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Annual Resident Research Symposium

Chi-Tsung Su, M.D

The annual Johns Hopkins/University of Maryland Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Symposium showcases the clinical, basic science and translational research of faculty, residents, fellows and students. It represents the culmination of their efforts and is the department’s most important academic event of the year. 

Established in 2014, the Chi-Tsung Su, M.D., Endowed Fund created an annual memorial prize to be awarded to the two best presentations at the Resident Research Symposium.  The awards are presented to exceptional students, residents or fellows with a demonstrated interest and career commitment to basic, translational or clinical research in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

The awards honor the memory of Chi-Tsung Su, M.D., a plastic surgeon and teacher who helped create the prominent Burn Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Previous Events

  • Visiting Lecturer: Timothy W. King, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.B.E., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.S.

    Topic: “Innovation in Plastic Surgery”

    Winners of the 2022 Chi-Tsung, Su, M.D., Memorial Awards: 

    • Best Clinical Research: Iman F. Khan, M.S., M.P.H. for "13-Year Analysis of Gender Disparity in Peer Reviewed Burn Literature"
    • Best Basic Science Research: Erica B. Lee, M.S., for "Optimizing Sustained, Local Delivery of Agrin Nanoparticles to Denervated Muscle to Preserve Neuromuscular Junction Morphology"
  • Winners of the 2021 Chi-Tsung, Su, M.D., Memorial Awards: 

    • Best Clinical Research: Chao Long, M.D., for “Developing a Multi-Media Patient Reported Outcomes Measure for Low Literacy Patients”
    • Best Basic Science Research: Nima Khavanin, M.D., for “Mechanical Stretch Mobilizes LGR6+ Stem Cells To Create New Skin During Tissue Expansion”
  • Winners of the 2020 Chi-Tsung, Su, M.D., Memorial Awards: 

    • Best Clinical Research: Wilmina Landford, M.D., for "Occupational Exposures in the Operating Room: Are Surgeons Well-Equipped?"
    • Best Basic Science Research: Ledibabari ‘Millie’ Ngaage, M.A., for "The Efficacy of Breast Implant Irrigant Solutions: A Comparitive Analysis Utilising an In-Vitro Model" 
  • Winners of the 2019 Chi-Tsung, Su, M.D., Memorial Awards: 

    • Best Clinical Research: Chao Long, M.D., for “Analysis of Outcomes Following Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction in the Setting of Adjuvant Radiation Therapy”
    • Best Basic Science Research: Abdelghaffer Salous, M.D., Ph.D., for “Polyethylene glycol (PEG) mediated fusion of radial, ulnar, and median nerves in rodent orthotopic forelimb transplantation model significantly improves functional neuromuscular recover” and Joseph Lopez, M.D., for “Complex Craniomaxillofacial Reconstruction using Engineered Vascularized Bone Grafts from Adipose Tissue: Preliminary Results in a Swine Model”
  • Winners of the 2018 Chi-Tsung, Su, M.D., Memorial Awards: 

    • Best Clinical Research: Nicholas Calotta, M.D., for “Initial Opioid Prescription Characteristics Predict Continued Narcotic Use In Reduction Mammoplasty: A population-Based Analysis of 25,594 Patients”
    • Best Basic Science Research: Sami Tuffaha, M.D., for “Stimulated Grip Strength Measurement: Validation of a Novel Method for Functional Assessment”
  • Visiting Lecturer: Dr. Edward A. Luce, MD, Professor of Surgery, University of Tennessee

    Topics: “Flexor Tendons”, “Plastic Surgery: Quo Vadis (A Journey)”

    Winners of the 2016 Chi-Tsung, Su, M.D., Memorial Awards: 

    • Best Basic Science to Sashank Reddy, MD, PhD for “Minimizing Implant Infection and Capsular Contracture Through the Use of Antibiotic-Eluting Nanofiber Coatings”
    • Best clinical research to Devin Coon, MD, MSE for  “Machine Learning-Based Classification via Large-Scale Mining for Discovery of Medications Associated With Microvascular Surgery Complications”
  • Visiting Lecturer: Don Lalonde, Professor, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dalhouise University

    Topic: “How WALANT is changing hand surgery and hand therapy”

    Winners of the 2016 Chi-Tsung, Su, M.D., Memorial Awards: 

    • Best Clinical Research: Dr. Ricardo Bello for “A Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial Assessing the Therapeutic Efficacy of Botulinum Toxin in Treating Scleroderma-Associated Raynaud’s Phenomenon”
    • Best Basic Science Research: Dr. Denver Lough from “ A Novel Real-Time Model to Define the Rejection Process in Penile Transplantation
  • In 2015, the department was pleased to award the first annual Chi-Tsung Su, M.D., Memorial Research Awards to honor the best clinical and basic science research presented at the symposium.

    Visiting Lecturer: Kevin Chung, M.D., the Charles B. G. de Nancrede Professor of Surgery, professor of plastic surgery and orthopaedic surgery and chief of hand surgery at the University of Michigan Health System; assistant dean for faculty affairs; and associate director of Global REACH at the University of Michigan Medical School

    Topic: “Crafting a Clinical Research Career: Pearls and Perils”

    Winners of the 2015 Chi-Tsung, Su, M.D., Memorial Awards:  

    • Best Clinical Research: Devin O’Brien Coon, M.D., M.S.E., for “Surgical Indications for Repair and Ophthalmologic Management in Isolated Pediatric Orbital Fractures: Multidisciplinary Experience in 150 Children”
    • Best Basic Science Research: Sashank Reddy, M.D., Ph.D., for “TLR3 Activation Links Damage Sensing to Epimorphic Regeneration in the Skin”
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