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Distinguished Career Research Award

This award was established to recognize outstanding achievements in research that have advanced the specialty of plastic surgery. It is meant to recognize a plastic surgeon whose novel and significant work over their career has had far-reaching impact on the practice of plastic surgery.

Latest Award Recipient

Warren Garner, MD

University of Southern California

Dr. Garner is an internationally renowned expert in the science and treatment of wounds and the scars that result from them. This is based on his clinical experience in the treatment of traumatic injuries, particularly burn injuries, and correcting the deformities that result from them. He is the Director of the LAC+USC Burn Center where he directs a multidisciplinary team which treats patients with burn and other traumatic skin injuries. With the treatment of these patients Dr. Garner has developed specialized expertise and experience in the treatment of the scars and deformities that result from these injuries. He is also an expert in the treatment of numerous other wound healing abnormalities, such as poorly healing wounds and injuries. In addition, Dr. Garner and his research team investigate wound healing and scar formation in the laboratory and have receive numerous federal (NIH) and industrial grants to study why wounds heal, why they do not heal and treatments for them. He is a tenured Professor at the University of Southern California, is the Program Director of the Plastic Surgery residency at the Keck School of Medicine and is the Burn Center Director of the LAC+USC Regional Burn Center. He has been an officer, committee chair or Board member of the Wound Healing Society, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Association of Plastic Surgeons and Plastic Research Council.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2016: Michael Longaker, MD, MBA, FACS
  • 2015: Elof Eriksson, MD, PhD