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Murray Allen

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Dr. Murray Allen has been practicing at the Ottawa Hospital since 1993. Dr. Allen performs the full spectrum of adult aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. During his tenure the program has grown to become nationally recognized as a leader in plastic surgical education.

Dr. Allen received his Doctorate in Medicine in 1984 from the University of Ottawa, followed by a one year rotating internship at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. He worked at the Civic site cancer clinic and at various sites in the Ottawa Valley for 2 years before entering the General Surgery training program at the University of Ottawa. He spent 3 years in that program before transferring to the Plastic Surgery Residency training program at McMaster University in Hamilton. Dr. Allen completed the 2-year program in 1992, and fulfilled a one year fellowship in head and neck ablative surgery at St Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton.

Dr. Allen began a staff position at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1993. He has served as interim chief of Plastic Surgery at the Civic Hospital and as site chief at the Civic site in the past. He holds a position as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and has research interests in the areas of tissue expansion and head and neck reconstruction. He is also a guest examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery.


Additional Info

Clinical Interests

• Complex reconstruction
• Head and neck reconstruction
• Skin cancer reconstruction
• Hand


• National Capital Society of Plastic Surgeons
• The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario #53879
• American Burn Association
• Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
• Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
• Canadian Medical Protective Association
• American Society of Plastic Surgeons

  1. Moloney GR, Kuritzky A, Allen M. (2015) The “pinch and slide” suture technique. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology Vol. 72(3):e79-80.
  2.  Gencarelli JR, Head L, Allen M, Usher Boyd K. (2015) Wrist ganglion treatment: systematic review and meta-analysis. The Journal Of Hand Surgery Vol. 40(3).
  3.  Corsten M, Kassam A, Allen M. Reconstruction following endonasal endoscopic resection of a recurrent clival chordoma with a modified antero-lateral thigh free flap: a case report. Neurosurgical review submitted.
  4. Bonaparte JP, Corsten M, Odell M, Gupta M, Allen M, Tse D. (2013) Management of the radial forearm free flap donor site using a topically applied tissue expansion device. Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology and oral radiology. 03.
  5.  Bonaparte JP, Corsten M, Allen M. (2011) Cost-effectiveness of a topically applied pre-operative tissue expansion device for radial forearm free flaps: a cohort study. Clin Otolaryngol Jun 8.
  6. Bonaparte JP, Corsten MJ, Allen M. (2011) Cosmetic and functional outcomes after preoperative tissue expansion of radial forearm free flap donor sites: a cohort study. Journal of otolaryngology – head & neck surgery/Le Journal d’oto-rhino-laryngologie et de chirurgie cervico-faciale Vol. 40(5):427-35. 0.71
  7. Bonaparte JP, Corsten MJ, Allen M. (2011) Healing time of radial forearm free flap donor sites after preoperative tissue expansion: randomized controlled trial. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Vol. 40, Suppl 1:S20-7.
  8. Gupta M, Allen M, Corsten M. (2009) Reduction of donor site morbidity in the radial forearm free flap by use of topical tissue expanders. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Vol. 38(6):628-31.
  9. Lalonde D, LeBlanc M, Bell M, Lalonde J, Thoma A, Wells N, Allen M, Chang D, McKee D., Multicenter prospective infection rate in 1504 consecutive cases of minor procedure field sterility in carpal tunnel surgery: is main operating room sterility necessary? Supplement to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Vol. 126(4).
  10.  Reimer, MW, Yelle JD, Reitsma B, Doumit G, Allen M, Bell MS. (2008) Management of open abdominal wounds with a dynamic fascial closure system. Can J Surg. Vol. 51(3):209-14.
  11. Aubin D, Gagnon A, Grunder L, Dent R, Allen M, Sorisky A. (2004) Adipogenic and antiapoptotic protein levels in human adipose stromal cells after weight loss. Obes Res. Vol. 12(8):1231-4.
  12. Valjii AM, Maziak D, Allen M, Shamji F. (2000) The stomach as a microvascularly augmented flap for esophageal replacement. Ann Thorac Surg. Vol. 69:1593-4.
  13. Thoma A, Allen M, Tadeson BH, Archibald S, Jackson S, Young J.E.M. (1995) The fate of the osteotomized free radial forearm osteocutaneous flap in mandible reconstruction. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery Vol. 11(3).
  14.  Lorimer JW, Allen M, Tao H, Burns B. (1991) Small bowel carcinoid presenting in association with a phytobezoar. Canadian Journal of Surgery. Vol. 34(4).
  15.  Preston E, Haas N, Allen M. (1984) Reduced permeation of C14-sucrose, H3-mannitol and H3-inulin across the blood-brain barrier in nephrectomized rats. Brain Research Bulletin. Vol. 12:133-136.
  16.  Preston E, Allen M, Haas N. (1983) A modified method for the measurement of radio tracer permeation across the rat blood-brain barrier: the problem of correcting brain uptake for intravascular tracer. Journal of Neuroscience Methods Vol. 9:45-55.


1. Co-presenter, “Reducing the Need of Split Thickness Skin Graft: Management of the Radial Forearm Free Flap Donor Site Using a Topically Applied Tissue Expansion Device”, meeting of the American Head and Neck Society, July 2012.