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Mayer Tenenhaus

Title(s)Clinical Professor, Surgery
SchoolHealth Sciences
Phone619-543-6084
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    Dr. Mayer Tenenhaus is a plastic surgeon who specializes in reconstructive surgery for burns and other traumatic injuries as well as for congenital malformations. He is the primary burn reconstruction surgeon for San Diego and Imperial counties and is recognized as one of the top burn reconstructive surgeons in the United States. He is one of the UCSD physicians who treated burn victims during the catastrophic Cedar Fire in San Diego County in 2003.

    Dr. Tenenhaus is known throughout the world as a leader in the field of burn surgery and research. He is President of the North American Burn Society, a member of the American Burn Association, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Burn Institute of San Diego. He serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, a major publication in the field of burn reconstruction. Each year, he is a leading panelist in scientific sessions at national and international medical conferences.

    Dr. Tenenhaus conducts patient clinics and performs surgeries both at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in La Jolla and at UCSD’s two medical centers in Hillcrest and La Jolla.

    In caring for patients who undergo reconstructive surgery at UCSD, Dr. Tenenhaus works closely with the Trauma division and the departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Dermatology. He also serves as a consultant on complex pediatric cases at Children’s Hospital of San Diego.

    Dr. Tenenhaus is fellowship trained in general surgery, plastic surgery, and burn surgery. He is certified to perform aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. He has special training and extensive experience in surgical techniques for reconstruction after severe burns, including skin grafts, nerve grafts, bone grafts, and microvascular surgery.

    In his research at UCSD, Dr. Tenenhaus studies many aspects of burns, from initial treatment of a burn wound to new techniques for reconstructive surgery and wound care during healing. He investigates the use of skin grafts and various types of artificial materials in reconstruction. He also studies mechanisms of infection after trauma, factors in aging of the skin, and factors that have an effect on wound healing.

    Dr. Tenenhaus is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

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    1. Lemperle G, Knapp D, Tenenhaus M. Minimal Scar Formation After Orthopaedic Skin Incisions Along Main Folding Lines. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 Mar 06; 101(5):392-399. PMID: 30845033.
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    2. Tenenhaus M, Gaid NA, Hayes S, Foubert P, Grover I. Injection of SVF combined with HBO2 improves viability of unfavorably designed flaps. Undersea Hyperb Med. 2018 Jul-Aug; 45(4):381-388. PMID: 30241116.
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    3. Foubert P, Liu M, Anderson S, Rajoria R, Gutierrez D, Zafra D, Tenenhaus M, Fraser JK. Preclinical assessment of safety and efficacy of intravenous delivery of autologous adipose-derived regenerative cells (ADRCs) in the treatment of severe thermal burns using a porcine model. Burns. 2018 09; 44(6):1531-1542. PMID: 29958745.
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    4. Hager S, Foldenauer AC, Rennekampff HO, Deisz R, Kopp R, Tenenhaus M, Gernot M, Pallua N. Interleukin-6 Serum Levels Correlate With Severity of Burn Injury but Not With Gender. J Burn Care Res. 2018 Apr 20; 39(3):379-386. PMID: 28661975.
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    5. Werdin F, Tenenhaus M, Becker M, Rennekampff HO. Healing Time Correlates With the Quality of Scaring: Results From a Prospective Randomized Control Donor Site Trial. Dermatol Surg. 2018 Apr; 44(4):521-527. PMID: 29016538.
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    6. Foubert P, Zafra D, Liu M, Rajoria R, Gutierrez D, Tenenhaus M, Fraser JK. Autologous adipose-derived regenerative cell therapy modulates development of hypertrophic scarring in a red Duroc porcine model. Stem Cell Res Ther. 2017 Nov 15; 8(1):261. PMID: 29141687.
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    7. Parker KL, Thistlethwaite P, Suliman AS, Reid C, Tenenhaus M, El Khoury Z, Golts EM. Staged Repair of an Aortic Pseudoaneurysm Secondary to Delayed Methylmethacrylate Plate Migration. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Feb; 103(2):e139-e141. PMID: 28109373.
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    8. Tenenhaus M. The Use of Dehydrated Human Amnion/Chorion Membranes in the Treatment of Burns and Complex Wounds: Current and Future Applications. Ann Plast Surg. 2017 Feb; 78(2 Suppl 1):S11-S13. PMID: 28079550.
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    9. Foubert P, Doyle-Eisele M, Gonzalez A, Berard F, Weber W, Zafra D, Alfonso Z, Zhao S, Tenenhaus M, Fraser JK. Development of a combined radiation and full thickness burn injury minipig model to study the effects of uncultured adipose-derived regenerative cell therapy in wound healing. Int J Radiat Biol. 2017 03; 93(3):340-350. PMID: 27690716.
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    10. Tenenhaus M, Rennekampff HO. Current Concepts in Tissue Engineering: Skin and Wound. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Sep; 138(3 Suppl):42S-50S. PMID: 27556774.
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    11. Foubert P, Gonzalez AD, Teodosescu S, Berard F, Doyle-Eisele M, Yekkala K, Tenenhaus M, Fraser JK. Adipose-Derived Regenerative Cell Therapy for Burn Wound Healing: A Comparison of Two Delivery Methods. Adv Wound Care (New Rochelle). 2016 Jul 01; 5(7):288-298. PMID: 27366590.
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    12. Mackert GA, Reid CM, Dobke MK, Tenenhaus M. Description of a Simple Method of Stoma Protection During Prone Positioning. Ostomy Wound Manage. 2016 Jun; 62(6):51-3. PMID: 27356146.
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    13. Lemperle GH, Tenenhaus M. Reply: The Direction of Optimal Skin Incisions Derived from Striae Distensae. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jul; 136(1):121e-122e. PMID: 26111327.
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    14. Foubert P, Barillas S, Gonzalez AD, Alfonso Z, Zhao S, Hakim I, Meschter C, Tenenhaus M, Fraser JK. Uncultured adipose-derived regenerative cells (ADRCs) seeded in collagen scaffold improves dermal regeneration, enhancing early vascularization and structural organization following thermal burns. Burns. 2015 Nov; 41(7):1504-16. PMID: 26059048.
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    15. Rennekampff HO, Fimmers R, Metelmann HR, Schumann H, Tenenhaus M. Reliability of photographic analysis of wound epithelialization assessed in human skin graft donor sites and epidermolysis bullosa wounds. Trials. 2015 May 28; 16:235. PMID: 26018577; PMCID: PMC4449561.
    16. Lemperle G, Tenenhaus M, Knapp D, Lemperle SM. The direction of optimal skin incisions derived from striae distensae. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Dec; 134(6):1424-34. PMID: 25415105.
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    17. Mulder G, Tenenhaus M, D'Souza GF. Reduction of diabetic foot ulcer healing times through use of advanced treatment modalities. Int J Low Extrem Wounds. 2014 Dec; 13(4):335-46. PMID: 25384916.
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    18. Tenenhaus M, Greenberg M, Potenza B. Dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane for the treatment of severe skin and tissue loss in an preterm infant: a case report. J Wound Care. 2014 Oct; 23(10):490, 492-5. PMID: 25296350.
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    19. Mathewson MA, Chambers HG, Girard PJ, Tenenhaus M, Schwartz AK, Lieber RL. Stiff muscle fibers in calf muscles of patients with cerebral palsy lead to high passive muscle stiffness. J Orthop Res. 2014 Dec; 32(12):1667-74. PMID: 25138654.
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    20. Moshrefi S, Saad A, Minoo P, Wang HY, Tenenhaus M. Primary Cutaneous ?d T-Cell Lymphoma and Hemophagocytic Syndrome. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 Jul 04. PMID: 25003465.
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    21. Bhavsar D, Tenenhaus M. Abstract 149: effect of low energy laser on skin flap survival: a study in murine dorsal skin flap model. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar; 133(3 Suppl):166. PMID: 25942259.
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    22. Li A, Meunier M, Rennekampff HO, Tenenhaus M. Surgical amputation of the digit: an investigation into the technical variations among hand surgeons. Eplasty. 2013; 13:e12. PMID: 23460930; PMCID: PMC3587013.
    23. Fredman R, Tenenhaus M. Cushing's syndrome after intralesional triamcinolone acetonide: a systematic review of the literature and multinational survey. Burns. 2013 Jun; 39(4):549-57. PMID: 23092701.
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    24. Fredman R, Tenenhaus M. Elephantiasis nostras verrucosa. Eplasty. 2012; 12:ic14. PMID: 23150746.
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    25. Tenenhaus M, Rennekampff HO. Surgical advances in burn and reconstructive plastic surgery: new and emerging technologies. Clin Plast Surg. 2012 Oct; 39(4):435-43. PMID: 23036294.
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    26. Mulder G, Wallin K, Tenenhaus M. Regenerative materials that facilitate wound healing. Clin Plast Surg. 2012 Jul; 39(3):249-67. PMID: 22732374.
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    27. Rennekampff HO, Busche MN, Knobloch K, Tenenhaus M. Is UV radiation beneficial in postburn wound healing? Med Hypotheses. 2010 Nov; 75(5):436-8. PMID: 20447771.
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    28. Fraga AM, Fraga GP, Noordenbos J, Tenenhaus M, Castle S, Bhavsar D, Lee JG, Coimbra R, Potenza BM. Beach and campfire burns: a site of pleasure and tragedy. J Burn Care Res. 2010 Jan-Feb; 31(1):184-9. PMID: 20061854.
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    29. Tenenhaus M, Potenza B, Li A. A case of peripheral neuropathy from contact with military radar equipment. Eplasty. 2009 Dec 11; 10:e1. PMID: 20076783; PMCID: PMC2796565.
    30. Bhavsar D, Shettko D, Tenenhaus M. Encircling the tendon repair site with collagen-GAG reduces the formation of postoperative tendon adhesions in a chicken flexor tendon model. J Surg Res. 2010 Apr; 159(2):765-71. PMID: 20085843.
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    31. Merz KM, Pfau M, Blumenstock G, Tenenhaus M, Schaller HE, Rennekampff HO. Cutaneous microcirculatory assessment of the burn wound is associated with depth of injury and predicts healing time. Burns. 2010 Jun; 36(4):477-82. PMID: 19854578.
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    32. Toulon A, Breton L, Taylor KR, Tenenhaus M, Bhavsar D, Lanigan C, Rudolph R, Jameson J, Havran WL. A role for human skin-resident T cells in wound healing. J Exp Med. 2009 Apr 13; 206(4):743-50. PMID: 19307328; PMCID: PMC2715110.
    33. Werdin F, Tenenhaus M, Rennekampff HO. Chronic wound care. Lancet. 2008 Nov 29; 372(9653):1860-1862. PMID: 19041788.
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    34. Tenenhaus M, Lukacs LA, Ogawa R, Rennekampff HO. ??????A brief historical review of flaps and burn reconstruction. Wounds. 2008 Jul; 20(7):214-8. PMID: 25942611.
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    35. Bhavsar D, Tenenhaus M. The use of acellular dermal matrix for coverage of exposed joint and extensor mechanism in thermally injured patients with few options. Eplasty. 2008 Jun 24; 8:e33. PMID: 18650963; PMCID: PMC2438608.
    36. Bhavsar D, Barkdull G, Berger J, Tenenhaus M. A novel surgical approach to subcondylar fractures of mandible. J Craniofac Surg. 2008 Mar; 19(2):496-9. PMID: 18362731.
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    37. Tenenhaus M, Bhavsar D, Rennekampff HO. Treatment of deep partial thickness and indeterminate depth facial burn wounds with water-jet debridement and a biosynthetic dressing. Injury. 2007 Dec; 38 Suppl 5:S39-45. PMID: 18061187.
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    38. Tenenhaus M, Rennekampff HO. Burn surgery. Clin Plast Surg. 2007 Oct; 34(4):697-715. PMID: 17967624.
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    39. Granick MS, Tenenhaus M, Knox KR, Ulm JP. Comparison of wound irrigation and tangential hydrodissection in bacterial clearance of contaminated wounds: results of a randomized, controlled clinical study. Ostomy Wound Manage. 2007 Apr; 53(4):64-6, 68-70, 72. PMID: 17449917.
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    40. Rennekampff HO, Tenenhaus M. Turnover flap closure of recalcitrant tracheostomy fistula: a simplified approach. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Feb; 119(2):551-5. PMID: 17230089.
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    41. Tenenhaus M, Bhavsar D. Do marking inks pose an infection risk? A surgeon's perspective. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2006 Oct; 7(5):481-3. PMID: 17083314.
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    42. Granick M, Boykin J, Gamelli R, Schultz G, Tenenhaus M. Toward a common language: surgical wound bed preparation and debridement. Wound Repair Regen. 2006 May-Jun; 14 Suppl 1:S1-10. PMID: 16939471.
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    43. Tenenhaus M, Rennekampff HO, Pfau M, Hamprecht K. Cytomegalovirus and burns: current perceptions, awareness, diagnosis, and management strategies in the United States and Germany. J Burn Care Res. 2006 May-Jun; 27(3):281-8. PMID: 16679894.
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    44. Guinot C, Malvy D, Mauger E, Ezzedine K, Latreille J, Ambroisine L, Tenenhaus M, Préziosi P, Morizot F, Galan P, Hercberg S, Tschachler E. Self-reported skin sensitivity in a general adult population in France: data of the SU.VI.MAX cohort. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2006 Apr; 20(4):380-90. PMID: 16643133.
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    45. Rennekampff HO, Schaller HE, Wisser D, Tenenhaus M. Debridement of burn wounds with a water jet surgical tool. Burns. 2006 Feb; 32(1):64-9. PMID: 16376483.
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    46. Tenenhaus M, Bhavsar D, Rennekampff HO. The posterior interosseous nerve as a donor source for nerve grafting: a concept revisited. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2005 Apr; 115(4):1215-6. PMID: 15793477.
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    47. Szulgit G, Rudolph R, Wandel A, Tenenhaus M, Panos R, Gardner H. Alterations in fibroblast alpha1beta1 integrin collagen receptor expression in keloids and hypertrophic scars. J Invest Dermatol. 2002 Mar; 118(3):409-15. PMID: 11874478.
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    48. de la Torre J, Simpson RL, Tenenhaus M, Bourhill I. Using lower eyelid fascial slings for recalcitrant burn ectropion. Ann Plast Surg. 2001 Jun; 46(6):621-4. PMID: 11405362.
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    49. de la Torre JI, Gallagher PM, Douglas BK, Tenenhaus M. Repairing the cleft lip nasal deformity. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2000 May; 37(3):234-42. PMID: 10830801.
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    50. Krejci-Papa NC, Cardon WR, Hoang A, Tenenhaus M, Hansbrough JF. A comparison of the outgrowth potentials of split-thickness skin grafts sectioned by scalpel, mechanical mesher, and CO2 laser. J Burn Care Rehabil. 1999 Sep-Oct; 20(5):400-5. PMID: 10501328.
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    51. de la Torre JI, Tenenhaus M, Gallagher PM, Sachs SA. Harvesting iliac bone graft: decreasing the morbidity. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 1999 Sep; 36(5):388-90. PMID: 10499399.
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    52. de la Torre J, Tenenhaus M, Douglas BK, Swinburne JK. A simplified technique of otoplasty: the temporary Kaye suture. Ann Plast Surg. 1998 Jul; 41(1):94-6. PMID: 9678477.
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    53. Rennekampff OH, Tenenhaus M, Hansbrough J, Kiessig V, Zapata-Sirvent RL. Effects of recombinant bactericidal, permeability-increasing protein on bacterial translocation and pulmonary neutrophil sequestration in burned mice. J Burn Care Rehabil. 1997 Jan-Feb; 18(1 Pt 1):17-21. PMID: 9063782.
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    54. Hansbrough JF, Wikström T, Braide M, Tenenhaus M, Rennekampff OH, Kiessig V, Zapata-Sirvent R, Bjursten LM. Effects of E-selectin and P-selectin blockade on neutrophil sequestration in tissues and neutrophil oxidative burst in burned rats. Crit Care Med. 1996 Aug; 24(8):1366-72. PMID: 8706493.
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    55. Hansbrough J, Tenenhaus M, Wikstrom T, Braide M, Rennekampff OH, Kiessig V, Bjursten LM. Effects of recombinant bactericidal/permeability-increasing protein (rBPI23) on neutrophil activity in burned rats. J Trauma. 1996 Jun; 40(6):886-92; discussion 892-3. PMID: 8656473.
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    56. Tenenhaus M, Virden C, Zapata-Sirvent R, Hansbrough JF. Techniques to minimize blood loss and simplify postoperative care of buttock skin-graft donor sites. Plast Reconstr Surg. 1996 May; 97(6):1312-3. PMID: 8628830.
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    57. Hansbrough JF, Wikström T, Braide M, Tenenhaus M, Rennekampff OH, Kiessig V, Bjursten LM. Neutrophil activation and tissue neutrophil sequestration in a rat model of thermal injury. J Surg Res. 1996 Feb 15; 61(1):17-22. PMID: 8769936.
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    58. Rennekampff OH, Hansbrough JF, Tenenhaus M, Kiessig V, Yi ES. Effects of early and delayed wound excision on pulmonary leukosequestration and neutrophil respiratory burst activity in burned mice. Surgery. 1995 Nov; 118(5):884-92. PMID: 7482277.
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    59. Zapata-Sirvent RL, Tenenhaus M, Hansbrough JF, Greenleaf G, Rennekampff O. Effects of high-dose vitamin C administration on bacterial translocation and lung neutrophil sequestration in burned mice. J Burn Care Rehabil. 1995 Jul-Aug; 16(4):422-8. PMID: 8582922.
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    60. Tenenhaus M, Hansbrough JF, Zapata-Sirvent R, Neumann T. Treatment of burned mice with hyperbaric oxygen reduces mesenteric bacteria but not pulmonary neutrophil deposition. Arch Surg. 1994 Dec; 129(12):1338-42. PMID: 7986166.
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    61. Tenenhaus M, Hansbrough JF, Zapata-Sirvent RL, Ohara M, Nyhan W. Supplementation of an elemental enteral diet with alanyl-glutamine decreases bacterial translocation in burned mice. Burns. 1994 Jun; 20(3):220-5. PMID: 8054133.
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    62. Hansbrough JF, Tenenhaus M. Preburn CRF transmission in burned mice. Burns. 1994 Jun; 20(3):282. PMID: 8054154.
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