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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Research

plastic surgery investigators discuss dataThe Emory Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has an influential history of committed research in the field. The development of musculocutaneous flaps by Dr. Foad Nahai and other Emory plastic surgeons in the 1970s became the foundation for techniques that are now the standard for reconstructive breast surgery. The late Dr. John Bostwick continued to pioneer the use of tissue from the patient's own body for breast reconstruction in the late 1980s, followed by Dr. Grant Carlson's refinement of skin sparing mastectomy in the 1990s. Dr. Felmont Eaves and Dr. Nahai became colleagues at the forefront of the development of endoscopic techniques and instruments in plastic surgery beginning in the mid-1990s, and Dr. Eaves has continued to be highly productive in this area. In the mid-2000s, Dr. Albert Losken, Emory surgical onologist Dr. Toncred Styblo, and other multidisciplinary teams did much of the pioneering work that established the combination of breast cancer surgery and reconstructive surgery now known as oncoplastic breast conserving therapy. The division's robust tradition of progress and advancement in plastic surgery's technology and treatment is set to continue throughout the 21st century.


Investigators

Grant Carlson, MD

Grant Carlson, MD

Dr. Carlson is the chief of the Emory Division of Plastic Surgery. His primary research has focused on improving outcomes of breast reconstruction for patients with breast cancer, typified by his studies and efforts to refine skin sparing mastectomy throughout the the early years of the procedure in the 1990s and early 2000s. He has also published studies of oncoplastic surgery of the breast, prognostic factors in malignant melanoma, and outcome analyses of breast reconstruction. His current research includes studies of infection in implant-based breast reconstruction and sensation after nipple sparing mastectomy.

Felmont Eaves, MD

Felmont Eaves, MD

With several patents issued and others pending, Dr. Eaves' cardinal research specialty is the development of new medical devices for endoscopic procedures, wound closure, and wound treatment. A device he co-developed in 1997 has been used on thousands of patients to reduce the morbidity of saphenous vein harvest for cardiac and peripheral vascular surgery. He is also interested in system and process improvement in plastic surgery, evidence-based medicine applied to plastic surgery, and reconstructive surgery after massive weight loss.

Albert Losken, MD

Albert Losken, MD

In addition to his early work in oncoplastic breast conserving therapy, Dr. Losken's primary research interests are refinement of reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring following weight loss. His recent studies have examined contamination in smooth gel implant placement and methods of minimizing capsular contracture in breast reconstruction. He also hopes to identify and develop more effective educational tools for plastic surgery such as online modules, interactive text, and video formats.

Foad Nahai, MD

Foad Nahai, MD

Dr. Nahai is an acknowledged leader in aesthetic plastic surgery who has developed and refined various aesthetic and cosmetic procedures. Early in his career he concentrated on the development of microsurgical techniques and the anatomical description of musculocutaneous flaps. His current research is centered on safety in outpatient aesthetic plastic surgery in order to minimize such complications as thromboembolism.

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