The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is conducting a broad spectrum of research in the clinical science. Whether exploring the limits of modern surgical techniques in our hospitals or working to improve the quality of care in developing areas abroad, UNC strives on every level to contribute to tomorrow’s medical community Dr. Lynn Damitz, who has a special interest in breast aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, is involved in a multicenter project evaluating the long term safety profile and outcomes in women with silicone breast implants. She is also involved in clinical research focusing on dermal matrices.

In terms of international and local communities, UNC Plastic Surgery is actively involved in promoting the welfare of the challenges of underserved communities.

Damitz Research

Dr. Lynn Damitz has research projects with Denniz Zolnoun, MD of GYN:

Clinical implications of neuroplasticity and adaptive changes in response to chronic noxious stimuli. A surgical / anatomical prospective study. We will be discussing how the sensual zones are different in women and change in response to noxious stimuli.

Comparative anatomy for reconstructive surgeons. Lessons learned from reconstructive surgery in males.

Clinical and functional consideration in female vulvo-vaginal surgery. Preservation of function versus symmetry. Discussing how the right and left might not be symmetric in deference to functional consideration

Clinical consideration on mucocutanous rotation in vulvar region

Best practices in surgical approach in post-operative mesh related entrapment and pain. Lessons learned from surgery for hernia.

Carr Research

Dr. Jennifer Carr has a special interest in research related to outcomes of breast reconstruction as well as outcomes related to alterations in methods of surgical education.

Deune Research

Dr. E. G. Deune has a special interest in research regarding hand surgery.  His specific interests involve long term outcomes of upper extremity malignancy and reconstruction, peripheral nerve compression in the upper extremities, and upper extremity functional restoration after tumor ablation and brachial plexus injuries.

Wood Research

Dr. Jeyhan Wood has a special interest in outcomes research involving craniofacial and cleft surgeries and surgical outcomes of facial trauma. She has ongoing collaborative projects with craniofacial surgeons at neighboring institutions. Dr. Wood is also involved with Quality Improvement projects related to facial trauma and pediatric plastic surgery.