Plastic and Oral Surgery Research | Overview
The Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery has developed comprehensive basic, translational, and clinical research programs. Our focus areas include: cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, vascular anomalies, congenital hand defects, adolescent breast disorders, oral and maxillofacial surgery, reconstructive microsurgery, gender identity and gender affirmation procedures. Our basic science questions are derived from clinical experience, and our aim is to translate the knowledge gained in the laboratory back to the clinic to improve patient care.
Additionally, our department has a strong research focus on Value Based Healthcare; examining methods for quantifying health outcomes for patients and exploring the relationship between the reimbursement systems and healthcare delivery.
While the research program is focused primarily on conditions commonly encountered in our department, we also have a mission to improve surgical care globally. Our department founded the Global Surgery Fellowship program, which evolved into the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, a collaborative program at Harvard Medical School studying and improving surgical outcomes across the world.
Our Research Team includes:
- 17 clinical researchers
- 2 quality improvement/value based health care professionals
- 2 bench researchers
- 3 HMS faculty-appointed researchers and scientists
- Over 30 students, residents, and fellows
Latest research in plastic surgery
Researchers and their focus areas:
- Salim Afshar, DMD, MD: oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Ingrid Ganske, MD: 3-dimensional symmetry and outcomes in cleft lip and palate, Parry-Romberg syndrome
- Oren Ganor, MD: reconstructive microsurgery, Romberg disease, soft-tissue deficits, breast surgery, cleft lip and palate, transgender medicine
- Cory M. Resnick, MD, DMD: congenital and acquired craniofacial anomalies, pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, orthognathic surgery, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and its effect on the temporomandibular joints, maxillofacial pathology
- Carolyn R. Rogers-Vizena, MD: Robin sequence, cleft lip and palate
- Arin K. Greene, MD, MMSc: vascular anomalies, cranioplasty, vacuum-assisted wound closure
- Brian I. Labow, MD: adolescent breast disorders, congenital hand anomalies
- John Meara, MD, DMD, MBA: nonsyndromic craniosynostosis
- John B. Mulliken, MD: vascular anomalies, cranioplasty, craniofacial anomalies
- Bonnie Padwa, MD, DMD: oral and maxillofacial surgery, craniofacial surgery
- Hoa Schneider, PhD: syndromic and nonsyndromic craniosynostosis, learning disabilities, neurodevelopmental disabilities
- Amir H. Taghinia, MD: congenital hand anomalies, hand trauma, improving clinical trials