Research Fellowship

Under the direction of Rod Rohrich, M.D., Jeffrey Kenkel, M.D., and Larry Lavery, D.P.M., M.P.H., our research group focuses on multiple areas of basic, anatomic, and clinical translational research. From clinical to basic science endeavors, the research in the Department of Plastic Surgery is multifaceted, covering areas of anatomical studies to stem cell research and applications to improve wound healing.

We have studies underway that focus on the application and function of adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) in fat grafting and wound healing. ADSCs are multipotent cells found in adipose tissues that we are studying for their application in fat graft take and survivability as well as non-union and chronic wound therapies.

We also have developed novel and innovative systems for the study of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) to better understand this technology and the mechanisms by which it enhances wound healing in type 2 diabetics and other compromised wound healing systems. Active NIH studies by Dr. Lavery in the area of diabetic wound care/wound healing are ongoing as well.

Dr. Rohrich has described and is studying how the face ages from a fat compartment perspective. Predictive patterns of facial aging are being studied in both the massive weight loss patient as well as the immunodeficiency patient. The goal is to develop a systematic method for determining how an individual ages. Evidence-based clinical studies are ongoing as well in deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and relation to duration of surgery and complications related to type of procedure. The Department of Plastic Surgery is actively engaged in the development of new modalities to enhance evidence-based medicine and incorporate it into the practice of plastic surgery.  

The field of laser therapy is another active area of research where we focus on its application for aesthetics, improving wound outcomes, and as a non-invasive method for transdermal drug delivery.  

Our group is also involved in several areas of anatomical research, including development of new and innovative perforator flaps, innovative peripheral nerve research, anatomic studies on migraine nerve pathways, as well as composite tissue transplantation of the face and upper extremities (CTA).

We are actively seeking energetic engaging medical students and residents, as well as D.P.M.s, M.D., or Ph.D. applicants, for our Research Fellowship Program. We require an updated CV, a face-to-face interview, and a full-time 1–2 year commitment so we can truly perform valued research of merit, which will advance your career as well as answer probing questions related to plastic surgery and wound healing.