Appointments Referring Phsyicians
The Ohio State University Plastic Surgery
915 Olentangy River Road, Suite 2140
Columbus, OH 43212
Ph: 614.259.7920
Fax: 614.293.9024

Research and Education

OSU GroupAs part of the OSU College of Medicine, one of the main goals of the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery is to educate the plastic and reconstructive surgeons of tomorrow, as well as provide a home for medical professionals to conduct comprehensive research for scientific study and innovation. Our research department is currently involved in cutting-edge projects that can move forward the field of plastic surgery and treatment, and our educational programs can give young doctors the tools they need to further develop their expertise in a range of cosmetic enhancement and reconstructive surgery procedures.

Please contact the OSU Department of Plastic Surgery for more information on our research and education programs.


Surgeons of TomorrowThe OSU Department of Plastic Surgery’s research program is part of the OSU College of Medicine’s Office of Research. Our research program is composed of a range of professionals dedicated to conducting clinical, scientific, and translational research, with faculty and staff support in areas such as grant writing, research compliance, research strategy, safety, and many others.

Our research program consists of three main areas of focus. The following list will give you some information on the latest projects undertaken by our research faculty and staff:

Basic Science Research

  • Gene Directed Enzyme Prodrug Therapy in Gene Modified Muscle Flaps using a Synergeneic Tumor in an Immunocompetent Rat Model. (Dr. Ergun Kocak)
  • Gene Directed Enzyme Prodrug Therapy in Gene Modified Muscle Flaps using a Human Xenograft Tumor in an Immunodeficient Mouse Model. (Dr. Ergun Kocak)
  • Acquired Ischemia Resistance in Plastic Surgical Flaps using Delta Opoid Receptor Agonsists in the Rat Model. (Dr. Ergun Kocak) Roessler Scholarship for Medical Student Research.

Translational Research

  • Gene Expression Profiles in Healing and Non-Healing Wounds. Wound tissue is collected, as well as history and medical outcomes data to determine patterns of gene expression in healing versus non-healing wounds. (Dr. Gayle Gordillo)
  • Mechanisms Regulating Wound Vascularization-A Pilot study for the Program Project Initiative Grant to obtain preliminary data for a planned P50 Center grant submission to NIH to establish a wound healing Center of Excellence at OSU. (Dr. Gayle Gordillo)
  • Mechanisms Underlying Impaired Diabetic Wound Healing-Looks at the effects of diabetes on macrophage function in wounds. (Dr. Gayle Gordillo, Co-Investigator)
  • The incidence of malnutrition and other risk factors for impaired healing among inpatients with chronic wounds (2007-2009)-ongoing retrospective chart review of patients seen by the inpatient wound consult service. (Dr. Gayle Gordillo)
  • Isolation of cells and proteins from wound fluid in patients treated with VAC dressings. (2006-present)(Dr. Gayle Gordillo)
  • EAGER: Topological Optimization Methods for Designing Patient Specific Large Craniofacial Segmental Bone Replacements. (Dr. Michael Miller and Alok Sutradhar, Ph.D)

Clinical Research

  • Tissue expander related infection and immunization and delayed breast reconstruction
  • The role of Vitamin E in wound healing and scar formation
  • Aesthetic outcomes in breast reconstruction and abdominal donor morbidity
  • Outcomes data on intraoperative fluoroscopic angiography in microsurgery
  • Comprehensive modeling of breast and body aesthetics
  • Development of an inpatient and outpatient comprehensive wound care center


One of the many areas of emphasis here at the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery is to impart the knowledge and skills of our specialty plastic surgeons onto a new generation of doctors. As a teaching hospital, the OSU College of Medicine has afforded our department opportunities to train and educate the many talented students who are the future of plastic surgery.

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Our principal plastic surgery training curriculum involves a six-year joint-general surgery and plastic surgery program, accepting two applicants annually at the PGY1 level. There are three structured years of surgical specialties and general surgery, along with a three-year plastic surgery residency. This includes two months of training on the plastic surgery service.

After the prerequisite years, residents begin a four-hospital rotation. During this period, they will gain experience in general plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery, facial and hand trauma surgery, burn surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, and microsurgery. Fellowship programs and academic and community practice often follow upon graduation.

Appointments at Ohio State are for one year and must be annually renewed; however, good performance will enable trainees to complete the entire six-year curriculum. It will also qualify the trainee for American Board of Plastic Surgery examinations.

Please contact the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery for more information on our education programs. OSU medical students can find an application for Plastic Surgery Research here.