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Grants We Funded

Grant Applicants for 2020 requested more than $4.1 million. The PSF Study Section Subcommittees of Basic and Translational Research and Clinical Research Evaluated 111 applications on the following topics:

The PSF awarded Research Grants totaling more than $860,000 to support 24 plastic surgery research proposals.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons/PSF leadership is committed to continuing to provide high levels of investigator-initiated research support to ensure that plastic surgeons have the needed research resources to be pioneers and innovators in advancing the practice of medicine.

Research Abstracts

Search The PSF database to have easy access to full-text grant abstracts from past PSF-funded research projects 2003 to present. All abstracts are the work of the Principal Investigators and were retrieved from their PSF grant applications. Several different filters may be applied to locate abstracts specific to a particular focus area or PSF funding mechanism.

Breast Reconstruction Decision Making & Outcomes in Latinas & African Americans

Principal Investigator
Amy Alderman MD


University of Michigan

Funding Mechanism
National Endowment

Focus Area
Breast (Cosmetic/Reconstructive)

Breast reconstruction after mastectomy is an important treatment for women with breast cancer. However, there is virtually no information about whether there is unmet need for reconstructive surgery after the initial treatment period. The goal of this study is to examine the decision-making process of breast cancer reconstruction after the initial diagnosis and treatment period. The specific aims of the proposed study are: 1 ) to perform a survey of a population-based cohort of women diagnosed with breast cancer from August 2005 to June 2006 in the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and Detroit who received a mastectomy, and to measure the proportion of women undergoing immediate and delayed breast reconstruction; 2) to describe correlates of receipt of immediate and delayed breast reconstruction compared to those women who have not been reconstructed; 3) to evaluate decisional satisfaction and health-related quality of life in women who did and did not receive breast reconstruction. The methodology will be a cross-sectional survey of 650 breast cancer patients from the Los Angeles and Detroit SEER registries who were treated with a mastectomy. The results of this exploratory study will improve informed decision-making regarding breast cancer reconstruction by evaluating barriers to and unmet need for treatment. The results will also be used to design a larger study across SEER registries.