The integration of basic science with clinical research has led the way for most of the important advances in reconstructive surgery. Investigative research into the mysteries of how the body functions leads to greater understanding of the interdependency of all medical disciplines, and thus contributes to all surgical progress. This is certainly true for plastic and reconstructive surgery as it interacts with and influences other surgical fields. One example is how Nobel Laureate Joseph Murray, M.D., performed the first kidney transplant and-through his plastic surgery expertise-opened up the filed of transplantation surgery.
The research program at University Plastic Surgeons Center for Reconstructive Surgery has a distinguished reputation throughout the country. Our faculty, post-doctoral fellows and medical students are closely involved with many varied basic science disciplines and surgical specialties. Working together, we are meeting our common challenges and finding solutions for shared problems
In the 21st century, our areas of focused research include new microsurgical methods to more safely transplant a wider variety of tissue; new and improved wound treatment; and the development of artificial bone and skin. We are also exploring birth defects-why they occur and how to effectively treat them. With continued research and resultant surgical advances, we can treat individuals even before they are born-in utero-and help them enter the world with an enhanced ability, not only to survive, but to thrive.