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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Research and Innovation in Paediatric Plastic Surgery

Discoveries  |  Innovation |  Creating Tools |  Clinical Leadership | Next Generation

New Discoveries

Advancing the Science of Nerve Regeneration, Tissue Healing and Genetics

Paving the way for new discoveries in nerve regenerative science is the Borschel Lab under the leadership of Dr. Gregory Borschel and Dr. Tessa Gordon. Visit the Borschel Lab online to learn more about their activities. Other areas of basic science research being explored by the collaborative efforts of our Division members include tissue healing and genetics.


Developing Surgical Simulators and Applying Computational Science

Under the team of Dr. Christopher Forrest, Dr. David Fisher, and Dr. Karen Wong, U of T surgeon scientist trainee, Dr. Dale Podolsky has become a world-leader in the research and design of surgical simulators in Plastic Surgery. This team of innovators has developed cutting-edge high-fidelity simulators for palatoplasty, cleft lip repair and rhinoplasty.  Browse through recent publications on surgical simulators and learn more about their activities through Simulare Medical. 

In collaboration with the Anna Goldenberg Lab, our surgeon-scientists and clinical research team are developing new innovative ways to apply computational science to improve diagnostic care in children with craniofacial and upper extremity conditions. 

For more information on how computational science is being applied in plastic surgery research, contact Ahsan Rai.

Creating Tools 

Leading the way in developing Patient Reported Outcome Measures

Measuring what matters most to children and their families is a priority in the SickKids Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. As such, our surgeon-scientists are leaders in the development of patient-reported outcome measures to evaluate the child and family’s health related quality of life. In collaboration with Dr. Anne Klassen and Dr. Andrea Pusic, the CLEFT-Q, FACE-Q Kids, EAR-Q, and SCAR-Q measures have been developed. See recent publications on these measures

For information on patient reported outcomes research, please contact Emily Ho.

Clinical Leadership

Supporting Excellence in Clinical Care with Research Evidence

Clinical evaluative science is the strength of the research activities of the Division. Our surgeon-scientists and clinicians are leaders critically appraising observer-reported measures to systematically evaluate outcomes of our clinical practices. The Active Movement Scale (AMS) and Brachial Plexus Outcome Measure (BPOM) are two valid and reliable observer reported measures created by researchers in our Division. Browse through our current leading publications on clinical evaluation in paediatric plastic surgery, clinical standards for measuring upper extremity function, burns and scar tissue, and craniofacial morphology.

Through establishing reliable and valid disease-specific clinical measures, a foundation for rigorous evidence-based research to support our clinical interventions is established. Explore the current work of our researchers that play an important role in advancing the care of children with facial paralysis, craniofacial conditions, cleft lip and palate, brachial plexus birth injuries, congenital hand differences, burn and hypertrophic scars, and peripheral nerve conditions.

For more information on our clinical research initiatives, please contact Emily Ho.

Investing in Translational Work and Education

We are dedicated to educating the next generation of plastic and reconstructive surgery trainees through developing educational resources and programs. See recent publications.  For more about our translational work and educational programs please contact Emily Ho.