Erik Wolfswinkel, M.D.

Integrated Resident


Hometown: Santa Fe, NM

College: University of California, Los Angeles

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

Hobbies: Skiing, surfing, movies, food



Dr. Wolfswinkel earned his Bachelor of Arts from University of California Los Angeles in Economics and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. During medical school, he pursued research interests in all areas of plastic surgery and did an additional integrated Research Year with Dr. Larry Hollier Jr. and the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He is currently a resident in the Integrated Program of USC Division of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Wolfswinkel is a resident member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, and the American Cleft Palate –Craniofacial Association.


  • 2014 American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Medical Student Annual Meeting Scholarship Recipient

  • 2014 Baylor College of Medicine Medical Management Track Graduate

  • 2011 Runner-up Oral Presentation in Surgery- 52nd Annual National Student Research Forum, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston Texas

  • 2011 3rd Place Outstanding Poster in Clinical Sciences - James K. Alexander Medical Research Symposium, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Publications (Research Gate)

1)    Wolfswinkel, E.M., Koshy, J., Kaufman, Y., Sandoval, S., Hollier, L.H., Edmonds, J.L. A modified technique for inferior turbinate reduction: the integration of coblation technology. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Aug; 126(2): 489-491. PMID: 20679833

2)    Koshy, J.C., Goldberg, J.S., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Ge, Y., Heller, L. Breast cancer incidence in adolescent males undergoing subcutaneous mastectomy for gynecomastia: is pathologic examination justified? A retrospective and literature review. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Jan; 127(1): 1-7. PMID: 20871489

3)    Kaufman, Y., Buchanan, E.P., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers, W.M., Stal, S. Cleft Nasal Deformity and Rhinoplasty.  Semin Plast Surg 2012 Nov; 26(4): 184-190. PMID: 24179452

4)    Kosowski, T.R., Weathers W.M., Wolfswinkel E.M., Ridgway E.B. Cleft Palate. Semin Plast Surg 2012 Nov; 26(4): 164-169. PMID: 24179449

5)  Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers,W.M., Hollier, L.H. Review of “Protecting patients from an unsafe system: The etiology and recovery of intraoperative deviations in care.” J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Mar: 24(2): 680. PMID: 23524779

6)    Wolfswinkel, E.M., Kelley, B.P., Chike-Obi, C.J., Weathers, W.M., Qashqai, S.M., Bullocks, J.M., Hollier, L.H. Treatment of mandibular angle fractures with a matrix strut miniplate: a follow-up report. J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Mar; 24(2):e149-152. PMID: 23524818

7)    Weathers, W.M., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Hollier, L. Review of “Antenna Coupling—A Novel Mechanism of Radiofrequency Electrosurgery Complications: Practical Implication.”  J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Mar; 24(2): 679. PMID: 23524778

8)    Ducic, Y., DeFatta, R., Wolfswinkel,  E.M., Weathers W.M., Hollier, L.H. Tunneling technique for expedited fibula free tissue harvest. Cranial Maxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2013 Dec; 06(04): 233-236. PMID: 24436766

9)    Weathers, W.M., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Hollier, L.H. Review of "Impact of Resident Participation in Surgical Operations on Postoperative Outcomes." J Craniofac Surg. 2013 May; 24(3): 1046. PMID: 23524778

10) Xue, A.S., Koshy, J.C., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers, W.M., Marsack, K.P., Hollier, L.H. A Prospective Study of Strut versus Miniplate for Fractures of Mandibular Angle. Cranial Maxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2013 Sept; 06(03):191-196. PMID: 24436758

11) Weathers, W.M., Wolfswinkel E.M., Hatef, D.A., Lee, E.I., Brown, R.H., Hollier, L.H. Frontal Sinus Fractures: A conservative shift. Cranial Maxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2013 Sept; 06(03):155-160. PMID: 24436753

12) Wolfswinkel, E.M., Lemaine, V., Weathers, W.M., Chike-Obi C.J., Xue A.S., Heller, L. Hyperplastic Breast Anomalies in the Female Adolescent Breast. Semin Plast Surg. 2013 Feb; 27(01): 49-55. PMID: 24872740

13) Wolfswinkel, E.M., Lopez, S.N., Weathers, W.M., Qashqai, S.M., Wang, T., Hilsenbeck, S.G., Rimawi, M.F., Heller, L.  Abstract 105: Predictors of Post-mastectomy Reconstruction in an Underserved Population. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 May; 131(5S): 82.

14) Weathers, W.M., Khechoyan, D., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Mohan, K., Nagy, A., Bollo, R.J., Buchanan, E.P., Hollier, L.H. A Novel Quantitative Method for Evaluating Surgical Outcomes in Craniosynostosis: Pilot Analysis for Metopic Synostosis. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2014 Mar;7(1):1-8. PMID: 24624251

15) Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers, W.M., Wirthlin, J.O., Monson, L.A.,  Hollier, L.H., Khechoyan, D.Y. Management Principles for Pediatric Mandible Fractures. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2013 Oct; 46(5):791-806. PMID: 24138738

16) Weathers W.M., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Hollier, L.H.   Review of: “Past History of Skin Infection and Risk of Surgical Site Infection After Elective Surgery.” J Craniofac Surg. 2013 May; 24(3): 1047-1048. PMID: 23763939

17) Wolfswinkel, E.M., Lopez, S.N., Weathers, W.M., Qashqai, S.M., Wang, T., Hilsenbeck, S.G., Rimawi, M.F., Heller, L.  Predictors of Post-mastectomy Reconstruction in an Underserved Population. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2013 Jun; 66(6): 763-769. PMID: 23582504

18) Echo, A., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers W.M., McKnight, A.J., Izaddoost, S.A.  The Use of a 3-D Model to Optimize a MEDPOR Implant for Delayed Reconstruction of a Suprastructure Maxillectomy Defect. Cranial Maxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2013 Dec; 06(04): 275-280. PMID: 24436774

19) Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers, W.M., Hollier, L.H.  Review of: "The Value of Scheduled Repeat Cranial Computed Tomography After Mild Head Injury: Single-Center Series and Meta-analysis" J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Jul; 24(4) 1493. PMID: 23851843

20) Albright, S.B., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Caceres, K.J., Weathers, W.M., Hollier, L.H. Bilateral Macrodystrophia Lipomatosa with Syndactyly: Case Report and Literature Review.  Hand Surg. 2013 Jan; 18(2): 267-272. PMID: 24164136

21) Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers, W.M., Hollier, L.H. Review of: "Hospital Procedure Volume Should Not be Used as a Measure of Surgical Quality." Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. J Craniofac Surg. 2013 May; 24(3): 1048. PMID: 23714947

22) Correa, B.J., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers, W.M., Dinh, T.  Vaginal Reconstruction with Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous Flaps after Abdominoplasty. Eur J Plast Surg. 2013 Oct; 36(10): 669-670.

23) Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers, W.M., Correa, B.J., Buchanan, E.P., Hollier, L.H. Craniofrontonasal Dysplasia: Variability of the Frontonasal Suture and Implications for Treatment. J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Jul; 24(4): 1303-1306. PMID: 23851793

24) Xue A.S., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers, W.M., Chike-Obi C.J., Heller, L.  Breast Reduction in Adolescents: Indication, Timing, and a Review of the Literature. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2013 Aug; 26(4): 228-233. PMID: 23889919

25) Weathers, W.M., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Albright, S.B., Hollier, L.H., Buchanan, E.P. Frontonasal and Fibrous Dysplasia in a patient with Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate. J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Jul; 24(4): e422-4. PMID: 23851889

26) Fischer, A.S., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Hollier, L.H. Review of: “Surgical skills simulation: a shift in the conversation.” J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Sept; 24(5): 1850. PMID: 24036793

27) Xue, A.S., Koshy, J.C., Weathers, W.M., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Brown, R.H., Kaufman, Y., Hollier, L.H.  Local Foreign-Body Reaction to Commercial Biodegradable Implants: an In Vivo Animal Study. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2014 Mar; 7(1):27-34. PMID: 24624254

28) Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers,W.M., Hollier, L. Review of: "Decompressive Craniectomy in Children: Single-Center Series and Systematic Review". J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Jul; 24(4): 1492. PMID: 23851841

29) Weathers, W.M., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Hatef, D.A., Lee E.I., Hollier, L.H., Brown, R.H. Implant-associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma of the Breast: Insight into a Poorly Understood Disease.  Can J of Plast Surg. 2013 Jun; 21(2): 96-99. PMID: 24431950

30) Weathers W.M., Wolfswinkel E.M., Rebowe R., Hatef D.A., Brown R.H. Suspension of Panniculus Morbidus: Heavy Lifting Made Easy. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2013 Aug; 9(4): 586-587. PMID: 23763939

31) Hamilton K.L., Wolfswinkel E.M., Weathers W.M., Xue A.S., Hatef D.A., Izaddoost S., Hollier L.H. The Delay Phenomenon: A Compilation of Knowledge Across Specialties. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2014 Jun;7(2):112-8. PMID: 25071876

32) Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers, W.M., Cheng D., Thornton, J.F. Reconstruction of Small Soft Tissue Nasal Defects. Semin Plast Surg. 2013 May; 27(02): 110-116. PMID: 24872751

33) Juneja, K., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Hollier, L.H.  Review of: “Current Thoughts for the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Using the Evidence to Determine Fact or Fiction” J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Sept; 24(5):1851. PMID: 24036795

34) Correa BJ, Weathers WM, Wolfswinkel EM, Thornton JF. The Forehead Flap: The Gold Standard of Nasal Soft Tissue Reconstruction. Semin Plast Surg. 2013 May; 27(02): 96-103. PMID: 24872749

35) Weathers WM, Wolfswinkel EM, Nguyen H, Thornton JF. Expanded Uses for the Nasolabial Flap. Semin Plast Surg. 2013 May; 27(02): 104-109. PMID: 24872750

36) Weathers WM, Koshy JC, Wolfswinkel EM, Thornton JF. Overview of Nasal Soft Tissue Reconstruction: Keeping it Simple. Semin Plast Surg. 2013 May; 27(02): 83-89. PMID: 24872747

37)  Weathers WM, Bhadkamkar M, Wolfswinkel EM, Thornton JF. Full Thickness Skin Grafting in Nasal Reconstruction. Semin Plast Surg. 2013 May; 27(02): 90-96. PMID: 2487274

38) Wagner, R.D., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Hollier, L.H.  Review of: “Managing an Online Reputation” J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Sept; 24(5):1852. PMID: 24036796

39) Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers, W.M., Bhadkamkar, M.A., Bullocks, J.M., Izaddoost, S.A., Hollier, L.H., Brown, R.H. Complications of Abdominal-Based Free Flaps in Obese Patients: A Meta-Analysis and Case Series. Eur J Plast Surg. 2013 Dec; 36(12): 765-776

40) Hatef DA, Weathers WM, Wolfswinkel EM, Coleman JE, Thornton JF. Avoidance and Management of Complications in Soft Tissue Facial Reconstruction. Semin Plast Surg. 2013 May; 27(02): 121-125. PMID: 24872753

41) Hyman, C.H., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Hollier, L.H.  Review of “Comparison of Randomized Controlled Trial Registry Entries and Content of Reports in Surgery Journals” J Craniofac Surg. Accepted for Publication May 2013

42) Hamilton, K.L.,Weathers, W.M., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Thornton, J.F. Repair of Combined Cheek and Nose Defects: Categorization and Utilization. Semin Plast Surg. 2013 May; 27(02): 117-120. PMID: 24872752

43) Rizk, C.B., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Hollier, L.H.  Review of: “The Holy Grail of Geriatric Surgery” J Craniofac Surg. 2013;24(6):2204, PMID: 24220444

44) Echo, A., Guerra G., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers, W.M., Yuksel, E. No-Vertical-Scar Inferior Pedicle Breast Reduction using the Dermal Suspension Sling. Eur J Plast Surg. 2012; 37:21-28

45) Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers, W.M., Siy, R.W., Horowitz, K.S., Hollier, L.H. Less is More: Conservative Management of Complete Brachial Artery Transection Following Supracondylar Humeral fracture. Ann Vasc Surg. 2014; 28(3):739.e11-739.e16. PMID: 24360945

46) Kretlow, J.D., Brown, R.H., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Xue, A.S., Hollier, L.H., Ho, J.K., Gregoric, I.D., Mallidi, H.R., Frazier, O.H., Izaddoost, S.A. Salvage of infected left ventricular assist device with antibiotic beads. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Jan;133(1):28e-38e. PMID: 24374685

47) Kayyal, T.A.,Wolfswinkel, E.M., Weathers, W.M., Capehart, S.J., Monson, L.A., Buchanan, E.P. Glover, C.D. Treatment Effects of Dexmedetomidine and Ketamine on Postoperative Analgesia after Cleft Palate Repair. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2014 Jun;7(2):131-8. PMID: 25045418

48) Bhadkamkar, M.A., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Hatef, D.A., Albright S.B., Echo, A., Hsu, P.W., Izaddoost, S.A. The Ultra-Thin, Fascia-Only Anterolateral Thigh Flap. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2014 Nov;30(9):599-606 PMID: 24554570

49) Wolfswinkel, E.M., Izaddoost, S.A. Reply: Salvage of Infected Left Ventricular Assist Device with Antibiotic Beads; Management of Deep Brain Stimulator Electrodes Exposure. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Sep;134(3):488e-9e. PMID: 25158734

50) Fischer A.S., Weathers W.M., Wolfswinkel E.M., Bollo R.J., Hollier L.H., Buchanan E.P. Ellis-van Creveld syndrome with sagittal craniosynostosis. Cranial Maxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction. 2015 Jun:8(2):132-5 PMID: 26000085

51) Bhadkamkar, M.A., Albright, S.B., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Bollo, R.J., Buchanan, E.P. Posterior Cranial Vault Distraction in the treatment of shunt-induced craniosynostosis. J Craniofac Surg. 2015 Jan;26(1):e70-2 PMID: 25569424

52) Albright, S.B., Xue, A.S., McKnight,  A., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Hollier, L.H., Brown, R.H., Bullocks, J.M., Izaddoost, S.A. Pilot Study: One-Step Salvage of infected Prosthetic Breast Reconstructions Using Antibiotic-Impregnated Polymethylmethacrylate Plates and Concurrent Tissue Expander Exchange. Ann Plast Surg. 2016 Sep;77(3):280-5. PMID: 25774968

53) Morrison, S.D., Chong H.J., Dy, G.W., Grant, D.W., Wilsong, S.C., Brower, J.P., Vedder, N.B., Berli, J.U., Friedrich, J.B., Burretta, K.J., Dreifuss, S.E., Emelife, P.I., Hamilton, K.L., Lo, D.D., Nauta, A.C., Oh, C., Pfaff, M.J., Phillips, N.A., Smith, J.R., Sorkin, M., Suszynski, T.M., Vyas, K.S., Wang, E.D., Wolfswinkel, E.M. Educational Exposure to Transgender Patient Care in Plastic Surgery Training.  Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Oct; 138(4):944-53. PMID: 27307319

54) McCullough, M.C., Roubard M, Wolfswinkel E.M., Fahradyan, A., Magee, W., Ectropion in Facial Tissue Expansion in the Pediatric Population: Incidence, Risk Factors and Treatment Options. Ann Plast Surg. 2017 Mar;78(3): 280-283 PMID 27529153

55) Wagner, R.D., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Buchanan, E.P., Wilson, K.D., Khechoyan, D.Y. Surgical Outcomes for Speech Surgery in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome- The Dilemma of Persistent Velopharyngeal Insufficiency after Pharyngeal Flap Operation. J Craniofac Surg. 2017 Jun 2. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28582304

56) Wolfswinkel, E.M., Imahiyerobo T.A., McComb, J.G., Sanchez-Lara, P.A., Urata, M.M. Proteus Syndrome with a Cranial Intraosseous Lipoma. J Craniofac Surg. 2017 Nov; 28(8): e771-e773 PMID: 28938315

57) Azadgoli, B., Leland, H., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Russin, J.J., Carey, J.N. Abstract 107: Extracranial to Intracranial Flow-Through Flaps. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017 Apr; 5(4s): 78-79. PSRC 2017 Abstract Supplement

58) Wolfswinkel, E.M., Howell, L.K., Azadgoli, B., Fahradyan, A., McComb, J.G., Urata, M.M. Is Post-Operative Intensive Care Unit Care Necessary Following Cranial Vault Remodeling (CVR) for Sagittal Synostosis? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Dec;140(6):1235-1239. PMID: 29176416

59) Wolfswinkel E.M., Hoang, D., Kulber D.A. Atomic variations of the median nerve identified during endoscopic carpal tunnel release with STRATOS- Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017 Sep 19;5(9):e1458 PMID: 29062639

60) Leland, H.A., Gould, D.J., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Stevens, G.W. Academic Productivity: A Guide for Students, Residents, and Fellows. Aesthet Surg J. 2017 Oct 16;37(10)NP137-NP139. PMID 29040436

61) Azadgoli, B., Leland, H., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Bakhsheshian J., Russin, J.J., Carey, J.N. Combined Direct and Indirect Cerebral Revascularization Using Local and Flow-Through Flaps. Reconstr Microsurg. 2017 Sept 25 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28946153

62) Fahradyan, A., Wolfswinkel, E.M. Hammoudeh, J., Yamashita, D.D. Impact of the Distance of Maxillary Advancement on Horizontal Relapse after Orthognathic Surgery. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal (Accepted July)

63) Azadgoli, B., Fahradyan, A., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Tsuha, M., Magee, W., Jeffrey Hammoudeh, J., Urata, M.M., Howell, L.K., Tissue Expansion Using an External Port in Pediatric Patients: Confirming their Safety and Suitability. Plast Reconstr Surg (Accepted Oct 2017)

64) Fahradyan, A., Howell, A., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Tusha, M., Sheth, P., Wong, A.K. Updates on the Management of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer (NMSC). Healthcare. 2017 Nov 1; 5(4). pii: E2. Review PMID 29104226

Book Chapters

1)    Weathers, W.M., Khechoyan, D., Wolfswinkel, E.M., Hollier, L.H., Buchanan, E.P. Ch. 20 Panfacial Fracture Management.  Ferraro’s Fundamentals of Maxillofacial Surgery, 2e (editors: Drs. Taub, Patel, Buchman, and Cohen). 2014, XIV, 52