Research and Scholarship

  • Although residents have no significant basic science research requirement, each resident in years 4,5 and 6 is expected to complete one clinical research project per year to present at the annual Resident Research Day each June.
  • Residents in the 4th and 5th years of training are offered a research elective for 2 months each year.
  • Optional research for a one- or two-year period in the plastic surgery laboratory is offered between the PGY-III and PGY-IV levels. A resident's desire to do 1-2 years of research should be discussed prior to beginning training in the program. We strive for flexibility so residents are able to meet their personal career goals.
  • The faculty is committed to research and promoting scholarly activity among residents. The division is home to a productive and innovative laboratory directed by Susan Mackinnon, MD, with ongoing research in nerve injury and regeneration. The lab is currently supported by two separate R01 grants. Thomas Tung, MD, was recently awarded an R21 grant for the study of electrical stimulation in nerve regeneration. This laboratory is fully staffed with research fellows and laboratory technicians. There is also a productive craniofacial laboratory led by Albert Woo, MD, and a productive breast surgery research center led by Terence Myckatyn, MD.