflow Compromise in a Rabbit Skin Flap Model.  Plast Recon Surg . 2009 September; 124(3):796-803.  | View Abstract »

Gur, AS, Unal, B, Ahrendt, G, Gimbel, ML, Kayiran, O,  Johnson, R, Bonaventura, M, Soran, A.  Risk factors for breast cancer-related upper extremity lymphedema: Is immediate autologous breast reconstruction one of them? Central European Journal of Medicine.  2009 4(1): 65-70.

Gimbel, ML, Ashley RK, Sisodia M, Gabbay JS, Wasson KL, Heller J, Wilson L, Kawamoto HK, Bradley JP.  Repair of alveolar cleft defects: reduced morbidity with bone marrow stem cells in a resorbable matrix.  J Craniofac Surg. 2007 Jul;18(4):895-901 | View Abstract »

Lesavoy, MA, Sheng, F, Gomez-Garcia, A, and Gimbel, ML.  Correction of involutional entropion by horizontal tangential wedge excision of the tarsus.  Ann Plast Surg. 2006 Mar;56(3):330-5. | View Abstract »

Gimbel, ML, Chelius, D, PhD, Hunt, TK, and Spencer, EM.  A novel approach to reducing postoperative intraperitoneal adhesions in a rat model through the inhibition of IGF-I activity.  Arch Surg, 2001 Mar;136(3):311-7. | View Abstract »

Gimbel, ML, Hunt, TK, Hussain, MZ.  Lactate controls collagen gene promoter activity  through (poly) adenosine diphosphoribosylation.  Surgical Forum, 2000, 51:595.

Hunt,TK, Burke, J, Barbul, A, Gimbel, ML. Wound healing.  Science, 1999 June 11, 284(5421):1775. | View Abstract »

Manley, GT, Pitts, LH, Morabito, D, Doyle, CA, Gibson, J, Gimbel, ML, Hopf, HW, Knudson, MM.  Brain tissue oxygenation during hemorrhagic shock, resuscitation, and alterations in ventilation.  Journal of Trauma, 1999 Feb, 46(2):261-7. | View Abstract »