The Plastic Surgery Foundation
Log In Donate Now

Grants We Funded

Grant applicants for the 2022 cycle requested a total of over $2.9 million dollars. The PSF Study Section subcommittees of Basic & Translational Research and Clinical Research evaluated 115 grant applications on the following topics:

The PSF awarded research grants totaling almost $550,000 to support 19 plastic surgery research proposals.

ASPS/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.

Measuring Patient Satification with Facial Apperance

Principal Investigator
Andrea Pusic MD, MHS, FACS, FRCSC


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Funding Mechanism

Focus Area

The objective of this study is to develop and validate a patient-reported measure of satisfaction with facial appearance for head and neck cancer patients. The intent is to develop a short questionnaire that can be easily incorporated in routine practice to measure patient outcomes. The instrument will offer a means to evaluate postoperative satisfaction with appearance from a patient perspective and will aid research directed towards the following specific aims: 1. Assessing differences in patient satisfaction comparing various reconstructive techniques 2. Identification of patient groups at risk for poor outcome and dissatisfaction 3. Investigating the relationship between facial appearance and quality of life outcomes 4. Examining the extent to which education and psychosocial interventions may influence satisfaction with appearance and specific quality of life outcomes.

Dr. Pusic is a reconstructive surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She performed her general surgery residency at Dalhousie University and Plastic Surgery residency at McGill University. She completed a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in 1997 and a research fellowship at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2001. Her research interest lies in assessing patient reported outcomes in plastic surgery patients. With grant support from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), she has developed a new questionnaire, the BREAST-Q, which measures satisfaction and quality of life outcomes among breast surgery patients. This questionnaire examines body image, psychological, social, sexual, and physical function as well as satisfaction with the process of care. She is also involved in research to measure patient expectations in breast reconstruction. This NIH funded study is ultimately aimed at improving patient education and promoting shared medical decision-making. Most recently, with further grant support from the ASPS, her research team is developing a new patient-reported outcome measure for facial aesthetic patients--the FACE-Q.