Research Strengths

Explore the research interests and current projects of our investigators.

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Our Microsurgical Training Lab delivers advanced vascular and neural microsurgical training to residents and specialists from around the world.

Programs & Investigators


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Oncology & Reconstructive Surgery

Our section houses the Maxillofacial Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery National Database (MORCOG), a data warehouse for head and neck cancer that allows surgeons and oncologists at partner institutions across the country to share data to improve treatment.


Programs & Investigators



Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine

We see regenerative medicine as a new frontier in surgical reconstruction that has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for patients. Efforts include ongoing studies to evaluate a novel osteo-inductive coating for biodegradable scaffolds, such as a vascularized mandible for use in reconstructive surgery. Our section has also completed construction of a cGMP clean room facility for the manufacture of human tissue to be used in FDA-approved clinical trials. We have the only certified cGMP facility at the University of Michigan, making it a huge research asset for tissue engineering.


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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

As part of our commitment to improve the care of patients suffering with facial pain and TMJ disorders, we have implemented a quality assurance program to continuously monitor our outcomes and offer surgery to those most likely to benefit. This prospective research is accomplished with specially designed SmartForms to gather our outcome data securely and efficiently. Our current studies focus on improving quality of life through carefully chosen treatments. Moreover, we have partnered with top scientists at the chronic pain and fatigue research center to identify peripheral and central factors involved in facial pain conditions. Lastly, we continue to study the value of new technologies including neurophysiological monitoring to reduce the risk of facial nerve injuries during surgery.

Programs & Investigators