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Carisa M. Cooney, M.P.H.

Carisa M. Cooney, M.P.H.

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  • Clinical Research Manager, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


Carisa M. Cooney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She also serves as the department’s Director of Education Innovation and the Director of the Clinical Research Core. She is a member of the Plastic Surgery Residency Redesign Faculty Team which in 2013 was awarded a two-year grant to improve residency training, efficiency, and evaluation and business practice modules with an eye toward decreasing the time necessary to complete training. Thus far, this grant has led to three additional grants: two Maryland Innovation Initiative grants (2015 & 2016) and a National Science Foundation SBIR grant (2021).

Ms. Cooney is involved in clinical research and clinical trials across the department, advancing clinical research in the areas of burn care, breast reconstruction, reconstructive transplantation, general plastic surgery, and workforce diversity. She also conducts research in graduate medical education and is interested in better educating students, resident physicians, fellows, and attending physicians on the business of healthcare, for which she founded and directed The Stanley A. Klatsky, MD, Business of Healthcare Endowed Lectureship (2015-2023). Ms. Cooney is a key member of Hopkins’ human reconstructive transplantation studies (hand/arm transplantation, face transplantation, penis transplantation, and uterus transplantation) and has been and is a co-investigator on multiple, multi-center DOD-funded reconstructive transplantation projects. As of January 2023, she mentored over 45 research trainees and fellows in clinical and educational research and published more than 85 peer-reviewed scientific articles. She enjoys presenting locally, nationally, and internationally on her research as well as on topics related to clinical research best practices, grant & manuscript writing, and faculty wellness. more


  • Clinical Research Manager, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • B.A.; Kenyon College (Ohio) (1996)
  • M.P.H.; University of Illinois (Illinois) (2008)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trials

Efficacy of Botulinum Toxin In Scleroderma-Associated Raynaud's Syndrome

Human Upper Extremity Allotransplantation

Pre-op Paravertebral Blocks to Decrease Post-op Pain Following Mastectomy With Immediate TE Reconstruction

Human Craniomaxillofacial Allotransplantation

Bupivacaine Pain Pumps to Decrease Mastectomy Post-Operative Pain

Acellular Adipose Tissue (AAT) for Soft Tissue Reconstruction

Human Upper Extremity Allotransplantation

Human Craniomaxillofacial Allotransplantation

Human Penile Allotransplantation

Uterus Transplantation to Treat Infertility (OPRTUNTI)


Selected Publications

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Chow AL, Karius AK, Broderick KP, Cooney CM. Frailty is the New Age: A Retrospective Study of Modified Frailty Index for Preoperative Risk Assessment in Autologous Breast Reconstruction. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2023 Feb;39(2):81-91.. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-1743566. PMID: 36691382.

Chen J, Chow A, Lee E, Wesson T, Karius A, Wallam S, Generoso M, Fadavi D, He W, Yesantharao P, Long C, Cooney CM, Broderick KP. Reintroducing Flap Reconstruction: One Institution’s Safe Return to Flap Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2023 Jan;39(1):59-69. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-1749677. Epub 2022 Jul 7. PMID: 35798337.

Cooney CM, Aravind P, Hultman CS, Broderick KP, Weber RA, Brooke S, Cooney DS, Lifchez SD. An Analysis of Gender Bias in Plastic Surgery Resident Assessment. J Grad Med Educ. 2021 Aug;13(4):500-6. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-20-01394.1. PMID: 34434510.

Zarrabi B, Burce KK, Seal SM, Lifchez SD, Redett RJ, Frick K, Dorafshar AH, *Cooney CM. Business Education for Plastic Surgeons: A Systematic Review, Development, and Implementation of a Business Principles Curriculum in a Residency Program. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 May;139(5):1263-1271. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000003290. PMID: 28098712

Bello RJ, Cooney CM, Melamed E, Follmar K, Yenokyan G, Leatherman G, Shah A, Wigley F, Hummers L, Lifchez SD. The Therapeutic Efficacy of Botulinum Toxin in Treating Scleroderma-Associated Raynaud's Phenomenon. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017 Apr 20. doi: 10.1002/art.40123. PMID: 28426903.

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