Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Research

Overview

Reseach is an important part of the program and academic productivity is expected of all residents PGY2 year and above. All residents starting PGY2 year submit an abstract to the Midwest Association of Plastic Surgeons meeting, as well as other national meeting. Residents from the program routinely present at ASPS, ASAPS, ACAPS, and ASRM meetings, amongst others. The program supports resident travel to one national meeting per year in the senior years and support is provided to the residents for travel to meetings where their work is accepted for publication. The division supports residents involvement in research at all levels, with no shortage of clinical or basic science research opportunities.

Over the last three years ending September 2017, 18 of 19 residents (including interns) have published a peer-reviewed paper during training. Over the same timeframe, 6 of 19 residents were on a training or mentored grant.

Resident Research Day

Much clinical research is performed in breast reconstruction outcomes, abdominal wall reconstruction, aesthetic surgery, and many other topics. This culminates yearly in a "Resident Research Day and Alumni Reunion", in which all residents are expected to present their studies to the Division.  The faculty teaching awards were presented at this time.  The 2016 Martin R. Sullivan, MD Award for Outstanding Teacher chosen by the senior residents was given to Dr. Julia Corcoran.  The junior residents gave the Victor Lewis, MD award to Dr. Gregory Dumanian for his contribution and dedication to excellence in resident teaching. 

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Research Year

The residency supports a fully-funded, required research year as part of our commitment to academics. Opportunities within the Division include the Laboratory for Wound Healing & Regenerative Surgery, Laboratory for Craniofacial Biology, and Section for Plastic Surgery Outcomes Research. Other resources include laboratories at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), Simpson Querry Institute for BioNanotechnology, and global health programs through Operation Smile in Mumbai.

Currently, Dr. Sergey Turin is in Dr. Arun Gosain's lab working on developing and finalizing a porcine model of tissue expansion as well as multiple clinical projects. Dr. Lauren Mioton is working directly with Dr. Dumanian on a multitude of clinical projects with a focus on peripheral nerve surgery and TMR outcomes.

The focal projects of some of the previous residents have included:

2016/2017

Dr. Elbert Vaca - Laboratory of Dr. Arun Gosain - Porcine Model of Tissue Expansion

Dr. Eugene Park - Cleft Lip Outcomes Research with Smile Train - Mumbai and Gujarati, India

2015/2016

Dr. Steven Lanier - Laboratory of Dr. Robert Galiano - Decellularized Muscle Matrix in Wound Healing Applications

Dr. Jennifer McGrath - Laboratory of Dr. Arun Gosain - Zebrafish Model of Craniosynostosis (FGFR3 mutation induction with CRISPR)

2014/2015

Dr. Chad Purnell - Laboratory of Dr. Arun Gosain - Isogeometric Analysis of Skin Stretch

Dr. Walter Sweeney - Laboratory of Dr. Arun Gosain - Clinical Pediatric Surgery Outcomes Research

2013/2014

Dr. Michael Gart - Laboratory of Dr. Arun Gosain - Development of Porcine Model of Tissue Expansion

Dr. Sumanas Jordan - Laboratory of Dr. Robert Galiano - 3D Printing of Biopolymers