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The Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, one of the premier clinical research programs in the country, is a robust department of clinical translational research. Headed by Shai Rozen, M.D., and with a budget of more than $2 million, 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:

  • Grants
  • 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.

Plastic Surgery 2022-2023 Research Students

Jen Crook

Recon/Hand Zhang/Sammer

  • Hometown: Franklin, TN
  • Undergraduate School: University of Pittsburgh
  • Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science

Lexi Lakatta

Breast Recon Teotia/Haddock

  • Hometown: Mansfield, TX
  • Undergraduate School: UT Austin
  • Medical School: UT Medical Branch

Jasmine Panton

Aesthetics Kenkel/Culver/Amirlak

  • Hometown: Stuart, FL
  • Undergraduate School: Harvard College
  • Graduate School: Bioethics, Harvard
  • Medical School: Dartmouth

Cristina Sanchez

Facial Paralysis Rozen

  • Hometown: Tyler, TX
  • Undergraduate School: UT Austin
  • Medical School: UT Southwestern

Edward Lawson

Recon/Hand Kargel/Lies