Research

LIke ThisLIke ThisLIke This

Amir H.  Taghinia, MD, MPH

Amir Taghinia MD MPH
Department:
Plastic and Oral Surgery Research
Hospital Title:
Attending Plastic Surgeon
Academic Title:
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Congenital Hand AnomaliesHand traumaHand TransplantationVascular Anomalies
Contact:
617-355-3421

Research Overview

Dr. Taghinia is actively engaged in multiple research endeavors involving both children and adults. His primary interests are improving care of patients with hand trauma, and refining techniques for treatment of congenital hand differences.

Dr. Taghinia also has an interest in vascular anomalies of the extremities.  He and other collaborators are assessing the effectiveness of thoracic duct bypass procedures for difficult central lymphatic anomalies.

Currently, Dr. Taghinia is spearheading the world’s first pediatric Hand Transplant Program.   This research study is being conducted by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons and clinicians.  The study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of pediatric hand transplantation. The research program is currently enrolling patients, and it has been featured in national news stories.  


About Amir H. Taghinia, MD

Dr. Taghinia graduated with a BS in chemistry from Stanford University.  He earned his MD from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard Medical School, where he graduated cum laude. He completed his postgraduate training at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Harvard Plastic Surgery Training Program, Boston Children's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In addition to residencies in general and plastic surgery, Dr. Taghinia has also completed a fellowship in hand and microsurgery.  Dr. Taghinia recently earned an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health’s Program in Clinical Effectiveness.

Publications

Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles
  1. Ricci JA, Vargas CR, Lin SJ, Tobias AM, Taghinia AH, Lee BT. A Novel Free Flap Monitoring System Using Tissue Oximetry with Text Message Alerts. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2016 Jun; 32(5):415-20.
  2. Bairdain S, Foker JE, Smithers CJ, Hamilton TE, Labow BI, Baird CW, Taghinia AH, Feins N, Manfredi M, Jennings RW. Jejunal Interposition after Failed Esophageal Atresia Repair. J Am Coll Surg. 2016 Jun; 222(6):1001-8.
  3. Eberlin KR, Busa K, Bae DS, Waters PM, Labow BI, Taghinia AH. Composite grafting for pediatric fingertip injuries. Hand (N Y). 2015 Mar; 10(1):28-33.
  4. Couto JA, Vivero MP, Kozakewich HP, Taghinia AH, Mulliken JB, Warman ML, Greene AK. A somatic MAP3K3 mutation is associated with verrucous venous malformation. Am J Hum Genet. 2015 Mar 5; 96(3):480-6.
  5. Nuzzi LC, Greene AK, Meara JG, Taghinia A, Labow BI. Surgical Site Infection After Skin Excisions in Children: Is Field Sterility Sufficient? Pediatr Dermatol. 2016 Mar-Apr; 33(2):136-41.
  6. Nuzzi LC, Pike CM, Lewine EB, Cerrato FE, Alexander ME, Ferrari LR, Bae DS, Taghinia A, Waters PM, Labow BI. Preoperative electrocardiograms for nonsyndromic children with hand syndactyly. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Mar; 40(3):452-5.
  7. Theman TA, Labow BI, Taghinia A. Discrepancies between meeting abstracts and subsequent full text publications in hand surgery. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Aug; 39(8):1585-90.e3.
  8. Eberlin KR, Chang J, Curtin CM, Sammer DM, Saint-Cyr M, Taghinia AH. Soft-tissue coverage of the hand: a case-based approach. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Jan; 133(1):91-101.
  9. Ibrahim AM, Shuster M, Koolen PG, Kim K, Taghinia AH, Sinno HH, Lee BT, Lin SJ. Analysis of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database in 19,100 patients undergoing implant-based breast reconstruction: complication rates with acellular dermal matrix. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Nov; 132(5):1057-66.
  10. Sadiq MA, Prabhu SP, Fearon JA, Taghinia AH, Dagi LR. Screw implantation in the globe: the risk of delayed hardware migration from craniofacial repair. J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Sep; 24(5):1650-2.
  11. Show all
  12. Benoit MM, Vargas SO, Bhattacharyya N, McGill TA, Robson CD, Ferraro N, Didas AE, Labow BI, Upton J, Taghinia A, Meara JG, Marcus KJ, Mack J, Rodriguez-Galindo C, Rahbar R. The presentation and management of mandibular tumors in the pediatric population. Laryngoscope. 2013 Aug; 123(8):2035-42.
  13. Taghinia AH, Al-Sheikh AA, Panossian AE, Upton J. Two-stage distraction lengthening of the forearm. J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Jan; 24(1):79-84.
  14. Taghinia AH, Littler JW, Upton J. Refinements in pollicization: a 30-year experience. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Sep; 130(3):423e-33e.
  15. Anderson ME, Goldsmith JD, Hochman MG, Taghinia A. Orthopaedic case of the month: pulsatile soft tissue mass. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2012 Nov; 470(11):3275-9.
  16. Lau FH, Xia F, Kaplan A, Cerrato F, Greene AK, Taghinia A, Cowan CA, Labow BI. Expression analysis of macrodactyly identifies pleiotrophin upregulation. PLoS One. 2012; 7(7):e40423.
  17. Eberlin KR, Labow BI, Upton J, Taghinia AH. High-impact articles in hand surgery. Hand (N Y). 2012 Jun; 7(2):157-62.
  18. Taghinia AH, Upton J. Index finger pollicization. J Hand Surg Am. 2011 Feb; 36(2):333-9.
  19. Upton J, Taghinia A. Special considerations in vascular anomalies: operative management of upper extremity lesions. Clin Plast Surg. 2011 Jan; 38(1):143-51.
  20. Hartzell TL, Taghinia AH, Chang J, Lin SJ, Slavin SA. The use of human acellular dermal matrix for the correction of secondary deformities after breast augmentation: results and costs. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Nov; 126(5):1711-20.
  21. Hartzell TL, Taghinia AH, Carty MJ, Upton J. The corkscrew internal fixator. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Oct; 126(4):199e-201e.
  22. Taghinia AH. The diminishing presence of plastic surgeons in hand surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Sep; 126(3):1128; author reply 1129.
  23. Taghinia AH, Carty M, Upton J. Fascial flaps for hand reconstruction. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Aug; 35(8):1351-5.
  24. Carty MJ, Taghinia A, Upton J. Fascial flap reconstruction of the hand: a single surgeon's 30-year experience. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Mar; 125(3):953-62.
  25. Upton J, Taghinia AH. Correction of the typical cleft hand. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Mar; 35(3):480-5.
  26. Carty MJ, Taghinia A, Upton J. Overgrowth conditions: a diagnostic and therapeutic conundrum. Hand Clin. 2009 May; 25(2):229-45.
  27. Austen WG, Parrett BM, Taghinia A, Wolfort SF, Upton J. The subcutaneous cervicofacial flap revisited. Ann Plast Surg. 2009 Feb; 62(2):149-53.
  28. Taghinia AH, Movassaghi K, Wang AX, Pribaz JJ. Reconstruction of the upper aerodigestive tract with the submental artery flap. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Feb; 123(2):562-70.
  29. Chun YS, Taghinia A. Hyperprolactinemia and galactocele formation after augmentation mammoplasty. Ann Plast Surg. 2009 Feb; 62(2):122-3.
  30. Ridgway E, Taghinia A, Donelan M. Scalp-tissue expansion for a chronic burn wound with exposed calvarium. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2009 Dec; 62(12):e629-30.
  31. Parrett BM, Winograd JM, Lin SJ, Borud LJ, Taghinia A, Lee BT. The posterior tibial artery perforator flap: an alternative to free-flap closure in the comorbid patient. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2009 Feb; 25(2):105-9.
  32. Taghinia AH, Liao EC, May JW. Randomized controlled trials in plastic surgery: a 20-year review of reporting standards, methodologic quality, and impact. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Oct; 122(4):1253-63.
  33. Upton J, Sharma S, Taghinia AH. Vascularized adipofascial island flap for thenar augmentation in pollicization. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Oct; 122(4):1089-94.
  34. Taghinia AH, Al-Sheikh AA, Upton J. Suture anchor suspension and fascia lata interposition arthroplasty for Basal joint arthritis of the thumb. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Aug; 122(2):497-504.
  35. Taghinia AH, Pribaz JJ, Guo L. Chronic deep venous thrombosis in the peroneal veins of the fibula osteocutaneous flap: strategies for avoidance and salvage. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Jun; 121(6):2020-3.
  36. Liao EC, Taghinia AH, Nguyen LP, Yueh JH, May JW, Orgill DP. Incidence of hematoma complication with heparin venous thrombosis prophylaxis after TRAM flap breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Apr; 121(4):1101-7.
  37. Taghinia AH, Pribaz JJ. Complex nasal reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Feb; 121(2):15e-27e.
  38. Taghinia AH, Shapiro FE, Slavin SA. Dexmedetomidine in aesthetic facial surgery: improving anesthetic safety and efficacy. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Jan; 121(1):269-76.
  39. Taghinia AH, Al-Sheikh AA, Upton J. Preoperative soft-tissue distraction for radial longitudinal deficiency: an analysis of indications and outcomes. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Oct; 120(5):1305-12; discussion 1313-4.
  40. Taghinia AH, Mulliken JB, Rogers GF. A case of Proteus syndrome with lateral embryonal vein and frontal intraosseous lipoma. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2007 Sep; 44(5):567-71.
  41. Ring D, Chin K, Taghinia AH, Jupiter JB. Nonunion after functional brace treatment of diaphyseal humerus fractures. J Trauma. 2007 May; 62(5):1157-8.
  42. Makhni EC, Taghinia A, Ewald T, Zurakowski D, Day CS. Comminution of the dorsal metaphysis and its effects on the radiographic outcomes of distal radius fractures. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2010 Oct; 35(8):652-8.
  43. Upton J, Taghinia AH. Abductor digiti minimi myocutaneous flap for opponensplasty in congenital hypoplastic thumbs. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Dec; 122(6):1807-11.
  44. Patel KB, Taghinia AH, Proctor MR, Warf BC, Greene AK. Extradural myelomeningocele reconstruction using local turnover fascial flaps and midline linear skin closure. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2012 Nov; 65(11):1569-72.
  45. Webb ML, Rosen H, Taghinia A, McCarty ER, Cerrato F, Upton J, Labow BI. Incidence of Fanconi anemia in children with congenital thumb anomalies referred for diepoxybutane testing. J Hand Surg Am. 2011 Jun; 36(6):1052-7.
  46. Rogers GF, Maclellan RA, Liu AS, Taghinia AH, Labow BI, Meara JG, Greene AK. Extremity fasciotomy wound closure: comparison of skin grafting to staged linear closure. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2013 Mar; 66(3):e90-1.
  47. Cerrato F, Eberlin KR, Waters P, Upton J, Taghinia A, Labow BI. Presentation and treatment of macrodactyly in children. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Nov; 38(11):2112-23.
  48. Alomari AI, Spencer SA, Arnold RW, Chaudry G, Kasser JR, Burrows PE, Govender P, Padua HM, Dillon B, Upton J, Taghinia AH, Fishman SJ, Mulliken JB, Fevurly RD, Greene AK, Landrigan-Ossar M, Paltiel HJ, Trenor CC, Kozakewich HP. Fibro-adipose vascular anomaly: clinical-radiologic-pathologic features of a newly delineated disorder of the extremity. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Jan; 34(1):109-17.
  49. Cerrato FE, Nuzzi LC, Theman TA, Taghinia A, Upton J, Labow BI. Upper extremity anomalies in Pfeiffer syndrome and mutational correlations. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 May; 133(5):654e-661e.
  50. Flath-Sporn SJ, Yorlets RR, Rangel SJ, Stey AM, Redett RJ, Urata MM, Meara JG, Taghinia AH. Focusing Quality Improvement Initiatives in Pediatric Plastic Surgery: A Descriptive Study Using the Pediatric National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. J Craniofac Surg. 2016 Mar; 27(2):277-81.
LIke ThisLIke ThisLIke This
Close