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To advance patient care, the Plastic Surgery Clinical Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital leverages surgical innovations, clinical practices and technological developments to improve diagnosis and treatment in plastic surgery.
Our current projects are focused on craniofacial surgery and breast reconstruction. Craniofacial anomalies, such as cleft lip and palate, are among the most common congenital (present at birth) anomalies. Breast cancer, one of the most common cancers to affect adults, may result in a mastectomy, which is often accompanied by breast reconstruction.
Our program is currently recruiting for the research projects below. Learn more about participating
Our clinical and translational research investigation in craniofacial surgery is directly synergistic to our basic genetics and developlmental biology research in the Craniofacial Developmental Biology Laboratory.
Our study leverages the latest advances in:
The Cleft and Craniofacial Center first engages the patient before birth, where we coordinate prenatal consult as part of the Fetal Care Team with MassGeneral Hospital for Children. As a result of modern technology, we are able to diagnosis craniofacial abnormalities in utero, begin treatment shortly after birth and devise a treatment plan that continues throughout childhood.
We combine their clinical expertise with our fundamental research program to incorporate multidisciplinary and longitudinal care, and follow our patients over time to evaluate outcomes.
The team of health care professionals includes plastic surgeons, oral maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists, speech therapists and dietitians, allows us to provide the best clinical care and surgical planning for our families.
Learn more about the Fetal Care Program
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers to affect adults. Our research group has expertise working with direct-to-implant breast reconstruction, with particular interest in safety and efficacy of breast reconstruction outcomes.
Our current studies on breast reconstruction compare different variables such as surgical and patient factors, surgical materials and methods of breast reconstruction. We are proud to be one of the early pioneers of the pre-pectoral breast in direct-to-implant reconstruction. In addition to examining new approaches to reconstruction, we have also evaluated surgical efficacy and practice improvements.
Learn more about our current research publications
The Plastic Surgery Clinical Research Program is affiliated with many Mass General departments as well as outside institutions, including:
The Plastic Surgery Clinical Research Program receives funding from outside institutions, including:
Eric C. Liao, MD, PhDDirector, Cleft and Craniofacial Center, Mass GeneralAssociate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical SchoolPrincipal Faculty, Harvard Stem Cell InstitutePrincipal Investigator, Harvard Stem Cell InstituteFaculty, Program in Genetics, Biomedical and Biological Sciences, Harvard Medical School
The Plastic Surgery Clinical Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital is involved with the following research projects:
We accept applications for clinical research from surgery or plastic surgery residency training programs in the United States. Applications are encouraged 18 months in advance of the expected start date in order to compete for various funding mechanisms.
Full time research fellow opportunities may be available for trainees with appropriate experience and interest. A minimum of one year tenure is necessary, two years preferred.
Interested residents should send inquiries to Dr. Liao with cover letter, CV and three letters of reference.
The Plastic Surgery Clinical Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital is involved with the following publications:
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Cleft lip and palate are the most common congenital anomalies, occurring in 1 out of 700 births. As clinical-scientists, we hope our work will one day improve the health of children. With the rapid and revoluntionary advances in genetics, it is our vision to diagnose craniofacial malformations before they develop or mitigate the risk of malformation pharmacologically.
Our research program is focused on the understanding the genetic basis of why children develop clefts of the lip and palate.
Support from you can help us make what was previously unimaginable, possible. There are several opportunities to make a direct impact in the supporting of trainees, investigators and patients through our research and clinical programs. Nothing is more personal and wonderful than making a child better. Fundamental research breakthroughs can have a broader impact, to touch the lives of children and their families everywhere.
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Plastic Surgery Clinical Research ProgramEric C. Liao, MD, PhDMassachusetts General Hospital Wang Building55 Fruit Street, Suite 435Boston, MA 02114
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For information about our work or interest in collaboration or research positions, please contact Dr. Liao, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-643-5967
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