Westfield man earns Microsurgery Fellowship at Ohio State University

Sean Figy (Submitted photo)

WESTFIELD – Sean Figy, son of Ralph and Sue Figy of Westfield, recently received a one year appointment to the Microsurgery Fellowship at The Ohio State University. His appointment is from July 2018 through June 2019.
The Microsurgery Fellowship at The Ohio State University offers a comprehensive and high-volume experience in microsurgical reconstruction. Microsurgery, in spite of its name, involves advanced and intricate reconstructions for cancer, trauma and congenital problems.
Facilities through which fellows rotate include: Ohio State University Hospital, Ohio State University Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital (The James), Ohio State University Hospital East, Grant Hospital, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
During his year at The Ohio State University, Figy will work with 8 current faculty microsurgeons. In addition, Figy will work with 3 microsurgeons at Grant Hospital, and 1 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Through these sites and faculty, fellows are exposed to a broad spectrum of microsurgical procedures, including those related to trauma, cancer, and of a congenital nature. In addition, procedures for lymphedema and other specialized operations are also performed such as jejunal transfer, targeted muscle reinnervation, facial reanimation, obstetric brachial plexus palsy, vascularized composite allotransplanation (facial transplantation).
Fellows in the program have the opportunity to do a 1-month rotation at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, numerous opportunities for research, and attend the ASRM annual meeting where the OSU group has previously won Best Case, Best Save, and Beahm Best Breast Paper Awards.
Sean Figy is a 2004 graduate of Westfield High School. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a minor in Spanish from Siena College in 2008, and graduate from the University of Toledo College of Medicine in 2012. Most recently, he completed his residency at The University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA in June of 2018.
“It’s been a long haul, but we’re very proud of him,” said Ralph Figy, Ward 2 City Councilor in Westfield. Figy, who is also the liaison to the School Committee, said Sean is also a success story for the Westfield Public School district. “Too often people look at our educational system (and see what’s wrong). You don’t always hear about the success stories,” he said.

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