Dr. DeCoster received his undergraduate (magna cum laude with departmental honors), M.D. (with distinction), and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He completed a Surgeon-Scientist post-doctoral fellowship through the National Cancer Institute under the mentorship of Henry Vasconez, MD, FACS, and Mark Evers, MD, FACS, where he focused on breast implant and medical device safety which included investigating the molecular mechanisms of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. In addition to medical device safety, his current research interests are also focused on modulating the mechanical properties of irradiated soft tissue in experimental models, and his work is currently funded by the Plastic Surgery Foundation. Dr. DeCoster is a peer reviewer for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open, the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, and Annals of Plastic Surgery.
Prior to college, he served six years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, which included deployments to Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2d Battalion, 6th Marine Infantry Regiment), Hurricane Katrina (Joint Task Force Hurricane Katrina; USNS Comfort T-AH20, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay Cuba), Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France, Greece, and Bahrain (26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, USS Carter Hall).
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Honors & Awards
National Institutes of Health Oncology Research Training for Surgeon-Scientists(T32CA160003), Lucille P. Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Member, Researcher Education Committee, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (2020 - Present)
Member, Legislative Advocacy Committee, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (2020 - Present)
Peer Reviewer, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (2019 - Present)
Peer Reviewer, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open (2020 - Present)
Peer Reviewer (ad hoc), Aesthetic Surgery Journal (2020 - Present)
Peer Reviewer, Annals of Plastic Surgery (2019 - Present)
Ph.D., University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Clinical and Translational Science
M.D., University of Kentucky College of Medicine