Dr. Ernest Manders was born in Ocean Falls, British Columbia, Canada, and immigrated to the United States. Now a naturalized U.S. citizen, Dr. Manders received his undergraduate education at Harvard College. He then attended Harvard Medical School, and after a surgical internship at the University of Michigan, he worked for 2 years as a Research Associate in the Laboratory of Viral Oncology at the National Institutes of Health. Shortly afterward, Dr. Manders returned to the University of Michigan and completed his training in general surgery and plastic surgery. He then joined the faculty at Pennsylvania State University in 1981, rising to the rank of Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics. Dr. Manders joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty in 1997, and currently serves as Professor of Surgery.
At the present time, Dr. Manders is the Medical Director of the Facial Nerve Center. In the past he was Program Director, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Manders is also on the Active Staff of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Magee Women’s Hospital, the Presbyterian-Montefiore Hospitals of UPMC, and the Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Hospital. Additionally, he is a member of several professional societies, including the American Medical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Association of Tissue Banks, and many more. In 2004, Dr. Manders was the Visiting Professor at The Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Manders has been the international guest speaker for organizations in India, Brazil, Canada, and Chile. Pittsburgh Magazine has repeatedly named him a Top Doc in Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Manders enjoys treating patients with a broad range of problems while teaching in his academic practice in plastic surgery. Dr. Manders has authored over 350 articles, abstracts, chapters, manuals, videos, and patents (national and international). He has also made over 650 national/international invited scientific and clinical presentations.
Dr. Manders is actively working on the development of new products for reconstructive surgery. These products are made from allograft materials and will provide both improved and unique materials for surgeons and patients. He is also actively exploring a new strategy for nerve repair that should significantly hasten recovery from nerve injuries and which should also make limb transplantation much more effective.
Dr. Manders is the founder of Promethean LifeSciences, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based biotechnology company. Based on his patents assigned to the Pennsylvania State University, he produces a skin bank stored at room temperature (GammaGraft™) and an acellular dermal matrix (Repriza™) for reconstructive surgery. The skin has saved many lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and both products are available over the U.S. for medical care of acutely injured patients and those undergoing reconstructive surgery. There are several of Dr. Manders’ original tissue expander designs used around the world for breast and non-breast reconstructions.
View a list of Dr. Manders’ publications here.