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Damon Sean Cooney, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Male

Appointment Phone

443-997-9466

Main Location

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

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Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Centers & Institutes

Departments

Locations

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-9466

601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-9473

Expertise

Breast Reconstruction, Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator Flap, Hand Surgery, Hand Transplant, Head and Neck Reconstruction After Cancer, Lymphedema Surgery, Lymphovenous Bypass, Microvascular Reconstruction, Plastic Surgery, Reconstruction After Cancer, Reconstruction After Skin Cancer, Reconstructive Transplants, Superior Gluteal Artery Perforator Flap, Superior Inferior Epigastric Artery Flap

Research Interests

Composite tissue allotransplantationa; Inducing tolerance in order to reduce or eliminate the need for systemic immunosuppression in transplantation patients; Microsurgical education; Nerve regeneration; Engineering human tissues for reconstructive purposes; Reconstructive transplantation

Biography

Dr. Damon S. Cooney is an assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Cooney performs all types of general plastic surgery but specializes in microvascular reconstruction (free flaps). A particular focus of his clinical practice is improving the functional and aesthetic results of head and neck reconstruction.

He completed additional fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh to become an expert in microsurgical techniques for reconstructing the extremities, trunk, breast, and head and neck following traumatic and/or oncological defects. Dr. Cooney earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University Department of Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology.

Dr. Cooney’s clinical and basic research focus is composite tissue allotransplantation (CTA). He is a member of the Composite Tissue Allotransplantation team at Johns Hopkins and helps conduct human hand and face transplantation trials. His laboratory work includes engineering human tissues for reconstructive purposes, nerve regeneration, microsurgical education and inducing tolerance in order to reduce or eliminate the need for systemic immunosuppression in transplantation patients.

Dr. Cooney has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in addition to being a reviewer for plastic surgery journals. He is a founding member of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation.

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Meet Our Expert - Dr. Damon Cooney

Dr. Damon Cooney is a general plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in microsurgery, for a variety of conditions such as oncologic reconstruction and hand surgery. Dr. Cooney's research focuses on reconstructive transplantation and lymphedema.

    Additional Information

  • Education +

    Degrees

    • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center / MD (2003)

    Residencies

    • St. John's Hospital-SIU School of Medicine / Plastic Surgery (2009)

    Fellowships

    • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center / Microsurgery (2010)

    Certifications

    • American Board of Plastic Surgery / Plastic Surgery (2012)

    Additional Training

    • Medical Licensure ID# D71481, State of Maryland
    • Medical Licensure ID# MD437557, State of Pennsylvania
    • Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery (2012)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Cooney’s clinical and basic research focus is composite tissue allotransplantation (CTA). A member of the CTA team at Johns Hopkins, he helps conduct clinical trials for hand and face transplantation. Dr. Cooney’s laboratory work includes engineering human tissues for reconstructive purposes, nerve regeneration and microsurgical education. He also investigates tolerance induction, with the goal of reducing or eliminating the need for systemic immunosuppression in transplant patients.

    Clinical Trials:

    Human Upper Extremity Allotransplantation


  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +

    Honors

    • Prize for Independent Scientific Research, Kenyon College
    • Resident Research Prize for Ductal Carcinoma in situ in a Male - Role of Nipple Fluid, Ductal Lavage, and Endoscopy, University of Oklahoma Department of Surgery
    • Sigma Xi
    • First Place Resident Research Award, 2008 - 2009
    • Teamwork Award, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2012
    • Peer Academic Scholarship Award, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, 2013

    Memberships

    • American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation
      Founding Member
    • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
      Member
    • Plastic Surgery Research Council

      Scientific Program Committee 

    • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
    • American Society for Peripheral Nerve
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