Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research
The Clinical Research Award recognizes an investigator whose innovative research will advance the treatment of surgical disorders. Such work may involve clinical, epidemiological, or health services research.
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 clinical plastic surgery 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:
- Clinical 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 clinical research
To make a nomination, submit all materials in .pdf format to email@example.com. The PSF Research Office is available to answer questions at (847) 981.5431.
Fu-Chan Wei, MD, received his medical degree from Kaohsiung Medical College. He then completed residency in general surgery and received training in plastic surgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospitals. He completed a fellowship in microvascular surgery at the University of Toronto and a fellowship in hand surgery at the University of Louisville.
He returned to Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, where he became Professor of Surgery. Dr. Wei also served the Chairman of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Chairman of the Research and Development Committee, and is currently Chancellor of the College of Medicine.
He has served as President of several national and international medical societies and as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Microsurgery (Asian issue) for six years. Dr. Wei has edited 10 books, contributed to 71 book chapters, and published over 400 articles.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Dr. Kawamoto has nearly half a century of plastic surgery experience. He has authored more than 154 scientific articles and served on numerous editorial boards, including the Western Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Surgery, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Kawamoto served in the U.S. Army as a Captain of maxillofacial surgery at the 249 General Hospital in Japan during Vietnam. He has been a clinical professor for 20 years at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery. He spent his years in residency, practicing general surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, plastic surgery at the Plastic Surgery Reconstructive Institute, and New York Medical Center, and Postgraduate Education Craniofacial Surgery with Dr. Paul Tessier at L' Hôpital Foch and Clinique Belvédère in Paris.
Dr. Kawamoto is currently a member of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and founding member of both the International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons, and the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery.
Dr. Siemionow is a world-renowned scientist and microsurgeon. She earned her medical degree from the Poznan Medical Academy in 1974, completing her residency in orthopedics. She specializes in microsurgery, hand surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, transplantation, and microcirculation research. Dr. Siemionow is leading the way in developing new technology for minimal immunosuppression in transplantation. Dr. Siemionow is the Director of Plastic Surgery Research and Head of Microsurgical Training for Cleveland Clinic's Department of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Siemionow is currently President of the International Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Society, Secretary of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation, Section Coordinator of Research for the International Registry on Hand and Composite Tissue Transplantation, and Past President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve.
In 2001, Dr. Siemionow was awarded the Folkert Belzer Award in Transplantation for her work on transplantation and tolerance at the 6th Congress of the International Society for Organ Sharing. In 2004, Dr. Siemionow received, as Principal Investigator, the first IRB approval in the world for her Composite Facial Allograft Transplantation protocol. In 2004 and 2007, Dr. Siemionow was honored with the James Barrett Brown Award for the best publication in a plastic surgery journal, for her wok on face transplantation. She also led the team of surgeons who performed the first near-total face transplantation in the United States in 2008. Dr. Siemionow is a recipient of the 2009 Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute Award for Excellence for the research on which her July 2009 Lancet publication, Near-total Face Transplantation for a Severely Disfigured Patient in the USA, was based. In 2010, Dr. Siemionow received the American Association of Plastic Surgeon’s Clinical Researcher of the Year Award.
Dr. Siemionow's research related to transplantation, nerve regeneration and prevention of ischemia reperfusion injury in reconstructive surgery has received recognition as demonstrated by media-invited appearances on local and national radio and television broadcasts including NPR's All Things Considered, The Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, ABC, CBS, and The Oprah Show. Her work has also been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Newsweek.
Dr. McCarthy's main professional interests have been in the field of reconstructive plastic surgery of the face. He has pioneered and developed the concept of craniofacial distraction which has revolutionized this surgical discipline. A champion of the cause of patients with facial deformity, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction since 1981 and was the Founding Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of Smile Train, the latter organization having provided pro bono surgery to over 150,000 children with cleft lip/palate around the world. He has been recognized by numerous awards and honors, given over 20 endowed lectureships and authored more than 350 scientific papers and book chapters. As one of the founding members of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery, he later served as its Secretary/Treasurer and President. He has also been President of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. He was a Founder and President of the American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons and in 2007 he was named National Physician of the Year by the Castle Connolly Organization. He has been on the Best Doctors List (New York Magazine) since 1980 and the Best Doctors in America list since 1996.
As Director of the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Dr. McCarthy oversees the largest national educational effort in plastic surgery and has trained over 100 plastic surgery residents and 25 post-resident fellows in craniofacial surgery. The graduates of the residency training program have gone on to assume the Chairs of Plastic Surgery in over 20 universities around the world.
Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1990, Joseph E. Murray, MD, was well known for his pioneering work on kidney transplants and research on immunosuppression. Dr. Murray had a long and distinguished career in facial reconstruction and many other aspects of plastic surgery. Along with his surgical accomplishments, Dr. Murray was a strong and effective advocate for the advancement of plastic surgery.
Dr. Murray graduated from Holy Cross College in 1940, after which he went on to attend Harvard Medical School, receiving his MD in 1943. Following his graduation, he interned at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. In 1944, he was inducted into the Medical Corps of the United States Army and assigned to the plastic unit at Valley Forge General Hospital, where he met Dr. Bradford Cannon and began his career as a plastic surgeon.
Dr. Murray left the military in 1947 and returned to the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. The Brigham had no formal residency established for plastic surgery, so upon completion of his general surgical residency, he went to New York City for training in plastic surgery at the New York and Memorial Hospitals, returning to Brigham Hospital in 1951 to join the surgical staff there. During his experience at the Valley Forge General Hospital, he became interested in the challenges of skin grafting and tissue transplantation which led to his interest in organ transplant surgery.
Upon returning to Boston, Dr. Murray joined a team of researchers based at the Harvard Medical School and the Brigham Hospital to pursue his interests in the problems presented by transplantation. In December 1954, he performed the world’s first successful kidney transplant between the identical Herrick twins at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. In 1959, he performed the world’s first successful allograft and, in 1962, the world’s first cadaveric renal transplant. Throughout the following years, he became an international leader in the study of transplantation biology, the use of immunosuppressive agents, and studies on the mechanisms of rejection. As Director of the Surgical Research laboratory at Harvard Medical School and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital for twenty years, he trained others who became leaders in transplant surgery and biology throughout the world.
The training of those plastic surgeons flourished under Dr. Murray and due to his influence, all of Boston’s major hospitals train plastic surgeons today. He served as the chief plastic surgeon at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, which later became Brigham and Women’s Hospital, until 1986. He also served as the chief plastic surgeon at Children’s Hospital from 1972-1985. He served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, where he retired as Professor of Surgery Emeritus in 1986.
Dr. Murray also served as regent of the American College of Surgeons, chairman of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and president of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. In 1990, Dr. Murray became the first plastic surgeon to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, helping to assure plastic surgery’s place in medicine and surgery.
Dr. Murray passed away on November 26, 2012. He was 93.
MD-Univ of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, CAN (1990)
MHS-Johns Hopkins Univ-Clinical Epidemiology (1997)
Dr. Pusic is an academic plastic surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She completed her Master’s degree in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University and Plastic Surgery residency at McGill University. Over the past 6 years at Sloan-Kettering, she has endeavored to develop a cutting edge clinical practice in reconstructive surgery, as well as a nationally funded clinical research program. Dr. Pusic performs a broad range of reconstructive surgeries using a variety of techniques including microvascular free flaps, pedicled and local flaps, as well as implants. She has a strong interest in breast reconstruction, and is involved in a number of advocacy, outreach, and education initiatives for breast cancer survivors.
Dr. Pusic’s main research interest lies in assessing health-related quality of life among oncology patients. With grant support from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, she has developed a questionnaire, the BREAST-Q, which measures satisfaction and quality of life outcomes among breast reconstruction patients. This questionnaire examines body image, psychological, social, sexual, and physical function as well as satisfaction with the process of care. The BREAST-Q has been widely adopted by other cancer centers as well as the National Health Service in Great Britain, and has been translated into 14 languages (BREAST-Q.org). Dr. Pusic is involved in research to measure patient expectations in breast reconstruction. Currently, she is Chair of the Clinical Trials Network Committee of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and lead several studies evaluating outcomes in plastic surgery.