The department fosters excellence in part by recruiting diversity in all forms. The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a prime example, with its diversity of gender, age, ethnicity and research interests, from bench to bedside. Drawing from the mentorship of Division Chief Susan Mackinnon, MD, plastic and reconstructive surgeon Ida Fox, MD, has become a national leader in nerve transfers to restore arm and hand function in patients with spinal cord injuries; she has actively shared her skills with colleagues nationwide. She recently began collaborating with researchers at Stanford University on a multicenter study of nerve and tendon transfers. Fox, who was the only female resident in her plastic surgery residency, says she feels at ease in a division where everyone is unique. “I can focus on my family, colleagues, residents and students — and clinical care.” Now a mentor herself, she tells residents her high standards are meant to help them achieve their best.