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Christopher J. Pannucci, M.D., M.S., FAWM

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Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-7719 University Hospital
Plastic Surgery, Clinic 5
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132


Dr. Pannucci is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Utah. Dr. Pannucci’s clinical interests include head-to-toe reconstruction of defects caused by cancer and trauma, as well as surgical options for management of lymphedema. He offers the full range of reconstructive techniques, including microsurgical free tissue transfer and perforator flaps (such as deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap breast reconstruction). He sees patients at both the Huntsman Cancer Center and the University of Utah Hospital.

He is a Midwest native and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Pannucci completed an integrated residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan and subsequently, a clinical fellowship in microvascular reconstruction at the University of Pennsylvania.

On a personal level, Dr. Pannucci is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and is a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He is an avid rock climber, skier, and fly-fisherman.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Assistant Professor
Academic Divisions Plastic Surgery

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Health Outcomes
  • Venous Thrombosis
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Quality Improvement
  • Thromboembolism
  • Risk Assessment

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Assistant Professor
Academic Divisions Plastic Surgery

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-7719 School of Medicine
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr. Pannucci completed a two year research fellowship during his training at the University of Michigan. He has a Masters degree in Health and Health Care Research through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program. His research efforts focus on risk stratification and prevention of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus in surgical patients. His particular interests include using large-database approaches for development and validation of novel venous thromboembolism risk assessment tools as well as prospectively designed clinical trials for venous thromboembolism prevention.

Dr. Pannucci and his research collaborators have won multiple awards for their research. Most notably, they were recognized with the 2012 James Barrett Brown Award from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. This annual award is given to the best paper in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery for the previous calendar year.

Dr. Pannucci is regularly an invited lecturer at national academic meetings.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Pennsylvania
Microvascular Reconstruction
Residency University of Michigan
Plastic Surgery
Graduate Training University of Michigan
Health and Health Care Research
Fellowship Wilderness Medicine Society
Wilderness Medicine- Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine
Professional Medical Washington University School of Medicine
Undergraduate Indiana University Bloomington
Biology, Minor: English


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Pannucci CJ, Antony AK, Wilkins EG (2013). The impact of acellular dermal matrix on tissue expander/implant loss in breast reconstruction: an analysis of the tracking outcomes and operations in plastic surgery database. Plast Reconstr Surg, 132(1), 1-10.
  2. Henke PK, Arya S, Pannucci C, Kubus J, Hendren S, Engelsbe M, Campbell D (2012). Procedure-specific venous thromboembolism prophylaxis: a paradigm from colectomy surgery. Surgery, 152(4), 528-34; discussion 534-6.
  3. Pannucci CJ, Barta RJ, Portschy PR, Dreszer G, Hoxworth RE, Kalliainen LK, Wilkins EG (2012). Assessment of postoperative venous thromboembolism risk in plastic surgery patients using the 2005 and 2010 Caprini Risk score. Plast Reconstr Surg, 130(2), 343-53.
  4. Pannucci CJ, Shanks A, Moote MJ, Bahl V, Cederna PS, Naughton NN, Wakefield TW, Henke PK, Campbell DA, Kheterpal S (2012). Identifying patients at high risk for venous thromboembolism requiring treatment after outpatient surgery. Ann Surg, 255(6), 1093-9.
  5. Shuman AG, Hu HM, Pannucci CJ, Jackson CR, Bradford CR, Bahl V (2012). Stratifying the risk of venous thromboembolism in otolaryngology. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 146(5), 719-24.
  6. Pannucci CJ, Wachtman CF, Dreszer G, Bailey SH, Portschy PR, Hamill JB, Hume KM, Hoxworth RE, Kalliainen LK, Rubin JP, Pusic AL, Wilkins EG (2012). The effect of postoperative enoxaparin on risk for reoperative hematoma. Plast Reconstr Surg, 129(1), 160-8.
  7. Pannucci CJ, Osborne NH, Wahl WL (2012). Creation and validation of a simple venous thromboembolism risk scoring tool for thermally injured patients: analysis of the National Burn Repository. J Burn Care Res, 33(1), 20-5.
  8. Pannucci CJ, Osborne NH, Park HS, Wahl WL (2012). Acquired inpatient risk factors for venous thromboembolism after thermal injury. J Burn Care Res, 33(1), 84-8.
  9. Pannucci CJ, Jaber RM, Zumsteg JM, Golgotiu V, Spratke LM, Wilkins EG (2011). Changing practice: implementation of a venous thromboembolism prophylaxis protocol at an academic medical center. Plast Reconstr Surg, 128(5), 1085-92.
  10. Pannucci CJ, Dreszer G, Wachtman CF, Bailey SH, Portschy PR, Hamill JB, Hume KM, Hoxworth RE, Rubin JP, Kalliainen LK, Pusic AL, Wilkins EG (2011). Postoperative enoxaparin prevents symptomatic venous thromboembolism in high-risk plastic surgery patients. Plast Reconstr Surg, 128(5), 1093-103.
  11. Pannucci CJ, Henke PK, Cederna PS, Strachn SM, Brown SL, Moote MJ, Campbell DA Jr (2011). The effect of increased hip flexion using stirrups on lower-extremity venous flow: a prospective observational study. Am J Surg, 202(4), 427-32.
  12. Clavijo-Alvarez JA, Pannucci CJ, Oppenheimer AJ, Wilkins EG, Rubin JP (2011). Prevention of venous thromboembolism in body contouring surgery: a national survey of 596 ASPS surgeons. Ann Plast Surg, 66(3), 228-32.
  13. Pannucci CJ, Reavey PL, Kaweski S, Hamill JB, Hume KM, Wilkins EG, Pusic AL (2011). A randomized controlled trial of skin care protocols for facial resurfacing: lessons learned from the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation's Skin Products Assessment Research study. Plast Reconstr Surg, 127(3), 1334-42.
  14. Pannucci CJ, Bailey SH, Dreszer G, Fisher Wachtman C, Zumsteg JW, Jaber RM, Hamill JB, Hume KM, Rubin JP, Neligan PC, Kalliainen LK, Hoxworth RE, Pusic AL, Wilkins EG (2011). Validation of the Caprini risk assessment model in plastic and reconstructive surgery patients. J Am Coll Surg, 212(1), 105-12.
  15. Henke PK, Pannucci CJ (2010). Venous thromboembolism risk factor assessment and prophylaxis. Phlebology, 25(5), 219-23.


  1. Hayanga AJ, Lee TM, Pannucci CJ, Knipp BS, Olsen SH, Wang SC, Napolitano LM (2010). Paraneoplastic pemphigus in a burn intensive care unit: case report and review of the literature. [Review]. J Burn Care Res, 31(5), 826-9.
  2. Pannucci CJ, Wilkins EG (2010). Identifying and avoiding bias in research. [Review]. Plast Reconstr Surg, 126(2), 619-25.
  3. Pannucci CJ, Chang EY, Wilkins EG (2009). Venous thromboembolic disease in autogenous breast reconstruction. [Review]. Ann Plast Surg, 63(1), 34-8.
  4. Chang EY, Pannucci CJ, Wilkins EG (2009). Quality of clinical studies in aesthetic surgery journals: a 10-year review. [Review]. Aesthet Surg J, 29(2), 144-7; discussion 147-9.

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