The Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern, one of the premier clinical research programs in the country, is a robust department of clinical translational research. Headed by Larry Lavery, D.P.M., M.P.H. and Kathryn Davis, Ph.D., and with a budget of more than 2 million dollars, plastic surgery research is diversified in all areas, from basic and translational clinical research in wound healing, lasers, skin care, to anatomic research and peripheral nerve bioengineering.
The two guiding principles of UT Southwestern’s Department of Plastic Surgery research program are that all research projects are faculty driven and that there is a strong emphasis on clinical translational research. More than 100 pre-clinical and clinical studies examine various devices, drugs, and techniques.
Funding for plastic surgery research comes from a variety of organizations and resources, including:
- Society and foundations (ADA, OREF, AHA)
- Federal (NIH, VA, DOD)
- Industry (investigator-initiated and Phase 3 clinical trials)
Completed and ongoing research efforts have led to discoveries, advanced techniques, and various innovations that improve clinical outcomes.