Research Strengths

Explore the research interests and current projects of our investigators.

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Craniofacial Disorders

We seek to translate discoveries on the structure and function of bone into the restoration and regeneration of the craniofacial skeleton in patients born with congenital anomalies or injured by disease or trauma. Current areas of investigation include: endogenous tissue engineering; pharmaco-therapeutics; and mechano-transduction.

Programs & Investigators


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Hand Disorders

As specialists in hand surgery, we study a wide range of hand disorders through our clinical and outcomes research. Methodologies include decision analyses, large database studies, and clinical trials. Our recent projects include: a collaborative cohort study to evaluate patients with traumatic finger amputations; a study comparing three surgical modalities for the treatment of displaced distal radius fractures; an evaluation of outcomes for patients treated for severe hand deformities caused by rheumatoid arthritis.


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Health Outcomes

We participate in a range of programs to study and improve surgical and health outcomes for patients, including in breast reconstruction, quality of life for breast cancer patients, and through the statewide Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC).


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Medical Education

As we train the next generation of plastic surgeons, we’re also developing new ways of teaching and evaluating surgical learning. Medical education efforts include the use of image analysis to measure surgical performance, and instruction in medical ethics and medical decision-making. 


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Musculoskeletal & Peripheral Nerve

We’re studying bone and nerve biology in order to enhance healing, to counteract the effects of skeletal muscle mechanical dysfunction, and to develop novel prostheses controlled by a patient’s own body. Current interests include: peripheral nerve injury and nerve regeneration; skeletal muscle tissue engineering; and the biological mechanisms of hernia.


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Trauma & Regenerative Medicine

As burn and general reconstructive surgeons, we see and treat the problems of heterotopic ossification firsthand, and believe current diagnostics and treatments fall short. Our research seeks to improve the treatment of burn- and trauma-induced heterotopic ossification, and potentially translate our discoveries to other causes of the condition, such as fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, progressive osseous heteroplasia, and spinal cord injury-induced disease.

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