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Penn Plastic Surgery Research Group
 
Clinical Research Fellowship
 

Jonas Nelson and Joseph SerlettiThe Clinical Research Fellowship in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania is a 12-month funded fellowship dedicated to patient related research. There have been 8 research fellows since the inception of the position in 2008. Research fellows are either senior medical students or general surgery residents. The research fellowship is an outstanding opportunity for those applying into plastic surgery, and a great help to the clinical research endeavors within the research group.

 
Position Description

The Clinical Research Fellows’ broad responsibilities include organizing and gaining approval for the majority of the research that is produced within the division.  This includes developing project ideas, grant proposals, and IRB protocols, if necessary.  It also includes the prospective and retrospective management and statistical analysis of several large databases, including one of the largest and most detailed autologous breast reconstruction databases in the field.

Although no formal bio-statistical or clinical research training is funded through the fellowship, the Clinical Research Fellows gain a tremendous amount of on-the-job training from residents and previous fellows who are accomplished academic researchers in plastic surgery.  The fast-paced environment and abundance of practical training leaves Clinical Research Fellows with a robust knowledge of the current state of academic literature in their areas of interest within plastic surgery, as well as an ability to effectively explore this literature, develop new ideas, and gather, manage, and analyze institution and national datasets to answer novel hypotheses.

At the end of the year, a Clinical Research Fellow is expected to be involved in the completion of 20+ clinical research ideas and submit them for publication, many to high-impact plastic and general surgery journals.  At any one given time, a Clinical Research Fellow may be responsible for directly overseeing 5-10 projects, some of which he or she will complete during their tenure and others of which he or she will pass on to the next fellow(s).  In this manner, the fellows learn to create reproducible and scientifically valid data in a collaborative environment, thereby setting the foundation for many of the skills they will need throughout their academic careers.

 
Applying

To apply for the clinical research fellowship (7/2018-6/2019), submit a letter of interest along with your CV and a letter of recommendation from a close mentor to Dr. John P. Fischer and CC to Kris Gallagher by September 15, 2017.

Interviews will be held on TBD.

For more information about the fellowship or application process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the current fellows:

 
Current Clinical Research Fellows
2017-2018
Irfan Rhemtulla

 

Fabiola Enriquez  
Irfan Rhemtulla Fabiola Enriquez  
 
Previous Clinical Research Fellows
2016-2017
Martin Carney
  • Microsurgical outcomes and program development
  • Lower extremity reconstruction free flap choice, fasciocutaneous versus muscle
  • Posterior sheath repair during abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Three-dimensional (3D) micropigmentation following breast reconstruction
Martin Carney
 
2016-2017
Jason Weissler
  • Restoring breast sensation following mastectomy and reconstruction, efficacy of neurotization
  • Applications of chemodenervation using Botox for Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Risk modeling and prediction strategies for incisional hernia following open abdominal surgery
  • Lymphovenous bypass for refractory chylothorax
Jason Weissler
 
2015-2016
Michael Lanni
  • Prophylactic mesh augmentation for incisional hernia prevention
  • Quantitative digital image correlation and patient reported outcomes in facial rejuvenation
  • Acoustic radiation force impulse elastography for prediction of primary fascial closure in ventral hernia
  • Long-term functional impact and patient reported outcomes following autologous breast reconstruction
Michael A. Lanni
 
2015-2016
Michael Tecce
  • 3-Dimensional Printing in Nasal Reconstruction: Development of Precise Patient-Tailored Forehead Flap Templates
  • Defining indications and opportunities for incisional hernia risk reduction after open hysterectomy
  • Risk assessment for deep wound infection after median sternotomy
  • Long-term functional impact and patient reported outcomes following autologous breast reconstruction
Michael G. Tecce
 
2014-2015
Andrew Bauder
  • The interplay of plastic surgeon distribution, race, and insurance type on breast reconstruction
  • Three dimensional craniometrics in syndromic craniosynostosis
  • Clinical and patient reported outcomes in ventral hernia repair
Andrew R. Bauder
 
2014-2015
Jonathan Sarik
  • Patient reported outcomes in plastic surgery
  • Clinical outcomes in breast reconstruction
  • Outcomes and cost in ventral hernia repair
  • Surgical treatment of peripheral lymphedema
Jonathan R. Sarik
 
2013-2014
Marten Basta
  • Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema Outcomes research
  • Ventral Hernia Repair Outcomes & Economic Analysis
  • Head and Neck Microsurgical Reconstruction Outcomes & Economic Analysis
Marten N. Basta
 
2012-2013
Ari Wes
  • Clinical outcomes in autologous and implant-based breast reconstruction
  • Outcomes, cost, and complications in abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Long-term clinical outcomes in single-suture craniosynostosis repair
  • Complications in body contouring procedures from a national dataset
Ari M. Wes
 
2011-2012
Carrie Stansky
  • Clinical outcomes in cleft lip and palate repair
  • Fat grafting and molecular mechanisms of human aging
  • Clinical outcomes in breast reconstruction

 

Carrie A. Stransky
 
2010-2011
Michael Mirzabeigi
  • Clinical outcomes in breast cancer and autologous breast reconstruction
  • Outcomes and techniques in ventral hernia repair

 

Michael N. Mirzabeigi
 
2009-2010
Jonas Nelson
  • The functional impact and outcomes following breast reconstruction
  • Patient level factors and healthcare costs in breast and abdominal wall reconstruction
  • The effect of hemodynamic factors on outcomes in free flap breast reconstruction
  • Complex lower extremity reconstruction

 

Jonas A. Nelson
 
2008-2009
Jonas Fosnot
  • Outcomes research, primarily focusing on free flap breast reconstruction
Joshua Fosnot
 

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