Research & Education

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As 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.


The OSU Department of Plastic and Reconstructive 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

Translational Research

Clinical Research

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One of the many areas of emphasis here at The Ohio State University Department of Plastic and Reconstructive 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.

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 and Reconstructive Surgery for more information on our education programs. OSU medical students can find an application for Plastic Surgery Research here.