Faculty, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Brett F. Michelotti, MD

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hand Surgery and Microsurgery
Brett F. Michelotti, MD


Dr. Michelotti is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Division of Plastic Surgery. He is board certified in plastic surgery and has added qualification in hand and microvascular surgery. Dr. Michelotti is the Director of Research for Plastic Surgery and serves as the co-Associate Program Director for the Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program.

He specializes in a wide range of reconstructive surgical procedures including breast reconstruction with a focus on microvascular surgery, hand and upper extremity surgery including treatment of both congenital and acquired disorders, lymphedema surgery, nerve surgery to reduce amputation pain (targeted muscle reinnervation, TMR) and reconstruction following skin cancer removal.

Dr. Michelotti provides a wide range of services including arthritic reconstructions, breast reconstruction, breast reduction, carpal tunnel release surgery, cubital tunnel release, digital replantation, extended efforts in limb salvage, facial skin cancer reconstruction, joint replacement, microvascular reconstruction, nerve repair, office-based hand surgery procedures, targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR), tendon repairs, tendon transfer and wrist reconstruction.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Practice locations

    Education & credentials

    Board certifications
    • Plastic Surgery
    Medical School
    • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

    Hand and Microvascular Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI

    • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA


    Additional conditions and treatments
    • Arthritic Reconstruction
    • Breast Reconstruction
    • Breast Reduction
    • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
    • Cubital Tunnel Release
    • Digital replantation
    • Extended efforts in limb salvage
    • Facial skin cancer reconstruction
    • Hand and upper extremity surgery (congenital and acquired disorders)
    • Joint replacement
    • Lymphedema Surgery
    • Microvascular Reconstruction
    • Microvascular surgery
    • Nerve Repair
    • Nerve surgery to reduce amputation pain (targeted muscle reinnervation, TMR)
    • Office-based hand surgery procedures
    • Reconstruction After Skin Cancer Removal
    • Tendon Repair
    • Tendon transfer
    • Wrist Reconstruction

    Research and publications

    Dr. Michelotti’s research focuses on patient reported outcome measures following plastic surgery and hand and upper extremity surgery procedures. Recent publications have focused on limiting opioid prescribing following surgery and reducing or eliminating post-amputation pain. Ongoing projects include a clinical trial examining the effect of nerve surgery performed concurrently with breast reconstruction, a global functional assessment with patient reported outcomes following nerve transfer surgery in amputees, and an evaluation of social functioning in patients who have undergone facial skin cancer removal and reconstruction.