Dr. Derek A. Banyard is a former research fellow at the Center for Tissue Engineering and a current plastic and reconstructive surgery trainee in the Department of Plastic Surgery, both at the University of California, Irvine. He has over 10 years of basic science and translational research. His research and clinical interests include medical device development, wound healing, adipose tissue and its regenerative components, breast reconstruction, fat grafting, facial reconstruction, and facial aesthetics.

Dr. Banyard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in cognitive science from the University of Virginia, a medical degree from Meharry Medical College, a Healthcare Master’s of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Master’s of Science degree in Biomedical and Translational Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. He most recently completed a 5-year research fellowship studying adipose tissue, stromal vascular fraction, adipose extracellular matrix, and innovative strategies for evaluating and modulating wound progression/healing and improving fat graft retention.

Dr. Banyard is proficient in various cell biology, molecular biology and immunologic techniques, and his work has been recognized with various grants, awards and appointments. He is a previous clinical fellow at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, has completed the Plastic Surgery Research Council Mentorship Program, and serves as a Resident Scholar in the Resident & Fellow Scholars Academy at UC Irvine. His work with adipose tissue has been supported by grants including the National Endowment for Plastic Surgery Grant from the Plastic Surgery Foundation, the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Grant, and the Small Business Innovation Research Program awarded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Dr. Banyard also serves as a member of the Regenerative Medicine Subcommittee in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


  • Resident Scholar, Resident & Fellow Scholars Academy, University of California, Irvine, 2019 – present
  • Resident, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of California, Irvine, 2018 – present
  • Mentee, Plastic Surgery Research Council Mentorship Program (Dr. Thomas Tung),


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Tissue Engineering, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of California, Irvine (Dr. Alan Widgerow), 2013-2018
  • Clinical Fellow, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of California, Irvine, (Dr. Alan Widgerow), 2014-2015
  • Resident, Department of Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, 2012-2013
  • Intern, Department of Surgery, Charleston Area Medical Center, West Virginia University, 2011-2012
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, (Dr. Maria Nurminskaya), 2010-2011
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, (Dr. Duane Sewell), 2008-2010
  • Master’s of Science, Biomedical and Translational Science, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, 2017-2018
  • Doctor of Medicine, Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, 2003-2008
  • Master’s of Business Administration, Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, 2006-2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience focus, University of Virginia,



  • Regenerative Medicine Subcommittee, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Arthur L. Garnes Society
  • American Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS)
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

AWARDS (selected)

  • Outstanding Paper, Plastic Surgery The Meeting, 2019
  • Resident Travel Scholarship, Plastic Surgery The Meeting, 2018
  • Winner, Pathways to Cures: Translational Science Research Day pitch competition, UC Irvine, 2017
  • Editor’s Choice, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, March 2016
  • Best Poster Award, 7th European Plastic Surgery Research Council, 2017
  • SMART Award, Transcience.org, 2015
  • First place, Abstract Competition, ASPS Aesthetica Super Symposium, 2015
  • Marylou Ingram Scholarship Award, Southern California Flow Cytometry Association, 2015