Plastic Surgery Research Symposium

The Plastic Surgery Research Symposium (Research Day) is an event that highlights current research projects in the division by faculty, researchers, and trainees. 

Each April, we are joined by a Visiting Professor for a full day of abstract presentations showcasing the depth and breadth of research in our division. Abstracts are voted on during the day and winners are chosen for categories: Basic Science and Clinical Science. The day culminates with the Visiting Professor giving a keynote lecture.

Stanford Plastic Surgery Faculty, Researchers, & Trainees with Visiting Professor David Chang. 

16th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Symposium

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | Li Ka Shing Center

Abstract Portal Now Open!

The Research Day Committee is now accepting abstracts for the 15th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Symposium.

Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2024.

Event Details

WHAT:   16th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Symposium 

WHEN:  11:45 AM - 6:00 PM | Tuesday, April 16, 2024.


Li Ka Shing Center
Paul Berg Hall (A & B) 2nd Floor
291 Campus Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94305.

FACULTY HOST: James Chang, Chief, Stanford Plastic Surgery

VISITING PROFESSOR: Amy M. Moore, MD, FACS, Professor and Chair, Robert L. Ruberg MD Alumni Endowed Chair, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Past Winners

Winners are carefully chosen by faculty vote. Typically there are winners in categories of best basic science presentation, best clinical science presentation, and best poster presentation.

Winners are ceremoniously announced and given their award during graduation the same year. 


Podium Presentation: Heather Talbott "Inhibiting Yes-associated Protein Prevents Scarring and Promotes Regeneration in a Large Animal Model of Wound Repair"

Poster Presentation (TIE):
Jennifer Parker "Identification of Engrailed-1 Positive Fibroblasts within Fibrotic Capsule During Foreign Body Response"

David Perrault "T-Line Mesh as a Safe and Effective Option for Abdominal Wall Reinforcement with Autologous Breast Reconstruction"

2021 (Virtual)

Basic Science Winner Live: Kellen Chen, "Disrupting Mechanotransduction Reduces Scar Formation and Restores Transcriptomic Cell Fates in a Large Animal Model of Skin Grafting"
Clinical Science Winner Live: Peter Deptula, "Minimizing post-operative pain in autologous breast reconstruction with the omental fat-augmented free flap"

Basic Science Winner Recorded: Holly Steininger, "Studying a Clinical Controversy: Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs do not Affect Human Skeletal Stem Cell Functionality"
Clinical Science Winner Recorded: Travis Miller, "Preoperative ß-Lactam Antibiotic Prophylaxis is Superior to Bacteriostatic Agents- Analyzing Outcomes in Immediate Breast Reconstruction with Acellular Dermal Matrix"


Best Poster: Austin Franklin, “Comparison of the ability of a tendon-derived hydrogel and a microribbon-based hydrogel to create a supportive environment for adipose-derived stem cells and promote tendon healing”

Basic Science Winner: Jagannath Padmanabhan, “Novel small animal surgical model to study foreign body reaction to implanted biomaterials”
Clinical Science Winner: Brian Pridgen, “Automatic Detection of Perilunate and Lunate Dislocations on Lateral Wrist Radiographs Using Deep Learning”


Basic Science Winner: Alessandra Moore, “Reduced scar thickness achieved by topical doxycycline is mediated by specific skin fibroblast populations and has features of skin regeneration”
Clinical Science Winner: Clifford C. Sheckter, “The impact of skin allograft on inpatient outcomes in the treatment of major burns 20-50%TBSA – A propensity score matched analysis using the NIS”


Basic Science Winner: Amy Tsai, “Identifying a Systemic Immune Signature of periodontal Disease with Mass Cytometry: A Pilot Study”
Clinical Science Winner: Alexander Li, “Reduction in narcotic use and pain score after indwelling peripheral nerve catheter placement in burn patients”


Basic Science Winner: Clement D. Marshall, “Intestinal Smooth Muscle Cell Migration May Contribute to Abdominal Adhesion Formation”
Clinical Science Winner: Michael G. Galvez, “Optimal Zone II Flexor Tendon Repair: The Epitendinous-First Suture Technique Results in Decreased Gliding Resistance”


Basic Science Winner: Michael Findlay, “Loss of Functional Heterogeneity in Mesenchymal Stem cells in Obesity, Diabetes and Aging- A Common linkage to impaired stem cell function”
Clinical Science Winner: Lauren Fischer, “Double Chamber Tissue Expanders Optimize Lower Pole Expansion in Irradiated Immediate Breast Reconstruction”

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Research Day 2018