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Innovation Challenge

The Innovation Challenge solicits ideas and designs to foster the development of the best new technology and inventions in the field of plastic surgery. The top two proposals were selected by a panel and recognized during the most recent Technology Innovations in Plastic Surgery (TIPS) Meeting. The top projects were awarded $5,000 each and the additional opportunity for mentorship from the physicians, entrepreneurs and investors on the panel.

Latest Award Recipients

Jonathan Kanevsky, MD

Dr. Jonathan Kanevsky graduated with top honors from McGill University Faculty of Medicine and is now a resident in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The McGill University Health Center. He was awarded The Charles E Frosst Medical Prize for research in scar therapy and wound healing. As a surgeon scientist his research interests include scar therapy, medical devices and big data in medicine. Dr. Kanevsky received the McLeod Scholarship Grant to develop a device to decrease scar formation, which was licensed to Menodys Inc. He is currently developing technologies to facilitate breast cancer detection and monitoring of peripheral vascular disease.

A native New Yorker, Dr. Kanevsky was drawn to Montreal for the opportunity to train at Canada's top medical institution in a lively metropolitan city. He plans to pursue fellowship training and remain active in medical entrepreneurship. Outside of the hospital he is active in humanitarian work as founding member of the Saint Mary's Young professional group and co-founder "Rally 4 The Kids" a charity organization that raises awareness about craniofacial diseases for the Montreal Children's Hospital.

Hunter R. Moyer, MD

Dr. Hunter R. Moyer is a partner with Atlanta Plastic Surgery and serves as adjunct faculty with the Emory University Division of Plastic Surgery and The Georgia Institute of Technology Department of Biomedical Engineering. He treats patients in the North Georgia area and combines a love of surgical science with the art of plastic surgery.

While in residency, Dr. Moyer spent a year in Dr. Barbara Boyan's stem cell laboratory, which led to patents on a stem cell delivery device and the formation of a start-up company, SpherIngenics. Since that time, he continues to research the latest innovations in plastic surgery, and he has authored papers in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials to name a few. Dr. Moyer has lectured nationally and internationally on stem cells, fat transfer, breast reconstruction and acellular dermal matrix use. He serves as a clinical consultant for Mentor Corporation and Nexus BioSciences, and he is the founder of a stem cell rejuvenation company, AcCellerate.

Dr. Moyer lives in North Georgia with his beautiful wife, Melissa, and two young boys. He enjoys coaching his son's soccer teams, fishing and travel when not at work with his patients or in his science lab.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2013: Gregory Dumanian, MD
  • 2013: Breanne Everett, MD