Outstanding Achievement in Basic and Translational Research
The Basic and Translational Research Award acknowledges an investigator whose novel work will evolve the treatment of surgical disorders and the practice of plastic surgery in general. Such work may incorporate biomedical research, as well as basic and translational studies.
Nominations for the Award may be submitted by any member of ASPS. Candidates may not nominate themselves. Nomination materials must be received in The PSF Executive Office by 5:00 pm Eastern on June 21, 2013. Nominations are not considered fully submitted until the nominators receive a confirmation via e-mail from The PSF.
Nomination materials must include:
- Letter of Recommendation – describes the candidate’s achievements in basic and translational research
- Candidate’s CV – including a complete list of the candidate’s publications Summary
- Statement – summarizes the candidate’s research accomplishments – includes references to the publications supporting these accomplishments
Candidates will be considered on the basis of:
- Basic and translational research contributions to the advancement of the specialty
- Overall impact of these contributions on the plastic surgery field
- Demonstration of a commitment to the advancement of medicine through basic and translational research
To make a nomination, submit all materials in .pdf format to firstname.lastname@example.org. The PSF Research Office is available to answer questions at (847) 981.5431.
Louis C. Argenta, MD, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where he also attended medical school. He completed his general surgery residency at University of Michigan, served three years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and returned to the University of Michigan for a plastic surgery residency.
While residents, Dr. Argenta and others from his program pioneered many of the techniques of tissue expansion. Dr. Argenta then went on to complete a craniofacial fellowship with Paul Tessier, MD.
In 1988, Dr. Argenta established one of the first free-standing plastic surgery departments in the country at Wake Forest University, where he served as Chairman and Program Director for over 20 years. Argenta has published more than 250 manuscripts and chapters and holds over 40 national and international patents.
Dr. Argenta and bioengineer Mike Morykwas, PhD, developed the basic science and clinical technique of Vacuum Assisted Closure, a paradigm changing technology used in over 6 million patients, including those injured in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently, they also developed new devices for the resuscitation of heart muscle after myocardial infarction and brain tissue salvage after trauma and stroke.
Dr. Gurtner is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and a graduate of the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School program, a plastic surgery residency at the NYU School of Medicine, and received advanced training in microsurgery at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Double board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery, Dr. Gurtner is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. He is the editor for the most widely read textbook in the field, Grabb & Smith's Plastic Surgery. Dr. Gurtner's NIH funded laboratory seeks to understand the role the physical environment (both mechanical and chemical) plays in determining how organisms respond to injury. This has led to the development of new technologies which are the foundation of several early stage Silicon Vally start-up companies.
Currently, Dr. Gurtner is a Professor of Surgery at Stanford University within the division of Plastic Surgery. He was formerly the Program Director of Plastic Surgery at the NYU School of Medicine.
Dr. Julia Kallipolitou Terzis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and came to the United States where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. Subsequently, she entered Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where she received the Gold Medal in Anatomy out of a pool of 200 medical students.
Dr. Terzis joined McGill University as a straight surgical intern at the Royal Victoria Hospital, and it was there that her work on reconstructive microsurgery began. She completed her PhD studies on the functional properties of mechanoreceptors serving the glabrous skin of primates. Parallel studies on the electrophysiological basis of skin graft reinnervation earned her the James Barrett Brown Award in 1977 for the best paper published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
In 1978 at McGill University, she established the Microsurgical Research Laboratories where she continued her experiments on peripheral nerve regeneration and microsurgical repair of nerves. In 1981 she was recruited to Norfolk, Virginia, where she established the Microsurgical Research Center and the International Institute of Reconstructive Microsurgery. She is currently the Director of the Microsurgical Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is the recipient of multiple awards and honors including:
- The Gold Medal, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 1981
- The Academy of Sciences Achievement Award in the Field of Natural Sciences, AHEPA Educational Foundation, 1987
- The Emanuel Kaplan Award, ASSH, 1987
- Woman of the Year "Salute to Women Award," Daughters of Penelope Organization, 1998
- James Barrett Brown Award, 1999-2000
- Clinician of the Year Award, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, 2008
- Distinguished Fellowship Award from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, 2009
Dr. Terzis is the author of six textbooks and numerous manuscripts and peer reviewed articles in the field of reconstructive microsurgery. In addition, she has been an invited professor to over 300 different academic centers around the world. She has trained over 200 young physicians from around the globe in the art of reconstructive microsurgery. She has introduced multiple clinical procedures to combat facial paralysis, obstetrical brachial plexus paralysis, and post-traumatic brachial plexus paralysis. She has popularized the use of vascularized nerve grafting, free muscle transplantation, and aggressive neurotization procedures for functional restoration. Dr. Terzis' organizational appointments have included:
- Founding Member, International Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
- Chairman, Plastic Surgery Research Council, 1986
- President, International Microsurgical Society, 1981
- Founding President, American Society of Peripheral Nerve, 1990
- President, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, 2003
- President, World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, 2007
- President, European Association of Plastic Surgeons, 2010
Cho Y. Pang, Ph.D. is a senior scientist at the Hospital For Sick Children Research Institute in Toronto. Dr. Pang is also a full professor in the Departments of Surgery and Physiology and the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. Dr. Pang was an associate professor at the University of Toronto in 1985-1993 and the Head of the Division of Surgical Research in 1988-1998 at The Hospital For Sick Children Research Institute. Before coming to Toronto, Dr. Pang was an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the Southwestern Medical School in Dallas from 1980-1982. Before that, Dr. Pang took 3 years of postdoctoral research training at Yale University School of Medicine and postgraduate and undergraduate training at the University of Manitoba in Canada.
Dr. Pang's basic science research activities have been focused on the pathophysiology and pharmacology of skin flap ischemic necrosis in wound reconstruction and skeletal muscle ischemia/reperfusion injury in autogenous muscle transplantation and replantation surgery. Dr. Pang's research was supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH), Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as well as foundation and industrial funds in the past 26 years, and will continue to be supported by renewable CIHR grants over the next 3 years. In addition to participation in graduate student thesis advisory committees, and serving as thesis examiner, Dr. Pang has also supervised/co-supervised more than 20 plastic surgery/otolaryngology residents in doing basic science research. These surgical trainees have won 8 presentation awards from the Plastic Surgery Research Council, 1 investigator and 1 scholarship award from the Plastic Surgery Foundation, 6 presentation awards from the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, and 5 other national and international research presentation/essay awards. Dr. Pang has also published 98 peer-reviewed papers/articles thus far.
Dr. Pang was a consultant editor for the Plastic Reconstructive Surgery journal and was invited by NIH and CIHR to participate in a grant review committee. At the present time, Dr. Pang is a guest reviewer for several surgical and basic science journals, and a member of the American Physiological Society, Canadian Physiological Society, American Heart Association, and Plastic Surgery Research Council.
J. Peter Rubin, MD, is Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He balances a busy clinical practice with scientific research, serving as director of the surgical body contouring program and co-director of the Adipose Stem Cell Center. Dr. Rubin completed training in general surgery at Boston University and plastic surgery at Harvard University.
He founded the Life After Weight Loss clinical program at Pitt, a center dedicated to post-bariatric body contouring. This clinical center is the site of numerous clinical research studies related to plastic surgery care. He also founded and directs the postgraduate clinical fellowship in body contouring, and served as lead editor of the textbook, "Aesthetic Surgery After Massive Weight Loss". Dr. Rubin often teaches instructional courses on body contouring with an emphasis on patient selection and safety, and was recently named as a "Traveling Professor" for the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Rubin’s basic research activities are focused on the biology and clinical applications of adipose derived stem cells. He is the principal investigator on an NIH R01 grant aimed at developing cell based regenerative therapies for breast cancer reconstruction and principal investigator on a Department of Defense grant to apply adipose derived stem cells for soft tissue reconstruction of battlefield injuries.
He is the recipient of numerous research awards, including the American Association of Plastic Surgeons Academic Scholar Award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the nation’s highest honor for young scientists. Dr. Rubin has a track record of service on university committees, as well as national and international scientific societies. He is a past president of the International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS) and current Chair of the Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC).