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Grand Rounds

For the complete Teaching Curriculum schedule of events, please visit our department calendarWe frequently share photos from our education sessions on our @hopkinsplasticsurgery Instagram — feel free to check us out!

Each Thursday morning, residents are excused from clinical responsibilities to participate in the Grand Rounds program. The weekly program consists of three sections:

  1. Resident presentation on a core plastic surgery topic (6:45 to 7:30 a.m.)
  2. Faculty or visiting professor presentation (7:30 to 8:15 a.m.)
    Annual Invited Lectureships:
    • Dellon Lectureship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery
    • The John E. Hoopes Lectureship in The Medical Sciences
    • The Hans R. Wilhelmsen M.D., D.D.S., Lectureship in the Craniofacial Sciences
      View the 2017 lecture featuring Dr. Paul Manson
    • Kristin Stueber, M.D., Plastic Surgery Lectureship (University of Maryland)
  3. Resident-only sessions moderated by a faculty member or visiting lecturer (8:45 a.m. to noon)
    These vary from week to week and may consist of:
Dr. Redett with Residents

The Annual Resident Research Symposium 

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”

Plastic Surgery Core Curriculum

Weekly, resident-led, faculty-moderated small group sessions review a plastic surgery topic in depth. The rotating topic is timed in conjunction with the Grand Rounds programming.

residents teaching residents

The Stanley A. Klatsky Business of Healthcare Lectureship

The Business of Healthcare Grand Rounds program explores themes such as clinical practice management, leadership and healthcare’s changing landscape under reform legislation. The lecture series is a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Carey School of Business. Lectures are open to all faculty members and residents, as a component of the department’s newly instituted business education curriculum.

The 2015-2017 Business of Healthcare Grand Rounds Lectures are made possible by a gift from the Edelman-Gordon family in honor of  Stanley A. Klatsky, M.D. As of 2018, the lectureship has been sponsored by Dr. Klatsky whose generosity has established this as an endowed lectureship.

Upcoming Program: Cosmetic Clinics in Academic Settings: Structure, Finances, and Educational Opportunities (Held via Zoom)

Microsurgery Skills Lab

Residents have access to four operating microscopes with which they can hone their microsurgery skills using kits or animal models. Several formal skills labs are hosted by faculty throughout the year in addition to the year-round open access.

Mock Oral Board Examinations

Residents in their fifth and sixth year of clinical training take part in a rigorous mock oral examination twice a year to help prepare them for the official ABPS oral board examination.

Anatomy Lab at the Maryland State Anatomy Board

The close proximity of the Maryland State Anatomy Board allows residents to take full advantage of regularly scheduled anatomic dissections led by faculty and visiting lecturers. Residents gain hands-on experience with a variety of exposures and flap harvests.

Annual Oncology Reconstruction Course

An annual, multi-institutional flap course focused on principles and procedures related to oncologic reconstruction. The course is hosted by a different participating institution each year, and was most recently held at Hopkins in 2015. Past participants have included faculty and residents from Duke, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Emory, UNC and University of Colorado. Each year, residents are invited to attend and have the opportunity to network with faculty and residents while gaining valuable hands-on experience.

Dellon Lectureship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery

In his role as a clinician, researcher and educator, A. Lee Dellon has been a pioneer in the field of peripheral nerve surgery.

The A. Lee Dellon, M.D., Ph.D., Lectureship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery recognizes his lifelong commitment to the profession and is an important component of resident education in our Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This is particularly fitting, as Dellon is a Johns Hopkins University and school of medicine alumnus. He has been affiliated with the department since 1978.

The Dellon Endowed Lectureship is made possible by the generous support of donors to the A. Lee Dellon, M.D., Ph.D., Leadership Fund in Peripheral Nerve Surgery.

Previous Lecture
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan M. Winograd, M.D., Associate Visiting Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Topic: "Frontiers in Nerve Reconstruction: A Translational Research Approach"  
View the 2020 Lectureship Program 

Selected Topics in Craniomaxillofacial Surgery: An Annual Symposium

A multidisciplinary, international symposium hosted by the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Neurosurgery departments of Johns Hopkins and Harvard/MGH. The symposium features lectures by renowned leaders in the field in addition to an instructional cadaver course. Each year, residents are invited to attend the symposium, the location of which alternates between Baltimore and Boston.

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