Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Division Research

Plastic Surgery

Making Plastic Surgery Better and Safe

Plastic Surgery is a rapidly evolving and diverse surgical specialty. Over the years, we have made many contributions to the field in the areas of composite tissue allotransplantation, liposuction, microsurgery, and flap dissection anatomy. Our current research team at the University of Louisville is exploring several new and popular topics and techniques in the field. We conduct clinically applicable research focused on developing safer treatments for plastic and reconstructive surgery patients. In addition, we are actively performing research in the following areas:

  • Composite tissue allotransplantation: face and hand transplantation.
  • Wound healing, tissue engineering.
  • Microsurgery/microcirculation: free fibula reconstruction of wrist and head and neck
  • Safe facelift: anatomic landmarks to avoid injury to midfacial nerve branches, marginal mandibular nerve, greater auricular nerve, cervical motor branch, and scalp alopecia.
  • Anatomic landmarks for safer hand surgery: basilar joint arthroplasty, first dorsal compartment release, carpal tunnel release, radial tunnel release, and trigger finger release.
  • The safe use of epinephrine in hand and finger surgery.
  • Anatomic consideration in nasal contour surgery: cephalic alar resection, upper lateral cartilage resection, caudal septal resection, and conchal cartilage harvest
  • Post-bariatric plastic surgery: anatomic landmarks for safe brachioplasty and abdominoplasty.
  • Breast reconstruction landmarks for safe DIEP flap elevation, nipple reconstruction options, tissue expander breast reconstruction, fat grafting techniques, breast reduction techniques.
  • Botox the proper depth of injection at various sites including forehead, between brows, and crow’s feet.
  • Brow lift technical considerations and position redefined.

Another example of our commitment to research and education in plastic surgery is our plan to host the 57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Plastic Surgery Research Council Meeting. We are pleased to announce this new educational and research opportunity. The event will be hosted by Division Director Dr. Bradon J. Wilhelmi (PSRC President, 2010-2011) and the University of Louisville.

Future plans:
To advance the field of plastic surgery research to provide safe and better techniques in the field of plastic surgery.

Division Chief:
Bradon J. Wilhelmi, M.D., F.A.C.S

Faculty members:
Choo JH, Florman LD, Kasdan M, Little JA, McCurry TM, Tobin GR, Wilhelmi BJ

Plastic Surgery Fellows involved in research:
Hazani R, Lefkowitz T, Augenstein A, Rao A

Research Assistants:
Chowdhry S, Elston JB, Whitney RD, Collis P, Yoder E, Mays CJ

Prior Plastic Surgery Fellows involved in research:
Redstone J, Cooperman RD, Ver Steeg KV

Prior Plastic Surgery Fellows:

Recent Plastic Surgery Publications:

  1. Safe treatment of trigger thumb with longitudinal anatomic landmarks.
    Hazani R, Whitney RD, Redstone J, Chowdhry S, Wilhelmi BJ.
    Eplasty. 2010 Sep 15;10. pii: e57.
    PMID: 20862293 [PubMed - in process]
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  2. Anatomical characteristics of the conchal cartilage with suggested clinical applications in rhinoplasty surgery.
    Mowlavi A, Pham S, Wilhelmi B, Masouem S, Guyuron B.
    Aesthet Surg J. 2010 Jul-Aug;30(4):522-6.
    PMID: 20829249 [PubMed - in process]
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  3. Do Not Use Epinephrine in Digital Blocks: Myth or Truth? Part II, A Retrospective Review of 1,111 Cases.
    Chowdhry S, Seidenstricker L, Cooney DS, Hazani R, Wilhelmi BJ.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Aug 5. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 20697319 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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  4. Eyebrow peak position redefined.
    Pham S, Wilhelmi B, Mowlavi A.
    Aesthet Surg J. 2010 May;30(3):297-300.
    PMID: 20601552 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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  5. Anatomical landmarks for safe elevation of the deep inferior epigastric perforator flap: a cadaveric study.
    Chowdhry S, Hazani R, Collis P, Wilhelmi BJ.
    Eplasty. 2010 May 28;10:e41.
    PMID: 20523907 [PubMed - in process]
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  6. Wrist joint reconstruction with a vascularized fibula free flap following giant cell tumor excision in the distal radius.
    Mays CJ, Steeg KV, Chowdhry S, Seligson D, Wilhelmi BJ.
    Eplasty. 2010 May 22;10:e38.
    PMID: 20505792 [PubMed - in process]
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  7. Locating the cervical motor branch of the facial nerve: anatomy and clinical application.
    Chowdhry S, Yoder EM, Cooperman RD, Yoder VR, Wilhelmi BJ.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Sep;126(3):875-9.
    PMID: 20463628 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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  8. Avoiding the medial brachial cutaneous nerve in brachioplasty: an anatomical study.
    Chowdhry S, Elston JB, Lefkowitz T, Wilhelmi BJ.
    Eplasty. 2010 Jan 29;10:e16.
    PMID: 20165546 [PubMed]
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  9. Anatomic landmarks for the first dorsal compartment.
    Hazani R, Engineer NJ, Cooney D, Wilhelmi BJ.
    Eplasty. 2008;8:e53. Epub 2008 Nov 18.
    PMID: 19092992 [PubMed]
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  10. Variations in the anatomy of the third common digital nerve and landmarks to avoid injury to the third common digital nerve with carpal tunnel release.
    Engineer NJ, Hazani R, Mowlavi A, Neumeister MW, Lee WP, Wilhelmi BJ.
    Eplasty. 2008;8:e51. Epub 2008 Nov 3.
    PMID: 19050753 [PubMed]
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  11. Glomus tumors of the hand.
    Hazani R, Houle JM, Kasdan ML, Wilhelmi BJ.
    Eplasty. 2008;8:e48. Epub 2008 Oct 8.
    PMID: 18997858 [PubMed]
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  12. Assessment of the distal extent of the A1 pulley release: a new technique.
    Hazani R, Engineer NJ, Zeineh LL, Wilhelmi BJ.
    Eplasty. 2008 Aug 22;8:e44.
    PMID: 18806871 [PubMed]
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  13. Anatomic landmarks for the radial tunnel.
    Hazani R, Engineer NJ, Mowlavi A, Neumeister M, Lee WP, Wilhelmi BJ.
    Eplasty. 2008 Jun 22;8:e37.
    PMID: 18668182 [PubMed]
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  14. The clenched fist syndrome revisited.
    Zeineh LL, Wilhelmi BJ, Seidenstricker L.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Mar;121(3):149e-150e. No abstract available.
    PMID: 18317114 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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  15. Follicular anatomy of the anterior temporal hairline and implications for rhytidectomy.
    Mowlavi A, Majzoub RK, Cooney DS, Wilhelmi BJ, Guyuron B.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 May;119(6):1891-5; discussion 1896.
    PMID: 17440370 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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