At the Johns Hopkins Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, research is the mainstay of what we do. Whether it is clinical outcomes studies, surgical innovations or bench to patient translational research, our clinician scientists are leaders in their field and among the best in the world. Our research is problem-driven and focuses on discovering new and better solutions for our patients.

Our research is critical because it allows us to make the jump from what we learn to improved and advanced surgical techniques.

Dr. Lisa Ishii

Areas of research focus include:

  • Facial Nerve and Facial Paralysis
    • Blink efficiency in facial paralysis
    • Predicting Facial muscle recovery in partial and complete facial paralysis
    • Functional omohyoid muscle for smile and blink restoration
    • Selective myectomy for facial synkinesis
    • Detecting occult neoplasm in facial paralysis
    • Facial paralysis in neurofibromatosis
    • Facial weakness and restoration in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD)
    • Multi-vector gracilis functional muscle transfer for smile and blink restoration
    • Reconfiguration of the facial neural network
    • Optimizing facial paralysis outcomes in the elderly
  • Tissue Engineering
    • Functional trachea engineered on a thermoplastic scaffold
    • Towards a hybrid biologic ear construct
  • Complex Nasal Reconstruction
    • Laminated and prelaminated forehead flaps
    • Thermoplastic structured total nasal reconstruction
  • Facial Expression and Perception Research
    • Assessing gaze patterns in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery
    • Exploring the facial cues of age in a tasked eye-tracking study
    • Societal identification of facial paralysis and paralysis location
  • Microsurgical Tissue Transplantation
    • Versatile application of vastus lateralis-circumflex femoral artery-based flap in head and neck reconstruction
    • Multi-vector functional muscle tendon transplantation
    • Functional omohyoid flap
    • Multi-segmented fibular osteocutaneous flap in midfacial reconstruction
    • Vascularized tissue transplant is osteoradionecrosis
    • Targeted out-patient boutique flaps in head and neck reconstruction
    • Optimizing function reconstruction for total glossectomy (tongue) reconstruction
    • Predicting flap volume changes following microvascular transfer
  • Hair loss and restorative research
    • Advances in diagnostics, artistry, and surgical techniques
  • Sports trauma

We offer extensive opportunities for collaboration with private companies seeking clinical trials.

Collaborative research projects are available for interested researchers, including postdocs, residents, and students, as well as foreign medical graduates.

Restoring Facial Expressions – Dr. Kofi Boahene

Dr. Kofi Boahene focuses his career on restoring facial movement and expression to those who suffer from facial paralysis.

Selected Publications