Research & Innovation

Plastic and Oral Surgery Research

The Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery has developed a comprehensive basic, translational, and clinical research program in the areas of cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, vascular anomalies, congenital hand defects, and adolescent breast issues. The department also has a separate research laboratory which focuses on cranioplasty, angiogenesis, and vaccum-assisted wound closure. The purpose of our laboratory is to study pediatric plastic surgical problems and to develop improved treatments for those conditions. 


While the research program is focused on developing new techniques and increasing the knowledge of conditions commonly encountered in the department, there is also a large focus on the clinical applicability of the research conducted. 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.

Latest Research in Plastic Surgery


Salim Afshar, DMD, MD


Ingrid Ganske, MD

Oren Ganor, MD


Cory M. Resnick, DMD, MD

Carolyn R. Rogers-Vizena, MA

Arin K. Greene, MD, MMSc

Brian I. Labow, MD

John Meara, MD, DMD, MBA

John B. Mulliken, MD

Bonnie Padwa, MD, DMD

Amir H. Taghinia, MD



Oral and maxillofacial surgery


3-dimensional symmetry and outcomes in Cleft Lip and Palate, Facial animation, Craniofacial surgery


Reconstructive microsurgery, Romberg Disease, Soft tissue deficits, Breast surgery, Cleft Lip and Palate


Congenital and acquired craniofacial anomalies, Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, Orthognathic surgery, Juvenile idopathic arthritis and its effect on the temporomandibular joints, Maxillofacial pathology


Robin sequence, Cleft lip and palate


Vascular anomalies, Cranioplasty, Vacuum assisted wound closure


Adolescent breast disorders, Congenital hand anomalies


Nonsyndromic craniosynostosis


Vascular anomalies, Cranioplasty, Craniofacial Anomalies


Oral and maxillofacial surgery, Craniofacial surgery


Congenital hand anomalies, Hand trauma, Improving clinical trials