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Annual Research Day

Yale Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has been hosting an annual Research Day since 1997. All residents from PGY2 to PGY6 are required to participate. Fellows and research fellows within the division are also encouraged to present their work. These presentations are intended to highlight some of the many ongoing projects on which the residents, fellows, and research fellows work throughout the year.


The Availability of Certified Cleft Care in the United States: A Geospatial Analysis of 1-Hour Access to Care
Arvind Gowda, Connor Peck, Yassmin Parsaei, Jakob Lattanzi, Jenny Yang, Joseph Lopez, Derek Steinbacher

Predictive Accuracy of Elevated Mitotic Rate on Lymph Node Positivity and Recurrence in Thin Melanomas
Catherine L. Ly, Ondrej Blaha, Wei Wei, Kelly Olino, Anjela Galan, Harriet Kluger, Stephan Ariyan, James E. Clune

Application of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and Mesenchymal Stem Cells to a Murine Model for Ischemic Wound Healing: A Pilot Study
Ho J, Dash BC, Chuang C, Dardik A, Hsia HC

3-D Printed Surgical Simulation for Metacarpal Fracture Fixation Improves Satisfaction, Confidence and Skill
Rajiv Iyengar, MD; Albert Woo, MD; Adnan Prsic, MD

Access to Pediatric Trauma Care in the United States
Jakob Lattanzi, Jenny Yang MD, Connor Peck MD, Sarah J Phillips MD, Derek Steinbacher MD, DMD, FACS

Outcomes of Free Flap Reconstructions of Pharyngectomy Defects for Head and Neck Cancer
Samuel Kim MD, Sacha C. Hauc BS, MPH, J Grant Thomson MD

Tranexamic Acid in Facial Feminization Surgery: Quantifying a High-Risk Setting
Alexandre Prassinos, Aaron Long, Adam Junn, Michael Alperovich

The Effect of Early Plastic Surgery Evaluation in Traumatic Lower Extremity Limb Salvage
Brogan G.A. Evans, MD, Tomer Avraham, MD

Botulinum Toxin-A for Hidradenitis Suppurativa: Development of a Randomized, Double blinded, Placebo-controlled Trial
Jeremy A. Goss, MD, Henry C. Hsia, MD, John A. Persing, MD

Trigger Finger Release in the United States: Trends in Operative Setting and Reimbursement
Vikram G. Mookerjee, MD, Alexander J. Kammien, BS, Adnan Prsic, MD, Jonathan N. Grauer, MD, David L. Colen, MD

Evaluating the Endpoint of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Melanoma Surgery
Thayer J. Mukherjee, Dr. Stephen Ariyan, Dr. James Clune

Resident Perceptions on Diversity in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the United States
Lynn Zhao MD, Alexandra Junn AB, Catherine Ly MD and Adnan Prsic MD

Face Transplantation: Evaluating Impact, Donor Desirability and the Role for Genetic Engineering
Olivier F. Noel, MD, PhD, Bohdan Pomahac, MD

Crowdsourcing the Perception of the Bicoronal Scar in Open Cranial Vault Reconstruction
Tulsi Roy, Julia Chavez, David Cho , Rafal Sobota, and Russell R. Reid

The Effects of Lamination on Plaster Strength
Leah N. Herzog, MD, Rohan H. Kambeyanda, MD, J. Grant Thomson, MD, and Xuan Luo, MD

How Long Should We Hold our Splints? Assessment of Drying Time in Plaster
Rohan H. Kambeyanda, MD, Leah N. Herzog, MD, J. Grant Thomson, MD, Xuan Luo, MD

Management of Melanoma and Positive Margins
Martin J Carney MD, Sarah Islam BS, Katelyn Lewis BS, James Clune MD

Single Surgeon Review of Management of Fluid Collections in Post-operative Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Patients
John Collar, MD, Sara Islam, BS, J. Grant Thomson, MD

Multiplex Gene Expression Analysis Reveals Distinct Rejection Patterns in Skin and Mucosa of Facial Vascularized Composite Allotransplants
Martin Kauke-Navarro MD, William J. Crisler PhD, Christine G. Lian MD, Nathaniel S. Treister, DMD, George F. Murphy MD, Rachael A. Clark MD, PhD, Bohdan Pomahac, MD

Autologous Fat Grafting Promotes Sustained Release of IL-13 and TGF-Beta by Septal Cartilages to Cartilages to Limit Inflammation and Excessive Cartilage Resorption in Rhinoplasty
Kaiti Duan BS; Alvaro Reategui BA; Sarah Phillips BS; Arvind U. Gowda MD; Biraja Dash PhD; Joseph Lopez MD, MBA; Henry Hsia, MD; Derek M. Steinbacher MD, DMD

Influence of Health Policy on Payment and Regional Shifts in Gender Affirming Surgery
Sacha C. Hauc, MPH; Aaron S. Long, BS; Mohammad Ali Mozaffari, MD; Kirby Mateja, BS; Alicia P. Stephan BS; Adam Junn, BS; Jean C. Rivera, BS; Jacob Dinis, BS; Alexandra Junn, AB; Michael Alperovich MD, MSc

Human iPSC-Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Spheroids Demonstrate Size-dependent Alterations in Cellular Properties and Secretory Function
Sara Islam, BS, Biraja Dash, PhD, Henry Hsia, MD

Manual and AI Radiographic Severity Assessment for Metopic Craniosynostosis: Is There an Association with Longterm Neurocognitive Outcomes?
Aaron S. Long, BS; Sacha C. Hauc, MPH; Mohammad Ali Mozaffari, MD; Adam H. Junn, BS; Jean Carlo Rivera, BS; Derek Steinbacher, MD, DMD; John A. Persing, MD; Michael Alperovich, MD, MSc

How Will Numeric Step 1 Scores be Compared to Pass/Fail Reports: Plastic Surgery Residency Program Director Perspectives on Upcoming Application Cycles
Rivera JC, Long AS, Juan HY, Hauc SC, Junn A, Persing J, Alperovich M.