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Welcome to the Research Program of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin. As part of the University of Wisconsin, our Division has access to tremendous research opportunities throughout the campus. The research philosophy of our Division is to develop a breadth of translational research projects that combine our own strengths in imaging with ongoing studies of clinical relevance across the campus.

Within this framework, residents who commit a year to laboratory research are encouraged to investigate their individual interests rather than being assigned an ongoing project. Typically, residents pursue research questions that can be answered by employing our imaging tools to study experimental models that have clinical relevance.

These three program areas are integrated through weekly lab meetings , and a cohesive and collaborative research environment. Residents thereby obtain extensive training and exposure to both basic and applied research with the added benefit of having the autonomy of a true academic research experience.

Current Clinical Research Projects:

  • Autologous fat grafting
  • DVT prophylaxis
  • Outcomes following mandibular fractures
  • New strategies for the control of postoperative pain and nausea
  • The role of alternative medicine in reducing postoperative edema and ecchymosis following rhinoplasty
  • Care of patients with gigantomastia
  • Distraction osteogenesis in patients with maxillary hypoplasia or traumatic injury

Current Basic Science Projects:

  • The role of genetically modified cultured human skin substitutes in promoting angiogenesis and improving wound healing
  • Multi-modal approaches to evaluating cellular activity, proliferation, blood flow and apoptosis in brain and colon tumors

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