Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Research

The Saint Louis University Division of Plastic Surgery fosters a culture of innovation and academic progress by providing residents with a wide variety of research opportunities.

Residents are required to work on clinical research on an annual basis, and encouraged to submit projects for publication. Resident presentations at regional and national conferences are sponsored by the department. Fresh cadaver and basic science labs are available through the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and a fully-equipped microsurgery lab is available for resident use.

Abstracts are regularly presented at:

  • The American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS) Annual Meeting
  • The Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC) Annual Meeting
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Annual Meeting
  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) Annual Aesthetic Meeting
  • The Missouri Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (MO - ACS) Annual Chapter Meeting
  • The Saint Louis University Graduate Medical Education (SLU - GME) Resident Research Forum

Recent Grants

The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) 2013 National Endowment for Plastic Surgery Grant. BMP-2 Alveolar Bone Reconstruction in the Growing Facial Skeleton. Principal Investigator: Dr. Alexander Y. Lin.

Recent Abstract Publications

Tadisina KK, Shetty V, Lin AY. Normal Metopic Closure Proceeds Similarly Between African American and Caucasian Babies. American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS). Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2017. Orlando, FL. October 6-10th, 2017.

Yarholar LH, Lin AY. The Evolving Role of the Craniofacial Surgeon: Strengthening the Field with the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS) Advanced Course. American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS). Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2017. Orlando, FL. October 6-10th, 2017.

Sarhaddi D, Xu K, Wisbeck A, Deigni O, Kaswan S, Prada C, Lund Jr H. Fondaparinux Significantly Reduces Postoperative VEnous Thromboembolism after Body Contouring PRocedures without an Increase in Bleeding Complications. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) Annual Meeting. San Diego, FL. April 27-May 2nd, 2017.

Xu KY, Posorske A, Lin AY, Plikaitis C. Pediatric Juxta-Epiphyseal Phalangeal Fractures are Distinct from Salter-Harris Fractures and More Frequently Need Operative Fixation.

Kyle Y. Xu, M.D., American Association of Plastic Surgeons 96th Annual Meeting. Austin, TX. March 25-28th, 2017.

Beh HZ, Lin AY. Case series of children with apert syndrome with atypical presentation of craniosynostosis. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) 74th Annual Meeting. Colorado Springs, CO. March 13-18th 2017.

Goss JA, Hunter MS, Armbrecht ES, Lin AY. Higher Dosages of BMP-2 Result in Higher Rates of Postoperative Nasal Stenosis When Used in Alveolar Cleft Repair. Joint AAPS & PSRC Meeting. May 19-22, 2016. New York City, NY.

Goss JA, Rodulf LA, O'Brien R, Hunter MS, Armbrecht ES, Long RE, Lin AY. Dental Arch Relationships Following BMP-2 versus Non-BMP-2 Alveolar Cleft Repairs. Joint AAPS & PSRC Meeting. May 19-22, 2016. New York City, NY.

Gowda AU, Tadisina KK, Carroll R, Chopra K, Singh DP. The Relationship of Aesthetic Procedure Volume and the US Economy: A National Study. Joint AAPS & PSRC Meeting. May 19-22, 2016. New York City, NY.

Goss JA, Hunter MS, Armbrecht ES, Lin AY. Higher Dosages of BMP-2 Result in Higher Rates of Postoperative Nasal Stenosis When Used in Alveolar Cleft Repair. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) 73rd Annual Meeting. April 4-8, 2016. Atlanta, GA.

Shetty V, Tadisina KK, Lin AY. Normal Metopic Closure Proceeds Similarly Between Different Ethnicities. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) 73rd Annual Meeting. April 4-8, 2016. Atlanta, GA.

Goss J, Hussaini A, Watters D, Lin AY. Novel Nasal Stent Fixation Technique Without Sutures Reduces Risk of Sutured Nasal Stent Complications, With Similar Nasal Symmetry Outcomes. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) 73rd Annual Meeting. April 4-8, 2016. Atlanta, GA.

Rudolf A, Goss JA, Hunter MS, Armbrecht ES, Long RE, Lin AY. BMP-2 Alveolar Cleft Reconstruction Reduces Sagittal Growth on Lateral Cephalometric Analysis, Related to Age at BMP-2 Placement. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) 73rd Annual Meeting. April 4-8, 2016. Atlanta, GA.

Tadisina KK, Lin AY. Squamosal Craniosynostosis (SCS): Evaluation and Treatment. American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS). Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2015 Residents and Fellows Forum. Boston, MA, October 16-20, 2015.

Tadisina KK, Lin AY. Squamosal Craniosynostosis (SCS): Evaluation and Treatment. Missouri Chapter American College of Surgeons. 2015 Annual Professional Meeting. May 29-31, 2015. Lake Ozark, MO.

McGauley JM, Goss JA, Lin AY. Polysomnogram Parameters of Children with and without Robin Sequence Undergoing Cleft Surgery are Not Significantly Different. 60th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC) Meeting. May 15th, 2015. Seattle, WA.

Goss JA, Hunter MS, Armbrecht ES, Lin AY. BMP-2 Use in Alveolar Cleft Repair is Associated with an Increased Incidence of Postoperative Nasal Stenosis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Oct;136(4 Suppl):4. 60th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC) Meeting. May 15th, 2015. Seattle, WA.

McGauley JM, Goss JA, Lin AY. Patients with Clefts who Undergo Sleep Studies after Surgery Do Not Show Significantly Improved Sleep Parameters After Adenotonsillectomy. 60th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC) Meeting. May 15th, 2015. Seattle, WA.

McGauley JM, Goss JA, Lin AY. Incidence and Severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in One Thousand Twenty Children with Cleft-Craniofacial Conditions. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) 72nd Annual Meeting. April 24, 2015. Palm Springs, CA.

Geiger, S., Watson, JT., Kraemer, B. Treatment of Complex Post Traumatic Wounds without Free Flap Coverage: Are Biologic Matrices the Orthopaedic Surgeon's New Free Flap? Orthopedic Trauma Association (OTA) Annual Meeting, October 2014.

Olsen SP, Gorski JA, Fosko SW, Armbrecht ES, Hurley Y, Zeitouni NC, Johnson FE. Association of Rosacea and Angiosarcoma/Lymphangiosarcoma. Society of University Surgeons (SUS) and the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress (ASC). San Diego, CA. February 4-6, 2014

Recent Publications

Tadisina KK, Lin AY. Squamosal Craniosynostosis: Defining the Phenotype and Indications for Surgical Management. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2017 Sep 26. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 28953518.

Jacobs CA, Lin AY. A New Classification of Three-Dimensional Printing Technologies: Systematic Review of Three-Dimensional Printing for Patient-Specific Craniomaxillofacial Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 May;139(5):1211-1220. Review. PMID: 28445375

Frojo G, Tadisina KK, Pressman Z, Lin AY, Kraemer BA. The Plastic Surgery Match: An Analysis of Applicant
Impressions from the Interview Visit. Annals of Plastic Surgery. Ann Plast Surg. 2016 Dec;77(6):587-591. PMID: 27740953.

Tamber MS, Nikas D, Beier A, Baird LC, Bauer DF, Durham S, Klimo P Jr, Lin AY, Mazzola C, McClung-Smith C, Mitchell L, Tyagi R, Flannery AM. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline on the Role of Cranial Molding Orthosis (Helmet) Therapy for Patients With Positional Plagiocephaly. Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov;79(5):E632-E633. PMID: 27776089.

Kraemer BA, Geiger SE, Deigni OA, Watson JT. Management of Open Lower Extremity Wounds With Concomitant Fracture Using a Porcine Urinary Bladder Matrix. Wounds. 2016 Nov;28(11):387-394. PMID: 27861131

Tadisina KK, Frojo G, Plikaitis CM, Bernstein ML. Basics of Bra Sizing: Essentials for the Plastic Surgery Resident. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2016 Oct;138(4):780e-1e. PMID: 27314938.

Geiger SE, Deigni OA, Watson JT, Kraemer BA. Management of Open Distal Lower Extremity Wounds With Exposed Tendons Using Porcine Urinary Bladder Matrix. Wounds. 2016 Sep;28(9):306-316. PMID: 27701126.

Tadisina KK, Orra S, Gharb BB, Kwiecien G, Bernard S, Zins JE.Applying to Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Programs: Trends in the Last Five Years of the Match. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jan 7.

Maclin MM 2nd, Deigni OA, Bengtson BP. The Laminated Nature of the Pectoralis Major Muscle and the Redefinition of the Inframammary Fold: Clinical Implications in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery. Clin Plast Surg. 2015 Oct;42(4):465-79.

Gowda AU, Tadisina KK, Chopra K, Singh DP. Submission bias and the rise of open access journals. Aesthet Surg J. 2015 Nov;35(8):NP275-6.

Tadisina KK, Chopra K, Mohan R, Singh DP. Nationwide incidence, cost, and epidemiologic trends in facial rhytidectomy: an examination of inpatient facelifts using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) database. Aesthet Surg J. 2015 Nov;35(8):NP266-8.

Tadisina KK, Chopra K, Singh DP. The "weekend effect" in plastic surgery: analyzing weekday versus weekend admissions in body contouring procedures from 2000 to 2010. Aesthet Surg J. 2015 Nov;35(8):995-8.

Nguyen DC, Patel KB, Skolnick GB, Skladman R, Grames LM, Stahl MB, Marsh JL, Woo AS.Progressive Tightening of the Levator Veli Palatini Muscle Improves Velopharyngeal Dysfunction in Early Outcomes of Primary Palatoplasty. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jul;136(1):131-41.

Namin A, Starnes SE, Plikaitis CM. Pediatric craniofacial pseudoaneurysm with a variable history of antecedent trauma. J Craniofac Surg. 2015 May;26(3):796-9.

Kaswan S, Deigni O, Tadisina KK, Totten M, Kraemer BA. Radial tunnel syndrome complicated by lateral epicondylitis in a middle-aged female. Eplasty. 2014 Nov 4;14:ic44. eCollection 2014.

Kaar CR, Plikaitis C, Germino KW, Nakanishi AK. Catfish noodling forearm injury requiring urgent surgical treatment: a case report and review of the literature. Wilderness Environ Med. 2014 Mar;25(1):75-9.

Marsh JL. Velo-pharyngeal dysfunction: Evaluation and management. Indian J Plast Surg. 2009 Oct;42 Suppl:S129-36.

Geiger, S., McCormick, F., Wandel, A. War Wounds: Lessons Learned from Operation Iraqi Freedom. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 122(1): 146-153, 2008. First author. Retrospective chart review.