Elizabeth Dale Slater, MD

Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
Department of Plastic Surgery

Dr. Slater joined our surgical faculty in the Department of Plastic Surgery, as Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery and Associate Director of Pediatric Burn Surgery, following her roles as Medical Director of the Burn Center and Assistant Professor of Plastic & Burn Surgery, both at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine / Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.  Dr. Slater’s primary clinical practice spans acute and reconstructive care, including burn surgery, plastic and microvascular surgery as well as hypertrophic scar treatment.

Dr. Slater’s research has involved multiple, multi-center trials funded by the Department of Defense in the areas of acute burn resuscitation. Her work has targeted the impact of oxygen treatment on service member morbidity, in-field logistics, and readiness. Another primary focus of her research is improving breast flap protection and erogenous sensation to improve quality of life for breast cancer patients following mastectomy. Among Dr. Slater’s recent publications in peer-reviewed journals are: Mortality From Burns Sustained on Home Oxygen Therapy Exceeds Predicted Mortality, Journal of Burn Care & Research; Bupivacaine Extended-Release Liposomal Injection Versus Bupivacaine HCl for Early Postoperative Pain Control Following Wrist Operations: A Prospective, Randomized Control Trial, Journal of Hand Surgery (American Volume); and ECMO Therapy in a Patient with Extensive Burns, Inhalation Injury, and Blunt Chest Trauma, The American Surgeon.

Dr. Slater is board-certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Burn Association, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons, and the International Society of Burn Injuries.

Dr. Slater received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. She earned her MD at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN. She completed residencies in General Surgery at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Johnson City, TN, and in Plastic Surgery at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN. Concurrent with her ETSU residency, she completed a burn fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN. This was followed by an additional fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at Gent University, Gent, Belgium.

Department of Plastic Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1161 21st Avenue South
Medical Center North, D-4207
Nashville, TN 37232-2345
Phone: (615) 936-0160
Fax: (615) 936-0167

Vanderbilt Burn Outpatient Clinic
1211 Medical Center Drive, Suite 11201
Nashville, TN 37232
Fax: (615) 343-9897
Appointments: (615) 936-2876

WEBSITE: Department of Plastic Surgery
WEBSITE: Vanderbilt Plastic Surgery
WEBSITE: Vanderbilt Burn Center