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Central to our mission of providing unparalled patient care and advanced medical education is our focus on pushing the boundaries of research. Our experts in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are at the forefront of discovery in reconstructive transplantation, tissue engineering and more. 

hand transplantation

Discoveries in Reconstructive Transplant 
Hand, arm and face transplant procedures carry two primary challenges: the naturally slow pace of nerve regeneration and the risk that your body may reject the transplanted limb. Visit the VCA Research Lab to learn more about our work to overcome these challenges though our advances in transplant immunology, immunoregulation, regenerative medicine, nerve research and more. 

clinical trials

Clinical Trials
Clinical trials lead to new research and innovation. Our team works to continually improve current standards of care and surgical procedures by comparing outcomes of treatment. Learn more about our clinical trials


Advances in Tissue Engineering
In partnership with the Mao Research Group, our team has developed an innovative composite material to support surgical cavities, promote new tissue growth and minimize adverse side effects. Learn more about our work


#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Survival Rate After a Transplant – Giorgio Raimondi, Ph.D.

Giorgio Raimondi, Ph.D., and his lab are developing new multi-disciplinary approaches to find out why our bodies naturally recognize transplanted tissue as dangerous and try to destroy it

#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Reconstructive Transplantation – Gerald Brandacher, M.D.

Gerald Brandacher, M.D., and his team are developing strategies to minimize or avoid the need for immunosuppressive drugs.


Johns Hopkins Focused on Finding Medical Breakthroughs

An associate professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Justin Sacks helps heal hundreds of patients each a day, but it's inside the lab where he's hoping to make a global impact. Watch the video