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Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery

Plastic Surgery Research


UC Davis Plastic Surgery is dedicated to providing innovative and progressive medical care to patients requiring reconstructive surgery as a result of trauma, cancer resection, congenital defects and a variety of related conditions while simultaneously contributing to scientific advances through innovative clinical and laboratory trials.

Recent and current studies have explored:

  • Wound healing via stem cell research
  • Use of Adipose-derived Stem Cells (ASCs) to provide tissue regeneration
  • Use of acellular dermal matrixes and their role in infection prevention with post mastectomy breast reconstruction
  • The effect of sternal plating techniques to mitigate dehisced or tenuous sternal wound closure

Our research capabilities include:

  • Investigators with broad expertise in basic science, translational research and clinical trials
  • Certified and experienced research support staff
  • State-of-the-art clinical facilities, imaging systems and interventional capabilities
  • UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center

A key emphasis of the Plastic Surgery is collaboration with UC Davis specialists in fields such as cardiothoracic surgery, surgical oncology, GI and bariatric surgery, along with integrating established and emerging diagnostic and therapeutic methods into research. This approach assures integrated, seamless treatment options, while reducing risks to patients.

Information about current research studies is available by contacting Dr. Brittany Busse, research fellow of Plastic Surgery, at (916) 762-0365.