Allison C. Nauta, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, School of Medicine


Dr. Allison Nauta is an OHSU-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon with interests in complex reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, and lymphedema. Dr. Nauta received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia with a double major in politics and biology. Born in Boston, but raised in Washington, D.C., she received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Midway through her residency training, she spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in Dr. Michael Longaker’s lab where she published several manuscripts on the role of adult tissue-derived stromal cells in wound healing. She then completed a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at OHSU, followed by a one-year microsurgical fellowship at KU Medical Center in Kansas City. Microsurgical fellowship provided her the opportunity to perform complex autologous reconstruction of the breast, head and neck, lower extremity, and hand, as well as additional training in “supermicrosurgery” and operative approaches to lymphedema. With extensive exposure to aesthetics, the biology of wound healing, and reconstructive plastic surgery, Dr. Nauta returned to OHSU in 2018 to work in multidisciplinary patient care with an emphasis on problematic/complex wound closure and the surgical approach to lymphedema.


  • B.A., 2002, University of Virginia
  • M.D., 2007, Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Internship:

    • General Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., 2007-2008
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., 2008-2009
    • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, OHSU, 2012-2017
  • Fellowship:

    • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University Hospital, Calif., 2009-2012
    • Microsurgery, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, 2017-2018

Honors and awards

  • Elected Councilor to serve on the Association of Academic Surgeons Executive Governing Council. Term: 2018-2020
  • Recipient, Alan Seyfer, MD Resident Teaching Award, Oregon Health and Sciences University, 2019
  • Recipient, Best Resident Presentation, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2015
  • Recipient, OHSU Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Research Award, 2013
  • Recipient, OHSU Resident Paper of the Year Competition, OHSU School of Medicine Alumni Association, 2013

Memberships and associations

  • American Medical Association
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Association for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Areas of interest

  • Complex reconstructive surgery
  • Lymphedema
  • Microsurgery
  • Biology of wound healing


Elsevier pure profile

Selected publications

  • Nauta AC, KO SH, Morrison SD, Hu MS, Zimmerman AS, Chung MT, Glotzbach JP, Wong VW, Walmsley GG, Lorenz HP, Chan DA, Gurtner GC, Giaccia AJ, Longaker, MT. PHD-2 Suppression in Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Enhances Wound Healing. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. January 2018. 141(1): 55e-67e. PMID: 29280872.
  • Morrison SD, Chong HJ, Dy GW, Grant DW, Wilson SC, Brower JP, Vedder NB, Berli JU, Friedrich JB, Buretta KJ, Dreifuss SE, Emelife PI, Hamilton KL, Lo DD, Nauta AC, Oh C, Pfaff MJ, Phillips NA, Smith JR, Sorkin M, Suszynski TM, Vyas KS, Wang ED, Wolfswinkel EM. Educational Exposure to Transgender Patient Care in Plastic Surgery Training. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. June 2016. PMID: 27307319.
  • Strong AL, Nauta AC, Kuang AA. Local Wound Care for Primary Cleft Lip Repair: Treatment and Outcomes With Use of Topical Hydrogen Peroxide. Wounds. 2015; 27(12). PMID: 27447104.
  • Burquist C, Nauta A, Selden N, Kuang A. Age at Time of Surgery and Maintenance of Head Size in Nonsyndromic Sagittal Craniosynostosis. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. December 2015. PMID: 27119928.
  • Zimmermann AS, Morrison SD, Hu MS, Li S, Nauta A, Sorkin M, Meyer NP, Walmsley GG, Maan ZN, Chan DA, Gurtner GC, Giaccia AJ, Longaker MT. Epidermal or dermal specific knockout of PHD-2 enhances wound healing and minimizes ischemic injury. PLoS One. April 2014 Vol. 9(4): e93373. PMID: 24695462.
  • Paik, KJ; Rennert, R; Chung, MT; Sorkin, M; Duscher, D; Atashroo, D; Chen, H; Morrison, S; Zimmermann, A; Nauta, A; Ko, SH; Tevlin, R; Zielins, E; Hu, M; McArdle, A; Walmsley, G; Senarath- Yapa, K; Hong, W; Garza, R; Duldulao, C; Wearda, T; Momeni, A; Wu, J; Gurtner, GC; Longaker, MT; Wan, D. Abstract 151: Short Hairpin RNA Interference Therapy for Diabetic Murine Wound Closure and Hindlimb Ischemia. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. March 2014 Vol 133(3S): 167-168. PMID: 2469
  • Nauta AC, Gurtner GC, Longaker MT. Adult stem cells in small animal wound healing models. Methods in Molecular Biology. September 2013 Vol.1037: 81-98. PMID: 24029931.
  • Nauta A, Grova M, Montoro D, Tsai M, Gurtner GC, Galli SJ, Longaker MT. Evidence that Mast Cells are not Required for Healing of Splinted Cutaneous Excisional Wounds in Mice. PLoS ONE. March 2013. PMID: 23544053.
  • Lam MT, Nauta A, Meyer NP, Wu JC, Longaker MT. Effective delivery of stem cells using an extracellular matrix patch results in increased cell survival and proliferation and reduced scarring in skin wound healing. Tissue Engineering Part A. March 2013 Vol 19, No 5-6: 738-747. PMID: 23072446.
  • Levi B, Nelson ER, Hyun JS, Glotzbach JP, Li S, Nauta A, Montoro DT, Lee M, Commons GC, Hu S, Wu JC, Gurtner GC, Longaker MT. Enhancement of human adipose-derived stromal cell angiogenesis through knockdown of a BMP-2 inhibitor. Plast Reconstr Surg. January 2012. PMID: 21915082.


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